PREVIEW: Avengers vs. X-Men #1

In the days before he finally slipped away forever, my great-grandfather Stubby “Peaches” Montgomery would rasp, “The only good mutant is a dead mutant.” Time and cultural progress have done much to try and stifle that cycle of hatred. But they have failed.

I am hereby announcing my endorsement for the Thunderbolts in the upcoming campaign of Avengers vs. X-Men. Because both sides have mutants. And mutants are filthy.

Today Marvel has unveiled a special preview of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 by the publisher’s best and brightest. Can you pinpoint which architect(s) wrote this scene of a PowerPoint presentation gone horribly awry?

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From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right?

Check out the preview below.


  1. Romita’s art is stunning

  2. You know, I’m pretty tired of the Heroes vs Heroes events. I miss the days when the biggest threats our favorite heroes faced were villains, not misunderstandings. That said, I’m actually interested in this one. Since I’ve been an active reader, I’ve never got to experience anything involving the Phoenix Force, something I’ve heard about all my comic enjoying life. For that along I’m interested, even excited.

    But after this, can we have our villains back please?

    • I feel that the hero vs hero format is in a lot of ways more interesting. Because we already know there good guys, and when they face off we get to see what each one of them thinks “good” really is.
      Plus I feel it has a bigger impact on the characters themselves.

  3. Cyclops is a badass.

  4. Wow, this is definitly the good Romita and the best i’ve seen him in a long time.

  5. Stupid question, but is WOLVERINE an Avenger first or an X-men?

  6. Are they ever going to address why the Avengers didn’t help out when the X-Men had their big Central Park fight in the original Dark Pheonix Saga? The guys even thought to comment on their Marvel sightseeing show.

  7. What a great time to be a villain in the Marvel Universe.

    Have you ever had a great idea for a heist or terrorist attack, but were too scared to pull it off without superhero interference? Now’s your chance!

  8. Bald Colossus ALWAYS freaks me out. It’s just a very creepy look for him. If he ends up growing a goatee, I’m out.

  9. Hey look! All my favorite heroes…looking sad.

    Can’t wait!

  10. Wow, I’m really excited for this. Civil War was my favorite marvel event, and this is similar to it in a lot of ways. I can’t wait to decide for myself who I think is really in the right, and who I feel is wrong.

  11. JRJ usually doesn’t do it for me. I respect him and appreciate his art, but his name doesn’t usually put a book in his hands. However he is NAILING IT in those previews!

    • put a book in *my* hands

      Also, I’m calling this now, the phoenix isn’t coming for Hope it’s coming for Scott. I think he has a shielded piece of Jean hidden, from even himself, inside his own unconsciousness. Although i could be totally and inevitably wrong.

    • I haven’t been a Marvel reader in a couple of years, and my last great hope for them was the Avengers relaunch, but the combination of $4 books and some decidedly lackluster JRJR art turned me off.

      That said, this looks like the JRJR that I remember liking back in the 90’s. That’s not enough to get me back on the Marvel bandwagon, but it’s good to see an artist I once enjoyed doing some good stuff again.

    • I don’t know if your an X fan but Aaron and Remender have given me a reason to stick with at least some Marvel. I dropped all my Avengers stuff a bit back and switched to X-men. Well that and obviously Waid’s Daredevil keeps me buying books.

  12. anyway to enlarge the panels? can’t read a word

  13. Awesome preview with character, as a huge cosmic corner marvel fan, I love how this is possibly tying everything together from the fault/cancerverse void in space w the Phoenix force somehow, or so it seems. They already have Captain Marvel or Marvel Boy/the Protector as an Avenger so there’s Kree,Avengers and Mutants already…w Nova and the cosmic link, this could get really interesting…..I said no more events too, had to go for my heart w the cosmic. Oh Marvel, I still love you.

  14. Looks bad ass so far. I wonder what side Wolverine will take.

  15. Now, I need an X-Men expert. Wolverine’s saying Jean Grey died to contain the Phoenix Force. Which she did, I read X-Men #137 at the time.

    Then the coming of X-Factor changed that and we were told Jean was never the Phoenix, that the Force put her at the bottom of the Hudson River for a few years to heal, while carrying an imprint of her memory and personality. So the Jean that committed suicide was the echo of her personality, rather than actual Jean Grey.

    Presumably Wolverine knows this. Are Marvel using a ‘to all intents and purposes, it was Jean because it believed it was Jean’ interpretation? Have things changed again? Or is it something to do with Jean’s Grant Morrison death, killed by Magneto-no-it-was-Xorn (does every Jean death get retconned?).

    There’s likely a simple explanation …

  16. I don’t know… it looks great art-wise. BUT after feeling burned by X-Men:Schism, I’m not sure if I want to pick this up. I’m getting tired of feeling let down by Marvel events and minis.

  17. So does anybody know where the old Vision came from? Is the new one dead?

    • I think they’re reintroducing Vision in Avengers before they get to AvX. I don’t read Avengers, I’m just going by the recent ads. Since no one else answered you I thought I’d chime in.