Review – Avengers vs X-Men #0

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis (Scarlet Witch) & Jason Aaron (Hope)
Artist: Frank Cho
Color: Jason Keith
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Frank Cho & Jason Keith
Variant Cover: Stephanie Hans
Published by: Marvel Comics

Avengers vs X-Men is here, we’re taking a step back and looking over issue #0 before jumping into our review of issue #1. We get to see all the major players coming into the story including Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers.

Issue #0 opens up to classic trouble on the horizon, M.O.D.O.K. and his crew are on the move but confronted by Scarlet Witch a still troubled ex-Avenger, the battle breaks out with full force and backup soon arrives. Happy reunions are anywhere but in this story, while her close companions want to help her cope with the aftermath and find some salvation in this mess the rest of the team lacks such compassion.

Overall Avengers vs X-Men #0 is a good intro, it’s the calm before the storm and honestly it’s not that calm at all, the tensions are high with the Avengers vs Scarlet witch or more specifically with Vision and her. Hope and the X-Men are riding at high stress levels regarding the future and protecting her from any future threats, given people have traveled through time and space to get her out of the picture it’s understandable for them to be worried about the worst coming true.Conflict doesn’t hit these teams just on a wider team level but all the way to the individual level, Hope graces the pages of issue #0 and her tension with Cyclops also comes through, being caged up for so long isn’t exactly sitting with the one claimed as the mutant messiah and she’s ready to break. All the bad experiences from losing Cable still surround her and she finds that she needs a little more to vent in this world and cope with it all. Unfortunately her version of venting drives a bit more trouble than Cyclops and the X-Men might desire. The rocket pack flying Hope moonlights to pass her frustrations and do some good in the world on her own time outside of the X-Men, it’s a good thrill to see in the book and helps setup her position in what’s coming toward her life.

Artistically it’s a fluid book, the pages are action filled and the page is the canvas, by that I mean even the panel borders can’t contain what’s breaking out in the Marvel universe right now. Color is solid, emotions are well portrayed and gestures are spot on and it all carries itself without going too far into a realm of realism or photo effect as we see alive in other series. It’s a positive shift and it plays well to this being a fantasy universe more than something closer to home. Cho and Keith drive it hope with a full range of color and strong body language.

Release Date: March 28, 2012

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

 

Curious about Avengers vs X-Men? We have a program guide to help you

AvX is going to shake up Marvel shortly, we were able to put together a guide for the event showcasing top names on both sides and books to watch for. Without wasting any additional time check out the list below and get ready for the battle of the ages as we break down the teams in play for this epic series.

Avengers current team:

  • Red Hulk
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Luke Cage
  • Spider-Man
  • Black Widow
  • Iron Fist
  • Hawkeye
  • The Thing
  • Spider-Woman
  • Black Panther
  • Dr. Strange

Kickoff issues for Avengers:

  • Avengers #25 | New Avengers #24 | New Avengers #25

X-Men current team / Extinction team:

  • Cyclops
  • Colossus
  • Emma Frost
  • Magneto
  • Hope
  • Magik
  • Storm
  • Danger
  • Namor
  • Psylocke

Kickoff issue for X-Men:

  • Uncanny X-Men #11

Secret Avengers team / First defense:

  • Thor
  • Vision
  • Ms. Marvel
  • War Machine
  • Captain Britain
  • Beast
  • Protector
  • Valkyrie

Kickoff issue for Secret Avengers:

  • Secret Avengers #26

Jean Grey School for Higher Learning:

  • Wolverine
  • Kitty Pride
  • Iceman
  • Rachel Grey
  • Rogue
  • Uncanny X-Force

Kickoff issue for Jean Grey School for Higher Learning:

  • Wolverine & The X-Men #9

Wild card characters

  • Deadpool
  • Cable
  • Hulk
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Nova
  • Quicksilver

From all the preview pages out already from Marvel and Wondercon it’s safe to say this fight will be absolutely epic, Cyclops is digging down for that last fragment that could change the course of mutant kind and the Avengers want to protect the world from the blazes. One has to feel bad for the Secret Avengers being the first line of defense to the Phoenix, with so much power coming their way it’s unlikely they’ll be able to put a strong enough defense against the pure force.

If you really have a lot of time on your hands, Marvel made an additional reading list to get you caught up on everything related to the new arc, all of which are in TPB form so you don’t lose your mind collecting these individually. These are listed in suggested reading order.

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Avengers: Disassembled
  • House of M
  • X-Men: Messiah Complex
  • X-Force / Cable: Messiah War
  • X-Men: Second Coming
  • Avengers Vol. 1 (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • New Avengers Vol. 1 (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Uncanny X-Men: The Birth of Generation Hope
  • Avengers: The Children’s Crusade
  • X-Men: Schism
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men: It’s Coming