Review – Uncanny X-Men #13 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Cam Smith & Craig Yeung
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell
Published by: Marvel Comics

AVX side stories are a bit of a mixed bag, Uncanny X-Men #13 is straight to the point though, taking place as the battle on the Moon goes down from the Earth perspective. It’s a change of pace and helps elaborate on what on earth is going on up there, we see Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Nemesis seeking cover after the major throw down hit the team. Unfortunately they’re rattled and worn so any trips to space aren’t really in the cards no matter how much they want to go. We also see a branch with Hope’s team and their pursuit to find a way to help or possibly save her from ill-fate as they confront UNIT as we know that’s not exactly the best idea around.

The issue focuses primarily on the UNIT story, everyone is concerned with saving Hope from the Phoenix or being there to help her as the force merges with her body. Unfortunately as one might have gathered, UNIT has his own plans with the Phoenix Force and anyone getting in the way is looking at a world of hurt or at least memory erasing as he disposes them to make way for his plans. Unfortunately just because he wants peace it doesn’t mean he wont stop at utter decimation to get that accomplished either, with Danger as his carefully hidden pawn it makes matters worse for everyone as constant references bring up Danger as a close ally to the X-Men team.

There’s a lot of side activity throughout Uncanny X-Men #13, unfortunately as things escalate and gets worse in AVX for the main story, it’s getting equally as complex in the background to match up. Personally I wish Magneto would have become one of those boosted by the cosmic energy but you can’t win them all, instead we get a taste of things to come which are interesting but not completely essential.

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

We have Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited Updates! (3/30/12)

While ECCC is going on and it seems many are there, the news doesn’t stop and so we’re pushing out news on the new digital releases for the unlimited program from Marvel. Next week brings some interesting additions covering the extensive Fear Itself saga and some oldies like Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #336, Avengers (1998) #1 and X-Men Magneto Testament (2008) #5

Check out the full list below, fortunately with the unlimited app you can avoid the stress of having to actually buy all of these issues at once.

SPIDER-MAN MONDAY APRIL 2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #336
AVENGERS (1998) #1
DAREDEVIL (2011) #1
DAREDEVIL (2011) #2
DAREDEVIL (2011) #3

IRON MAN TUESDAY APRIL 3
DAREDEVIL (2011) #4
DAREDEVIL (2011) #5
FF (2011) #6
FF (2011) #7
FF (2011) #8

X-MEN WEDNESDAY APRIL 4
FEAR ITSELF: BLACK WIDOW (2011) #1
FF (2011) #9
FF (2011) #10
FF (2011) #11
X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT (2008) #5

THOR THURSDAY APRIL 5
FEAR ITSELF (2011) #7
FEAR ITSELF: DEADPOOL (2011) #1
FEAR ITSELF: DEADPOOL (2011) #2
FEAR ITSELF: DEADPOOL (2011) #3
FEAR ITSELF: FEARSOME FOUR (2011) #1

FANTASTIC FOUR FRIDAY APRIL 6
FEAR ITSELF: THE DEEP (2011) #1
FEAR ITSELF: THE DEEP (2011) #2
FEAR ITSELF: FEARSOME FOUR (2011) #2
FEAR ITSELF: FEARSOME FOUR (2011) #3
FEAR ITSELF: FEARSOME FOUR (2011) #4

Link: Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited

Marvel shares Avengers vs X-Men VS #1 preview pages

Looking for an early glimpse of AvX #1 instead of #2? Well here we are and it’s a showdown in a big way with Iron Man and Magneto, some of the classic super giants in the Marvel Universe.

How will Tony stack up in the Iron Man suit vs Magneto the master of magnetism? There’s only one way to find out and that’s when Avengers vs X-Men #1 arrives. Check out the preview pages below for a taste of what this battle is bringing to the table and a surprise extra battle teaser.

Link: Marvel News

X-Men: First Class Gets Posters and raised eyebrows

We have the latest X-Men: First Class posters today, but I have to step aside and question the design choices here because these are pretty awful and it goes down on many levels. Aside from writing here I work often in the graphic realm, it’s a busy area and honestly with the volume of work that has to be produced there is space for a brain fart here or there.

These posters, they’re not really anything cutting edge, and the decide to fade in the heads is pretty 90’s, worse than that is the fact that for some reason they’re both heads fixated around the crotch area. Seriously guys, is it the primary goal to tank this before it can even launch?

Check out the images below and click here for our link to the trailer.