Avengers vs. X-Men!!!
Everyone is patting Wanda on the back for restoring Rictor's powers, but Strong Guy alerts the group to the Avengers arriving. The X-Men and the Avengers can't decide over who has custody of the Scarlet Witch, and an argument breaks out. Magneto wants to resolve this peacefully, but both groups overrule him. Rictor ends the argument with a demonstration of his powers, and tells the assembled teams of Wanda's plan. The Maximoff family is reunited, and the Avengers are willing to give Wanda a shot, but Cyclops doesn't want to take that chance. Cyclops attacks Magneto, wanting to take him out first, and the Avengers and the X-Men duke it out. Meanwhile, the Young Avengers, X-Factor, the Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Jessica Jones, Hawkeye and Beast watch on helplessly. Emma Frost attempts to persuade Tommy and Billy into joining them, but Wanda gets annoyed and casts a spell to make all the adults, non-combatants included, fall asleep. She then teleports the Young Avengers to Castle Doom, much to their surprise. It's revealed that even with her memories back, she still loves Victor. The Scarlet Witch explains that she trusts Doom, and tells her story of why she caused "Avengers Dissassembled" and "Decimation." Apparently, when Mephisto reclaimed her sons, she went to Doom for help in bringing them back. They decided to try an experiment in harnessing the Lifeforce. Unfortunately, it didn't work and the Scarlet Witch went crazy, killing Avengers and mutants. Wanda wants to try again, with Wiccan's help, this time, to restore the mutants. Doom reverses his spell on Wiccan so he can help them. He agrees. Patriot is scceptical and tries to put a stop to it with one of Hawkeye's incediary arrows. However, this proves to be a bad mistake and the spell goes wrong. Wiccan heals the Scarlet Witch but Doom is nowhere to be seen. She says that the Lifeforce has vanished. Doom's mask falls from the sky to reveal VICTOR, who now weilds the Lifeforce. Everything will be alright...
Jim Cheung's art is fantastic and Allan Heinburg's writing is phenomenal. Given that these two created the Young Avengers, I never want to see them leave the project. They do absolutely phenomenal work together. Heroes fighting heroes is always worth it, and the Scarlet Witch seems hard to describe. It's like she's a good guy, but the shadowing gives something inherently sinister to her appearence. I can't wait for the next issue!!
I thought that the end was a bit strange, and not as epic as I hoped. The schedule is always a downer, but what can you do. I also hoped that Ant-Man would have a bigger role but he seems to have faded a bit.
Awesome. As per usual. I have been consistently amazed with this series and I want to see more. A definite must-read, if it isn't sold out already.