By sithfrog Comments
Well, Marvel you had me going for a while. I was excited about Avengers vs. X-men, I even bought up through issue 4 without reading any of them. And to be honest, I was enjoying. While I wasn't thinking that it would go down as an epic like The Infinity Gauntlet or Onslaught, I was digging it. But as I continued on, some things starting bugging me.
- Scarlet Witch's "return" was something that we had been hinting at for years. She was amnesic back when Clint slept with her in New Avengers (I think that was the title it happened in), she was a major player in the Avengers: Children's Crusade, she IS the reason that mutants are facing extinction, and she factored so heavily in issue 0 of A vs. X (not to be confused with AvX). Now, as of issue 5 we've barely seen her. Granted, it looks like she will be doing...something soon, but c'mon already. I was half expecting the Phoenix Force to take her as a host.
- Tie ins to a major event tend to do one of three things. First, really help add to and enhance the main story. Second, tie in only in name alone, the contents often have no real impact on the main event. Lastly, and too often, fit together in a hodge-podge way that ignite plots that either detract from the main story or shoot off in directions that don't truly add to the main event. I don't read any of the X-books nor Avengers Academy, so I can only comment on Avengers, New Avengers, and Secret Avengers. But right now, these three books are bugging me with how they are "tying in" to the main Av. vs X-Men story. ***Spoilers follow*** Secret focused on the team of space/science/Asgardian Avengers as they attempted to deal with the Phoenix Force in space. Well, we already know how that winds up, after the events of Av vs. X-Men 5. But, we are now finally having something for the Protector to do. I view the Protector much as I did Sentry. Either too powerful to really be a usable character or one that sits on the sidelines and despite how powerful or cool they are, they aren't ever really included in a real usable way. Regardless, we get him having an inner-turmoil of allegiance to the Avengers or the Kree Empire (which by the way isn't the same to him since isn't he an alternate universe Kree warrior anyway?- again, not really clear because he isn't really used). This seems to me to be used as a catalyst or self-indulgent maneuver to use the classic Captain Marvel character, which by the way has been resurrected thanks to the Phoenix Force. Sheesh! Over in New Avengers, we get a crazy retcon story of how long ago the Phoenix Force came and possessed another young red-head (which was an attempt at misdirection so we would keep thinking Hope was going to be the target) and that the Phoenix and Iron Fist has a long history tied together. Obviously no one ever thought to mention this to Danny Rand. By the way, while I know covers don't have to always include what really happens inside, thanks for putting Iron Fist on covers when he doesn't even appear in these flash back, retcon issues. Oh the retcon, it's possible you should have to apply for a permit before truly using one. Mr. Bendis, you may need to apply for a couple. And the main Avengers book has Cap get mopey, the team easily take down a renegade AIM faction that easily kicked their asses a few issues ago (BTW AIM you still have the DNA samples that you could have been using!!!), and sowed the seeds for Protectors struggle, which had already been happening. At this point, I am so frustrated with the direction these subplots (or lack thereof) are going. I am sure these odd threads will produce something of "value", but what happened to great use of this like Spidey's black costume from the Secret Wars actually having a mind of its own? Stop to read some of the classics you guys, perhaps you will learn a thing or two!
- Finally, we have the tipping point that I haven't quite made my mind up about. Issue 5. ***Spoilers follow*** After seeing the group of X-Men on the moon get possessed instead of Hope, I was stunned. But, I can't decide if this turn will be a good thing or not. I must say, I didn't expect it, which seems to be getting less and less common, especially during big events, but at the same token, if not handled well, it will ruin the whole outing.
Av vs. X-Men is at a crossroads for me and while I am sure Marvel will get the money out of me, I hope that they in turn pleasantly surprise me with the events unlike major events of the recent past. But they will not get my hard earned cash for the AvX spin off title!