The GeeksverseAvengers Vs X-Men #7

Avengers Vs X-Men #7
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2012 by

The war between the X-Men and Avengers starts to escalate and do we start seeing the Phoenix force start it’s corruption?


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Penciled by: Olivier Coipel
Inked by: Mark Morales
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Jim Cheung w/ Justin Ponsor; B- Sara Pichelli w/ Justin Ponsor
Assistant Editor: John Denning & Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This issue perfected illustrated my major issue with this event. There’s no heart to it. It’s all action pieces, all cliched “we right, you wrong” and no explanation or soul searching. Why are the mutants all blindly following Cyclops and the Phoenix Five? There are none that would side with Wolverine? None of the Jean Grey teachers? They’re all just blind little soldiers?

That doesn’t ring right. Seeing Havok and Polaris fighting for Cyclops just didn’t feel right.

Things are moving too quickly, there’s not enough time spent on anything. The Phoenix Five have rebranded the Avengers as global terrorists? Okay, the public accepted that? One day mutants are feared, now they’re loved? Where is the public’s reaction to all this? Where is the predident’s reaction to all this? Where is the world’s reaction?

Too quickly the Avengers became a guerilla army.

Where is the actual story? There’s not much in this issue. Even Hawkeye’s attack is glossed over fairly quickly.

And I’m disappointed because we’ve already seen the teasers for the covers of issues #11 and #12 so we can already guess where things are leading. The teasers showed Scott and Emma fighting. This issue shows Emma moving against Scott, the Phoenix force already started to corrupt them. Because of the teasers, we know where that ends up. And can guess at the outcome.

Disappointing because major plot points are now revealed.

But can’t be that surprising. The whole series has been disappointing.

It’s gotten better though, since Coipel took over on art. It’s hard to believe what a different a good artist makes. Romita Jr. is no longer a good artist. His work was horrible. Coipel’s work is excellent.

And thank god someone finally remembered that Hope is 16. Coipel draws her close to her actual age, and one of the few to do so.

Alot of the exposition and explanation is left to the various tie-in mini-series, but that’s failed as well. The appearance of the Thunderer and Iron Fist in this issue feels out of the blue. It doesn’t even mesh well with the story being told in New Avengers. Just an overall bad event.

Avengers vs. X-Men #7 receives
3 out of 5

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