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First Look: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 - Avengers vs. Phoenix

The Phoenix Force is getting closer to Earth. Is there any way the Avengers in space can stop it?

Yesterday the second issue of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN went on sale with plenty of fighting as well as a tiny development with Hope. Make sure you pick it up to keep up with what's going on.

Today, Marvel has released a first look at the fourth issue. It's safe to say that because there is so much at stake and this is such a massive battle, everything isn't going to be resolved in the third issue (on sale May 2). Take a look at the scope of the fighting in issue #4.

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 (MAR120534)

This May, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman joins fan-favorite artist John Romita Jr as the Avengers face their biggest battle yet in Avengers VS. X-Men #4! The Phoenix Force is closing in on Earth, and Captain America has tasked Thor with stopping it…IN SPACE! With brawls exploding across the Savage Land, Wakanda, Tabula Rasa and throughout the Marvel Universe, can Thor and his team put an end to the Phoenix threat once and for all? This is what you’ve been waiting for all year, and now the war is here! Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #4, hitting comic shops worldwide, the Marvel Comics app and the all-new Marvel Comics web store – this May!

Plus! Every issue of Avengers VS. X-Men come packaged with a code for a FREE digital copy on theMarvel Comics app! Fans will also be able to take the Avengers VS. X-Men experience even further by unlocking access to exclusive behind the scenes extras utilizing special augmented reality technology with the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma. This is exciting bonus content that you cannot access anywhere else! Join the Marvel ReEvolution!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com
== TEASER ==

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

FOC – 4/23/12, ON-SALE – 5/16/12

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Posted by Dru_zod

Epic...........................first

Posted by mtrakos

Kill all the mutants, except Namor and Beast.

Posted by Dru_zod

God versus Force

Posted by Daywing

Can someone tell me what writer and artist is on which comic?

Posted by Inverno

@Dru_zod: That doesn't make sense here :-p

Posted by Solarflare32

I sense sentinels in the near future

Posted by dondasch

Avengers......In.....SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE !!!.

Seriously someone just write in the Sentry and call in Jeph Loeb to kill this.

Posted by Deprive

I still find it hard to believe Namor would side against Captain America. At least, not without a sit down first.

Posted by BlackArmor

Did they ever release a #3 preview or.............

Posted by feargalr

All I've seen in this series so far is the avengers kicking the crap outta the X-men, I hope that changes soon... :/ I'll keep reading.. but hesitantly

Posted by RyuHayabusa

@BlackArmor said:

Did they ever release a #3 preview or.............

was thinking the same thing :D

Posted by emirblade

Oh, I thought Romita Jr. only drew on the first two comics. :/

Posted by The_Martian

I haven't read issue 2 yet, but does the art in 4 look so much worse than 1 or is it just me?

Posted by birdcantfly15

@mtrakos: I hope they kill all of your favorite characters. Go Mutants!!

Posted by Or35ti

Looks alright. What the heck is the giant hairy worm thing? A manifestation of Krakoa?

Posted by Namor1987

Why don't the X-Men send their Omega Level mutants to take on the Avengers powerhouses? If Hope is the Phoenix's host I'll be disappointed. They can get more creative then sticking it on Jean & Mimic's cheap knockoff. Here's hoping Wanda shows up & annihilates Hope.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

joins fan-favorite artist John Romita Jr

Who you trying to kid Marvel?
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Posted by laabitres

amazing

Posted by wowylied

Why is marvel always using this ugly artist every time ?

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@Namor1987: I dont get it I mean cyclops is in possession of exodus & Leigon. even tho exodus isnt omega & exodus wants him dead but im sure if he told him the situation he would be happy to oblige. & Leigon is a weapon that cyc can use Im not sure about the other omegas tho

Jean's dead, nate is weak, Rachel & Kid omega are knocked out, iceman is supposed to be in this, I belive vulcan is dead & hope is running for her life.. most of the omega's arent available

Posted by tensor

Did i just see thor hurt the the phoenix force lame

Posted by time

If marvel, don't get good artist on this story. I'm not going like this much.

Posted by loganchild

@birdcantfly15: xmen forever

Posted by Novaar

Really dislike the cover. It's yet another one that is totally different to what's happening inside (like the recent X-title where Wolverine, Northstar and Gambit are in their X-duds on the cover and in their civvies inside!). Either they are revealing Hope is going to be the Phoenix waaay too early or they are doing another mis-leading cover.

The whole thing started as an ugly mess, with the Capt/Cyke irrational behaviour and I fear I won't be with it for much longer.

Posted by BewilderingBeing

@tensor:

Truly lame.. X2

Posted by umbrafeline

how is thor able to twirl mjolnir around in space when theres no gravity?

Posted by SupremeHyperion

how badass would it be if the phoenix force was actually the Sentry, great time to bring him back or if he wasn't the phoenix he'd be able to redeem himself and prove a hero by helping defeat the phoenix

Posted by mettlekm

@umbrafeline: I twirl hammers in space all the time. it's easy!

Posted by umbrafeline

@mettlekm said:

@umbrafeline: I twirl hammers in space all the time. it's easy!

ok you smart-ass, lets hitch a ride on the space shuttle, toss you out of the airlock and see if you can twirl your tools XD

Posted by Backflip

@spiderbat87 said:

joins fan-favorite artist John Romita Jr

Who you trying to kid Marvel?

I snorted when I read this. Try harder Marvel.

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

@mtrakos:Bigot.

Posted by Namor1987

@umbrafeline said:

how is thor able to twirl mjolnir around in space when theres no gravity?

He's a god & has magicaly mystical powers & weapons. Gravity doesn't apply to magic users obviously

Posted by The Impersonator

That front cover says it ain't good for Hope.

Posted by mettlekm

@umbrafeline said:

@mettlekm said:

@umbrafeline: I twirl hammers in space all the time. it's easy!

ok you smart-ass, lets hitch a ride on the space shuttle, toss you out of the airlock and see if you can twirl your tools XD

Sassy! love it

Posted by Namor1987

@DATNIGGA said:

@Namor1987: I dont get it I mean cyclops is in possession of exodus & Leigon. even tho exodus isnt omega & exodus wants him dead but im sure if he told him the situation he would be happy to oblige. & Leigon is a weapon that cyc can use Im not sure about the other omegas tho

Jean's dead, nate is weak, Rachel & Kid omega are knocked out, iceman is supposed to be in this, I belive vulcan is dead & hope is running for her life.. most of the omega's arent available

I meant like all available Omega levels. Too bad Wolverine hate Cyclops or he'd have access to his squad(s). Legion is basically a disturbed dog on a leash. Genesis could help but he's being setup as the next Apocalypse & I suspect Hope & him will clash some time down the road. Psylocke is available.

Posted by Mercy_

@spiderbat87 said:

joins fan-favorite artist John Romita Jr

Who you trying to kid Marvel?

srsly

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Posted by Mercy_

@The Impersonator said:

That front cover says it ain't good for Hope.

Covers are notoriously misleading.

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Posted by thatlad

Going from that beautiful Cheung cover to Romita's ugly art is like kopping off with a bird with massive bangers, getting her home and finding a shitload of tissue in the bra

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@thatlad said:

Going from that beautiful Cheung cover to Romita's ugly art is like kopping off with a bird with massive bangers, getting her home and finding a shitload of tissue in the bra

LOL you mean woman that stuff?

Posted by Fresh Prince

I'm really digging the art...

Posted by DirkPower
@spiderbat87: Im a fan, hes one of my favourites. I'm not alone in this. Hey presto, their statement is totally justified.
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@DirkPower said:
@spiderbat87: Im a fan, hes one of my favourites. I'm not alone in this. Hey presto, their statement is totally justified.
lol no
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Posted by HexThis

The heroes of Marvel are so corrupt and destructive it's a wonder their earth isn't spotted with more craters than the damn moon. Always picking fights, punching faces- they've never been so reckless. Also, if Cap and Cyclops started beating each other to a pulp why....WHY do the members of both teams just blindly follow suit and start kicking the crap out of each other over the caveman-like impulses of their leaders? They're just as bad a threat to their world as any other villain.

I also have a sneaking suspicion Marvel is once again pimping out the implied return of Jean Grey to pull out last second and rob of us of some cash.

Is this series good? I wouldn't know, I'm not going to read it because Marvel has burned me a few too many times and has absolutely scorched some of my favorite characters.

Posted by primepower53

@HexThis said:

The heroes of Marvel are so corrupt and destructive it's a wonder their earth isn't spotted with more craters than the damn moon. Always picking fights, punching faces- they've never been so reckless. Also, if Cap and Cyclops started beating each other to a pulp why....WHY do the members of both teams just blindly follow suit and start kicking the crap out of each other over the caveman-like impulses of their leaders? They're just as bad a threat to their world as any other villain.

I also have a sneaking suspicion Marvel is once again pimping out the implied return of Jean Grey to pull out last second and rob of us of some cash.

Is this series good? I wouldn't know, I'm not going to read it because Marvel has burned me a few too many times and has absolutely scorched some of my favorite characters.

QFT

Posted by TheHeat

John Romita Jr. a "fan favorite"? Um, no!

Posted by tximinoman

Why Romita Jr Marvel? WHY???

I really can't understand it yet, you have this epic comic, THE X-MEN VS THE FUCKING AVENGERS man, most powerfull heroes of the Marvel Universe fighting and on the top of that THE PHOENIX FORCE, something epic as hell, and you make this overrated and useless dude draw it.

It makes no sense. Like back in the 90's Liedfield had a job.

(sorry for my bad english)

Posted by Hivemind

Has comic art gotten so bad that John Romita Jr. is a "comic fan favorite artist"? Really? Wow. Oh well at least they got someone decent to do the cover...

Posted by Hivemind

Lets all just revisit Sentry's origin and forget that he existed...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The panel that has me most intrigued is Thor smacking the Phoenix with Mjolnir. For some reason that smacks of PIS to me but maybe I am reading too much into it. Great stuff otherwise!

Posted by papad1992

Wow... Can;t believe they're actually featuring Hepzibah in this event!! She hasn't been useful since Messiah Complex! Last time she was seen was like that stupid SWORD mini series or something!! But I'm glad someone brought her back! Hopefully we'll see more of her. So I'm guessing she chose Cyclops' side...

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