Okay, there's really no introduction needed here. This is Marvel's latest MEGA EVENT, it's gonna last 12 issues and the first issue is sitting in front of me. Let's see how this one is going to get underway. Oh, and one more thing, I am 100% on the side of the Avengers here, so my reviews will naturally have a more pro-Avengers slant to them... You've been warned.
Avengers vs X-Men #1(of 12):
Summary: This issue starts with the Phoenix Force obliterating an alien world in some far off galaxy. From there we head to the Avengers, who are bickering(hey, Bendis DID do the script for this one, what else would you expect?), at least until something slams through the wing of a plane before hurtling to the earth. The Avengers move like a well oiled machine and save the people on the plane, as well as making sure nobody on the ground was harmed. From there the team heads to see just what crashed and find Nova(!). Meanwhile, Lord Summers(that would be Cyclops for the uninformed) is training Our Lord and Savior Hope(Hope for the uninformed) on Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia for the... you get the point). Lord Summers keeps pushing Our Lord and Savior until she lashes out at him with the Phoenix Force, sending him hurtling back. Back with the Avengers, after running some tests, Iron Man has discovered that the Phoenix Force was headed towards Earth and would undoubtedly be looking for a new host body. Tony's sensors pick up an energy signature similar to the Phoenix on Crazy Mutie Island. Captain America heads to Wolverine's school to tell him what was going on, and to inquire if Wolvie knew where the Phoenix Force was going to be heading. Wolvie figures that it would be heading to Our Lord and Savior and Cap wants to know if the Avengers could count on Wolverine... Back on Crazy Mutie Island, Lord Summers is discussing Hope with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants(otherwise known as his team of X-Men), and feels that the Phoenix Force could be a godsend for the mutant race since it was a force of rebirth... As well as destruction, as Jugger-Colossus astutely points out. Lord Summers only wants to see the Force in a good light, at which time the team is interrupted by the arrival of Cap. Cap tells Lord Summers that the Avengers wanted to take Our Lord and Savior into protective custody since the common belief was that the Phoenix Force would try to bond with her, an event that could have dire ramifications for the entire universe. Lord Summers doesn't want to listen to Cap because he's Lord Summers, and as such is always right, which leads to Cap telling Lord Summers that he wasn't asking to be given Our Lord and Savior... Uh-oh... Lord Summers respond to Cap's bluster by blasting Cap, so Cap calls for the Avengers to assemble, at which time a massive helicarrier arrives at Crazy Mutie Island full of Avengers. Lord Summers tells Emma Frost to protect Our Lord and Savior at all costs as this issue ends.
Thoughts: I have to say, this was a very strong opening chapter to this event. Yeah, there were a few things that kind of irked me, such as Nova suddenly being alive(not that I'm gonna complain about that!), the Phoenix Force somehow already being a part of Our Lord and Savior Hope even though it hadn't yet reached the Earth, and the Avengers somehow sneaking a helicarrier that close to Crazy Mutie Island without setting off all sorts of defenses... With how insanely paranoid Lord Summers is, I'm kind of surprised Cap and the Avengers managed to get that close. Other than those few quibbles, I liked this comic a lot. Bendis kept his inane dialogue to a minimum, which is always a good thing. The Brotherhood threw the first punch(so to speak) thus solidifying themselves as the bad guys here(in my mind at least). Now, considering you have a large battalion of Avengers standing right at the gates of Crazy Mutie Island, I'd think they should be able to walk through the Brotherhood and take Our Lord and Savior, so I'm extremely curious to see how the Brotherhood responds to keep things even. And on top of all that, there's the specter of the Phoenix hanging over everybody's heads like the Sword of Damocles... Like I said, as far as opening issues go, this one hit almost all the right notes and gave us action right off the bat. A really good story plus some really good art(some of John Romita Jr's best art in like two years) equals a great comic.
Score: 9 out of 10.
Oh... It's ON now!!!