I just finished reading my copy of Avengers Vs. X-Men Hardcover and what did I think of it? First, let me tell you what is included when you purchase the limited edition hardcover and then we’ll go into the actual storyline.
The Limited Edition Hardcover collects Avengers Vs X-Men #0-12, AVX: Vs #1-6, Infinite Comics #1, #6 & #10. It also includes a digital code that you can redeem to get the entire series on Comixology, which I thought was pretty cool.
The main storyline tells of the return of the Phoenix Force and the battle between the Avengers and the X-Men. I did enjoy the overall storyline, even if there were some parts I wasn’t a big fan of. It tells a good story of a man who has lost his way and become blind to everything but a single focus. It also has a story of redemption and realization. While I didn’t particularly believe that the Avengers and X-Men would start fighting so early and so easily, seeing them go full-tilt with each other was a treat. When the Phoenix Force finally arrived on Earth and was subsequently fractioned into five of the X-Men, I didn’t see that coming and was an interesting plot twist, especially with what happened afterwards. The ending was plausible, but it felt like a necessary plot development in order for Marvel to be able to move forward in their story-telling and bring back the mutant population after Scarlet Witch said those three magical words.
AVS: Vs was a waste, as was the Infinite Comics series (though the latter probably would have been more interested if read via Comixology). I would not have bought the issues individually but as they were included in the hardcover, I gave them a read. The Infinite Comics didn’t add anything to the story and felt more like a Comixology/Marvel gimmick. AVS: Vs also didn’t add anything to the story but at least Marvel was upfront about it and even said that in the solicits.
Would I recommend this hardcover? If you can find it for a good price, then it would be a nice addition to your collection. But if you’re just purely interested in the story, then a quick hop onto the ‘Net will give you the general plot and you can save yourself some time and money.