Tuesday

A vs. X Round 2-4 (2012)

A vs. X Round 2 (2012)
Story:  Jason Aaron, B. M. Bendis, Ed Brubaker, J. Hickman and Matt Fraction
Pencils:  John Romita, Jr.
Inks:  Scott Hanna
Colors:  Laura Martin

The Battle No One Wanted Continues….





The Phoenix Force is returning to Earth.  It is a destructive entity or it will be the rebirth of the mutant race.  Cyclops and his Utopia island folk believe the Phoenix will be a force of rebirth.  The Avengers believe it will destroy all life.  Both believe that Hope Summers is to be the vessel the Phoenix is after. 

Cyclops, blinded by his own ideology/dogma, launches a screed and unprovoked attack on Captain America, who came to try to resolve taking Hope into custody peacefully.  Cyclops, now more of an egomaniac than Magneto, launches the first strike.  Captain America deflects the attack, and calmly radios the troops with “Avengers Assemble.”  While Cap and a slew of Avengers distract Cyclops and Co., Wolverine and Spiderman are sneaking into the complex.  When Wolverine meets Hope, will he be able to do what he needs to do….or…has Hope already started to lose herself to the Phoenix?

The Good:
You see Captain America at his tactical best.  Even as Cyclops is almost blinded by his own self-righteous and deluding dogma, so wrapped in his own need to believe he refuses to see the danger to all on Earth, Captain America is working the situation.  The dialogue between Spidey and Wolvie is priceless.  Seeing the entering of Quicksilver and him begging Wanda the Scarlet Witch to enter the fray is obvious foreshadowing that there will be some resolution to Wanda’s role in decimating the mutants.  But, it is all too predictable.

The Bad:
Cyclops becoming little more than a deluded madman, who practically abuses Hope in the guise of training her.  Hope is not at all seen as a sympathetic character.  She is an obnoxious brat who turns on her friends and roommates as quickly as she would on an enemy.  This story is of a battle that no one cared about, a false “event” created by Marvel to carry over the fandemonium that would ensue from the Avengers.  So, rather than telling a solid story of the Avengers, we are going to engage in more shlocky, cross-marketing across several books B.S.! that most fans hate!  I mean, we are even now engaged in freaking getting Iron Fist and K’uun Luun philosophy involved.  Ridiculous.

The Bottom Line:
While there are some really great elements to the book in terms of scripting, dialogue, and art; I continue to be underwhelmed by the overall impression of the book.  For being the greatest collection of so-called “Marvel Architects”, there is not much original going on here.  If I were you, and you wanted to keep track of the story without getting robbed by Marvel for having to buy every damn book in the universe, just get A vs. X as well as the Limited Series “VERSUS” which showcases the individual battles that are given glimpses in the A vs. X book.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  0.5 out of 5 Shields

 
A vs. X Round 3 (2012)
Story:  Jason Aaron, B. M. Bendis, Ed Brubaker, J. Hickman and Matt Fraction
Pencils:  John Romita, Jr.
Inks:  Scott Hanna
Colors:  Laura Martin

“Aww…Did Spidey Hold His Hand as Wolvie’s Skin Fell Off?”





When last we left this Stupid War to Steal your money, Hope Summers had escaped from both the Xmen and Avengers.  In so doing, she burned Wolverine to a crisp.  So much for being just a young innocent girl.  Cap has accepted Cyclop’s surrender/ceasefire, but Wolverine knows it is just a ruse.  Now, Cap is sounding like Stark during the registration drive, and Tony is playing the foil.  Give me a break.  As I predicted, make the guy with the flag on his body look like the bad guy…..ugh.  Not to mention he has to sanction Wolverine….

The Good:
Again, Cap is shown in his dealing with Wolverine to be a true tactician.  He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure Hope isn’t harmed.  Even though Wolverine’s approach is the one I would really like to happen so we can end this madness, Cap shows his true humanity and caring even for a potential enemy. 

The Bad:
Wolverine vs. Cap….Again?  Still?  Come on now…..I have the cover to the Cap annual.  It is cool.  But this is so unnecessary.  And, we see evidently Logan can’t control his own students, as Rachel Summers turns on him when he asks for info to track down Hope.  Even after Wolverine is the one who talked about protecting the kids, the muties would rather believe Cyclops’s wild-eyed dogma than be faithful to the one who took them in.  And, for Cap to be fooled by Cyc’s surrender?  Not gonna be likely. 

The Bottom Line:
Another underwhelming story by a disappointing group of “architects.”  If they were actual architects, I wouldn’t want to live in the buildings they designed.  Too cliché, to predictable, and very easily to get holes in the foundation.  If I wasn’t already invested and hope to see Cap beat the hell out of Cyclops and knock some sense into him, I would pull away.  Not to mention the possibility of seeing more of Wanda the Scarlet Witch.  Maybe her and Vizh can get back together.  Although, with these self congratulating architects involved, I wouldn’t bank on something so good happening.  More likely Wanda depowers all the Avengers and puts them into a pocket dimension where they have to relive their lives, but different…Oh wait, they already did that….but most of what these guys are doing has been done…repeatedly….

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  0.5 out of 5 Shields

 
A vs. X Round 4 (2012)
Story:  Jason Aaron, B. M. Bendis, Ed Brubaker, J. Hickman and Matt Fraction
Pencils:  John Romita, Jr.
Inks:  Scott Hanna
Colors:  Laura Martin

Awww Crap….We Even Have to Go To the Blue Area of the Moon? What next? Badoon?





 
When we left this ploy to steal your money with hype over story, Wolverine was dumped in the Antarctic by Captain America, who was afraid he would kill Hope Summers if they found her.  Hope, or Spoiled Brat, as I call her, is the supposed vessel of the cosmic Phoenix Force, which is coming back to Earth (Again!).  Wolverine believes the only option is killing Spoiled Brat.  I am inclined to believe him.  But if they did that, then Marvel couldn’t suck out more of your money over 15 different titles.  But, what’s this?  A twist?  Is Wolverine going soft, now that Hope has bailed him out from his Antarctic cold?  Or, is he just in it for the beer?  We shall soon see….

The Good:
The scenes of Wolverine in the tundra with his “coat” show his survival instincts.  Seeing how he reacts with the liquid libations is quite humorous and true to the character.  The scenes of the space battle and the emotion in Thor’s eyes says a million things that don’t need commentary.  Excellent work by Romita and good scripting.  The ending two or three pages are highly emotional and poignant.  Other than that….not much….

The Bad: 
Again, really with the ripping off of old stories!  We are going to go back to where Jean Grey and Co. did the original Phoenix storyline.  For heaven’s sake, let me guess….it is a “love letter” to the fans, an homage….BULLKAKA!  It is unoriginal and uninspired story telling.  And really?  Back to the blue area of the moon?  Come on!  Ugh….Marvel….seriously.

Bottom Line:
More attempts to make you buy every book to get a storyline….FAIL.  If you are after just Avenger vs. Mutant matchups, check out “VERSUS” limited series.  Bad part with that, as you will see in my reviews of it….it makes the battles look like a lame ass video game.  And it has stupid commentary as well.  Really, for something that had potential….this is lame.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  1 out of 5 Shields
 
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