Posted on October 7, 2012 AT 08:40pm
It’s time once again for the comic countdown, where comic book topics are put into a numbered form. With the wrap-up of Avengers Vs. X-Men officially taken care of, it’s about time the Countdown took a swing at seeing what this major cross-over actually did for the company, both sides, and the future of Marvel Comics. That being said, it’s time for the Countdown! (Note: This WILL contain Spoilers fromAvX.)
#10: Punching People In The Face Solves Everything (Not Really)
In the beginning of the series, there was a small conflict between Cyclops and Captain America, that basically ended up making Cap look bad for sucker-punching Summers, a tall order, considering Scott has been going down a more totalitarian path with the X-Men since M Day. Being a super-hero, Cap’s answer to conflict is usually to punch it until it gives up, only this time, he kind of dropped the ball here (and got a face full of optic blast for his troubles).
#9: Magneto Is The Voice Of Reason
While not the only one to implore Scott to put an end to the madness, and with the knowledge that Magneto is now a trusted member of the X-Men, it’s still a bit strange to see the flip that’s come out of all this. Cyclops as the villain, and Magneto as the voice of reason, trying to stop the torrent of chaos that Scott and the Phoenix Five are creating. When Magneto of all people is thinking clearly and Scott isn’t, something is wrong.
#8: Deja Vu
Haven’t we as comic book readers gone through this whole “Phoenix Force” thing a few times before? While it’s an easy way to create a reason for a re-branding, this seems like a bit of a cop-out. The only major difference is that instead of one Phoenix, there’s five. And instead of Jean, it’s Cyclops, Namor, Magik, Emma and Colossus (at least at first). To simply use their go-to “let’s destroy continuity and start again” icon seems a bit of a let-down, especially when in older incantations, it was much more intense.
#7: 3,000 Miles To Kun-Lun
After all this time, people realize that Iron Fist wasn’t as weird as people probably thought. His Kun-Lun fighting style comes from, of all places, a hidden Chinese city called Kun-Lun. This surprise backdrop served a great purpose (as a secret headquarters that taught Hope to sit around and train before becoming all awesome), only to basically hold no true merit other than as a setting when it came down to the final moments. Hope’s Chaos Fist was cool and all, but that was only the once, and only cool that time.
#6: Something Uncanny
With Marvel NOW! on the way, with the included title Uncanny Avengers which is the obvious fusion of the Uncanny X-Men and the Avengers titles, the writing team decided to include a reference to Cap’s ideal group of mutants and heroes in the ending pages of the series. While it’s funny in an ironic way to see it and go “He said the thing that it’s about”, this is honestly pretty lame, and completely useless in the grand scheme of things, other than as a quick bit of foreshadowing that could have been a foregone conclusion if anyone read what Captain America was talking to Cyclops about in the ending.
#5: Rest In Peace
This is a major spoiler, but for those who didn’t read/stopped reading this series before AvX #11, here’s a quick note: Professor Xavier doesn’t have a good time. While he tries his best to keep things together and stop Cyclops peacefully, he needed a lot of help to piss Cyclops off enough to finish the conflict, with the end result being one of the most important figures in Marvel’s history being take down by a man he considered like a son. For those keeping score: Cyclops 1, Xavier o.
#4: Hope For The Hopeless
Which means the X-Men, who despite being a part of the race that holds one of the more powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, find themselves on the wrong end of this one. Hope, in her immeasurable awesomeness, is showing off her stuff, but on the side of the Avengers. While she eventually does her thing, saves the world and helps everyone, the X-Men really lose out here, because Hope was about the only interesting thing about this entire series (aside from consolidating the next point).
#3: Scott Summers Is A Dick
Not really surprising news, but he takes it to a whole different level in this one. He, in all his infinite wisdom, takes on the world in an attempt to save it. Not only does he get very close to pulling it off, he pulls a series of majorly terrible moves that get more and more severe as the series turns from “Avengers Vs. X-Men” to “Everyone vs. Cyclops”. From just being a whiny douche to attempting to burn the world to the ground and everything in between, the build-up could have only lead to this: Cyclops is a stubborn jerk who ruins good things.
#2: The End Is Here
With the conclusion of this series brings forth the newest re-branding for Marvel Comics, the Marvel NOW! campaign, which uses the aftermath of AvX to bring in new characters, new teams, new continuities and numberings, and new reasons to wonder what the hell is going on in the Marvel Universe. While cutting down on the number of books and keeping things fresh is nice, they kind of halfheartedly rebooted the universe, leaving behind numerous loose ends and giving excuses to use over-done plot tricks such as time travel, team-ups, and Hunger Games rip-offs. While it has some interesting titles coming, none of them would have been possible (yes they could have) without the sub-par AvX.
#1: Final Thoughts
With the series finished, the final consensus can be gathered on the series as a whole: Not the way to go. While the series had some cool moments (Hope Chaos Punching Cyclops in the jaw,Wolverine getting drop-kicked from a plane by Captain America, Cyclops’ one-man douchebag parade), on a whole it didn’t live up to some of the terrific cross-overs of the past, such as Civil War, The Infinity Gauntlet, and even Secret Invasion. It ranks just higher than the previous major event, Fear Itself, but far below many of the other events Marvel has come up with in the last several years.
Well, it’s finally over. After months of teasing, a ton of hype, and a huge letdown, AvX has proven that while what it accomplished was necessary, it didn’t live up to the expectations of a fight between Marvel’s two biggest teams. What could have been a major, franchise altering masterpiece turned out to be a sub-par, franchise altering excuse to launch a new line of titles. It did prove one thing, however: if the world is ever threatened by a jerk with cosmic powers, two incredibly gifted people can hold hands and say a sentence at the same times, and things will be alright.
That’s it for this week! The Countdown was a bit rough on this series, but that’s just a matter of opinion. For those who enjoyed AvX, more power to you, and glad you did. Any questions or comments are welcome, and be sure to come back each and every week for another edition of the Comic Countdown!
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