Anyway Avengers vs. X-Men #9 was written by Jason Aaron, whom I’m not overly fond of, and the art team remains the same as last time: Adam Kubert on pencils, John Dell on inks and Laura Martin with Larry Molinar on colors. Previous AvX reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
By the way; I've finally read up to issue 11 so there's no need to protect myself from spoilers in the comment section; it's unlocked now.
[WARNING: Some minor (in my opinion) spoilers ahead]
|This pretty much tells us where we're at in the story at this point|
This in another “mid-issue” where it’s mostly a connection between the destruction of Wakanda from last issue and the equally terrifying events from issue 10; it’s mostly a cool down/warm up issue. But unlike some previous mid-issues there is purpose to this one and it greatly raises the tension for the next issue, thus it’s a good read. The writing is solid, as it has been recently. The art is still damn weird in some frames but mostly still pretty good.
This issue also pretty much confirms all the shit talking Professor X previously doing as we actually seem the Phoenix 5 minus 1 actually doing evil, or at least extremely brutal things, meaning the Phoenix is indeed corrupting all of them. Having seen the future (i.e. “read the next two issues”) I can confirm that this will only get worst. On a related note I liked the stuff with Emma Frost from a storytelling point of view, though it does nothing to decrease my worry about her character.
|What? The White Queen? Evil? No way, man, I don't buy it!|
There’s not much more to talk about the issue as a review than that. But I would like to briefly talk about Black Panther and Storm in this issue. Way back in Issue #2 I complained that the book didn’t deal with their marriage as much as they should have (briefly dealt with in on panel) but here it looks like Marvel may have ended it altogether as T’Challa makes a very brief statement to Ororo that he’s had their marriage annulled in light of what Namor (and thus all of the X-Men) did to Wakanda. This bothers me because, if this is truly how Marvel is ending their marriage, it’s a pretty lackluster way to go about it. It’s a whimper rather than the bang it began with. To be clear I hated the marriage for reasons that deserve their own blog but regardless of my feelings I sincerely believe this would be the wrong way to get rid of it. Spider-Man and Mary Jane’s split was a huge deal and while neither Panther or Storm have their own title right now it really deserved more than a few panels to dissolve. Hopefully there will be more to the status of their relationship (preferably not in this series, though) in the very near future.
|Well...that was six years wasted, I guess|
Decent issue but also a better than average mid-issue that does its job well. It would have been a lot better had Spidey not made it out of that volcano (even if his fate was simply ambiguous) but that doesn’t ruin things here at all. It’s fine and AvX continues being better than it started. With only three issues left it’ll be interesting to see how marvel wraps this all up.
|Spider-Man's Plan A: Try to make a deal with the Phoenix Force|
-Interesting, if worrying, character development
-The climax is a bit of a let down