Silverwolf’s Den: Avengers vs. X-Men #0

Marvel’s been talking about and advertising their “Avengers vs. X-Men” event for the last few months and now, finally, we have the first issue in the series. If hype and advertising are to be believed, this event will shake the core of the Marvel Universe and influence events for years to come; whether that is true or not, there’s definitely a lot of energy and amazing comic creators behind these books. How did this introductory issue fare?

Avengers vs. X-Men #0 is split into two sections, one focusing on Scarlet Witch and the other on Hope Summers. The Scarlet Witch section deals with her preventing MODOK from killing a Wakandan scientist as well as a visit to the Avengers Mansion. Since M Day when Scarlet Witch accidentally erased the existence of most mutants, everyone has been wary of her and with good reason. As a result, her visit to her former colleagues is met with a mix of joy and disdain and, ultimately, it seems she’s going to be in a difficult place once the true fighting begins. Meanwhile, Hope Summers, the purported Mutant Messiah, struggles with her banal life on the island of Utopia. She has started to sneak out at night to fight crime against Cyclops’s orders, often badly beating the foes she faces. Meanwhile, Hope hears of the mystical Phoenix Force and seeks answers, believing she will be its vessel. What will occur once these individuals come into conflict with one another? And how will the Phoenix Force play into all of this?

Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Aaron handle the Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers tales, respectively. Each does a good job of portraying the struggles of these two characters who, it seems, will ultimately influence the core of the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. Each story progressed well, with a great portrayal of emotion and portrait of the characters.  The dialogue is rather average, but given that this is more of an introductory story that doesn’t necessarily take away much from the core plot. Bendis is well known for crafting strong stories, and given his involvement in later issues I’m confident that things will become very interesting and surprising as the series progresses. Even so, there’s nothing too amazing about this issue in terms of the plot, but nothing too lacking either.

Artists Frank Cho and Jason Keith give Avengers vs. X-Men #0 great perspective. The scenes are bright and exciting, and the characters are very well-defined. I especially liked the snake-based enemies that appeared in the second half, as they designs were very awesome. Overall, the art is really awesome and pulled the rather average story along.

Ultimately, Avengers vs. X-Men #0 is probably given #0 because it isn’t too important to the overall story, but sets up some interesting plot lines. It’s definitely a fun read and the art is great, so I’d suggest giving it a look even if you don’t pick it up yourself. But, if you are interested in this series, it’s probably a good idea to grab it for yourself.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Brett Simon a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. Scarlet Witch’s existence has definitely turned him over to Team X-Men.

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