AvX #4

I love how this book started out.

You remember star wars (I love star wars btw folks), well think The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke cuts open that animal. I don’t know, it’s what I’m reminded of when I read the first page. So as seen in last issue’s review, Logan got booted, and is now “lost” in Antarctica. While every other avenger and x-man is off looking for Hope..Summers that is, in Latveria, the Savage Land, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, and Wundagore Mountain. Logan is following a trail of beers, which eventually leads him to Hope herself, who cunningly convinces him to help out. In Space, the team charged to stop the Phoenix Force, seems to meet its end by the hands of Thor, only to witness it will take more than the might of Moljnir, at the Hellfire Club. Emma Frost is using Toad to access Cerebra (Cerebro’s sister computer mutant tracker thing). As she scans, she sees that even though she is looking for hope, she sees none, nor the girl she’s after. As this happens, Logan at some point decides to inform Cap.A that he has the girl. As Emma Frost was controlling him/reading his mind, she also discovers the whereabouts of Hope Summers. At A.I.M Worldworks, where they take a shuttle to reach the “Blue Area of the moon” (an artificial Environment created by the alien Skrulls). Moments after landing, the Avengers meet the two, and Logan meets an optic blast to the face. Just as a new fight is about to begin, the MIGHTY THOR crash lands on the moon. “BA-BOOOOOM” HE POINTS… THE PHOENIX IS HERE… TO BE CONTINUED.

Sorry, I got excited. You’ll see why shortly.
So the writer, is another that I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing very much. I believe he’s currently working on Fantastic Four (FF4), where he killed off Johnny Storm. Don’t worry though, he’s back now (I stopped reading that book, before he died, so I’m not sure about how he died, or how/why, he’s back but I’m sure it was in that typical comic way where we never seen anyone actually “dead”). If you noticed, I kept using hope as a thing instead of a name, the writer does that a lot here, and it’s great for it. It’s something I’ve expected to happen since her purpose was reviled years ago. The name is so fitting to the character, and all the supporting cast who has to deal with her. This is another “fight” issue, but there’s not much of it. It’s almost a filler issue, but not at the same time. The writing is great though, if you like small plays on words like I do anyway. Some of the characters do seem outta place at times, but its ok. The highlights are the first page, and the Thor moments.

The 4th issue is by JR.jr is even better than the last. Not as great as the first, but worth every penny paid for the artist and the book. He draws a very erie looking Wolverine, when Logan needs to hack and slash. Only Steve McNiven rivals the look of a bad ass looking Wolverine doing what he does best (From what I’ve seen). The Fear he draws in a characters face is also second to none. The look on Thor’s face when he’s fighting the Phoenix… CLASSIC. You have to seriously wonder, when a “god” who is eager for a fight, gets shook. How powerful is the thing/person in his sights? If you don’t know about the Phoenix Force (which you should… Again its on Netflix), then you may not understand. X-3 wasn’t a good example. But point is, it strikes fear in a god of thunder, and it’ beautifully done by JR.jr.

Even though this book feels like a filler, it’s not a filler you wanna miss. It has a lot of info in it all the same, and it helps set up the turn of the tide that’s soon to come.

Enjoy your week!


  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art:  3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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