Thursday, July 19, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men #8 (of 12)

So here's what I love about this issue of Avengers vs. X-Men: it's a love letter to the Golden Age. Sorta.

It picks up right where the last issue left off, with a Phoenix-powered Namor launching a tidal wave against Wakanda (the Black Panther's nation). That's a flashback to one of the Sub-Mariner's original appearances when he launched a similar watery attack against New York City.

Most of this issue is given over to that kind of all-out action, as the Avengers face down an enraged Namor (which is bad enough ordinarily, but add in some godlike power and you have a real problem).

The story is scripted by Brian Bendis, and it rockets along at top speed. The art is by the excellent Adam Kubert with inks by John Dell, and they amp up the action as the battle rages across Wakanda.

You don't buy this series looking for deep storytelling, and this one offers up a few interesting incidents - but it's mostly just here to provide a slugfest.

A bit old-fashioned, but good clean fun. Nothing wrong with that.

Grade: B+


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