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Avengers Vs. X-men is a big event for Marvel comics, but the first couple of issues for this event haven’t been that great. There hasn’t been much story progression in the last four issues. That is one of my biggest disappointments I have with this event. If you are going to have a big event you need to have story progression. Act one of this event ends with issue 5. So, I hope act two will get a change of pace with this series.
The cover for this issue was horrible. The issue number is covered by the phoenix. So, when you look for the issue at your local comic book store it is very hard to see what issue you are picking up. The most important thing a cover should have is an issue number, and if people can’t see the issue number that is a big problem.
This issue shows Hope can’t control the phoenix and she doesn’t want the phoenix, but the X-men still feel that this is Hope’s destiny and she needs the phoenix to fulfill her destiny. Also in this issue Iron Man builds a machine to try, and destroy the phoenix but something goes wrong.
This was the best issue I have read so far for this event. It was a great ending for Act one and there was a great cliffhanger to get us excited for the beginning of Act two. The first couple of issues for this event were all about fighting, and there was no story progression. That really disappointed me while I was reading those issues. But with this issue Matt Fraction does a great job on story progression. He wrote a great narration for Hope, and made us realize that she is just a kid. He also gave us a great twist in the end of this issue to have even more story progression for this event in the future.
I also loved Wolverine in this issue. If you read the last tie in issue of Wolverine and the X-men you could see that Wolverine would never have the guts to kill Hope. In this issue we get to see that the tie-in was relevant when Hope tells Wolverine to kill her because she could not handle the Phoenix.
Even though the story was great in this issue I still don’t like the art for this event. I’m not a big fan of John Romita Jr.’s art. He does a great job for Kick Ass, but I hate his art style for these Marvel characters. I hope we get a different artist for the second act of this event.
Even though I did not like the art and the cover for this issue I still think this issue is worth picking up. This is by far the best issue of Avengers Vs. X-men, and I hope the event continues to be this great.