The GeeksverseAvengers vs X-Men #5

Avengers vs X-Men #5
Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by

The Phoenix arrives on Earth. Is the new host up to the task?


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Penciled by: John Romita Jr.
Inked by: Scott Hanna
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Jim Cheung w/ Justin Ponsor; B- Ryan Stegman w/ Marte Gracia
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Is this event over yet. Each issue it just gets worse and worse. Characters are out of character, events are being forced. There’s gaps in the story that make no sense. And the art? The art is bad. Very bad.

At one point the Phoenix power explodes out of Hope, sending the X-Men and Avengers to the ground, so bad that Wolverine needs to heal, but the next panel they’re up and moving around again? I thought only Logan had healing powers?

And this team of X-Men facing off against that team of Avengers? I’m sorry but the X-Men would have wiped the floor with them. Why didn’t Emma Frost just mindblast them? Or Magik teleport them away? Or Colossus turn all Juggernaut and push them out of the Blue Area? Why? Because they had to fill some space to get the events to happen.

Neither Cyclops or Captain America are in character. The dialogue for the rest of them is just bad. The Widow says “watch where you’re pointing that thing” to Magik? Hawkeye is shooting arrows at a diamond-ed up Frost and the best he can come up with is “shut the hell up”?

The writers on this event are all A-List but they’re turning in D-List work.

There are so many large panels, 2-3 panels per page and splash pages that there isn’t very much story at all. Why were only the X-Men affected by the Phoenix? Why weren’t any of the Avengers? Only mutants get to play host?

The art is Z-list work. Bad proportions, bad perspectives, just bad overall. I can’t wait for this to end.

And the worst part is, it’s affecting my enjoyment of other titles. They are forcing this conflict into other books and it’s making those books bad. End it now.

AvX #5 receives
2 out of 5

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