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 #10

The beginning of the end.

nicely done cover with both Hope Summers )right) and Wanda done by Jim Cheung

As seen in the last issue, more of the Avengers were on a rescue mission and what ever was left at Kun’ Lun were injured. And Cyclops had found where Hope was being trained. Iron Fist (no connection to the movie coming out) Grabs her as Cyclops begins his one man war for Hope. Iron Fist gives her a chance to run to find Lei Kung by creating a distraction and in so doing runs to the Lei Kung who shows her, her final lesson. On Utopia, Magneto witnesses the dark side of the Phoenix in Emma Frost. Back at Kun, Lun, a few injured , but able body, heroes come to try and stop Cyclops.But he stops their efforts. Hope and Lei Kung stop him from causing more. Harm but summoning the “Shao Lao” (“the undying force of the power os K’un Lun. They seemingly fight to stand off where somehow Hope Steals the Dragons power(s).. Shocked and scared, she run and finds Beast, Scarlet witch, and Iron Man. Tired of all that happened She uses the first ever usage of the “Chaotic Fist” saying “GO AWAY!” Which he does… To the moon. Realizing he needs more power.. He heads to find Emma. Magneto contacts Xavier and tells him he’s needed to save his X-men.. To be continued.

I really thought Cyclops had the best Phoenix outfit.. Then when its all said and done with the Art efforts of Adam Kubert and so forth. I was left asking… Why is Scott wearing a speedo… It was kinda hard to take him seriously. Besides that.. I love that this Kubert isn’t cheap when it comes to doing split second art work (as in something is in one panel and for whatever reason its “not” in the next even though everything else stays the same). Many times I’ll read something and the art will be just copied and have small edits/adjustments. Even though I do love continuity. Knowing that each panel was “hand drawn” made the  comic feel just that much more enjoyable while reading. There’s more but the review must continue.

I think Ed Brubaker may be becoming something worth following. The pacing set up behind this issue felt, fast, but not fast enough to have you lost. Granted that’s a matter of perception, but everything just seemed to appropriately follow the last action. And the small jokes that are in the issue were great as well… My favourite parts were the end bit of the book where hope give him the “Chaotic Fist” nd the bit afterwards.

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5
  • Art: 3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 3 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

AvX #9

“Every Avenger gets their moment”

A flash forward to pivotal moment to in the book where Colossus is beating some one to a pulp.  10 hours previous the Avengers are losing across the board, as Cap.A, Wolverine and others return from a rescue mission, Spidey, training with Hope Summers to prepare her for a fight tells hope that every Avengers gets their Turn, (she’s not an avenger.. He’s just saying) some times you just have to wait and follow the big guns for your turn. In Wakanda, Storm arrives to try to help rebuild what’s happened 8 Days prior, (see *last review**) in doing so she finds out all X-men have been branded terrorist, and that the high priest of the Panther Clan has annulled their marriage… He is the high priest… As she turns away she tells him she would like to help the avengers replenish their ranks by telling them where the PHX.4 are keeping their prisoners. Later, the Avengers begin their “Search & Rescue” mission, where they meet up with Prof X. Who helps them hid in Magik’s hell on earth prison. After finding the captured heroes they realize they can’t teleport of there for all the demonic energy prevents it. So Spidey realizes… Its his turn.. As an avenger, he knows what he must do, and he pulls them away from fighting colossus & Magik, who, fights, to an almost tragic end. But is smart enough to manipulate the two to fighting over the others portion of the Phoenix force. When the other Heroes return with the once detained, some go back, & learn that the two had basically both lost their power, grabbed spidey, and head back to Kun’ Lun… Where Cyclops has found them…. To be continued. 

Mr. Kubert’s art in this issue may have out done his previous issue. It was amazing to see his art work just come out the way it did. There was some more “out of panel” stuff. Which was very easy on the eyes, and gives you this ideas that you’re being led. As much as I love Jr.jr’s work, this guy could have drawn the whole epic and I would have been glued. Funny thing, do you guys remember the Original gameboy? Well I think spider-man’s first ever game for a “system” was for that hand held device, and when he draws the web-head, it reminds me of that.. Slightly.. And a touch of the Ultimate spider-man. He does really good work here.

Jason Aaron.. I never pictured him as a guy who would/could write spider-man, but he fairs well with the character. Has a mild feeling of that J. Michael Straczynski spider-man run, but still very much Aaron’s way of doing things. There were many jokes to be had, he may have been the best written character this issue. To this point Spidey didn’t say or “do” much. He is in each issue, just… Not a huge factor. He’s a “street” level hero. Stopping muggings, and such. He just so happens to have crazy villains. The story does seem to be on that cliff of the ending soon. And this may have been the start to it. The Emma Frost part (I didn’t mention it because its bit of a shock that one should see), is such a fav moment in the series.. I don’t know about you.. But I was waiting for that to happen.

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.6out of 5
  • Art: 4.7 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 3 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

AvX #8

“Scott, I’m saying this as clearly as I can… Stop this or I will stop you” -Prof X.

Namor has brought a wet hellish fury upon Wakanda, the Avengers aren’t totally prepared, Cap.A & BP(Black Panther) lead the charge. Iron Man grabs Lei Kung thru a Portal back to Kun Lun. Where Hope & Logan had just arrived.  Namor fights with Cap.A, fitting since Namor was the one to find Cap.A in the ice, years & years ago. Iron Fist tries to help, but is thwarted, BP tries to use Namor’s Turned back against him, Namor seems to be willing to give a finishing blow, (of course there’s that egotistical dialogue to show how strong he is) but BP, and Cap.A were stalling.. For the Arrival of Earth’s Mightiest. Else where, Cyclops becomes aware of Namor’s actions & prepares to head to Wakanda. Even though Namor breaks the ones who seem to be unbreakable, Cap.A Sends in the biggest Gun, Wanda Maximoff to the final blow, she’s successful, but as he falls and the fighting seems to have stopped.. All the hero’s question if its a win. & just as they do the rest of the PHX.5 arrive, the hero’s retreat, & some how, the X-men absorb the Phoenix Force from Namor, thus making them the PHX 4. “How dare you Scott Summers” says Charles Xavier (Prof. X) mentally. He tells Cyclops to stop or he himself will stop him. When the heroes get to Kun Lun, they realize that it took every single one of them, to beat Namor, and that each time one of them falls, the PHX. Force will just go back to one of the remaining members of the PHX.4. To be continued.

Bendis wrote a great issue. Which is normal. I swear he can rarely do wrong in my eyes and even if he does, I know its really to set something else up. I believe Bendis is amazing at handling a great sum of characters, he’s proven that with his landmark run on the two main Avengers titles. (Marvel needs to keep it at 2 Avengers… 3 at max) the characters that do talk, actually have something to lose and also have a history. Mostly Cap.A & BP, though I do wish BP had more lines since it was his country being destroyed. As I’ve said before I don’t know how much influence a writer has on what is actually drawn, in the way it is. But if he had a hand in it, then that makes him even better.

Adam Kubert, has this wicked style that I can appreciate more each time because there’s often MANY GAPS is how often I see it. He has this (as I interpret) style that seems almost like a well done sketch. Like he goes says ok Ill’ draw this roughly and then tada, its perfect. Ok maybe not literally. But.. It seems that way. My fave moments by him is the first page, the above Alternate cover, the first time we see the Avengers Vs Namor the Rulk moment,and the telepathy between Prof.X and Cyclops. They all had this great epic moment to it. I do like the way the mini fight between Wanda and Namor was handled in the panels. Its hard to have a “fight” in a comic book. But may have been the best thing I’ve seen in some time. (Though not this series).

The weight of the conversation between Prof. X and Cyclops is just huge. Remember Scott was an orphan and he has basically always known Prof.X for everything. From teaching him how to control his powers, to helping him deal with the loss of Jean Grey and everything in between. Its also such a menacing scene when you look at it. Look out for #9 PEACE!

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

Enjoy your week!!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5
  • Art: 1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.6 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

AvX #2

With cyclops throwing the  proverbial first punch… It’s official.. Avengers vs X-men has begun.


The last issue ends with S.H.I.E.L.D’s helicarrier flying just above Utopia where the fight really gets started in minutes, Hulk(Red) vs Colossus, Iron Man vs Emma Frost, Iron Man vs Magneto, Cyclops vs Captain America, Namor vs The Thing & Luke Cage, Dr Strange vs Magik. It all felt like the battle issue that was supposed to happen, given the title of the book. As all the fighting is taking place, Emma escorts Hope away, and realizing, she is the sole reason this is happening, she tells Emma that she needs to be out there. Emma instructs Hopes friends to not allow her to leave. No matter what. Hope, being trained by Cable, soon finds a way out. But not before Wolverine, who managed to slip away, tried to kill her. Some how Hope manages to tap into the Phoenix energy that is within her, and burns Wolverine inside and out. Hope has escaped. In space, Thor, Valkyrie, Beast, Ms Marvel, The Protector, War Machine, the Vision & Captain Britain look at raw power, the power of life and death itself, right in the face… To be continued.

 

Jason Aaron isn’t a writer I follow extensively. When I was trying to catch up on X-men, he did the Wolverine story where he is looking for Mystique for back stabbing the X-men (Though why you’d ever trust a shape shifter who abandoned both her kids, is beyond me), but this issue, even though its mostly a fighting issue, it has this odd grace to it. The small narration when two hero’s clash added that extra spice to make this book everything nice (Ye.. I just said that).
John romita is still as awesome as he has ever been in this issue. There’s something about his style that makes his stuff just look flawless, Maybe its the inker’s he gets to work with, but either way, the combo is just great. There are moments that are still epic and with the way the panels are placed they make everything better. My favourite moment is when Magneto challenges Iron Man and the build up to that is just a delight (Aaron & Romita may work very well together).

This book plays right into the title. This is definitely the most action packed issue until.. Well I won’t ruin which issue. But it is. (Keep reading the reviews to see.) Sadly the only thing this book/issue lacks is any clear cut winner between any two individual sides like Hulk (the red one.. here on out shall be”Rulk”) vs Colossus.. Like I’d want to see that fight. Hopefully Marvel is smart and make this a direct to dvd series that give us crazy fights and can help elaborate the story and the battles further.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.2 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