Marvel First Look: Avengers Vs. X-Men #11

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Jim Cheung Cover

Review – The New Avengers #26 (AvX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics

In the last issue we took an adventure through K’un Lun as prophecy unveiled a new Iron Fist to take on the great battle against the Phoenix, while there wasn’t much to say on it the new soul would in fact be Hope, the one who prophecy showed could shape and control the force with the right power. The story resumes with Hope training vigorously to master the techniques and skills needed to battle and harness the Phoenix Force, of course some new guests join to watch and help guide this process which has the entire nation on end. If the Earth falls so does everyone in K’un Lun, this bid with the Iron Fist is the only thing they feel can protect the realm and the mortal world.

For those hoping to see some higher activity over the last issue, there is a large boost that comes along in this story, outside of the mystery guests that come up we also see Hope engage in training to be a proper candidate for the title and power of Iron Fist. The story shows her endless determination and fury within, even though the force is closing in she makes no break in devoting all of her power into this intense regimen. The story is pretty concentrated here and having a renaissance man suddenly appear to make next generation constructs is about the only thing that really throws a wrench into any of this for a double take moment.

The story is evolving and we’ll have to see where it all goes, we have heroes from all areas uniting to help The Avengers and the X-Men in all of this madness and many of them just trying to aid Hope in whatever her pursuit is. The tension and arms race is growing rapidly and we’ll find out where it all goes in the upcoming story lines.

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

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #2 – Round 2

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

Avengers vs X-Men #1 left off with Cyclops blasting Captain America for wanting to take Hope Summers from the X-Men, as an estimated target for the Phoenix to reside in they’re out to make sure the Earth isn’t destroyed by the force. Given their approach in a giant flying battle ship though and loading up with their full team it was reasonable to expect a negative reaction to this attempt. With both sides gearing up for battle it’s going to get nasty really fast.

Issue 2 takes us into the heart of the battle, the stage has been set and Iron Man calls the Avengers into action as the X-Men brace for impact on their island. Taking Hope out of their hands is not an option and the team will do what it takes to protect her and potentially the future of their kind from being wiped out by outsiders in this new showdown. It’s an epic battle in the pages that follow, marriages torn apart, old friendships smashed and bodies and bones fractured all over in a super battle for the planet or Hope, it gets confusing.

The final pages of AvX #2 leave a lot of worry on the minds of the reader, as the Phoenix Force closes in Hope becomes more and more unstable, with the conflict right at her doorstep she moves from a reserved state into the forefront. She’s the biggest gun the mutant world has and she’s not going to sit idle anymore while those she knows take beatings or risk their lives for her. She knows what she has to do, and no one is going to get in the way of it once she embraces the power and puts it into action, something Logan should have thought about before picking the side he did.

Avengers vs X-Men #2 is a blast of story not just in narrative but in dialogue as well, we get a taste of what everyone is going through in this battle and that in the moment of action everyone is forced to pick a side and stand firm with it. It wasn’t the prettiest start but the line was drawn and everyone owns their decisions even if the thoughts race their minds with some doubt. The art team helps supplement this by adding extra emotion and energy to each panel, the characters showing signs of distress and frustration and pain as they slug it out across the beach. Even Iron Man in his shell shows that he’s not beyond a gesture of struggle or trauma, when Emma slams her diamond fist into his gut he’s completely lifeless for a moment. It’s an evolution from the original issues and it looks to build strong momentum as we head into the next round.

Check out the preview pages below and the cover art for more goodies on this issue.

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

Review – Uncanny X-Men #10

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco & Paco Diaz
Ink: Cam Smith
Color: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Adam Kubert & Chris Sotomayor
Published by: Marvel Comics

Unit is on the move and Hope is right in his path, given his current path of destruction her very life could fall into the balance. The X-Men while teamed up with the Avengers split off to save their most precious friend and ally from her doom and possibly the death of mutant-kind. Time is everything and the whole unit with Cyclops rushes in to save the day, unfortunately being too quick to attack leaves a vulnerability that shatters them as they engage in combat against Unit. It’s a tough and painful battle to read through, even at their best they’re severely outclassed against this super machine, instead of cheering them on it was cringe inducing each step of the way. Fortunately it does wrap up so the story can meld with AvX, although it is strange to have both the X-Men and the Avengers on the same side for even just a moment knowing what has already come their way.

The issue moves with a quick pace, Hope is stunned to be taken in such a swift motion and the X-Men launch into battle mode but it’s not enough. Unit is thinking so many steps ahead of them it’s difficult for any tactical advantages to come forward, even their strongest allies against a force like this are nullified by his quick calculations and strength. Really they are in a case where they’re outclassed and largely uninformed about their opponent and it rips at them as they fight desperately to stop him. It’s a solid read as it steps aside from the usual idea of dominance and team work saving the day for the group, instead of just a single ally shaken, the whole group falls victim.

As a prelude to AvX it’s a solid issue, it was easy to feel bad for the X-Men against Unit given how far above their level he was. There is a mystery that will leave readers hanging though, before it’s over there’s a special twist with Hope and Unit that hasn’t even been touched upon in the other books yet, what will the super being ask of her? What does this mean for his own containment in the universe after this encounter? It’s a solid read and wrap-up to the tag team story between the Avengers and X-Men on this case.

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