Thursday, September 13, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men #11

You have to wonder if we'll ever be surprised by any major comic book event again.

I say this because when such events happen - such as in this issue of Avengers vs. X-Men - the comics companies SEND OUT A PRESS RELEASE REVEALING THE TWIST TO THE PUBLIC. (Sorry for shouting - it's a personal peeve.)

I managed to avoid the stories about the "shocking" events in this issue, but my reaction was very ho-hum, frankly.

As with any major comics event, the big twist invariably involves death. And that death is almost always reversed somehow within a few years. (When it isn't reversed, it's always a character I wish like crazy they would bring back. See: The Wasp.)

So that's what happens here, as the noose tightens and the Phoenix Force continues to move in the "total annihilation of the Earth" direction, while the Avengers try to find a way to stop the unstoppable.

It's an issue with a few nice moments, but writer Brian Bendis doesn't manage any real shocks here. I suppose the last page comes close.

I really like artist Olivier Coipel's work (here with Mark Morales' inks), but he seems to struggle with the large number of characters on display here. For example, there a splash page of a big confrontation that looks nice, but I have no idea what's actually happening in there.

We'll have to wait for the next issue before passing final judgment on this series, but this issue seemed to be a by-the-numbers exercise in setting up the final issue.

Not bad, but not great.

Grade: B+


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