AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #6 (OF 12)
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Art by Olivier Coipel
Cover by Jim Cheung, Nick Bradshaw, & Olivier Coipel
Size: 0 pages
*Potential spoilers for those who haven’t read previous issues*
Ok, now this story is going somewhere.
I don’t blame anyone for dropping off the AvX train based on its earlier entries. While the fight scenes were fun, there didn’t seem to be much motivation for the characters’ actions. Issue 1′s fight scene between Cyclops and Cap seemed…well, forced. Cap’s always struck me as a bit more level-headed that that.
On top of that, the artwork – with the exception of the fight scenes – seemed rushed; characters faces in the expository panels often looked contorted, sleepy, or otherwise pained.
Ish 6 lays the groundwork to understand the characters’ actions and motivations. For the first time in the series, I felt like this book was true to the characters.
That said, Hickman misses an opportunity to show us how the world – beyond the Avengers and the U.S. government – are feeling about this new mega force on Earth. I would have loved it if he had included a few panels showing the cable news channel’s discussions of the goings-on, as Brubaker often does.
Coipel’s art work, unsurprisingly, is superb. My main artwork complaint – those awful Phoenix Five costumes (especially Emma. I know it’s Emma Frost, but c’mon. A Power Girl boob cut-out in a thong one-piece?) – is probably best directed at the editorial staff rather than Coipel.
Art: 4 - Very Good