Thursday, April 5, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men #1

This is an issue where I can feel an internal conflict raging.

Not in the comic - in my fanboy heart.

The critical nerd in there wants to slam Avengers vs. X-Men because the story is standing on the most spindly of legs. The Phoenix is making a beeline toward the Earth, and everyone knows it's coming for the young X-Man named Hope.

Since the Phoenix has this nasty habit of destroying planets, everyone's understandably concerned.

But will the X-Men agree to work with the Avengers to face this menace? Don't be silly. Cyclops is the character in this series who has to behave irrationally, refusing to work with the Avengers. Guess what happens next.

Ah, but that's where the hopeful nerd takes over. I look at this comic, I see the two sides lining up against each other, the battle is about to break out, and I feel like a kid again.

This is exactly the kind of story Marvel does well - "faces" fighting each other for flimsy reasons.

It's just a fun, pro wrestling-style excuse for a knock-down, drag-out fight. It certainly doesn't hurt to have the excellent John Romita, Jr. providing the artwork.

The stakes are high, the outcome grim, and the war is about to begin. Save me a seat!

Grade: A


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