Spotlight: AVENGERS VS X-MEN Hardcover

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Posted by G-Man (33964 posts) - - Show Bio

Many people know that when it comes to releasing hardcover and trade paperbacks, Marvel knows what they're doing. The final issue of AVENGERS VS X-MEN went on sale in and the hardcover release is already available.

There is some debate over how much time should pass in between the single issues and the collected release. There is an advantage to not having to wait up to half a year later to get the collection. Releasing the trades may not necessarily mean people will stop buying the single issues since many readers (like myself) love getting the collected versions when a story is really good.

You'll immediately notice that this hardcover is pretty thick. It has a retail price of $75 but chances are you'll be able to find it cheaper. Even the retail price is reasonable for what you get. This collection features all twelve issues of the miniseries (plus the zero issue), the Nova story from the first POINT ONE issue, all six issues of AVX: VS as well as the three INFINITE comics that have never been printed before and there are no plans to reprint the again. Doing the math, you can justify the price plus there's the fact that the Marvel hardcovers just look so nice.

What I've heard from others, and I completely agree, the story reads better in this collected format. The downside is the collection has issues the Nova story, 0-12 and afterwards you get AVX: VS 1-6 followed by the three INFINITE issues. It must have been a hard decision to not try to present the stories in the correct chronological sequence. That was one my complaints about the overall series and tie in issues. Too many times you just had no idea what order to read them. The tie in issues sometimes were dealing with events that already passed in the main series which meant you knew the outcome already.

Another unfortunate aspect is the INFINITE comics. Seeing them printed just doesn't compare with the presentation in the digital format. The big charm of those stories was seeing how the panels unfolded as the story progressed. To make up for this, you always have the option of reading them, and the entire collection, digitally. As Marvel sometimes does with their hardcover releases, you get a code to redeem in order to read the entire collection digitally. Provided you have an iPad or tablet, you can still check out what the fuss is about the INFINITE issues.

It was a little disappointing not having all the tie ins, or at least some of them, included here. The reality is there were quite a bit of them. There would also be the dilemma of whether the attempt should be made to try to fit them all together in the proper chronological order. That would be great to see but would also interrupt the flow of the main story.

As with most hardcover releases, the book is a little larger than the original comics. It's not a huge difference but that little bit gives you a closer look at the art. And let's be honest, it was the art that really stood out here at times. Reactions to the actual story have been mixed. Some have complained about the lack of outcome or that it was all about fighting just to reach the conclusion. Others were able to enjoy the story as an event allowing us to see our favorite heroes fight one another. And whether you liked the story or not, it did change the atmosphere for the X-Men, Avengers and the Marvel Universe.

Besides the issues, there are some other extras included. You can't have a collection without a cover gallery. Even though it was just a twelve issue miniseries, there are plenty of covers to see. The series had many variants and exclusive covers. It's great to see them all in one place.

One thing we often saw in the AR content for during the series was the various stages of art. We were able to see selected panels in their penciled and inked form. It's always great to see the original art as it can develop a completely different look with inks and colors. Included is commentary from artists John Romita Jr, Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert. There's some really cook art in this section.

All of the AR content from the original individual issues is included as well.

There's also a fun "scorecard" breakdown of each battle. It's pretty detailed and a fun read.

Is this the collection you've been looking for? If you haven't picked up the series and have managed to avoid most of the spoilers and outcomes, it is something worth checking out. It was Marvel's big event for the year and the status quo for several characters has been changed. Getting a more complete version with the tie ins would be great but of course that would mean an even higher price tag. It really comes down to how much you like the characters and the creators involved in the series. $75 is a lot of money. It is comparable to the price of all the individual issues. I didn't love every single issue but I love having this hardcover in my library.

It's also worth noting that this is a limited-edition release. It's not clear exactly how limited it is but I'd imagine at that retail price, many shops may have decided not to order large quantities.

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#1 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4530 posts) - - Show Bio

gotta have it.

#2 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

I asked for this for Christmas from my Mom... I hope I get it. She's very good at getting me what I ask for, though.

#3 Posted by guttridgeb (4832 posts) - - Show Bio

I might get it after a while when it has gone down in price more. For now I'm happy with just owning the main series in comic format though.

#4 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1504 posts) - - Show Bio

If only the event didn't stink.

(Where is Transonic? We still don't know where she is!)

#5 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3819 posts) - - Show Bio

Holy Crap! It's like the new Marvel Bible of the new era(sounded better in my head)! I might get that.

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#6 Posted by CrimsonAlchemist (410 posts) - - Show Bio

I would buy this if I ran out of toilet paper.

#7 Posted by Doomsday65 (10 posts) - - Show Bio

Picked mine up from instocktrades.com for about $45.00. My dilemma now is do I read it digitally or read the hardcover.

#8 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

@Cafeterialoca: you really like that crappy character huh? too bad she is so irrelevant and underused.

#9 Posted by tximinoman (243 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this series, hated the first few numbers but ended up loving it.

#10 Posted by CRTrobinson (272 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for the heads up G-Man, as someone who didn't buy all of them I think this is pretty cool. I might even just buy it because I'm sick of all the haters attacking everything all the time. If you don't like a comic don't buy it, enough of the pessimistic crap!

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#11 Posted by Azrael66 (277 posts) - - Show Bio

Sadly, the event was a pile of rubbish.

#12 Posted by Trodorne (2587 posts) - - Show Bio

@guttridgeb said:

I might get it after a while when it has gone down in price more. For now I'm happy with just owning the main series in comic format though.

Price goes down? do you know what the price mark up is compared to a piece of electronic or clothing? very little. in fact so little that the comic book stores make only like little profit from a book being sold. Unlike people who buy a shirt for $35 (which I think you are crazy enough to pay that much for it) where the actual cost of making and shipping a single box full those t-shirts was only just $45; so basically a single shirt sold would pay for most of the shirts that are there.

If you are desperate to get this book, get it second hand from someone else who already ripped opened the package, or unless you already have a discount card with your local comic book store or book store.

@Cafeterialoca said:

If only the event didn't stink.

(Where is Transonic? We still don't know where she is!)

exactly

#13 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1504 posts) - - Show Bio

@theTimeStreamer said:

@Cafeterialoca: you really like that crappy character huh? too bad she is so irrelevant and underused.

Why is she crappy? I clicked with her because I was like that in high school. Let me guess, because she doesn't have a kill count about 20 people, she's worthless to you.

#14 Posted by Pyrogram (38242 posts) - - Show Bio

Very nice, It made me just order the civil war hardback, talk about advertising.

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#15 Posted by Vitality (1763 posts) - - Show Bio

Who won?

#16 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

@Cafeterialoca: no. she's worthless just because she is. she is canon fodder. she is annoying and bitchy and useless in combat. cant wait for her head to be chopped off in avengers arena. its gonna happen. BIG SMILE.

#17 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1504 posts) - - Show Bio

@theTimeStreamer: Oh look how clever you are. You don't even know that SHE ISN'T IN AVENGERS ARENA! And please, you probably think all characters must be the grim brooding types who only get by because they have to scramble to come up with new cool moves for them all the time.

#19 Posted by Icon (2077 posts) - - Show Bio

This isn't even worth someone else's money, due to the crap story that is. The book itself looks quite nice.

#20 Posted by guttridgeb (4832 posts) - - Show Bio

@Trodorne said:

@guttridgeb said:

I might get it after a while when it has gone down in price more. For now I'm happy with just owning the main series in comic format though.

Price goes down? do you know what the price mark up is compared to a piece of electronic or clothing? very little. in fact so little that the comic book stores make only like little profit from a book being sold. Unlike people who buy a shirt for $35 (which I think you are crazy enough to pay that much for it) where the actual cost of making and shipping a single box full those t-shirts was only just $45; so basically a single shirt sold would pay for most of the shirts that are there.

If you are desperate to get this book, get it second hand from someone else who already ripped opened the package, or unless you already have a discount card with your local comic book store or book store.

I usually get my graphic novels and TPBs from Amazon and they almost always go down in price after a while.

#21 Posted by Cavemold (1682 posts) - - Show Bio

nice book but dont care about the event.

#22 Posted by MP_SimonWilliams (19 posts) - - Show Bio

I will buy this. Well done!

#23 Posted by TerrellV13 (74 posts) - - Show Bio

I was planning on getting this when I lived in Wilmington NC, but I recently moved to Memphis and I have no idea where the book stores are here. Guess I'll order it then...

#24 Posted by stu (379 posts) - - Show Bio

i want it!

#25 Posted by AlKusanagi (605 posts) - - Show Bio

I have it and love it, but my biggest disappointment was that they didn't hold off the extra month and just include Consequences in it as well.

#26 Posted by consolemaster001 (5564 posts) - - Show Bio

wow

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#27 Posted by Mucklefluga (2563 posts) - - Show Bio

I would no way spend that much on this story , the special features are cool but deffo not for that price. id rather spend my money on something else.

#28 Edited by hyenascar (194 posts) - - Show Bio

I know if some of you read the hardcover, it would change some of your opinions of the series. It came together rather well in the hardcover version. The rest probably can't read, so I'll just get replies of "It sucked."

It definitely will mold events in x-men and avengers for some time. Worth the buy, especially the deals of $45

Story is not for everyone, and that's OK, but this series got way more hate than deserved.

#29 Posted by SmashBrawler (5731 posts) - - Show Bio

They gave this POS an oversized hardcover? LOL.

#30 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

if you are from USA, get it from either instocktrades or cheapgraphicnovels. best two sites to get graphic novels

#31 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (71 posts) - - Show Bio

It looks nice but the story isn't worth the price or the space on my shelf.

#32 Posted by longbowhunter (7077 posts) - - Show Bio
@Cavemold said:

nice book but dont care about the event.

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#33 Posted by Meteorite (3351 posts) - - Show Bio

I was a bit on the fence as to buy AvX in trade, and I don't normally buy hardcovers, but I might have to make an exception for this.

#34 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks like an amazing collection.

#35 Posted by kriminal (646 posts) - - Show Bio

i feel like the only person who enjoyed avx. the new avengers tie ins were great.

1-5= B

6-8=C-

9= A+

10-11= B

12=B+

#36 Posted by RalfvdH (650 posts) - - Show Bio

I was waiting for the trade... Never read the loose issue's because I thought it would read better when its collected... I was right... I liked it... I have the Nick Bradshaw cover version.... Only thing I didn't really care about was the VS. issues.... Some of the art stood out but that was it... The main story was good in a whole.... I enjoyed it... But the best parts were from Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales... JrJr looked good... but that also is part of a good inker... Adam Kubert looked ok too but sometimes it looked a bit wonky for me... but consider the time when he was drawing it ( His fathers passing) I can forgive him for that....

But the extreme negativity I heard and read was a little overacting... It was an ok and entertaining story....

#37 Posted by RalfvdH (650 posts) - - Show Bio

O and the free digital version was nice too.... :)

#38 Posted by BlackArmor (6141 posts) - - Show Bio

@CrimsonAlchemist said:

I would buy this if I ran out of toilet paper.

As bad as this event was you'd end up getting a rash

#39 Posted by Bestostero (5618 posts) - - Show Bio

as much as i disliked the story, i might actually consider getting this, ill probably wait till its cheaper though

#40 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@Bestostero said:

as much as i disliked the story, i might actually consider getting this, ill probably wait till its cheaper though

get it from instocktrades.com or cheapgraphicnovel if your in the US their prices are usualy between 40%-45% off cover

#41 Posted by Agent_Prince (138 posts) - - Show Bio

Certainly looks like a great package, Marvel certainly know how to make a great hardcover. However, 3 problems prevent me from buying this, ever:-

  • The A vs X vs issues were terrible
  • I couldn't put myself through reading one of the most drawn out, almost waste of time saga's marvel has ever produced
  • No AVX: Consequences, which was way more interesting than AVX itself
#42 Posted by neiliusprime (255 posts) - - Show Bio

gonna have to pass on this for now, I have the single issues #0-12, which is the main story. Maybe I'll get Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences on trade.

#43 Posted by 604comics (89 posts) - - Show Bio

I pre-ordered the hardcover months in advance so I didn't bother reading any of the single issues. Overall, it was alright. And I have to agree with some comments, it probably is best read all at once instead of drawn out weeks at a time because you lose all the momentum. And if it's still a POS like some people said, then at least it's over and done with in one sitting.

I didn't care for the AVS tie-in. Nice concept, but didn't really add any value. Neither did the INIFINITE issues. But for $45 and for what I was getting, I thought it was worth it. I wish they would have waited for Consequences, though.

#44 Posted by Munsu (164 posts) - - Show Bio

Some amazing art and great illustrations, but it was such an awful event. It really was.

#45 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

Already got it the day it came out. Loved every minute of it!

#46 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice book but hardly seems to cover the comprehensive event that was AvX. I mean what about the tie in issues? I only go for event TPs/HCs if they cover the entire event in pages. It does look wonderful though even if it covers just the bare essentials.

#47 Edited by onilink123 (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's worth mentioning that you don't need an ipad or tablet to use the digital copy, you can just use your PC to read it online. The INFINITE issues are quite interesting =)

#48 Posted by TheHeat (451 posts) - - Show Bio

Isn't there supposed to be an intro written by CM Punk in this?

#49 Posted by Tyrannotaur (288 posts) - - Show Bio

This is already discounted on Amazon. I almost never pay full price for trades, so I'll wait for it to go down even more before getting it.

#50 Posted by snootchie_bootchies (131 posts) - - Show Bio

You know what? No! Bullsh*t and shenanigans! I didnt pick up the single issues because i knew that this story would be collected. (But what wont be nowadays...) But to have this priced at $75 and to be limited quantities? Argh!

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