Out today, Avengers Vs. X-Men
Jonathan Hickman joins superstar artist Olivier Coipel (SIEGE) to launch Act Two of the biggest Marvel event of the year!
What is Pax Utopia?
The Phoenix has come to Earth, and everything changes...
And the Scarlet Witch enters the fray!
After five issues of waiting for the Phoenix to arrive, it's finally here and within the bodies of five X-Men -- Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Magik, and Colossus -- after Hope rejected it.
This issue is actually good.
Oh, it's not without its problems, which I'll discuss momentarily, but AVX
#6 actually does
something interesting that puts us in Warren Ellis territory.
But that's not without its problems.
Fixing humanity's problems and reshaping the Earth is, in theory, a good idea, but it's also not earned. Cyclops going before the United Nations and saying that war will stop, immediately, is a nice moment (and reminiscent of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, honestly), but ending war isn't the same thing as ending the human desire for war. Humans are a competitive species, and violence is hardwired into the genes. The Phoenix Five have good intentions, they see themselves as benevolent, but their benevolence masks the fact that they're still dictators and humanity will chafe under their yoke.
Which leads us back to the title of the comic -- Avengers Vs. X-Men
. Because, of course, we have to have at least one
sequence in the comic that supports that very simple concept.
And it does justify the last line of the comic. If Act One is the consequences of Cyclops crossing the line from reason to madness, Act Two is going to be the consequence of Captain America's own misjudgment.
I mentioned that the issue has a significant problem, and it's this.
Avengers Vs. X-Men
#6 breaks the playground toys in a way that will be very
difficult to fix.
As I said, I liked this issue. I think it's the best of the issues thus far, though I don't care a great deal for Coipel's artwork (his characters have a tendency to look a little squat).