COMICS: Avengers VS X-Men #1 Review

Avengers vs X-men "officially" kicks off this week with its first issue, which super-team will come out on top?

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By LAWLZY96 - 4/4/2012
The over-sized event of 2012 is finally, after months of anticipation and an issue #0, upon us.



The first issue of Avengers vs X-men is mostly set-up, which is to be expected in most of these giant events. The issue actually moves much faster than I expected it to, with a big superhero brawl already set-up for issue two. The issue consists of the Avengers encountering Nova, Cyclops training Hope, and then the two sides meeting to talk about how to handle the coming of the Phoenix.

The Avengers encounter with Nova is a very entertaining segment, with the Avengers having to prevent any disasters that Nova's crash landing may have caused, but I can't help but feel that this portion could have been used to further the plot. There were six pages dedicated to the Avengers stopping a plane crash and such. I didn't really think an entire six pages was really necessary and they could have been put to better use building up tension for the coming conflict.

Scott's training with Hope also took up a large portion of the issue. The scene is okay, but I have a few gripes with it. I find it hard to believe that the training Hope needs to face the Phoenix is combat training. I expected something a little more zen, or something to do with self-control, not just Cyclops beating the crap out of her. Cyclops characterization is another point of contention in this issue. While I do understand where he's coming from and he doesn't act particularly out of character, he certainly seems to be put in a bad light. I find it hard to believe he would be so quick to act violently, and I'm worried this book might go down the path of Civil War, wherein one character was clearly the antagonist. Hopefully the series can handle him more delicately in the coming issues.



The art is something of a mixed bag. John Romita Jr's art has been going downhill for a long time, and this issue isn't exactly beautiful. I wouldn't say its distractingly bad, but a couple of characters look off, and I noticed a few lazy-eyes here and there. His handling of the action scenes are good though, and he draws the Phoenix with the proper awe and beautiful terror.

One more major complaint I have with this issue is not the fault of the issue itself, so I won't take off points for it. The best parts of the issue were the parts that were already included in the preview that could be seen in the back of many already released Marvel books. The scenes that made up the preview are the meat of this issue, and I'd already read them. It made the book seem to go by quicker than expected and was certainly annoying. Hopefully you just hadn't read them before buying this issue.

Overall, AVX is par for the course. It sets up an interesting premise for a story and delivers about what I expected; not more and not less. A couple things are handled poorly, but its not a bad read. I'm glad this is coming out biweekly, because it would be disappointing to have to wait four weeks after an underwhelming first chapter.

7/10
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dellamorte1872 - 4/4/2012, 6:37 PM
CYKE VS CAP = CAP
RULK VS JUGGEROLLUS = RULK
IRON MAN VS MAGNETO = MAGNETO
HOPE VS IRON FIST = HOPE
HAWKEYE VS ARMOR = HAWKEYE
WOLVERINE VS. GAMBIT = WOLVERINE
ROGUE VS. SPIDER-MAN = ROGUE
BLACK WIDOW VS. PSYLOCKE = PSYLOCKE
THOR VS STORM = THOR
SPIDER-WOMAN VS. ANGEL = SPIDER-WOMAN
LUKE CAGE VS. EMMA FROST = EMMA FROST
NAMOR VS THE THING = "ONCE THEY LEFT WATER" THE THING
BEAST VS. ICEMAN = BEAST
dellamorte1872 - 4/4/2012, 6:37 PM
THINK OF THAT FINAL BATTLE....

CAP, RULK, THOR, SPIDER-WOMAN, HAWKEYE, THE THING, BEAST

MAGNETO, ROGUE, PSYLOCKE, HOPE, EMMA FROST, WOLVERINE (WHO WILL DRAMATICALLY SWITCH SIDES)
dellamorte1872 - 4/4/2012, 6:42 PM
theres no one for WARPATH bro to fight tho...i assume VISION? in which case....WARPATH (he'll die taking him down). so it'll be a draw for that one
dellamorte1872 - 4/4/2012, 6:44 PM
still MS. MARVEL, CAPT MARVEL, WARBIRD....WHATEVER up there too!
LAWLZY96 - 4/4/2012, 7:37 PM
@SteveRogersSon I actually like JRJR's art more than most. I have great respect for him, and love his work in Amazing Spiderman, Man Without Fear, WWH, and Kick-Ass. It wasn't until recently when the quality of his artwork began to suffer...it took me a long time to accept that one of my favorite comic book artists was just no longer in his prime.
dellamorte1872 - 4/5/2012, 6:36 AM
AVENGERS will win b/c they have too many weapons for the X-MEN to "keep up" but HOPE will join with the PHEONIX FORCE (I'M SURE) then all of a sudden? the X-MEN will win at the last moment
dellamorte1872 - 4/5/2012, 6:39 AM
not even the HEAVIEST HITTING AVENGERS stand a chance against "the force" lol

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