Avengers vs. X-Men Hardback
Illustrated by John, Jr. Romita
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 568 pages, chiefly Illustrations (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Publication Date: 21/11/2012
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9780785163176
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Review by jshillingford
I approached AvX with caution since the reviews were all over the place. I was expecting it anotehr Civil War - heroes fighting heroes over a difference in ideology. While there is some of that, this had a surprising depth to it that elevated the story. The hardcover collection has the main event, including the Marvel Point-One, the AVX: Versus issues (hero on hero battles) and issues from the AVX: Infinite (adapted from the digital platform). It is definitely worth the price, especially discounted.The Phoenix Force is returning to Earth and everyone assumes it is coming for Hope Summers, the only mutant born after the Scarlet Witch decimated the mutant population. The Avengers want to isolate and prevent Hope from being taken by the Phoenix (of course Wolverine has a more permanent solution in mind!). Scott Summers thinks that Hope is the mutant messiah and the Phoenix will give her the ability to return what was lost to mutants. What makes the story so good is that both sides not only have valid viewpoints but are emotionally invested in the outcome. The X-Men have been persecuted since mutants became known and the Avengers have done little to help them. On the other hand, Scott is gambling the lives of the entire world that Hope will be able to do what Jean Grey could not - control the Phoenix. When the Phoenix arrives, Tony Stark unleashes an experimental weapon that splits the Phoenix into five hosts, one of whom is Scott. The power of the Phoenix combined with his zealotry to "save" his people will eat away at his humanity, with devastating results.Where the story strays a bit is with the "versus" aspect of the event. The writers want to give readers those epic match-ups, so they work them into the story by having the various confrontations occur as the two sides search the world for the runaway Hope. It felt contrived, but that doesn't mean it wasn't fun. The main event gives glimpses of the fights, but it is the AVX: Versus section that expands the battles in full. It includes: Magneto vs Iron Man; Thing vs Namor; Captain America vs Gambit; Spider-man vs Colossus; Thing vs Colossus; Black Widow vs Magik; Daredevil vs Psyloche; Thor vs Phoenix Emma Frost; Hawkeye vs Angel; Storm vs Black Panther (what a divorce!); and, Hope vs Scarlet Witch. These were followed by some "quick" fights of just a page or two of match-ups not hinted at in the main event storyline. Not every fight ended how readers might expect, and they were all reminiscent of video fighting games. Each fight included witty "AVX Fun Facts" such as "Black Panther has lots of plans" and "Demons are real." Some of the facts related to the powers of the character, but all were fun and added a lot to the story.The final, short section was the Infinite part. I could not tell this was adapted from a digital platform (having never seen the Marvel app) so other readers shouldn't have a problem. It mostly expanded on Nova's journey to Earth and was very interesting since I know little about his character.Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by the AVX crossover and the way it concluded, setting up the site-wide Marvel Now launch. Though not as good as Civil War or Siege, I thought AVX was better than Secret Invasion or even Fear Itself. I can't wait to read the Avengers vs. X-Men Companion with all the tie-ins. My only disappointment is that the hardcover edition does not have the sewn binding that most Marvel omnibuses have. The glued binding just won't hold up to rereading. Never-the-less, highly recommended!
Review by Lil_Shepherd
Fanboys and schoolchildren working on the "who would win if Y fought X" will love this. Unfortunately, it is also a perfect example of how not to write in a shared world, whether professionally, as here, or in fanfiction.Firstly, if you are going to retcon canon extensively, make sure you have given your reasons. Here the authors have picked and chosen bits of the long Phoenix/Dark Phoenix saga and dismissed the rest. It is unfortunate that the bits they have picked do not fit together. If the retcon of the original Dark Phoenix saga in 'Phoenix Rising' did not take place, and Jean Grey really did die on the moon, then, really, fellas, Jean wouldn't have married (and subsequently divorced) Scott, and it wouldn't be the Jean Grey School.And that is just the simplest of the problems created here. I find suspending my disbelief rather difficult.Likewise, it is not enough, when you have characters acting so far away from their normal behaviour - particularly characters like Captain America and Scott Summers - it is not good enough simply to excuse it by having another character (in this case Iron Man and Magneto) say, "Hey, you're acting like me," and expect that to cover your asses as an explanation.As for having a polar bear in Antarctica just so you could do a call-out to 'The Empire Strikes Back' - spare me!Setting all that aside, there is some fun dialogue, and some really nice art. Not so much on the characters - some of which look very odd - but on the splash panels.You do get a lot for your money, though, and the production is lovely. See if you can get it discounted.
Review by GirlsonFire
Graphic are great and the characters and story line are engaging. A powerful force is coming to Earth and is destroying worlds along the way. The Avengers want to stop it and the X-men want to use it to fix all that is wrong in our world. One young girl stands between both groups and this powerful force. Who will triump and who will fall.
Review by wyvernfriend
The Scarlet witch has doomed the x-men to be a dying breed and the Phoenix force is back, this time taking over five of the x-men. This leads to war between the Avengers and the X-men and a lot of fan service.Entertaining. Enjoyed the read, nothing terribly earth-shattering but interesting how they solved it.
Review by rodhilton
Avengers vs X-Men suffers from the same problem that almost any miniseries about the X-Men suffers from: a ridiculously complex continuity. Almost every comic book I've ever read, as soon as the X-Men get involved with it, it becomes just a complete mess of references to previous stories and characters you've never met. I'm sure die-hard X-Men fans have no problem with this, but as a pretty casual reader of comic books, I've found it nearly impossible to understand what the hell is happening in any X-Men comic.<br/><br/>At various points throughout this miniseries, I found myself asking lots of questions such as "why is Colossus wearing Juggernaut's helmet now?" and "what the hell did Scarlet Witch do to destroy mutants that has basically the entire Marvel universe so pissed off at her?" and "who is Hope Summers and why does she think she's been preparing to become The Phoenix all her life?" and "why is there a Red Hulk and a Green Hulk?" and "why is Namor an X-Man now?" and "when did Storm marry Black Panther?" and "why does the moon have an earth-like section of it with an atmosphere" and "why is Wolverine in charge of the school for mutants now?" and "where did Professor X go and why does he show up all of a sudden so late in this?" and "what the heck is Utopia?" and "who is Magik?". This list actually goes on and on, though I worry that many of these questions simply betray how out of touch I am with the Marvel Universe. I don't follow the comics, I just pick up complete mini-series and trade paperbacks every so often, and I generally find the DC paperbacks much most self-contained and easier to follow than the Marvel ones.<br/><br/>Anyway, as a casual comic fan, I really needed to read this with Wikipedia handy. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of picking up to bring on a vacation where I had no internet access, so I found it mostly to be a confusing mess. A hundred billion characters, all thrown together with little explanation of who they are and what their purpose is. Compare this to, say, the Days of Future Past mini-series, where Cyclops explains in one panel that his power is "optic blasts" and you get a sense for how much Marvel has changed its attitude in terms of willingness to alienate casual readers over the years. When the second page of every book in the series has to have a map of who everyone is, what side of the fight they are on, and where they are located in the universe at the moment, it might be an indication that your "mega crossover event" is overly ambitious.<br/><br/>In any case, the book is pretty dumb overall. It's set up like some kind of "no right or wrong" war between the Avengers and the X-Men, with various issues having "I'm with the Avengers!" or "I'm with the X-Men" variants, but it's pretty quickly made clear that the X-Men are completely in the wrong, especially once their leadership are inhabited by the Phoenix Force and basically start acting like power-hungry crazies. Most of the panels are just characters beating the living fuck out of each other or extremely confusing dialogue between characters that reference the almost hilariously convoluted Marvel Universe continuity. Time to push the reset button guys.<br/><br/>I could really only recommend this book for a die-hard Marvel comics wonk who knows the ins and outs of the insane backstory (I'm pretty sure Captain America in this series was actually Bucky, but I don't actually know, which says it all right there). But anyone who is that familiar has probably already read it, so who was this for, really? Mostly lame, lots of pummeling with extremely large text saying things like "KRA-KOOOOOM" and not much else going on.
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