Today we take part in another exciting edition of Marvel’s Next Big Thing press call! On today’s docket: AVX Versus, a tie-in to 2012′s Avengers vs. X-Men event! We’re talking to editors Axel Alonso, Nick Lowe and Tom Brevoort.
A six-issue limited series, AVX Versus is all about the epic violence. Each issue sees two large-scale fights between individual Avengers and X-Men with widescreen art by the industry’s top talents. Two creative teams and two massive battles per issue. Brevoort calls it the “least essential but potentially highest selling book in the event.”
Issue one hits in April.
Bout one: Iron Man vs. Magneto by Jason Aaron & Adam Kubert
Bout two: Namor vs. Thing by Kathryn & Stuart Immonen.
When asked whether Versus serves as an alternative to previous experiments like Frontline or Imbedded, the editors agreed that this is the polar opposite approach. While the main title will see its fair share of brawling, Versus is the venue for fan-favorite moments similar to pro wrestling’s most spectacular pay-per-view specials.
Alonso suggests that if any book were made for an oversized collection, it’s Versus.
Readers can expect the kind of fan-favorite match-ups often debated by diehards, and though the editors are tight-lipped about exact bouts beyond the first issue, pairings like Rogue and Ms. Marvel aren’t off the mark. Fights will mostly consist of one-on-one skirmishes, but when we asked about the potential for third wheels to come barreling in with steel chairs, Brevoort conceded that creative teams aren’t restricted to keeping each fight entirely symmetrical.
So, who’d you like to see clobber who?