The biggest event in comics is happening right now. Marvel’s big superteams are going at it and it is not going to be a pretty battle. The Avengers and The X-Men are at war. I will be focusing this post along with others to come on recapping what is happening, giving my observations and going over the battles within. I will be going through the individual issues of the main mini series, the side mini series and all of the tie ins. I don’t need to tell you at this point that there will be spoilers.
Let’s start with the zero issue:
The zero issue features two separate stories, the first of which deals with The Scarlet Witch written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Frank Cho. Wanda (The Scarlet Witch) stops an attack on a renegade A.I.M. agent from M.O.D.O.K with the help of Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel. After the battle she is taken to the Avengers Mansion where The Vision treats her very coldly due to her previous actions.
Bendis does a great job in letting the reader catch up on the past 10 years of Avengers history without going into too much detail and the art by Frank Cho is breathtaking.
The second story deals with Hope, written by Jason Aaron and also with art by Frank Cho. Cyclops confronts Hope who has been sneaking off of their island home of Utopia to fight crimes. Hope takes a shot at Cyclops using his own ability against him and storms off. After a short battle with the Serpent Society in which Emma and Scott come and prevent Hope from going to far with them, she tells him that she is ready for whatever the Phoenix force can bring.
Aaron tells a story here which shows how strong Hope is and how determined Scott is to protect her. Is Hope right about why Scott wants to protect her from Phoenix or does he have other reasons? Again, my observations on this will follow later on in this post.
The Phoenix force is on its way to Earth, and how this is going to play out is documented in the mini series called Avengers vs. X-Men.
Nova crashes on Earth, with a warning “It’s coming.” Meanwhile, Scott is in a training session with Hope and he is really pushing her hard, to the point where this happens:
Back to what The Avengers are doing. Captain America and Iron Man are having a meeting with the President of the United States and the joint chiefs of staff. They inform them that they were able to figure out from Nova that the Phoenix Force is on its way to Earth.
It is during this meeting in which Tony Starks programs inform him that an energy signature similar to the one that is emitted from the Phoenix Force has flared up on Earth. It was the incident that I posted above when Hope was training with Cyclops.
Captain America goes to Wolverine for help, Wolverine explains to him that Cyclops is going to have his own agenda against the Phoenix Force and agrees to help do what it takes to get Hope away from. They know that the Phoenix Force is going to be targeting Hope as its host. Scott believes that the Phoenix Force, should it use Hope as its host, can be trained to help bring mutantkind back.
Captain America comes to Utopia to place Hope into custody, Scott tells him that this is a mutant issue and that they will deal with it. They continue to argue and eventually, the first punch, or in this case, blast is thrown.
Captain America lands in the water, and says the two words that will begin an epic battle, “Avengers Assemble”
The Review: This issue is jammed with writers, a total of five doing the story (Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction) This issue was scripted by Bendis with the amazing art of John Romita Jr. The writing was top-notch, Bendis has a great feel for all these characters and it shows. Writing so many characters, sometimes a writer could get lost, and I will admit, some of the early Bendis Avengers issues, there were times in which I felt each character had the same voice. With this issue, I can easily tell that Bendis has greatly improved and has captured the personalities of each character.
I grew up reading the X-Men in the 80’s so seeing Romita Jr. drawing them again is a major treat. His style has changed just a little from what it was years ago but as always, looks amazing.
The battles: In this issue we just get one hit instead of one battle, but clearly, when you have to call for backup, you did not win that fight so,
Cyclops vs. Captain America
The winner – Cyclops
This ends part one at my look at Avengers Vs. X-Men. Part two will be up in a couple of days.