The GeeksverseAvengers Vs X-Men #1 – Advanced Review

Avengers Vs X-Men #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by

The fight of the century starts here.


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: John Romita Jr.
Inked by: Scott Hanna
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Assistant Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

The event of the century. Marvel says it’s all been leading to this. That’s well and good, except why does it come across as forced? The mutant end, that’s not as forced. It is an extension of Hope’s story. But the Avengers? Having the Avengers concerned with the Phoenix just seems a way to force this story to happen. It seems strange hearing them talking about the Phoenix Force because before it’s always been a mutant issue. But now it’s an Avengers issue?

In some ways it makes sense, as the Avengers deal with worldwide concerns and the Phoenix should be a worldwide concern, except all the times it’s been on Earth, and it has been many, it’s never been a worldwide concern. The Phoenix has been on Earth a lot and the Avengers were never concerned.

But now they are?

Cyclops seems out of character. Why is he pushing Hope so hard? What has happened to make him be that aggressive? Yes, she manifested the Phoenix at the end of X-Sanction, is that why he’s doing it? Some mention would have been nice. Also why didn’t Iron Man’s sensors detect that manifestation?

Forced. It all seems forced to fit into this.

The confrontation between Cyclops and Captain America feels forced. Both are overly aggressive. Cap’s first words to Cyclops is that he’s here to take Hope into custody? That doesn’t seem like Captain America. It’s set up to force the confrontation when both characters would have talked more. There’s a large amount of respect between the two, and we saw that in an Fraction/Portacio issue of Uncanny X-Men when they were in the Savage Land together. This is not how they would first approach the issue. Would it come to blows eventually? Maybe, but not as quickly as it does here.

I had hopes that AvX would prove to be good, prove to be anything but the cliche misunderstanding between two heroes that leads to a fight, but it is just that. It’s just a larger scaled version of the old hero vs hero cliche. With the creative team involved, I had hoped for more.

I hope I will get more by the time it’s over.

Why does Romita Jr keep getting work? Why is he considered one of the best? He’s not. His work gets worse and worse. There is so much wrong with it.

And I haven’t tried out the new Augmented Reality app yet but I kind of don’t want to. I like the idea behind it but man those ARs all over the place? They’re annoying and distracting.

Avengers Vs X-Men #1 receives
3 out of 5

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