Thursday, August 16, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men #10 (of 12)

I hold out hope that this series still has a few surprises up its sleeve - because at this point, it's walking down a well-trod and (frankly) obvious path.

Avengers vs. X-Men took a surprising turn when the Phoenix Force was split among five X-Men, who proceeded to use their cosmic powers to solve the world's problems.

That had promise - after all, how do the Avengers fight back against an opponent who's doing good works?

Sadly, that idea didn't last long - by this issue, the remaining members of the Five are being corrupted by their absolute power and have become tyrants.

That leads Cyclops to confront the Avengers in their final hideout, a battle that seems hopeless - until he faces the mutant known as Hope.

It's a solid issue as far as the action goes, the script by Ed Brubaker is quite good, and the art by Adam Kubert and John Dell is outstanding - but it just feels like things are following the most obvious path ahead.

I've been enjoying the series so far, but it remains to be seen if the creative team can mange to "stick the landing."

Grade: B+


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