This article contains spoilers for Avengers #28, Wolverine and the X-Men #14 and X-Men Legacy #270.
Sure, the Avengers and the X-Men are at war, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for a little romance, right? We look at if Colossus was successful in his amorous attempts and much more in this week's Avengers vs. X-Men Post Game.
THE BIG QUESTION:
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people don't seem comfortable with the actions of the Phoenix Five as of late — including some of their fellow X-Men. We talked to Marvel senior vice president of publishing (and Avengers vs. X-Men main series editor) Tom Brevoort about whether or not this makes them officially the "bad guys" of the story.
Newsarama: Tom, this week's Wolverine and the X-Men #14 shows Iceman and more of the Jean Grey School X-Men turning their backs on the Phoenix Five, and Kitty Pryde having a very heated (ahem) confrontation with Colossus. Then over in X-Men Legacy #270, Rogue shows her distaste with Magik's Limbo prison, and gets exiled as a result of it. From your perspective as editor of the main series, do readers have much of a reason to root for the X-Men at this point in the story? At the onset of AvX, both sides had their supporters and reasonable arguments for what they were doing. But if even the Phoenix Five's fellow X-Men are abandoning them, is that dynamic now out the window? Is it fair to say the Phoenix Five (or four at this point) are now the "bad guys" of the story, despite all of the good that they seem to be doing for the world?
Tom Brevoort: I think that forces in opposition aren’t always as easy to pin a hat on as "good guys" and "bad guy" — sometimes those labels are too simplistic. The truth is, we’re trying to approach this story in such a way that each character can grapple with the issues that come up as they come up, and then react to them in a manner that’s consistent with their characters as it's been established. So that means there’ll be characters who cross "party lines," so to speak. In the abstract, the Avengers and the X-Men ultimately want the same thing at the end of the day: to protect the world and the people who live on it, mutant and human alike.
Where they may differ in any given instance is in what the right course of action is to achieve those goals, and what they might be willing to do or willing to risk in order to achieve those goals. Which is all to say that, if you’re a fan of Rogue, then presumably you want to see Rogue stay true to her convictions and to follow through on them no matter how difficult the choice may be. The same thing is true of Cyclops or Emma or Magik. The same thing is true of Captain America, or the Black Panther, or Spider-Man. But if you’re rooting for Rogue and Kitty, then you’re still rooting for the X-Men — even if it happens to be other X-Men that they’re punching in a given circumstance.
THE BIG HITS:
Avengers #28: It's a Red Hulk solo mission from Brian Michael Bendis and Walt Simonson, with General Thunderbolt Ross starting off by questioning why he's even involved in the first place, as he's only been an Avenger for a little bit, and he's certainly not an X-Man. He then takes it upon himself to infiltrate Utopia with hopes of assassinating Cyclops, which, like most physical confrontations with the Phoenix-ed up X-Men, ends poorly for those without nigh-cosmic omnipotence — and he's sent home with an X carved into his chest.
Wolverine and the X-Men #14: Will Colossus and Kitty Pryde find love in a hopeless place? Turns out the answer is no, as a date between the two, presented by Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina, ends in disaster. Also, Iceman, Rachel Grey, Angel and more realize that (re-)following Cyclops wasn't such a great idea after all, meaning that most of the X-Men who sided with Wolverine post-Schism are back on his way of thinking at this point. Plus, Toad has tea parties with Husk's old skins.
X-Men Legacy #270: Speaking of X-Men who sided with Wolverine who are back to his way of thinking at this point: Appalled by Magik's Limbo prison, Rogue spends this issue by Christos Gage and David Baldeon doing her best to free long-time rival Ms. Marvel. That's another thing that ends poorly, as by the last page she's given an otherworldly exile for her dissention.
Only one AvX title is out on Aug. 1 — the first time in months there's only been a single tie-in out in a given week — but it's from the main series: Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert's Avengers vs. X-Men #9, which looks to have Spider-Man taking a more central role in the story then he has thus far (preview here).
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