Josh Wilding Reviews: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12

I awarded Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 a 5* rating. Does the final issue in the series match up? No. It is in fact so bad that my Marvel pull list will be much, MUCH shorter as the era of "Now!" begins. Hit the jump to read my verdict! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]

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By Josh Wilding - 10/2/2012

It's hard to believe that Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 is written by Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men). It's just so...well, terrible! Despite being "double-sized", the final issue in the series is all over the place in terms of storytelling, and while it successfully sets the stage for Marvel NOW!, that's just about all it does do right. Say what you will about the way that Brian Michael Bendis handled the death of Charles Xavier, but it was at least handled well enough that we could believable buy into why Scott Summers would kill his former mentor and become "Dark Phoenix". Rather than following up on that, this issue features unnecessary flashbacks aplenty (it's as if they only just realised that they forgot to cover this material in previous instalments) and an unsatisfying final battle between Dark Phoenix and the Avengers which is sure to leave many fans cold. It's just a mess of a comic book and a lot of the dialogue is particularly cringe worthy.

A big part of what makes this issue so disappointing is Adam Kubtert's artwork. He's a capable artist, but not good enough to deliver the goods on an issue this important. If Olivier Coipel had lent his talents to this final instalment, it wouldn't be hard to imagine him elevating the mediocre script, but that's sadly not the case here. However, the main problem with Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 is how poorly written so many of the characters are. Wolverine once killed hundreds of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents under the influence of HYDRA and has murdered countless others besides. Here, Scott Summers is treated like the world's greatest villain after simply trying to make it a better place and killing ONE man under the influence of an uncontrollable COSMIC entity. And yet, the issue ends with a smirking Captain America standing over an imprisoned Cyclops as Wolverine arrogantly watches over. Unbelievable. Writers like Joss Whedon, Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen have spent years building up the character of Cyclops, and that is now seemingly all undone. Had Marvel actually made him a believable villain (Gillen in particular has been foreshadowing his becoming like Magneto for a long, long time), then it would be acceptable, but as the issue ends, it's hard to understand why exactly he's being treated as he is making it all the more unsatisfying a read.

In hindsight, it should have been obvious that The Avengers would win. After all, they did just star in a $1.5 billion movie. Perish the thought that Marvel would want anyone reading the series to view THEM as the villains. However, whichever side you ultimately fall down on, there's no getting around the fact that the X-Men franchise has been left in a mess thanks to Avengers Vs. X-Men. With too many Avengers books to count on stands this Fall, the characters have become little more than part of that franchise. In fact, Marvel seem intent on returning us to the "good 'ol days" of the 90s. Clunky costumes (see Cable and X-Force) and an insane amount of variant covers - 18 and counting for Uncanny Avengers so far. Avengers Vs. X-Men started off strong and could have been something really special. Another Civil War or House of M. Unfortunately, not even this final issue manages to make up for the less than stellar moments of Act Two and Three. Even putting aside my own personal feelings about how poorly handled the event has been, it's a generally awful read. For anyone who knows and cares about these characters, you'll be left scratching your head at the way they have been handled here. It's just BAD. Oh, and the new Nova, a.k.a. Sam Alexander? Ugh...

An absolutely terrible end to a disappointing event, Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the series. Despite a few half-decent character moments, this issue has left this particular fan saying "No Thanks" to Marvel NOW!.



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NemesisNemonus - 10/2/2012, 11:22 AM
I haven't read this series yet, waiting for it to end so I can read it in one sitting. I am a Cyclops fan, even though he was a boyscout for so long, so I am curious to see how it all goes down. Used to love Wolverine but I have slowly grown to dislike the aggogant immortal he needs to die for awhile like Victor Creed.
TankD - 10/2/2012, 11:23 AM
Was the problem with this event that it just had to many writers? I just cant put my finger on it.
NemesisNemonus - 10/2/2012, 11:23 AM
oh and yay
zemus - 10/2/2012, 11:25 AM
Seems like you are crazy cyclopes bias.
OdinsBeard - 10/2/2012, 11:26 AM
damn that sucks..

well glad i dropped events after Siege. i actually really liked Siege but it just felt like a good end for the arch that i had been following. and from what i read about fear itself and avx - it sounds like i made the right choice.
Asterisk - 10/2/2012, 11:28 AM
Doesn't this issue come out Wednesday? Or is that just U.S. or something?
NemesisNemonus - 10/2/2012, 11:30 AM
Na, I used to hate the boyscouts of comics like Captain America, Cyclops, and especially Superman. Cyclops grows on you after awhile but I still despise Supes.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/2/2012, 11:35 AM
Yea, there were some good parts to AvX but after this event, I'm through with "events" save for the Age Of Ultron. Like you've mentioned Josh, I've liked how Cyclops was portrayed in stories like House Of M, Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, Messiah Complex, Second Coming, and etc. It's a shame he gets arrested like he's Norman Osborn.smh

He get's arrested yet Scarlet Witch gets to be free? I guess because she's an Avenger...
plasticman - 10/2/2012, 11:36 AM
This is the way I have felt from the start, Josh. I have not bought any of the AvX comics because I am sick of every year there being another BIG event. How often do these guys realistically have to save the world or bicker over the way outside entities (such as the government) view them?
ATrueHero1987 - 10/2/2012, 11:37 AM
Who knows? Like Tony Stark, Scott will be the asshole of the Marvel Universe before he's redeemed 2 or 3 years from now.
JustDame - 10/2/2012, 11:41 AM
I've enjoyed avx for the most part. Was looking forward to the last issue, not so sure now. Ill have to read it myself and other reviews.
NerdyGeek - 10/2/2012, 11:41 AM
So, it's not very good then.
GoILL - 10/2/2012, 11:45 AM
I've heard mostly bad things about this whole event, glad I didn't waste money on it.
buzzman - 10/2/2012, 11:46 AM
@tea - NICE!! I think she's on everyone's pull list...;-)
theInvincibleMexiMan - 10/2/2012, 12:07 PM
I just want to know why Marvel would get rid of Copiel for the last issue. He did such a great job on issue 11 and then they trade him for Kubert who draws every character like the Crimson Chin??

smh
Cth - 10/2/2012, 12:09 PM
Spoilers came out last week.

And yeah, it does sound like Cyclops fans are going to be bitter and angry.

..

Tomorrow is going to be AWESOME!

baldric33 - 10/2/2012, 12:09 PM
Not really shocking. Jason Aaron is by far the worst writer at Marvel. His work is wrought with continuity and characterization errors. You really only had to look at the crap he created with Scizm to know how this would end up. Hopefully he can be fired soon so he can go back to masterbating over Wolveerine in the pricacy of his bedroom rather than in the comics themselves.
FlixMentallo21 - 10/2/2012, 12:35 PM
If the comic stunk--and you knew it was going to stink--then why on earth did you buy it??? On the other hand, by doing so, now you will avoid Marvel NOW! like the plague. Let this tell you why you did both the right AND the wrong thing:
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/comics/news/?a=66111
OtakuPapi - 10/2/2012, 12:52 PM
i'm happy the event is closing.Marvel was trying to do too much and not enough.Stuffing this event into 12 issues was stupid, the tie in's were all out of order.If this was supposed to be a earth shattering event, why are all the other books outside of Avengers and X-men not effect. It lacked depth for sure, so many things could've been done.It just didnt feel like a big event, it fizzed out earlier.I love marvel but they were more bent on promoting Marvel Now and getting to the end of Avx than anything!
mctrinket - 10/2/2012, 12:53 PM
A lot of people do not care for Cyclops. Fact.
Mentok - 10/2/2012, 1:00 PM
And a lot of people DO care for Cyclops. FACT.
marvel72 - 10/2/2012, 1:00 PM
i've only read the first six issues,i normally wait for the trade paperback but i borrowed them off a mate of mine.

i will buy the trade,the story did have its moments were i thought it was good.
Mentok - 10/2/2012, 1:06 PM
Great review Josh, my favorite bit:

"Writers like Joss Whedon, Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen have spent years building up the character of Cyclops, and that is now seemingly all undone."

Sad, so sad and so true.

Wingding - 10/2/2012, 1:07 PM
This just makes me more pissed about Marvel NOW! And it's a stupid name
catman - 10/2/2012, 1:11 PM
Not good.. yep Marvel books are really quite bad right now...I have heard this from loyal marvel fans over and over.. DC is the best read..glad I made the right choice.

But I was wanting to buy Avengers vs X-men in trade ...guess there no point now...?
Christuffer - 10/2/2012, 1:19 PM
If this series is so bad, how did it ever make it to the shelf? Didn't someone say, "Gee guys, this is kinda cheesy!"
ATrueHero1987 - 10/2/2012, 1:20 PM
Still ready for some of these new Marvel NOW books including All New X-Men but now that makes me nervous...especially after seeing the previews for issue #1 and the ending of AvX.
REDSTORM - 10/2/2012, 1:32 PM
It was leaked on 4chan yesterday. Yea, it's as bad as Josh says. **SPOILERS** Everything that went wrong was the Avengers fault. Cap even ends up doing what Scott wanted to do (let Hope get the Phoenix) and blames Scott anyway. Terrible.

Cth - 10/2/2012, 1:44 PM
It leaked last week at NeoGAF (4chan's source) and no it's was yet another X-men screw up.

Once again a mutant problem causes reality type problems for the rest of the marvel u.

Besides Cyclps idea of training a preteen girl is to beat her half to death. Cyclops was a religious nut akin to David Koresh. He deserved what he got. Hopefully the xuniverse will move forward without relying so much on prophecies and other religious imagery. get back to the basics.
126thst - 10/2/2012, 1:45 PM
People complained Cyclops was too one dimensional and a good boy all the time..They do something different with him, everyone gets there panties in a bunch. We comic book readers will never be pleased...
Battabing - 10/2/2012, 1:57 PM
I've been saying this series was a shit show since issue #2.
hush - 10/2/2012, 2:04 PM
Am I the only one who when people say 'Marvel NOW!' I hear 'Catholicism WOW!'?

It's a weird thing, but the 'anti hero' is slowly dying a death. Personally I have always preferred Cyke and I'm pretty gutted the way Marvel treat him, get continue to give head to Logan in every single damn issue of everything they sell.

It's the same way I feel towards Batman now. Give me the Big Blue Boyscout any day of the week.
sciencefriction - 10/2/2012, 2:29 PM
Marvel's been in the dumps for awhile now.
JoshWilding - 10/2/2012, 2:33 PM
Thanks guys, glad to hear I'm not the only one who isn't happy with what Marvel are doing right now. I tried not to get TOO spoilery with this review (especially as the issue isn't "officially" out just yet) but if the way they treat Cyclops doesn't piss you off, the crap they pull with Hope Summers and the Scarlet Witch sure will! One of the worst comics I've ever read.

And hey, I'm a Marvel guy and have been for as long as I can remember but they've lost me with this. If we're lucky, Kieron Gillen will repair some of the damage done by the hacks "Architects" in Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences. I'll only be picking up a very small number of their titles during this Marvel NOW! bullshit (which is basically ALL Avengers) and spending my money on creator owned stuff instead.
HelaGood - 10/2/2012, 2:37 PM
well that sucks... was digging parts of it (especially the bits drawn by Coipel!), but to hear it ends lame is really disappointing.
ATrueHero1987 - 10/2/2012, 2:39 PM
@JoshWilding In truth the only real good issues were by Jonathan Hickman and (kinda surprisingly) Matt Fraction....and each only got to do 2 issues.
Shadowelfz - 10/2/2012, 2:41 PM
Damn straight Josh!

I do take issue with the line: "It's hard to believe that Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 is written by Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men). It's just so...well, terrible!"

For me its definately not hard to believe since I feel that Aaron is one of the worst writers in the industry. Shism I'd have to say is possibly the worst written book I've read outside of Warren Ellis' work. Its a shame because Whedon and Fraction did such an amazing job building Cyclops up.
Shadowelfz - 10/2/2012, 2:44 PM
And hey, I'm a Marvel guy and have been for as long as I can remember but they've lost me with this. If we're lucky, Kieron Gillen will repair some of the damage done by the hacks "Architects" in Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences. I'll only be picking up a very small number of their titles during this Marvel NOW! bullshit (which is basically ALL Avengers) and spending my money on creator owned stuff instead. -Josh

I am totally there with you too, Josh. I am a Marvel guy myself and outside of a few Batman/Superman/Green Lantern Comics exclusively bought from Marvel. Whats been going on with Marvel comics, however, has turned me off from their comics completely until they stop this crap.

The worst part is that Marvel has the best characters in comics and they are blowing up all over the launchpad with each new book. Foreshame, marvel. Foreshame.
JoshWilding - 10/2/2012, 2:46 PM
Marvel87: Yeah, it definitely wasn't all bad, but it started going downhill as soon as Namor attacked Wakanda and they started all that nonsense of the Phoenix Five losing their powers (I love Spidey, but that crap with Colossus and Magik was a joke). Regardless, there's just no way I can forgive Marvel for how they've treated Cyclops...his character is forever tarnished by this event and the X-Men are now nothing more than part of the Avengers franchise. Actually makes me wish the movie had never happened! :)
JoshWilding - 10/2/2012, 2:51 PM
You know, you might be right about Aaron actually Shadowelfz - I've just liked a LOT of his work on Wolverine and The X-Men. However, he's always written Cyclops with a pretty clear amount of disdain and this finale was just a chance for him to rub salt in the wound...how someone who spent years writing about a killer like Logan and then pen an issue where Cyclops is condemned as he is here is beyond me. Say what you will about Joe Quesada, but Axel Alonso has been the worst possible E-i-C we could have got. All about sales and stunts!
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