First Look Review for Avengers vs. X-Men #2
The battle between the two mighty teams in the Marvel Universe heats up in this issue as the Avengers leap outta their helicarrier and invade the home of the mutants.
Avengers vs. X-Men #2: Round Two
Round Two by Jason Aaron and John Romita Jr. Published by Marvel Comics, 2012.
This time, it’s not just Captain America against Cyclops, but Iron Man against Magneto, Namor against the Thing, and Colossus against the Red Hulk. These guys are really throwing thier weight around and causing havoc.
I’m not sure how any of this is supposed to help protect Hope or prevent the Phoenix from showing up and destroying everything on the planet…but it’s fun to see the fights. Stark really shows his over confidence and arrogance that even Magneto can’t match and the Round seems to tilt towards the side of the invaders.
A few highlights though as Quicksilver shows up just to punch his dad and Magik and Doctor Strange face off in Limbo – everything is really well drawn and the action is intense. With all kinds of fights taking place around the island, Wolverine and Spider-Man head through the sewers to grab Hope without anyone noticing.
Told to stay outta things, the kids from Wolverine’s school want to help out the X-Men but Hope incapacitates them as she starts to feel the power of the Phoenix. She then fries Wolverine and leaves Spidey on the floor next to him when they try to capture her. As both sides show up to help defend or capture Hope, she’s gone and you can really see that she’s feeling the power of the Phoenix.
And as the issue comes to a close, we see the tiny heroes of Earth arrayed against the enormity of the Phoenix in the vastness of Space. I’m pretty sure the next issue is gonna have some pain for Thor, Beast, Vision and company as they try to stop the unstoppable.
Not much character development but a lot of fun fights to see. About the only emotional scenes are with Rogers being a jerk and a spousal conflict between Storm on the side of the X-Men and Black Panther fighting for the Avangers. But then this event isn’t about growth or evolution…it’s about the cool fights (at least so far).
You can find first looks at other issues in this title linked in my January Reading List.
I rate this issue a B+.
This comic can be found on Marvel Unlimited, Comixology or at your local comic book shop.