The GeeksverseAvengers Vs X-Men #11

Avengers Vs X-Men #11
Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by

It’s the penultimate chapter of AvX and the stakes have never been higher.


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
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: Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

By now you know the major event in this issue, if not, beware, there are spoilers ahead.

The penultimate issue is where everything comes together, the last ditch plans are made, most of the plot points start to line up and everything gets ready for the big finale.

And that’s what happens in this issue but along the way, there’s a huge event that will definately affect the Marvel Universe and it’s fans for a long time to come.

I’ve heard some call it shocking. But is it really? Looking at Professor Xavier’s place in the MU now as well as the path Cyclops has been on for a long time, was there really any other way this could have ended up? It’s the ultimate end point for this storyline. Cyclops has been moving away from Xavier’s dream, he’s become closer to Magneto. He created a team he called the “extinction team” because he wanted to show that mutants were greater then the Avengers, wanted to scare the human race into accepting them.

Who’s dream is that?

And when he got the Phoenix force, it amplified that side of him. Cyclops has not been acting out of character. What happened when he gained the Phoenix is what he wanted with Utopia taken to the nth degree. That’s not Xavier’s dream.

Xavier himself had no real place in the current Marvel Universe. His students had all grown up. This was the ultimate symbol. His dream is gone, destroyed by the one he had called son.

The story itself is good. Bendis does a good job with the Xavier/Cyclops scenes. Lots of big moments and images. Only thing that really stood out was Xavier calling Bobby Drake “Iceman”. Xavier wouldn’t do that, he would say Robert or Bobby. But other then that the story itself worked. This was the penultimate chapter, so some of the scenes were a bit rushed because they needed to be at a certain point by the end of the story. The X-Men joining up with the Avengers happened pretty quick, Rogue’s statement felt forced, not natural. Like most of AvX, the dialogue has felt forced, it’s only purpose to get the characters to certain situations.

The highlight is Coipel’s art. I haven’t seen his name attached to any of the Marvel Now! projects so I really hope Marvel has something lined up for him. Big moments and images and Coipel does a great job with all of them. The panel of Cyclops standing over Xavier’s body was excellent.

I haven’t really liked this event series but thanks to this issue, I’m looking forward to the final battle.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #11 receives
4 out of 5

One Response
    • AvX holds very little interest for me. I don’t like cross overs usually and this one is pulling in characters that largely aren’t on my must read list. So I’ve been skipping this event deliberately. Apparently some folks are reading it. DiamondComics.com posted the top books for August 2012 and AvX is at the top. I wouldn’t have guessed.

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