Review by: Godzilla

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Avg Rating: 3.7
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Story by Jason Aaron
Art by John Romita Jr. & Scott Hanna
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Chris Eliopolous
Cover by Jim Cheung, Laura Martin, Nick Bradshaw, Marte Gracia, & Carlo Pagulayan

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

i was very positively surprised by avx #1 and i was also suprprised by avx #2 … i’m just not sure if it was in a positive way.

the good things first:

i enjoyed many of the little twists in the plot. hopes reaction was interesting, but especially wolverine (although maybe a little out of character) seems to have his very own approach towards the problem, which might create some new tension and interesting stories. i’m especially surprised of the plot because from the events title i assumed i would get what is says: avengers vs. x-men. however, now i got the feeling that (especially with 10 more issues to go) this story might actually turn into more than just fights and develop into something great.

and now the bad:

i never really read much by aaron but this was .. well … just bad. in general, it felt like to much explaining. the worst thing though, were the little captions telling me of the great thing that supposedly is happening but for some reason not really shown in the quality of the artwork. i know, that marvel is going to outsource the major fights to avx versus, and i’m usually not too interested in brawling scenes, but here it seems as if aaron tried to set the stage for at least 3 or 4 big fights without showing any of them. (sorry marvel but that felt a little cheap).

and finally, the “hm okay” stuff:

the art was typical romita artwork. i think it was not his best but also not his worst work. my main concern was that it just didn’t really show the “epic battles” that the captions were promising.

i will stick around a little longer to see where this is going but i hope the event will not suffer from more inconsistency because of the changing writers.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 3 - Good


  1. Nice review a lot of good points covered. Especially the part about leaving out the fights. I as well felt especially short changed.

  2. Don’t judge Jason Aaron based on this. A lot of great writers drop bad issues from time to time. That this issue has such high publicity given the event is bad for him. For a better take on Wolverine and his actions in this issue, check out Wolverine and the Xmen this week. I know it sucks that a better fleshing out of the main story is in a tie-in title but if you’re interested in this plot it’s worth a checking out.

  3. I enjoyed the issue. One thing to note, I think the reason why the battles felt short changed is because marvel is spinning those specific battles off and showing them in more detail in AvX versus.

    this is marvels summary of the book

    A tie-in to the superhero mash-up Avengers vs. X-Men, this Versus release is a six issue mini-series with a rotating cast of creative teams. Marvel has labeled this book set the “fight book,” a wall-to-wall combat run that eschews the epic storyline of the primary AvX in favor of pure, raw combat.

    the first one comes out next week 4/25

    • oh i know about versus (didn’t i mention it in the review? i wanted to). but i still think the main series must be able to stand on its own. i actually don’t even need much fighting in comics. but what i didn’t like was that they implied so many fights and didn’t show them at all. even with versus 8or especially because of it?), this feels like pure money making from marvel.

  4. This was the first time I was disappointed by Aaron. I’m not a big fan of the “unidentified narrator” that he employed in the narration boxes…I think I get what he was going for: it was bombastic, and in the vein of Silver-Age Lee/Kirby. But it didn’t work for me, at all. If the same convention had been used by Bendis in issue #1, I might have been able to digest its use in #2 a little easier, though. Different narrative stylings used through the course of a unified story like this might not be the best idea.

    I like what Marvel did with Schism, where is was just Aaron writing the whole thing, with revolving artists. We’ll see how it plays out using different writers across the issues of AvX. So far (albeit only two issues in), it might not be the best idea… What writer is up to bat next, does anybody here know?

    The Scarlet Witch’s dream journal: it was just silly…it might have worked in the pages of Wolverine and the X-Men, with it’s inherent tone of humor, but not in AvX #2.

    I agree with the reviewer, and @jmo about feeling shortchanged with the fights. Many pages felt like teaser trailers for the fights I really wanted to see in this issue–especially because I really enjoy that kind of stuff from JRJR.

    I’m still on board, though. I love all the talent involved, and I’m more than willing to accept that even my favorite creators have an issue that I think is “off.” Time will tell–in the meantime, I’m still looking forward to issue #3, AND to the Vs. series kicking off!

  5. I resisted Fear Itself, but was unable to walk away from the lure of AvX. And I was pleasantly surprised.

    And then I read issue two.

    I just don’t know if I can stick with it. I feel like the characters are all smug and cocky. Everyone is just jumping into things with the sense that they know what’s best. I actually feel like they are all fairly… Well, frankly, unlikable.

    Am I being harsh? Yeah, I am. But there was a time when I loved these characters. But this second issue of AvX just makes me feel like I don’t know who they are anymore. And that just sucks any of the fun out of the book for me.

    • i think i will decide if i will really stay on board after issue 4, when i could at least get a glimpse on all the different writing styles.

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