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Old May 16 2012, 03:39 PM   #201
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Re: Avengers Vs. X-Men -- Speculation, Spoilers, and Discussion

Out today, Avengers Vs. X-Men #4!
The battle of hero vs. hero rages on! With Wolverine abandoned by the Avengers, where will he stand in the battle for Hope?
Some thoughts.

This may be the worst issue yet.

Set aside the polar bears in Antarctica (hint: there are no polar bears in Antarctica).

The issue commits an unforgiveable sin. It's boring, and even Hickman's scripting can't save this.

We actually have some narrative momentum. We see the Avengers' Space Team confront the Phoenix Force. We see Hope make the case for why she's ready to host the Phoenix. We see Cyclops and Captain America (separately) make their moves. And we see Wolverine make the choice about which side he's on.

The problem is that none of it connects. Four issues in, and I still don't feel like anything's at stake. I just can't care. And the issue giving us a series of splash pages to show the scope of the battle between the Avengers and the X-Men doesn't help; this is wasted pages.

I know that issue #5 is where everything's supposed to change, but if this is building up to something cataclysmic at the end of issue #5 then this issue failed completely.

There's also an issue of AVX Vs. out today.
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