Out today, Avengers Vs. X-Men
#7 from Fraction and Coipel:
Cyclops changes the game with these three words: "No More Avengers!"
After issue #6, which was probably the high-point of the series to date, issue #7 returns us to familiar ground -- it's a "meh" issue. Which is ironic; this is probably the densest
issue to date, and there's some interesting stuff happening here. Cracks are starting to form in the Phoenix Five. Tony Stark blames himself for Earth's current situation.
What lets the issue down from issue #6, I think, is that the philosophical dimension from the previous issue isn't here. The tagline for this issue -- "No More Avengers!" -- isn't precisely
right. Sure, Cyclops brands the Avengers as a "global terrorist organization." Sure, the X-Men take the battle to the Avengers on multiple fronts (and one escalates the conflict at issue's end). But it's not a wholesale destruction of the Avengers to parallel the wholesale destruction of mutants when the Scarlet Witch said, years ago, "No more mutants."
One of Marvel's editors recently said that it was wrong to view the X-Men as the villains of AVX
, but it's increasingly difficult not
to. However, no one ever thinks of themselves as the villain in their own story, so perhaps it's natural that the Phoenix Five (and the X-Men who blindly follow their leadership) see nothing wrong with what they've done. Cyclops views the remaking of the world as a good, after all.
This issue reminded me of Final Crisis
, strangely, with the Phoenix Five in the role of Darkseid and his minions and the Avengers in the role of the resistance to Darkseid's reign. But I'm also reminded of Michael Avon Oeming's "Disassembled" storyline in Thor
, especially when Iron Fist shows up with someone in tow talking about cycles of death and rebirth, because maybe the solution is to end the cycles of death and rebirth once and for all (just as Thor destroyed the cycle of Ragnarok once and for all in that storyline).
Final thought. I suspect that maybe this issue felt "meh" to me because, despite several battles between the Avengers and the X-Men, this very much felt like the "calm before the storm." The Avengers were on the run in this issue, and with the escalation at the end there's no now place left for them to go.
Oh, and going back to an older post...
Guy Gardener wrote:
Methinks that the final-battle will be won or lost, won and lost in issue 11.
Issue 12 is probably about Aftermath.
No, I'd think that Marvel would be likely to do a follow-up series like Fallout
(post-"Death of Spider-Man") or The Fearless
) to deal with the aftermath of Avengers Vs. X-Men