I keep falling behind when doing these Avengers vs. X-Men reviews and I think I’m starting to understand why: I’m not super into it. It’s probably because of how many there is too it; twelve issues is a lot. However I like to finish what I start (that’s probably mostly true) and there’s three issues left so I can see the finish line.
Avengers vs. X-Men #10 is primary written by Ed Burbaker. The art team continues to consist of the same people: 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, 9.
Full review after the jump.
[WARNING: There are some spoilers in this book, but it's a pretty old issue at this point so it shouldn't be a huge deal]
|"Stop bringing up how I abandoned my wife and kid, you dicks!"|
For all intent and purposes this issue is pretty much the same as Issue #8 except Cyclops is now considerably more powerful than Namor was which means that the Avengers pose significantly less of a threat to him as he is…which means that it’s all kind of dull. Where issue #8 was a huge slugfest this is more “Cyclops is Pretty Much God” and treats the Avengers as little more than flies; nuisances that are mostly just distractions. The problem is that we’re not quite at the climax yet and we still need a bit of set-up, so we can’t go all out with the action yet. Which means that the only truly important thing that happens in this issue is at the very end when [SPOILER] Cyclops is defeated by a suddenly extremely powerful Hope. But everything before that was completely pointless.
|No joke here; I just like seeing Iron Man getting hurt|
The art work is fine, as it has been, but the sloppy and weird spots that I mentioned before do seem to be increasing and I’m becoming a more and more put off by them. While I didn’t really enjoy seeing Cyclops wipe the floor with a bunch of dudes I’ve already seen get beaten up for five issues I did really like seeing the evolution of Cyclops powers as the Phoenix. Even as recently as three issues ago his powers were portrayed as being much lower leveled but it’s really good that he’s become as powerful as he is because it builds tension for the eventual climax. It creates a dire reason for what happens in the next issue (which we’ll talk about in the next issue). Hell, it’s really awesome to see the Scarlet Witch, the only thing the Phoenix Five feared from their opponents, be 100% outmatched by Scott; it clearly demonstrates that there’s a high chance that none of them will survive the end of the series (but seeing as Marvel hasn’t been advertising “The Phenomenal Cyclops #1” as a new “Marvel NOW” title following this miniseries I think we have a clear idea how this ends).
|Pictured: Twenty-One years of character development down the drain|
But even with all that said this hasn’t been a horrible comic so far. Even though Marvel is giving me stuff I hate they’re doing so in a way that makes it easier to shallow; i.e. with consistently good writing. As opposed to One More Day and One Moment in Time with gave me stuff I hate and then kicked me in the balls to go with it in the form of terrible writing. But this issue isn’t great. It’s a bit dull to see Cyclops curb stomp the Avengers yet again and the payoff at the end of the issue is the only real important thing. You can easily just look at the first page then skip to the end and you’ll be fine for issue #11.
|Hope, pretty much summarizing my thoughts on AvX at this point|
-I do enjoy the way they’re setting up the climax
-Except for the ending everything that happens in this issue is pretty much superfluous
-Emma Frost and Cyclops are pretty much done ever being superheroes again