**Yep, spoilers follow for this week's Avengers vs. X-Men #3 and Avengers Academy #29 follow.***Avengers vs. X-Men is in its sixth week already, and we're looking at two issues today: Avengers vs. X-Men #3 by Ed Brubaker and John Romita Jr., and Avengers Academy #29 from Christos Gage and Tom Grummett.
Since you're probably still groggy from lack of sleep due to a midnight Avengers screening, let's get right to it.
THE BIG QUESTION:
Captain America makes some rather bold moves in Avengers vs. X-Men #3, so who better to talk about it than Ed Brubaker, who not only wrote that comic but the solo adventures of Steve Rogers for the past eight years?Newsarama: Captain America goes to some extreme measures in issue #3, with Sharon Carter and Hank Pym assisting him in literally booting Wolverine out of an airplane. What's fueling Cap during his fight with Logan? Is it limited to what he mentions — Wolverine not following orders and willingness to kill Hope to eliminate her threat — or something more than that? Perhaps a realization that if he's going to war with the X-Men, Wolverine's extensive history with them and inextricable ties to the mutant community as a whole might not make him the best ally, long-term?
Ed Brubaker: I think Cap is trying to remove a wild card from the field of battle, basically. Wolverine wants to kill Hope, and Cap doesn't want to. And he knows that Logan can survive that fall, so his plan was to strand him somewhere that will take him a long time to get anywhere from, basically. Takes him off the board, doesn't really hurt him, and gives the Avengers a major head start.
THE BIG HITS:Avengers vs. X-Men #3: As noted, this issue features a fight between the long-time leader of the Avengers, Captain America, and the most popular X-Men of them all, Wolverine. Hey, wait, aren't they on the same side? Well, they were, but a verbal disagreement quickly dissolves into a physical fight, which ends with Wolverine thrown out of a Quinjet. So it's safe to say that's another one for the Avengers in the win column, who are continuing to mount an early advantage in terms of physical fights. Whether or not this leads to Wolverine reuniting with Cyclops for the first time post-Schism, or just going out on his own, remains to be seen.
Though the X-Men do gain a major tactical upper-hand in this issue, using Magik's powers to make a quick getaway from the fight with the Avengers on Utopia to Long Beach, home of Snoop Dogg.Avengers Academy #29: Rather than showing Avengers and X-Men fighting, this actually depicts them… getting along? Specifically, the Avengers Academy students bond with their new classmates, the kids from Generation Hope. (Villainous mindwiped adult Sebastian Shaw comes as part of the package deal.)
- Not only has Wolverine been kicked out (so to speak) by Cap, Rachel Grey is established in AvX #3 as something of a covert op, purporting loyalty to Wolverine (and, at that point, the Avengers) but feeding Cyclops, her dad-ish, information on the telepathic down low.
- Like issue #2 before it, Avengers vs. X-Men #3 is 22 story pages, two more than most Marvel comics these days.- AvX #3 is AR app-compatible, which this week means lots of black-and-white page reveals, and a video from Brubaker where he explains that Vision and Prince of Orphans were originally planned to be on the Quinjet with Cap and Wolvie.
- A movie starring one-half of the AvX equation, The Avengers, is now out in theaters. You may have heard of it before.
- In addition to the Generation Hope cast, Avengers Academy #29 also features a guest appearance from Naked Hercules.
NEXT WEEK:Three AvX tie-ins are out on May 9: Cyclops shows up in Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (preview here), more on the Iron Fist/Phoenix connection in New Avengers #26 (preview here) and the Avengers arrive at the Jean Grey School in X-Men Legacy #266 (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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