The first review of the new week is an easy decision... It's obviously going to be AvX #2, since everything in the X-Men and Avengers books are going to be revolving around this story. I have to say, as much as I've complained about Marvel and their damned double shipping? I like the idea of double shipping a major event like this. It keeps the excitement level high(for me anyway). So yeah, double shipping a major event? Good. Double shipping EVERYTHING? Bad. Now, on to the review!
Avengers vs X-Men #2(of 12):
Summary: Picking up from last issue, the X-Men and the Avengers fight... Considering the name of this comic, that should go without saying. As news of the battle breaks and the world news agencies report it, Quicksilver decides to join in on the side of the Avengers and asks the Scarlet Witch(wait, she was living with him?) to join him. However, Wanda remains behind and we see that she had been keeping a journal that says the world would end with the return of the Phoenix(or something along those lines). Meanwhile, Hope is starting to go insane due to the Phoenix getting closer and closer to the Earth. With everybody else battling outside, Wolverine(and Spider-Man) sneaks into the bowels of Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia) to capture Hope and book. However, Hope is now on fire(literally...) and burns Wolvie and Spidey, before walking across the Pacific Ocean. This issue ends with the team of Avengers that were sent into space finally coming across the Phoenix Force in all it's terrible glory.
Thoughts: If you're a fight scene fan, THIS was the comic for you! Even though I'm more of a story/dialogue guy, I still enjoyed reading this issue. What's not to like about two relatively evenly matched teams beating the hell out of each other. There were several moments that had my inner fanboy cheering, such as Quicksilver joining the fray on the side of the Avengers(and immediately attacking Magneto!), Iron Man standing up to Magneto(see, I said Tony would have built plenty of safeguards against Mags!), and Captain America slamming his shield into the arrogant face of Lord Summers. Storywise, the only thing of note was the fact that Hope seems to be getting more powerful(and crazier?) as the Phoenix draws closer, as she is presumably copying it's powers. Lord Summers is still acting off the charts crazy(which several people noted, including Luke Cage and Wolverine in a funny exchange), and the crazier he acts, the more I have to believe he's being influenced by Hope/the Phoenix Force/Emma/somebody, because his actions are just too irrational... On top of all that, we still have the Scarlet Witch in the background... What role will SHE play in all of this? All in all, this was a really good fight issue. Sure, I could have used a bit more story advancement, but with 10 more issues to go, I guess Marvel can afford to slow-burn the story here.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.
Captain America is so awesome it's painful...