Avengers Vs. X-Men #0

#1 Posted by G-Man (36715 posts) - - Show Bio

The biggest hyped story is about to begin. With a prologue issue, you'll want to pay close attention to see if there are any clues to what we can expect in the full story.

The Good

This issue is split into two parts. The first is a story by Brian Michael Bendis dealing with Scarlet Witch. Even though most of the focus of this event has been on Hope and the Phoenix Force, it was the fact that Scarlet Witch appeared on the cover that got me curious. With AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE at an end, the big question is what's next for Wanda? Fighting MODOK in the streets of Washington seemed a little odd when the preview pages were first released. The fact that she's included here opens the door to many possibilities as for what her immediate future might hold. Are there any hints or suggestions in this issue? You'll have to read it to find out. But I will say there are some moments here that long time Avengers readers (especially from all of Bendis' run) will be happy to see.

The second story focuses on Hope and is written by Jason Aaron. I feel like Hope isn't written the same by the different writers but Aaron manages to grasp who she is and what's she's been through. She is a teenager who has gone through some crazy times. It's good to see that there's more to her than just running around on whatever mission she's needed for.

Frank Cho's art is always a treat to see. If this issue is meant to kick off the event, Cho's art is a good choice to give it the flashy and action-packed feel to start things off. I don't often dwell on it but I dug the choice of panel layouts in this issue. There was a good mix in the number on each page with the occasional two-page spread. There's also a character or object that comes 'out' of the panel at times that gave the art a bigger feel. It will be a little weird going from Cho's art to Romita Jr's art in issue #1 since they have different styles.

The Bad

As much as I dig Cho's art, I do have to say that sometimes certain body parts have a slightly exaggerated look, especially with Scarlet Witch. But I'm sure there are many that don't mind the style. It might be me nit-picking (it is my job after all), but I tend to notice when characters are drawn differently by different artists.

I did really enjoy the Scarlet Witch story and liked the way Hope was written but I didn't get a great feel as to how this absolutely fits in with the 12-issue miniseries. Yes, there are seeds being planted and we can assume some or many of the events here will come into play later. It almost felt as if these stories could have been told in an issue of AVENGERS or an issue of X-MEN.

And no real fault to this issue, I still don't like MODOK's new look that debuted in the pages of HULK.

The Verdict

"It all begins here." We've heard that before but actually, it really isn't true. This is something that has been building up for sometime. Whether it was intentional or not, this issue is building on everything that has happened in the pages of AVENGERS since Disassembled as well as Second Coming in the X-Men comics. Now we're about to see Marvel's two big teams clash and seeing the execution of making them come to such drastic blows is going to be very interesting.

The story comes together in an interesting way. Not only does this serve as a prologue for the event but we're also getting some resolution for some of the characters. There are a couple scenes that long time readers won't want to miss. Avengers Vs. X-Men is off to a good start. You can feel the excitement bubbling beneath the surface waiting to explode in your face.

#2 Posted by movieartman (1435 posts) - - Show Bio

if there is any female avenger that should be drawn with big boobs its the scarlet witch!

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

You DO realize that the point of this issue is to familiarize people with Hope and the Scarlet Witch, right?

#4 Posted by obscurefan (274 posts) - - Show Bio

Only four out of five stars? Comicvine's lowest score for a big crossover book yet.

#5 Posted by feargalr (1163 posts) - - Show Bio

Well the issue did what he needed to, and was an entertaining read, I guess the first looks at this issue have been floating around so much that it kinda wrecked it a bit

#6 Posted by danhimself (22624 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think that the Vision could have came across as more of an a$$ if he tried

#7 Posted by BKole (502 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, that was an OKISH read, but Vision was hugely Bendisified, and Wanda was written in the most Bendis style imaginable. I just didn't believe it was her character speaking and not Bendis writing generic dialogue for Wanda.

Still, as a primer it did it's job. I am primed to read about people hitting each other in the mush.

#8 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (9176 posts) - - Show Bio

I am going to pick this issue up ,but I am not super excited for Avengers Vs. X-men

#9 Posted by ArtisticNeedham (2272 posts) - - Show Bio

Is this at all a continuation of Children's Crusade? Following Scarlet Witch from that into this? Or is this more Avengers v. X-men? Would it be worth it to buy as a continuation to see where the story goes with her from that comic?

#10 Posted by astrid12 (84 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't like this issue. I don't even know if Wanda will be at all important in AvX perhaps, perhaps not. I dunno, it's just it rubbed me the wrong way. I enjoyed the Hope portion though but I can't help but feel that nothing really happened in this issue, nothing we already knew...

#11 Posted by ApatheticAvenger (1636 posts) - - Show Bio

The Hope part was fine, but the Scarlet Witch part was pretty lame.

#12 Posted by kingjoeg (693 posts) - - Show Bio

Stop complaining this issue is just there to familiarize people with hope and scarlet witch who don't already know them. It did that very well with good art. Stop complaining that marvels going downhill all the time its not.

#13 Posted by mattwing87 (433 posts) - - Show Bio

@movieartman: Don't forget Ms. Marvel!

#14 Posted by gambitpryde1993 (160 posts) - - Show Bio

@danhimself: Yeah, the tears after Scarlet Witch seemed like a last ditch copout to humanize him. What do you think Scarlet Witch's role will be in Avengers vs. X-Men?

#15 Posted by nahadef (33 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to like Frank Cho's art, but I was really put out by the breasts in this, which are big and unnatural. He has a real nice Art Adams thing going on with his fine lines and facial expressions, but after that first full page spread of the Scarlet Witch, I had a hard time reading it without noticing how bad the female anatomy was.

It would be sexier to see realistic bodies, with a little stretch to the costume, than to see what he did. I understand that others may disagree.

His faces were really well done though.

#16 Posted by Youngindy21 (17 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought this issue was just okay but that it served its purpose. My guess is this issue was used to introduce new readers to both Hope and Wanda which it did a pretty good job at doing. I already knew who Hope was because I am an X-men fan but I didn't know who Wanda was so this helped a little. This issue definitely wasn't worth 4 dollars though. I liked Wanda's half of the story more but that could be because I had already read half of Hope's story in Previews of AvX #0. Overall, I would say pick it up if you don't know who those 2 characters are or if you are a completionist. Otherwise just pass on this issue.

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