Thursday, June 21, 2012

JT's Take: Avengers Vs. X-Men #6

Hey guys and gals, AVS part two starts with this issue, Avengers vs. X-Men #6, and after the last issue's Debut of the Phoenix Five, to say this comic should be a game changer is a bit of an understatement, so let's get right to it.

Avengers vs. X-Men #6

Summary: This issue starts off ten days after the last issue, with Magneto welcoming Charles Xavier to the new and improved Utopia. Magneto leads Charles to Cyclops, and they speak about the Phoenix Five, (Cyclops, Emma, Colossus, Magik and Namor) scaring society because they have so much power. Cyclops mentions that they've done nothing with their powers but make the world a better place, not just for mutants but humans as well. Xavier says this world is like cheating, and it cost nothing, but Cyclops says this is Xavier's dream world, and he's given it to him. Next we check with the Avengers and see that Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Soder-Woman were in a fight with the Electric Legion and in danger of losing, until Colossus showed up and saved them by talking to the villains, and convincing them to power a large portion of Eastern Europe. During the fight, we do hear Iron Fist saying that when Colossus showed up, Danny's hands started burning. From there, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Beast and Wolverine have a conversation about stopping the Phoenix Five. Black Panther states they've done nothing wrong and are advocating a world without war, and Beast says he's done trying to help them think of ways to hurt and/or kill his friends when they've done nothing wrong. On Utopia, Cyclops tells Hope she can leave if she likes, and offers her the power of the Phoenix, which she says she wants, he then rescinds his offer, saying she didn't want it before and she doesn't deserve it now. After that we see Lei Kung meet up with some old dude and asks for the Book of the Fallen, which reveals that in 1596, the Phoenix was defeated by Iron Fist, and tells Lei Kung he needs Iron Fist. From there we see a vision of the Avengers, with Ironman, Ant-Man and Wasp (?!) killed by the Phoenix Entity. We then see Scarlet Witch sweating and saying "This is what comes next." From there we see that the Avengers hope to use Hope as a weapon against the Phoenix Five, so break into Utopia to rescue/kidnap her. They are stopped by Cyclops and Emma Frost, who blast them all away, except Iron Fist who manages to block the blast by mistake with some kind of force field. Cyclops destroys Stark's suit and is about to take down Thor, until Scarlet Witch shows up and says this is over, and the Avengers are leaving, and also that she's taking Hope, since Hope wants to leave with her. Cyclops grabs Scarlet Witch's arm but releases her immediately and states that he "felt that." The Avengers, Hope and Scarlet Witch leaves, as Scott states to Emma that people will keep fighting what's good for them as long as the Avengers are around as their "Heroes", so he states that from now on it changes, No More Avengers.

Thoughts: So, I'm not gonna lie. The first time I read this issue, I didn't enjoy i, but reading it again for my review, it was much better than I remembered. Xavier showing up was kind of a waste, I'd like to say they were planting seeds, but they did so much of it, with Iron Fist's force field, Scarlet Witch hurting Cyclops, and the stuff with Lei Kung, that Charles showing up was kind of forgettable. I also liked the scene with Beast saying each day he and Wolverine seem to be closer to not having a home, since they're stuck in the middle of both camps. While this issue wasn't as big as I expected, and was very dialogue heavy, it set up a lot of questions, and another war, this time with the X-Men on offensive, which will be interesting.

Score:  7.5/10

Cyclops: But you turned it down. It was yours... and you rejected it. And now I know that you don't deserve it.


  1. Ugh, it seems this series is degenerating to focus on two of my least favorite concepts in Marveldom: that damned space chicken and nebulous "reality shaping" powers from lame characters like Wanda and Franklin Richards.

    I'll probably get the next issue though, since it will feature big fights drawn by Olivier Coipel. Huuuge upgrade over JRJR.

  2. "That damned space chicken" I so like that phrase. That what we all should reference the Pheonix Force as from now on! Nice one TRobb!

  3. I picked it up because I saw that Wanda was finally taking a step in the spot light, but...

    She had a great entrance, but what was up with Hope? Has she even meet Wanda? Why was she all "I WANNA GO WITH HER!!". Felt that was odd...

    And where are the young avengers? We were told the members would appear but we're already in Act II of this and they're nowhere in sight!

  4. While I know this has no chance of happening, when the P5 outlawed war, I was hoping for a panel or two with The Punisher. He has no tie in besides Spiderman to this series, but I would wonder about his belief on No War. Plus it would be a great way to tease the Oct. start of a new Punisher series.