For This Week in Marvel Unlimited, I wanted to focus on a nice feature the app has which showcases Marvel event stories and character spotlights. Under the Discover tab you can find a wealth of stories from new events to must read classics. I chose to read AVENGERS VS X-MEN.
This is an entertaining story but one that has some serious problems. The main focus of the story is the fact that the Phoenix Force has come back to Earth. Due to events of the HOUSE OF M event, the Scarlet Witch helped the demise of mutants by declaring there would be no more mutants. The remaining mutants on Earth have moved to the Utopia Island just off the coast of San Francisco. Scott Summers, Cyclops of the X-Men, feels he can use the returning Phoenix Force to help bring mutants back. The Avengers think otherwise. Hence, they battle.
Long time X-Men fans will be familiar with the Phoenix Force. Jean Grey had it inhabit her for a while and it ultimately killed her, as told in the DARK PHOENIX SAGA. The second and third X-Men movies used parts of the storyline as well so the average fan is probably aware of how powerful the Phoenix Force is. They will also know that Scott Summers and Jean Grey were quite the couple. Scott Summers is familiar with how damaging the Phoenix Force is yet this story hinges on him accepting and using said force.
Cyclops becoming the villain did not sit right with me. I understand the logic the writers were going with here in that he was more focusing on the benefits of what the Phoenix Force could do for his people. To paraphrase Spock from STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Yet with the amount of destruction he’s witnessed at the hands of the Phoenix Force, I never got the impression that he weighed his options. He apparently was so blinded with hope of bringing mutants back and saving his people that he didn’t even think about how the Phoenix Force would affect the rest of the world. It seemed that the moment he was aware of the existence of the Phoenix Force, he said “Oh snap, let’s hop aboard the crazy train” and started acting contrary to how he’s acted before. When you have Magneto as the voice of reason in your story, you have a bit of a problem.
I also had issue with how Captain America was portrayed. This event happened a few years after the first Civil War yet now Steve Rogers is acting in a way contrary to everything he fought for. In Civil War, Tony Stark acted the way he did because he felt sacrifices needed to be made for the greater good. Captain America disagreed yet here we are a couple years later and he does the same damn thing he started a war about. This type of character reversal is frustrating simply because there’s no explanation for it.
The art work was pretty solid but nothing extraordinary. Marvel brought on the heavy hitters for this event with John Romita Jr., Oliver Coipel, and Adam Kubert. There were some amazing pictures near the end of the run but the art at the beginning of the story was basic at best. Nothing wrong with it per se but it just didn’t stick out to me as anything memorable.
This story had its problems but it is still entertaining. Think of it like a Jason Statham movie. If you turn down the brain function a bit and enjoy the explosions, you’ll enjoy the story for what it is. Yet I found myself cringing at some of the weird character changes that happened with no logical explanation and that took what could have been a great story and brought it into the ok pile. You’ll enjoy the read but quickly forget it.
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AVENGERS VS X-MEN READING LIST:
1.AVENGERS VS X-MEN (2012) #1-12
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6.GUARDIANS OF INFINITY (2015) #3
7.HOWARD THE DUCK (2015) #4
8.INVINCIBLE IRON MAN (2015) #6
9.NOVA (2015) #4 (Love the cover of this one echoing Fantastic Four #1)
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11.ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT (2016) #2
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14.SPIDEY (2015) #3
15.UNCANNY AVENGERS (2015) #5
16.UNCANNY X-MEN (2016) #3
17.VISION (2015) #4
18.MARVEL UNIVERSE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2015) #1
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