***This article contains spoilers for Avengers vs. X-Men #11, New Avengers #30 and Uncanny X-Men #18.***Hey, heard any big Avengers vs. X-Men news lately? Yes, we talked in detail last week about the major death in Avengers vs. X-Men #11, but with only one more issue of the event left, there's still plenty to talk about, which we'll cover in the latest installment of our AvX Post Game. But before we get to all of that: It's probably worth mentioning that Avengers vs. X-Men main series editor Tom Brevoort tweeted the very last panel of Avengers vs. X-Men #12 on Tuesday afternoon, featuring a rose. What does it mean? (Keep in mind, both "Kiss From a Rose" and Richard Fisk jokes have already been made.)
THE BIG QUESTION(S):
Befitting the eventful nature of Avengers vs. X-Men #11, we're asking two questions this week — talking to both Brevoort and Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of the issue.Newsarama: Tom, obviously the death of Professor X was a major turning point in Avengers vs. X-Men, but there's still one more issue left to go. Without delving into spoiler territory, what's coming in issue #12?
Tom Brevoort: There are still plenty of characters that we can kill in #12. [Laughs.] And the death of a character is not necessarily the only development that can happen in a story like this, nor indeed will it be the only development.
Certainly, we're at a point where the story has reached a crescendo: Cyclops has gone full-on Dark Phoenix, the world is in peril, things are about as big as they could be, but we know that Tony Stark has at least the beginnings of an inkling of a plan, and we'll see how this all plays out — what happens when it's pretty much all hands on deck, everybody on Cyclops and really, almost more importantly, what the fallout is. Where the characters are left, what the state of the world is, what the state of the Marvel Universe is — what changes, what happens, and how we get from there into Marvel NOW!, which is all the promise of AvX #12. And boy, it better deliver, because otherwise it's been a long road for nothing. [Laughs.] But I'm reasonably confident that we have a fine climax to this big thing, in just a few weeks.Nrama: Brian, other than the big death, Avengers vs. X-Men #11 also saw the first appearance of the Hulk in the series. What was the motivation behind holding him back until late in the story? Did it have anything to do with what was going on in the Jason Aaron-written series, or was it simply a plot choice?
Brian Michael Bendis: Asking the Hulk to help is like, "Hey nuclear bomb, can you come with me?" It's a dicey proposition, just to show how desperate this situation is. Hulk could just decide to smash all of you. Also, you're not always sure, from Captain America's point of view, which Hulk is it — how smart is Hulk today? Hulk's off doing his own thing, and sometimes Hulk can speak in full sentences, and sometimes Hulk is an animal, and there are a lot of things in between. Maybe Joe Fixit is going to show up. You never know. So walking up to him is a little scary on numerous levels. It just shows, "We're outmanned and outgunned." If you need the Hulk, and the Thing, and Red Hulk, and Thor, just to hold Cyclops down, you're in bad shape.
THE BIG HITS:Avengers vs. X-Men #11: As noted above, Captain America successfully recruits the (green) Hulk to the Avengers' side in this installment illustrated by Olivier Coipel, though they're less successful at containing Cyclops — fully Phoenix-powered after siphoning off Emma Frost's share — for long. By the end of the issue, he's killed his long-time mentor Charles Xavier, and he's also, as Beast proclaims, full-on "Dark Phoenix." It's worth noting that Havok is seen shaking hands with Captain America in a two-page spread — not only is he Cyclops' brother, he's also the leader of the forthcoming Uncanny Avengers series from Rick Remender and John Cassaday, a team that will be formed by Cap in the Marvel NOW! era. New Avengers #30: Since the early days of AvX, Luke Cage has wondered if continuing to be a superhero in a responsible decision given that he's a husband and father. At least as of this issue by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato, it looks like he's decided that the answer is "no," as he apparently quits following a bit of a heart-to-heart with Daredevil. It's also notable that this issue takes place with Emma Frost in Avengers custody, and she doesn't seem all that repentant about what she did as part of the Phoenix Five. Uncanny X-Men #18: Speaking, again, of Emma Frost, this issue (from Kieron Gillen and upcoming Uncanny X-Force artist Ron Garney) focuses on her and Cyclops, as she discloses a telepathic affair with Namor and serves Scott a mental steak flavored with human blood (ew?) — all while their physical forms are locked in the battle depicted in Avengers vs. X-Men #11. Also, siblings/ex-Phoenix Fivers Colossus and Magik reach something of an understanding, though it's kind of a depressing one.
THIS WEEK:Firmly in the twilight of AvX, only one tie-in is out this Wednesday: Avengers #30, also the last issue of Walt Simonson's stint on the book (preview here). AND FINALLY: Got an Avengers vs. X-Men-related question you'd like us to ask in a future installment of the Post Game Report? Find us on Facebook or Twitter. More from Newsarama:
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