AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 (OF 12)

Review by: akamuu

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Story by Brian Michael Bendis & Jason Aaron
Art by Frank Cho
Colors by Jason Keith
Cover by Frank Cho, Stephanie Hans, & Jim Cheung

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

I never cared about The Avengers until Bendis’s Disassembled storyline. Not only did it make me a near devout follower to the modern titles, but it inspired me to go back and pick up the classic titles. For me, Marvel couldn’t have asked for a better writer for one of their flagship books (I’m imagining a Marvel as a big armada that’s so spread out, it needs three or four “lead ships”.)

I’ve been reading The X-Men since I was nine. I stuck through it with Milligan on scripts, through Land on pencils (which can stop any day now). I even collected all of The X-Treme X-Men (and, for the love of God, why are they relaunching this particular trainwreck). For the most part, I’ve been enjoying it more over the past year than I was a few years ago. It’s always felt like it was going somewhere, but these days it feels like it knows where that destination is.

The idea of this crossover had me cautiously excited. And the #0 issue has made me both more nervous and more optimistic.

Brian Michael Bendis’s Scarlet Witch story is terribly written. I accept that this is a zero issue and he wants to get several years of storyline into a few panels so that he can hit is with his Real World Avengers Mansion dialog (At one point Iron Man says “Little rough on her, huh?”, and I expected Beast to snap and say “Oh no, he didn’t go there!”). But giving background and spoon feeding plot points is not a fine line for a writer of Bendis’s experience. This issue furthers my joy that Bendis is leaving the Avengers titles. It’s well past time he moved on to something else. The last panel is ridiculous to the point that I expect the iFanboys will put it up for mockery in panels of the week.

Aaron’s Hope story is in stark contrast to The Scarlet Witch’s. Sure, I’ve read the first few pages about a thousand times already, as it’s been in the back of every Marvel book since 1992 (this is slight hyperbole). I skimmed over it to get to the new stuff, and it’s good. I like the setup, I like the way Aaron incorporates the backstory in a way that doesn’t feel forced.

Cho’s art gives the title some consistency from Bendis’s story to Aaron, and it’s, you know, Cho art. I like it. If you usually like his stuff, you’ll enjoy this.

We have Issue One of Avengers Vs. X-Men tucked away in a box in the corner of the store, as Diamond is prepping everybody for Avengers Vs. X-Men “parties” next week. I don’t work for the kind of store that does events like that, but I’m going to let it sit in that box for at least a few days before I pick it up. Maybe I’ll read the back half of this collection again to psyche myself up for it.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. RKB RKB says:

    I definitely agree with you about Bendis’s portion of the story (which, at least for me, extends to most of the titles he’s currently writing). I respect him for this contributions to Marvel and I know, hands down, he is one of the best writers in the medium, but I think I am a little burnt out on him. Maybe its my fault, but his titles haven’t really been drawing me in like they used to and it seems like he’s hitting the same plot points over and over again. I often find myself saying, “Not another New Avengers-Norman Osborn fight!” Hopefully, the rotating writers during the AvX event will keep things interesting. Also, great to have you back Akamuu! You’re early reviews always help me decide what to pick up at my LCS!

  2. psynetrix psynetrix says:

    I am a huge Bendis detractor, but the Scarlet Witch’s chapter was much better than Hope’s. Wanda fighting solo, Ms. Marvel and Spider Woman’s appearance, and the long awaited return to the mansion were all cool things to see. On the other hand… Bushmaster, Puff Adder, and Cottonmouth? Good lord! I had no idea these characters even existed, and apparently have a long history in the M.U.

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    • akamuu akamuu says:

      For me, it’s not about what happens in the story. It’s about how the story is told. Aaron scripted a far more interesting story despite having a much less interesting frame to work with. I certainly don’t care about Puff Adder or Cottonmouth, but I cared about the story that Aaron wrote around them.

      On the other hand, I love the idea of the story between Vision and The Scarlet Witch. It could have been fantastic. Instead, it seemed that Bendis didn’t even extend the energy to phone it in. It’s like he threw the storyline at his cat, gave his cat the phone, and asked the cat to phone it in for him. He made what should have been a great story, boring.

      I’m curious, though, why do you not post your reviews on this site, but, instead, comment on others’ reviews with links to your off-site work? I’m not saying it’s good or bad, I’m just curious I’ve seen you do this on over a dozen reviews in the last few weeks.

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