***Hey you, out there in the cold, trying to avoid spoilers to this week's AvX comics, proceed with caution before reading this column.***We're at the one-third mark of Avengers vs. X-Men, and this week brought a whopping five tie-in issues: Avengers vs. X-Men #4 by Jonathan Hickman and John Romita Jr., AVX: VS #2 with stories from Steve McNiven (writing and illustrating) and Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca, Avengers #26 by Brian Michael Bendis and Walter Simonson, Uncanny X-Men #12 by Gillen and Greg Land, and Avengers Academy #30 by Christos Gage and Tom Grummett. So let's get into it.
THE BIG QUESTION:
This week we turn to Avengers vs. X-Men editor/Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort, talking about the Wolverine and Captain America relationship post-Quinjet ejection.
Newsarama: Avengers vs. X-Men #4 represents a major shift in the dynamic between Wolverine and Captain America from what we saw in the previous issue. Even though Cap stranded him in Antarctica, Wolverine still trusts Cap enough to feed him Hope's location, and Cap trusts Wolverine enough to cooperate with him and rendezvous on the moon. Does this speak to the gravity of the situation, that there isn't any time for a personal grudge between the two? Or does it maybe say more about the mutual respect they have for each other, where they can move past something like forcible ejection out of an airplane? (Or maybe, as a master strategist thinking several moves ahead, Cap somehow had the notion that things would play out like this and it's more deliberate than it seems?)
Tom Brevoort: As I've mentioned elsewhere, I don't think either men looked at Cap throwing Wolverine out of the plane as something personal. In fact, I think Wolverine in particular could respect a move like that, were it directed at somebody else. He definitely understands Cap's position, even if he doesn't agree with it. Wolverine and the X-Men #11 will give a bit more in-depth insight into Wolverine's state of mind regarding when he called in Cap while on the road to the moon — I don't want to spoil Jason's story, but at that moment Logan really felt that calling in Cap and the other Avengers was his best option. And Cap getting that call from Wolverine had to respond to it — his every effort is focused on finding Hope and preventing disaster before the clock runs out, and the Avengers' efforts up till that point hadn't borne any fruit.
THE BIG HITS:
Avengers vs. X-Men #4: The early word on AVX: VS was that it was going to be the place where fights would get more time to breathe, and that's really becoming evident, as there are mostly only glimpses of Avengers vs. X-Men fights in this issue. Primarily, the fourth chapter of the main series depicts Wolverine and Hope's newly formed — and decidedly short-lived — alliance. And oh yeah, the Phoenix? As of the Avengers and the X-Men's gathering on the moon at the end of the issue, it's no longer "coming" — it's here.
AVX: VS #2: Gambit has a lot of fans, and they have had a very bad week. Not only does he get taken out by Captain America in just a few panels in AvX #4, he also gets mostly dominated for 10 pages in this book. (Though he does get to blow up Cap's clothes.) Colossus is the first "official" X-Men victor in AVX: VS, though only because Daredevil tells him it's time to go.
Avengers #26: Bendis again focuses in on the quiet moments, showing the last moments of the outer space away mission squad/"suicide team" before heading into orbit — specifically Proetctor, saying goodbye to his bicolored-haired girlfriend, Annie. (There's also plenty of action and Simonson drawing Thor.)
Uncanny X-Men #12: It's a six-person tag match with Luke Cage, Thing and She-Hulk against Namor, Sunspot and Hepzibah. AvX has truly made clear that, despite being frequent allies, Thing and Namor really don't like each other. Like several of the battles at this stage, there isn't a clear victor.
Avengers Academy #30: Tensions rise between the Generation Hope kids and the Avengers Academy students, with several Academy class members siding with the mutants — tough the end of the issue makes it clear that Sebastian Shaw is the more immediate problem.
- Due to May being a five-Wednesday month, there's no new issue of Avengers vs. X-Men proper for three week, scheduled out on June 6.
- Though the Avengers have dominated the early going of AvX, Marvel's August solicitations suggest that things will shift dramatically by late summer: "Their numbers dwindling, the Avengers stage a daring raid on the X-Men’s prison to rescue their captive members" and "Time is running out as the Avengers are cornered in their last stronghold!"
- This week in AR app enhancements: Along with the usual looks at black-and-white pages, Dr. Michael M. Shara of the American Museum of Natural History shows up in a video to explain how a planet could be destroyed.- Tony Stark is building a "Phoenix killer." Well, trying to. - How cool (and handy) is this team-by-team recap page?
-As each issue of Avengers vs. X-Men has been thus far, #4 was 22 story pages, instead of the now-standard 20. (Bonus!)
- She-Hulk is a busy lady in this event: She's with Luke Cage and Thing on Tabula Rasa in Uncanny X-Men #12 (though not seen in AvX #4, and also accompanied Falcon and Moon Knight on their trip to the Jean Grey School on X-Men Legacy #266.
- Sexy Namor is undeniably the breakout star of AvX. "Would this relaxtion involve nudity?"
- "Colossus' kidneys are inedible." Best, and most useful, AvX Fun Fact yet?
- No, there aren't polar bears in Antarctica (because, y'know, Marvel Comics are typically 100% scientifically accurate), but the most popular theory seems to be that it escaped from the Savage Land.
NEXT WEEK:Only one AvX book is out on May 23, the slimmest week since week 3: Secret Avengers #27 (preview here), featuring more with the "suicide team" in space, and further details on the apparent return of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell. 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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