Review – Avengers vs X-Men #5 (AVX)

Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman
Script: Matt Fraction
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Ryan Stegman & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

So we’re a bit late to the AVX party on this one but we’ve been following the series so far and wanted to continue at least with some coverage of the latest happenings after that 3 week break that Marvel took.

We’re back on the Moon and Hope is merging with the Phoenix, the Avengers and X-Men are clashing on the moon and it’s about to go down in a bad way. Hope is feeling the limits of this event she’s prepared so hard for and no amount of training and preparation she attempted is providing much help right now. Regardless of this bad situation, everyone is battling out their own personal pursuits on the surface as the apocalypse itself sets in.

Avengers vs X-Men #5 dives into the dilemma that is Hope’s mind, she’s torn on what it is she’s exactly doing anymore, the force is too strong and she has no idea on how to tangle with this cosmic bird trying to overwhelm her. Instead of embracing it like the warrior pictured through all of this lead-in, she’s still the scared girl and now she’s trying to get away.

The issue  is one of the strongest yet, we see a bit of everything in the pages of issue 5 including where this whole story goes once the Phoenix Force and Hope have their difficulty in bonding. Many have had an issue with the Avengers beating down every X-Men member they see but that will not be the case anymore, honestly everyone on the Avengers just died a little inside. Balance issues with Red Hulk dominating everything that gets in his way and so on seem flipped for the next arc.

I’ve been hoping for a brighter side to this story for the X-Men side, I don’t know if that’s exactly what happened in this issue. Some fans will of course be cheering because of the cool new attire and powers but at the same time it could very well mean doomsday is just around the corner for Earth yet again with 5 avatars full of stupid amounts of power. I can say I’m really looking forward to seeing where this whole twist goes in issue #6.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Secret Avengers #26 (AvX)

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Renato Guedes
Colors: Bettie Breitweiser and Matthew Wilson
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and Laura Martin
Published by: Marvel Comics

The hunt is on, with the Phoenix Force on the way to Earth there’s only one shot to shut even a part of the power down. The special force sent into space keeps this in mind as the potential first defense to the Phoenix as it rips through planets on its way into the path of Earth. Beast of course is the man with the plan and is willing to take his knowledge on this high risk attempt to learn and contain the force once and for all.

There’s the whole issue though of this being high risk and in the Marvel Universe this generally means impossible even for their greatest heroes. Beast has created a tool to suck in the force but the cost and use and proximity rely on variables out of their control, they push on with brute force as their only option for control of this wild energy. As one might expect, AvX would be incredibly short if it just ended here, it’s a hell of a battle they go through and even the gods can’t measure up to the destructive power being channeled in pure rage mode.

In their most desperate moment one of the team rises to the task but fails to realize the severe issues of their situation, it’s a hard lesson learned that only adds even more damage to an already battered group of heroes. The Phoenix Force is just too much raw energy for any single group to attempt to tame and the Avengers may have just put critical allies out of the fight with this first assault in space. Marvel doesn’t plan to rob the Earth of backup forces, instead they have something else in store of the Kree super variety, yes a hero is genuinely reborn this time. We’ll have to wait until Avengers vs X-Men #3 arrives to know how this all impacts the Earth and even longer to know what happens to our wounded force after their showdown and how their new friend pans out.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Return of the terrible movies – Megaforce

1982 was a good year, well. Kind of. Okay so I can’t think of a ton of media or entertainment events that shook the world like this gem in the rough.

Megaforce (1982)

Normally I throw down a full length movie for these B or even F movie bombs, unfortunately Megaforce is still under legal license so I’ll drop the trailer and the most epic use of special effects that I can think of right now.

Megaforce Trailer:

Awesome Bluescreen:

Seriously, why is he even trying to steer that thing with the handle bars? It’s supposed to have a friggin jet engine attached. I haven’t seen the whole movie but I will no matter how painful it is… okay maybe not, Amazon is selling it for $23 on VHS.

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