25 Sep 2012
Comments Off on Comic Book A Day – Day 47 – Avengers VS. X-Men Round 11 (2012)
OK, so someone dies in this issue and if you don’t want to know who it is, don’t read down further.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
OK, here we go:
Professor X has died more times than Resurrection Man for pete’s sake! At first I thought “Who gives a crap?”, but as I read more and more about this issue, I get it. Professor X is worth more dead than he is alive in a storytelling kind of way.
And it’s pretty nifty actually. Cyclops began as a teenaged student to Professor X and graduated into the de facto leader of the mutants as a whole. That’s a pretty good story arc you know?
I don’t think most people saw Professor X as the big death of this series, simply because he’s an afterthought. The fact that Cyclops is his murderer is a nice piece of story telling and overall I’ve been satisfied with Avengers Vs X-men as a series.
Now that the Phoenix 5 (which sounds like a political prisoner group) is down to The Cyclops 1 after this issue, we can get the final, climatic battle between basically everyone in the world and Phoenix-clops.
As far as mini-series that restart (or softly relaunch) an entire comic universe, I’d have to say that Avengers Vs. X-Men beats Flashpoint hands down, if only because the old DC universe basically just sort of ended, story lines were dropped and characters just literally disappeared. Here we get basically every character we know and love (and hate) involved and it doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it’s steeped in Marvel history and it’s something that has been building for quite some time.
I’m curious to see how the series wraps up and how they relaunch many of their titles with their Marvel Now initiative.
I’m giving Avengers Vs. X-Men 4 out of 6 Aarons! If you like big event comics, I say pick it up.