Marvel Announces AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Tie-In Series AVX: VS.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: Tie-In Announced

Update, 3:30 p.m. eastern: AvX: Vs. is the first and only tie-in series to correspond with Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel announced Friday during a conference call with the press.

The six-issue series will debut in April, and was dubbed a "fight book" by Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort. With two different creative teams and two stories in each issue, it'll expand upon conflicts that the 12-part Avengers vs. X-Men main series doesn't have the room to cover.

"We want to give some space here, some beautiful eye candy from our a-list art teams," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said. 

The first issue will feature an Iron Man vs. Magneto fight by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert, and a Thing vs. Namor fight by Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen. Subsequent issues will feature different, as yet-unrevealed creative teams and match-ups.

During the call, it was noted that AvX: Vs. is essentially the anti-Front Line, the "grounded" miniseries that ran alongside Civil War (plus World War Hulk and Secret Invasion).

"Doing a more ground-level [series] didn't seem as appealing as watching our characters grind each other into the dirt," Brevoort said.

For more on AvX: Vs., read our full coverage of the conference call below.

Original story: Marvel's first "Next Big Thing" conference call with the comic book press of 2012 is scheduled to take place right around 3 p.m. eastern time, and though we don't yet know who is going to be on the line, based on the art Marvel sent over — an Avengers vs. X-Men cover by Adam Kubert, one of the three artists on that series — well, it probably has something to do with Avengers vs. X-Men.

Whether that means the announcement of a satellite title tied to the event or more on the previously announced series remains to be seen, but either way, follow along with live coverage right here:

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