The GeeksverseAvengers: X-Sanction #1

Avengers: X-Sanction #1
Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeph Loeb
Penciled by: Ed McGuinness
Inked by: Dexter Vines
Colored by: Morry Hollowell
Lettered by: Comicraft's A. Deschesne
Cover Art: A- McGuinness w/ Vines & Hollowell; B- McGuiness w/ Vines & Hollowell; C- Quesada w/ Miki & Isanove; D- Yu w/ Alanguilan & Keith
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Cable is alive, not well, and has come back in time to stop the Avengers because apparently they are going to be responsible for Hope’s death.

That’s the premise of this mini-series, which was recently announced to be the lead-in to Marvel’s next big event: Avengers Vs. X-Men. Which I am not looking forward to. I’ve been interested in Marvel’s events and I’ve enjoyed that (for the most part), the stories have organically led from event to event. This one feels out of left field though.

I wasn’t too sure about this title when it was announced. It just felt like the cliched old “hero attacks heroes due to misunderstanding”. And so far this hasn’t been anything to change that opinion.

That’s not to say that it’s bad. Because it’s not, it’s pretty decent. But nothing really happens in this issue. There’s a fight between Captain America and Cable, but it’s not even a very good one at that. The fight doesn’t flow and it doesn’t seem like Cap fighting. It’s like certain steps needed to be made so that by the end of the issue they’d arrive at a certain point.

And the last page cliffhanger? Not much of a cliffhanger when we know that it’s not going to amount to much of anything.

This is a quick issue and aside from Cable capturing Captain America, it doesn’t amount to much. We don’t get a definate answer on why Cable has to kill the Avengers or how he managed to survive. Which is fine, but it would have been nice if this opening issue had some meat to it. I’m hoping the entire mini-series won’t be a series of fights, that there will actually be something of value to this by the time it’s done.

I said it was a decent comic and it is. Loeb tells a good story. There’s some nice moments with Cable and his fatherly feelings. And I have to give Loeb some props because it was great to see Blaquesmith again. That’s dipping into the old history books, but definately connected to Cable’s story, and I like when writer do things like that.

Cable is Cable, and Loeb does a great job with him. Not as good a job with Cap, who doesn’t sound/seem quite himself. But overall the story is interesting. There’s enough there to make me want to see exactly what is going on and what is wrong with Cable.

Just wish there was some more meat to it.

The art by McGuinness is good. If you’re a fan you’ll enjoy it. Technically sound, interesting layouts.

Avengers: X-Sanction #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Decent, but not spectacular, start off the event prelude. Flash but not much substance.

Go to the Pryde’s forums and join the discussion on the start of Avengers Vs. X-Men.

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