***Hold on a second! Haven't read Avengers vs. X-Men #0 yet? Well, this article is literally bursting with spoilers for that issue, so proceed with caution!***Hello and welcome to a new weekly feature at Newsarama, where we'll be tracking each step of Marvel's latest event series, the 12-part biweekly fightacular that is Avengers vs. X-Men.
Things got started this week with prologue issue Avengers vs. X-Men #0 — Frank Cho illustrated the whole thing, with a first half written by Brian Michael Bendis centered on the Scarlet Witch, and a second half penned by Jason Aaron and starring Hope Summers.
For every AvX Post-Game Report, we'll ask someone at Marvel the most pressing question raised by that week's comics, share our observations on the finer points of the latest installments, and take a look into the near future of the event.THE BIG QUESTION: The big moment
in Avengers: X-Sanction
#4.For this week's "Big Question," we turn to Marvel senior vice president of publishing — and the man who edited Avengers vs. X-Men #0 — Tom Brevoort.
Newsarama: Tom, hoping you can clear up some curiosity out there about when Avengers vs. X-Men #0 takes place compared to Avengers: X-Sanction #4 — the Phoenix takes over Hope rather vividly in X-Sanction #4, and heals Cable (with Cyclops as a witness). But in #0, the Phoenix is rather clearly still "coming," as seen most plainly on the final page. Can we then presume that X-Sanction #4 takes place after, or does the manifestation in that issue signal something different than the Phoenix's true arrival?
Tom Brevoort: I’m afraid you’re jumping to a (perfectly understandable) conclusion here. But X-Sanction #4 and AvX #0 take place in the order in which they shipped. Hope’s healing of Cable is certainly a signal that the Phoenix is on its way, and is coming closer—it’s the biggest flare-up of Phoenixlike power we’ve seen her evidence up till this time (though there have been other flashes for many months.) The exact mechanics of what is going on and how it all works are spelled out a bit more concretely in AvX #1 and #2. But no, the Phoenix Force isn’t here yet, and Hope does not yet have it.
THE BIG HITS:
Avengers vs. X-Men #0 is indeed a prelude, and there isn't much in the way of Avengers-on-X-Men violence in this comic. In fact, the two teams don't interact here at all, as the story consists of two separate but parallel narratives focusing on the individual camps. Still, we get Scarlet Witch (and Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel) vs. M.O.D.O.K., and Hope vs. the Serpent Society. Worth noting: - The Wakandan scientist M.O.D.O.K. attacks is named "Doctor Udaku," the same last name as the Ultimate version of Black Panther.
- Marvel should probably definitely publish a comic titled "Scarlet Witch, The Disgraced Avenger" (how M.O.D.O.K. greets Wanda), a la "Namor, The First Mutant."
- Vision's tears prove once again, in case you had forgotten, that "even an android can cry."- Cyclops' jet pack has a long and storied history, dating back to Greg Land's cover of 2008's Uncanny X-Men #500. At that time, it just seemed like an awesomely random detail, but now it's a story point in a major Marvel event. Circle complete. - As pointed out on Blog@Newsarama, the "Isotope Bank and Trust" happens to share a street address with Isotope, a celebrated San Francisco comic book store.
- Jason Aaron has written his story's villains — the Serpent Society — before, in 2009's Wolverine #73.
NEXT WEEK:After a wait that might have seemed like forever — but actually was about four months — Avengers vs. X-Men begins for realsies on April 4, with the release of the first issue.
Marvel has been previewing the issue online for a while now, in the back of many of their comics for the past few weeks. If you've somehow missed those pages, they are here.
Also out next week: the first-ever digital-only "Infinite Comics" release, which comes free with a print or digital purchase of Avengers vs. X-Men #1. We've gotten an early peek at the story, Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Infinite, and it appears to take place between the Nova story from the Point One one-shot back in November (remember that?) and AvX #1.
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