Comic Book Reviews - Avengers vs X-Men 2 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews
AvX #2 (Marvel Comics)
Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Colorist: Laura Martin
Number of Pages: 22
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
Jason Aaron takes the reigns of the writing chores for this issue, and like Brian Michael Bendis in the issue before him, he has many characters to juggle. Aaron maintains the balance of characterization and plot with the use of a third-person narrator that captures the essence of the collective Avengers and X-Men on hand (with a few hiccups here and there) while allowing his own voice to shine through. Besides the macro story—the Phoenix Force steamrolling towards Earth—Aaron displays a wherewithal to allow for several micro stories to develop, which may be picked up in following issues of this series or the Versus book that will be released in conjunction with AvX. One such plot thread that arose in this issue relates to a scene between the Wakandan King and his Queen. Without giving away the details of their encounter there’s certainly a story that needs further exploration.
Now, as far as the macro story is concerned, the team of Aaron and John Romita Jr. do an exceptional, no, an impeccable job of making the battle between the X-Men and Avenger appear larger than life. With mutants magicians, web-slingers and Prince of the Sea all in conflict, there is a relative balance in terms of the major players in this brew-ha-ha and minor players. That in no way means that some of the lesser characters don’t get their moments in AvX, it’s just the bulk of page (and panel) space is reserved for the big boys, so to speak.
One thing that as a reviewer and fanboy that I must wonder aloud: okay, if Hope’s mutant ability is to mimic any mutant’s power and the Phoenix Force isn’t a mutant but in fact an entity; however, a mutant once bonded to that entity’s raw power, wouldn’t it imply that the Phoenix Force coming towards Earth is attached to a mutant, say maybe uh, Jean Grey? Guess that’s one of a thousands of inquiries that will continue to come out of AvX as each issue rolls off the presses.
Marvel’s marketing campaign for AvX has hinged upon fans choosing a side, be it the Mighty Avengers or the Uncanny X-Men. However, unlike Civil War, where the battle line was drawn based on who was pro- or anti-(hero) registration, the line is a bit more convoluted in regards to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom. (Besides, I gravitated to the X-Men when I first got into comics and it wasn’t until my teenage years (and with the help of Kurt Busiek) that I became an Avengers fan.) So, instead of going to bat for a particular side I find myself rooting for certain characters. Overall, I think that’s the true genius of AvX and I eagerly look forward to the next issue in this enormous clash.