AVENGERS vs. X-MEN Post-Game Week 10: Hope Is Not Lost

***If you're avoiding Wolverine and the X-Men #11 and X-Men Legacy #267 spoilers, you'll probably also want to avoid the rest of this article.***


The inevitable march of time proves to once again be inevitable: June is already here, and we're now in double-digits at the AvX Post Game Report, and as the Avengers vs. X-Men battle continues to rage on, we look at two new issues: Wolverine and the X-Men #11, by Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw; and X-Men Legacy #267, by Christos Gage and Rafa Sandoval.


Both of this week's AvX tie-in books are from the X-Men family, so it's only natural to turn to Nick Lowe, Marvel's X-Men group editor, to tackle our latest question — concerning Wolverine's realization that he doesn't have it in him to kill Hope, after all (meaning that Captain America threw him out of a plane for nothing).


Newsarama: Nick, in Wolverine and the X-Men #11, Logan makes it clear that, despite what he previously thought, he really isn't capable of killing Hope if the time comes. Wolverine characterizes it as a change in himself that he's just now recognizing— as the editor of the X-Men, do you think there was a turning point for him? Is it simply the culmination of decades of development since he first debuted, or can it be attributed more to his current status as the protector of a school full of kids?

Nick Lowe: That’s a tough one. I'd say that the point in which Wolverine recognized that he didn't have it in him to kill just anyone was either when he had to kill Jean Grey New X-Men #148 or in X-Men: Schism. To me, it’s the culmination and growth of a rich character.



Wolverine and the X-Men #11: This issue provides further glimpses of the globe-spanning Avengers vs. X-Men battles seen in the main series, but really focuses on Wolverine and Hope taking on Shi'ar Death Commandos (including the aptly named War Skrull). We also get a lot of Red Hulk vs. Iceman, with Bobby Drake using his newly honed multiplying powers to gain at least a temporary advantage. Plus, Kid Gladiator refuses to stay on the sidelines, which doesn't seem to sit right with Adult Gladiator. Unfortunately for Gambit fans, this issue also gives yet another view of Captain America beating him up.


X-Men Legacy #267: Three weeks ago, Christos Gage suggested in this very column that it might not actually be Tony Stark inside of the Iron Man suit that showed up at the Jean Grey School — and it turns out it wasn't! Rogue cuts loose, using her abosorption powers on She-Hulk, Moon Knight and The Falcon, leading to a decisive (and at this point for the X-Men, much-needed) victory against the Avengers that were occupying the school — and the decision that she can no longer stay neutral in the fight (though that ship had probably sailed at that point anyway). Also, her skin is green for the entire issue, for those interested.

Worth noting:


- The Thing, like so many millions of others, misses Maggott.

- Hope's borrowed, bone claws looked, appropriately so, just like post-"Fatal Attractions" era Wolverine's claws, except she didn't also wear a bandana over her head instead of a mask. (Yet.)

- Avengers vs. X-Men #5 is out next week, of which Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said, "people are going to be talking." So, get ready for some talking, people.

- If the X-Men weren't mad enough at the Avengers, the fact that Tony Stark couldn't even take a time out from building his Phoenix-killer to actually show up at The Jean Grey School likely angered the mutants even further.



Matt Fraction makes his Avengers vs. X-Men debut with the fifth issue of the main series, the official end of Act One (preview here). Also: Sebastian Shaw continues to cause trouble in Avengers Academy #31 (preview here) and Mr. Sinister enters the picture in Uncanny X-Men #13 with, given his surname, likely less than noble intentions (preview here).


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