The GeeksverseAvengers Vs X-Men #0

Avengers Vs X-Men #0
Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by

The prologue to the next Marvel epic event. But is there a point to it?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis & Jason Aaron
Art by: Frank Cho
Colored by: Jason Keith
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Frank Cho & Jason Keith; B- Stephanie Hans
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Assistant Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This zero issue features two stories, the Scarlet Witch by Bendis and Hope by Aaron.

This is the first time we’ve seen the Witch since Children’s Crusade and the story deals with her getting back into the hero gig and approaching the Avengers. There’s a couple of nice moments with Spider-Woman, more comments then moments, but the only thing that stands out about this story is the Vision and his rightful attitude towards Wanda. The thing that seems odd is the timing. How long has she been back? She doesn’t know if she’s welcome at Avengers Mansion? Wouldn’t that have been figured out right after Children’s Crusade? It seems like this should have been the epilogue to Children’s Crusade and not the prologue to AvX, especially as we don’t know what role Wanda will play in AvX (my prediction: Wanda and Hope will reignite the mutant race).

It’s a decent story but it could have been shortened considerably, the fight was longer then necessary, and still have the same impact. And it’s really the Vision that provides the impact.

The second story has Hope venturing out to stop crimes. Her motivation for doing so isn’t really shown and why Cyclops doesn’t want her to isn’t adequately explained. Why not send more X-Men out with her? This seems like the kind of thing they would be doing, as they want to be seen more as heroes. Wasn’t that the point of regular patrols in San Francisco?

How many Serpent Societies are there right now? I’ve seen 2 or 3 in various books and they all have different members. Someone in Marvel’s editorial needs to get a handle on it.

More so then the Scarlet Witch story, this one doesn’t have a point. Is it all about showing that Hope is ready for the coming Phoenix? If so, it doesn’t convey that and the few pages where it gets mentioned could easily have shown up somewhere else, like in Uncanny X-Men which really should have had more build-up to this event.

I guess that’s my problem with this zero issue. The two teams titles haven’t had any build-up whatsoever. So it feels like this event is coming out of left field. The zero issue should have provided that build-up, but instead we get a couple of stories that could have occured at any point and have no direct connection to the event.

The art by Cho is nice. He draws Hope a little too old though and Wanda is fairly plain. I love what he does with the AIM creatures. The dinosaur head on a rocket is priceless. Good art and he makes good use of what he’s given for a script.

Avengers vs X-Men #0 is disappointing. For a prologue to the largest event in a long time (at least how it’s billed), this doesn’t deliver much.

Avengers Vs X-Men #0 receives
3 out of 5

One Response
    • I liked the art, the prologue story did nothing for me. I liked how cold Vision was…other than that…the variant cover was the best part.

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