AvX #12

Issue starts with Tony explaining how and why the Phoenix Force is here, and affected by Wanda Maximoff. Wanda’s chaos magic is a ying to the Phoenix Force’s yang of control. Then, he explains how exactly Hope will bring forth a win. It cuts to the battle that started in the last issue, and then back to roughly 72 hours prior for a bit to give us a bit of back story. The issue then gets all action oriented by showing Hulk and Thor get punched half way across the globe. And Cap, seemingly arriving to give the Avengers one last push. With Cyclops easily beating them, Nova helps ground him, where some hope comes from the tag team of Hope, and Wanda who eventually beat him. As he falls, the Phoenix Force finds its intended Host, who seems to be in total control and is fixing the destruction made by Cyclops. When she comes back (she moves very fast), she announces to her onlookers that she is the Phoenix, and Wanda informs her that’s not why she was chosen. She tells Hope that she’s the only one willing and able to deny the Phoenix a host vessel and in doing so, she does what she is most famous for doing. No more Phoenix. And just like that, the battle is over. Now most of the X-men’s prominent members are on the run, and Cap.A believes it’s time for a new set of Avengers, something a little more uncanny. Meanwhile, Cyclops has been arrested, and currently in prison. The end. For now.

First and foremost, I want to say: this is the Marvel version of Final Crisis. NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED.
I’m sure in later years, this will mean more since there’s “no more Phoenix” and all. But at the end of House of M, there was a CLEAR CUT OUTCOME. This was just, blah,  and then “oh yea.. Your fallen comrades are missing and need to be found in case you were wondering, arrested Cyclops”. I’m sorry but for as great as this idea felt, and as hyped as it was, and for how great this started,  it failed. This was a series of arcs to get here, and Hope Summers seemed fated to be this WICKED character, and all the writers as a team blew it. The art and panel work was good, but for the most part, I’m ashamed Marvel produced this.


In case you were wondering how it’s like final crisis, the heroes win by having Superman find this “wish maker” machine, that literally creates what ever you wish for. He wished for a happy ending–No more Phoenix, who really hasn’t been a thing of prominence since the Dark Phoenix saga with Jean Grey, so it  just felt lame. Since “Civil War”, these arcs have been pointless, or poorly handled. This again is why I call it similar to Final Crisis. Anyway, I’m done rambling..

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.5 out of 5
  • Art: 3 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
  • Story: 1 out of 5

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #11

R.I.P

Cap.A is at the end of his rope and goes to one person he knows will help him, simply out of respect. The Hulk who responds “Yes. Hulk will smash for you”. Later, many X-men who supported the Phx.5 have now found refuge with Charles Xavier and the able bodied Avengers, namely Rouge. As seen in the final pages of last issue, Cyclops needs Emma’s side of the PHX. Force, which she’s aware but she has other plans for, but suddenly something is wrong at Utopia. Cyclops is the only one to sense it, how ever the final battle has begun and Cyclops didn’t even know. Charles Xavier (the worlds strongest telepath) entered Cyclops mind and forced him to his will as he said he would. Cyclops eventually breaks free and realizes he needs more power not just a partner. He takes the PHX fragment and knowing he needs Charles off the board, he kills him, becoming the “Dark Phoenix”.
To be concluded.

This was the best issue in terms of pacing, emotion, and layout. Copiel and Bendis work amazingly together. I will say though, the use of the Hulk in this issue is minimal, which is upsetting. They get him to help and do it to this almost incredible scale and he doesn’t really do anything. I fault Bendis for that. Granted, no matter what Hulk did, I’m sure it wouldn’t be as effective as the “chaos magic” of Wanda. But still… look, I just like the hulk ok.

Coipel’s pencil work is just great in the issue as is the layout of it all, just feels like a movie, especially the first two pages. And I’m sure it was intended on page 7 to be a “foreshadow” of what happens to him. If not, then that is just damn good art work. This felt more polished when compared to the last issue he did.

Enjoy your week!!

Favourite moment in the series

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art: 4 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.7 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