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First Look: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2

There's a whole lot of punching, slamming and throwing going on here.

It's getting closer. We've been seeing a lot of teasers and preview pages for the upcoming AVENGERS VS. X-MEN event. Regardless of the majority saying they're getting burnt out on crossovers, there is a bit of excitement going on over this. What makes me more interested is all the hype Marvel is putting into this. We know they have a lot of their top talent working on the miniseries and tie-ins. There must be something huge about all this. If they were just randomly hyping it up, I think that could be the final straw for many if it failed. I'm looking forward to it. We'll see how it goes.

Today Marvel has released a first look at the second issue of the series. There's a lot of action going on here. It's almost a free for all.

The opening shots have been fired and this April, the heaviest hitters of the Marvel Universe go head-to-head in your first look atAvengers Vs. X-Men #2! From the powerhouse creative team of Jason Aaron & John Romita Jr. comes the second part of the groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake! As the all-powerful Phoenix Force hurtles ever closer toward Earth; The Avengers storm the beach of Utopia, determined to save mankind at any cost! This is what you’ve been waiting for all year, and now you’ll get the chance to see some explosive matchups and who comes out on top. Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #2, hitting comic shops worldwide and the Marvel Comics app this April!

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At least they all get to go for a swim after all that fighting.


Written by JASON AARON



Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 3/26/12, ON SALE –4 /18/12

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Posted by phoenixofthelight

Well, this kind of implies where Wolverine is going to stand, at least in the beginning. I would not be shocked if he pulled a Peter Parker and flipped sides in the middle of the story, especially as the Host (of the Phoenix Force) becomes more in danger. Especially if the Host is one of the young X-Men (here is looking at you Hope). Wolvy will jump ship, I think, to (in my opinion) the right side. Killing/containing the Phoenix Force is an exercise in futility; it cann't be done, that has been shown numerous times, or even if it can be contained or killed, it never stays down for long.

I really hope this does not suck as much as I am afraid it will.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Looks ok, still utter tosh though.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Not bad, the art is a little dated, but I can deal with it.

Posted by LordRequiem

Go Colossonaut, you've got this one in the bag.

@Omega Ray Jay: Completely ridiculous.

Posted by sora_thekey

Must... Not... Cringe... at Art!

Posted by movieartman

while still better than ALL his recent avengers work i still am sad JRJR is drawing this any of this book,

Need......... OliVER....... COIPEL............ NOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by movieartman


im GLADLY Cringing at this crap

Posted by Mercy_


Posted by crabtree

Im not impressed with the art at all!!!

Posted by sora_thekey

@movieartman said:

@sora_thekey: im GLADLY Cringing at this crap

Trying to be positive here... and it's not working. All I can think of now is this:

@The Dark Huntress said:


Posted by movieartman


we shall think fully ony have to deal with this crap for 4-5 issues after that we get OLIVER COIPEL who is great but isnt perfect but he is a god send by comparison, then after him we get adam kubert who is in between

Posted by clemj

in the water where Namor will crush them

Posted by Queen's Halo


Edited by thveej

"The Avengers storm the beach of Utopia, determined to save mankind at any cost!" ...... I still don't get how they end up going to war...... at least with Schism it kind of made sense. This just seems like a cash grab to me. There is no way either side can control/destroy the Phoenix force without the other helping (heck they should have even asked FF for help). Going to war with each other just doesn't make sense.

Plus didn't the avengers just fight cable, who told them that because they kill hope the future was doomed? Even if they believe that Phoenix Force needs to be stop, I would think because of Cable's warning they would come up with a better plan than YOU LETS GO TO WAR WITH THE X-MEN AND KILL THAT HOE HOPE!

My prediction is someone else beside Hope will become the Phoenix (mb even Jean Grey) then Hope mimics every mutant power around her + mimics the Phoenix force and helps the new host control and maintain its power.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

I really hope that Colossus, Rulk, Thing, etc. get battle damage. I don't want to see an endless Punching Match. It's going to get very dull between the heavy hitters.

Edited by movieartman

@Queen's Halo:

@Queen's Halo said:


no the artist on Punishermax, ultimate avengers 3 and much of wolverine origins Steve Bloody Dillion is the Worst art EVER!

there is NOTHING redeming about his art,

here at least the red hulk and the shadowing on his muscles looks good and the distance shot of the damaged buliding is good

Posted by Queen's Halo

@movieartman said:

@Queen's Halo said:


no the artist on Punishermax, ultimate avengers 3 and much of wolverine origins Steve Bloody Dillion is the Worst art EVER!

... Nah, I'm sticking with this being the WORST ART EVER!

Posted by Novaar

Not the greatest fan of the art. But my worry is about the quality of the story. Like people have said the premise of going to war semems flimsy at best and cynical at worst. Will anybody on either side kill anybody - and will they stay dead??? I have my doubts on that and, if they don't, it weakens the premise of this being all out war.

I'll be happy to be provded wrong but I've got a feeling this will be another Marvel 'Let's rush it out and move onto our next great idea' set of comics...

Posted by TheOlympian

But wait, why is T'Challa choosing the Avengers' side? His wife is a marquee x-man and their children will (more than likely) be mutants. Why not support her? Same for Luke Cage. Danielle is gonna be a mutant. Idk. I'm ready for the brawls, but I'm way more excited for the exposition.

Posted by Jya666

I don't like JR.................................... :((((

Edited by movieartman


cus if he sides with the x-men the pheniox will be allowed to come to earth and could very likely destroy the planet and or just wipe evrey lving thing off the planet and then he and storm will never get to have any children or at least they wont have a place to live

Posted by Illuminatus

John Romita Jr. can go f*ck himself. This is easily the worst art he's ever done.

Posted by movieartman


i respectfuly disagree this is far more contained and structured than his art in the fear itself tie ins and a bit better than much of the art in the arcs before that

Posted by mettlekm

the noses... i always focus on JRJR's noses especially on frontal shots...

the little wolverine and little tc'halla up top... just so bad. I'll probably just read teh wikipedia version later so i don't get frustrated with the art. there should be a minimum standard to the art.

Posted by Or35ti

The art, while it's not bad, just doesn't feel epic enough for an event that's supposed to be huge.

Posted by TDK_1997

I don't know why nobody likes John Romita Jr.He is a great artist for me.

Posted by EdwardWindsor

art is plan nasty, story better be great to put up with it .

Edited by feargalr

I know there are haters out there... but my personal opinion to this is something like this

The x-men better win this.....

Posted by movieartman


OLIVER COIPEL IS COMING!!!!!! be patient my freind

Posted by awesomex

Colossus going to open a can of woopass.

Posted by Zauberin

Colossernaut! Kick Red Hulk's ass! 
So unoriginal. 
Red Hulk tips it. I root for X-men.

Edited by DATNIGGA

nice story but the art is... smh

@movieartman: thank god

Posted by The Average Bear

Hate John Romita Jrs art

Posted by DEGRAAF

Hate the art but am excited for the arc. I dropped the Avengers comic bc i hate his art so bad. Nothing will turn me off more to picking up a comic then bad art. Idk why but i hate the way he draws Iron man the most

Posted by Mucklefluga

I can't stand the aaaaaarrrrrrttttt :( even with all these promotions and deals i just can't buy it with this art

Posted by JaneDoe

*Cringe* Not liking this at all

Posted by leokearon

I like JRJr's art, still Colossus attacking the Helicarrier, does Scott want the world against him?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

All the drugs, alcohol and strippers in the world couldn't get me to read this book and it has nothing to do with the art   
Civil War = Good idea/Crap execution
Secret Invasion = Crap 
Dark Reign = Crap (except for the Thunderbolts)
Necrosha = Crap 
Siege = Crap 
Chaos War = Crap 
Fear Itself = Crap 
Spider Island = Good 
Schism = Crap 
Avengers Vs X-Men ? 
 Why would I pay for more of the same?

Posted by webofthornns

Can't stand JRJR's art, one step away from Lego characters

Posted by Crowingaboutcomics

NOT a fan of John JR's art either - haven't been since his 90's X-men - I too, wish they would have picked a better artist there is a lot of them out there: Mike Choi, Jim Cheung, Leinil, even Clay Mann from the Age of X (how cool would it be for Magneto to adopt some aspect of that Age of X costume: I mean seriously - he's worn the same colors for the last 60 years: time for a costume change and embrace the light!) would have been better - IDK - I think John JR - is too connected and that's why they use him...I think he's great at layout, but it feels like he needs someone else to come in and add the details...

Posted by Solarflare32

I disagree I thought Necrosha was good

Posted by The Impersonator

I have splashes on my eyes. =P

Posted by moywar700

Everybody Dies.

Posted by PrimeDirective

@Cafeterialoca: Colossus doesn't "take damage" anymore as he's powered by Cytorakk. If he gets banged up, it instantly heals. Seriously... Colossonaut could solo win this almost. I do love seeing him rip apart the helicarrier though. That thing about beat the Void as I recall...

Posted by kamionero

Art... I am disappoint...

Posted by CitizenJP

I really hate that pic of Hulk slamming Colossus in the back...that panel is just....ugh lol.

Posted by KidSupreme

pretty bad ass

Posted by WaveMotionCannon
@movieartman Uh Rob Liefeld would like a word with you.
Posted by War Killer

So wait, Marvel hypes up this supposed HUGE battle between their two biggest superhero team's, and they're starting the battle out with this crappy art? Why not bring in someone like Bryan Hitch, or Choi, or Epting...?

Posted by Bald Eagle

@spiderbat87 said:

All the drugs, alcohol and strippers in the world couldn't get me to read this book and it has nothing to do with the art Civil War = Good idea/Crap executionSecret Invasion = Crap Dark Reign = Crap (except for the Thunderbolts)Necrosha = Crap Siege = Crap Chaos War = Crap Fear Itself = Crap Spider Island = Good Schism = Crap Avengers Vs X-Men ? Why would I pay for more of the same?

None of those story lines were any good, except for Spider Island? Really?! Talk about having blinders when it comes to Spiderman. The stories and art just haven't been any good for quite some time.

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