Thursday, July 5, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men #7

During the House of M mini-series, the Scarlet Witch famously said the words, "No More X-Men" - and most of the world's mutants lost their powers.

The phrase for this issue of Avengers vs. X-Men is "No More Avengers" - and it looks like it might come true.

That's because the godlike power of the Phoenix Force has been divided among five different X-Men - Cyclops, Colossus, Namor, Emma Frost and Magik - and they've been using the power to cure the Earth's problems.

But the Avengers (perhaps rightly, perhaps wrongly) don't trust the Phoenix, so they've been opposing the "Phoenix Five" by spiriting away the mutant named Hope, who's caught squarely in the middle. The Avengers feel she's the key to stopping the Phoenix, and the X-Men feel she can reverse the Scarlet Witch's spell and revive mutants around the world.

Escalating the tension is the only hero who seems able to hurt the Phoenix - the newly-returned Scarlet Witch (and how nice to see her again as a hero - I truly hope her character is back in action after this feuding is over).

In the meantime, everyone has lots of reasons to fight fight fight - which is really what this series is all about.

The art by Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales is quite good, despite the incredible crowd of characters they're asked to depict. I really need a scorecard to keep up with many of these characters - especially on the X-Men side. There sure are a lot of them, considering most of them supposedly went away.

At any rate, there are some interesting wheels within wheels here, and one of the "Five" goes rogue here (no, not Rogue the mutant).

Still an interesting read, but this series has a habit of repeating itself - and this issue, as artfully done as it is, just seems like more of the same from last issue.

Grade: B+


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