Thursday, November 1, 2012

A + X #1

"Marvel Now" is upon us, and the latest entry is another follow-up to the Avengers vs. X-Men event.

A + X is a bit of an odd duck - it's a team-up book that brings together an Avenger and an X-Man into a split comic, featuring an 11- and a 10-page story.

That's not a lot of room to develop a story, and Dan Slott and Jeph Loeb keep it basic, with a time-traveling team-up between Captain America and Cable, and a slugfest with Wolverine and the Hulk and the Hulk and Wolverine (that's not a typo).

Given so little room to work with, the stories are slim, and not a good reason to buy this comic.

The art, on the other hand, is excellent. Ron Garney tackles the World War II tale and provides powerful, high energy action, while Dale Keown returns to the Hulk with cinematic, larger-than-life art.

It's all meant to be fast and fun and lightweight - and it succeeds, I suppose, but there's not much meat on those bones.

If great art is enough, pick this one up. If you want some story in your comics, keep looking.

Grade: B-


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