The GeeksverseAvengers Vs X-Men #12

Avengers Vs X-Men #12
Published on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by

The mega event is over and the result is not enough?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Penciled by: Adam Kubert
Inked by: John Dell, Mark Morales & Adam Kubert
Colored by: Laura Martin w/ Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Jim Cheung w/ Mark Morales & Justin Ponsor; B- Adi Granov; C- Adam Kubert & Justin Ponsor; D- Jerome Opena w/ Dean White
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Be warned, there be spoilers ahead.

Twelve issues to bring us to this? Which is really just a result back a couple of years, wiping out the “no more mutants”. Mutants are now back and active in the world again. So in the end Hope accomplished what Cyclops thought she would. And Cyclops got what he wanted, in a way.

Twelve issues and we get what could have been accomplished in half that. There was too much build-up to this series. There was too much that was forced. The Avengers reactions at the beginning was forced to set up this event, it wasn’t natural. Even in this issue there is too much that is extra, that doesn’t need to be there. The whole K’un L’un angle was never fully explored and really served no purpose to the story, it could have been cut out and the story would have been the same.

The end result, the reason behind the formation of the Uncanny Avengers team, makes perfect sense and forces the MU fan to ask why this wasn’t thought of before. The mutant issue was never really addressed in the Avengers (and Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man, Defenders, Spider-Man, Daredevil, etc.. books) and for the most part was ignored even when there were mutants on the Avengers. The hate and fear was usually just stuck in the X-Men books. Captain American forming a team of X-Men and Avengers makes sense at the end. He’s right, Cap never did deal with the mutant situation like he should have. Which makes me wonder why it was never thought of before.

There are a lot of unanswered questions, and there should be in a series like this. It should lead to the next adventures of the characters, be finished up in other storylines and books. But there just wasn’t enough to this issue. There wasn’t enough power and epicness.

It was never revealed or explored why the Scarlet Witch’s hexs and Hope’s abilities could hurt the Phoenix. It was a deus ex machina type of device. The writers needed something and those two characters fit the bill. And that’s just one of the odd devices that propelled this story along. Where did Nova come from? How was he able to hear Iron Man’s communications? Where was he this whole time? And that one appearance is enough for the Avengers to offer him membership?

The biggest end result is the return of mutants, a return to the status quo of years ago.

This series was not the best work of any of the people involved, except Coipel and Kubert. Romita Jr’s pencils were horrible and the writing by the usually stellar crew was less than stellar. There are things that contradict events in other books. Captain America tells Cyclops that his renegade X-Men (was that supposed to be Magneto, which makes no sense why he would be considered a renegade since he was helping the Avengers/X-Men at the end) are missing and on the run except in New Avengers #30 we see that they have Emma Frost captured.

At the end this series just didn’t do enough. Aside from the mutants returning and the death of Professor X (which felt more like a “we don’t know what to do with him” kind of action) there was no meat to this. Disappointing.

And like I said, the joining of X-Men and Avengers is something that should have happened a long time ago.

The art by Kubert was excellent, for the most part. The K’un L’un pages were weaker then the rest, but over all it was good work. The opening double page spread of Iron Man and the Avengers was dynamite. That angle, looking down on the group, is extremely hard to pull off and Kubert does it perfectly. The proportions are right, nothing looks shortened or elongated. That panel should be an example for aspiring artists everywhere.

Avengers Vs X-Men #12 receives
3 out of 5

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