Hello everyone! Two weeks have passed since I last read and reviewed Avengers vs. X-Men #1 and now we’ve arrived at the second installment of the series. The last issue was enjoyable and set the stage for things to come in this 12-issue maxi-series whose events span other comics in the Marvel line as well. How did this second title turn out? Is Marvel making the right moves with this new series?
Avengers vs. X-Men #2 continues the battle that began last issue. The Avengers and X-Men really start slugging things out, while all the while Captain America and Cyclops argue about differing ideologies. We’re treated to scenes jam packed with action and drama, and when the smoke clears it seems that the Phoenix is closer than ever before.
Jason Aaron handled the script for this issue, and his writing does not disappoint. The pacing of this issue is great and held my interest until the end. The narration was really entertaining too and helped add a further layer to the battle scenes unfolding; it’s one thing to show us Red Hulk and Colossus slugging it out, it’s quite another to describe it like this: “Irradiated muscles strain. Organic metal groans. Windows shatter miles away. The San Andreas Fault shudders with each blow.” The extra level of storytelling made the battles feel all that more epic in scope and scale. The dialogue is great as well and the characters’ personas really come to the fore in this issue. My only qualm with the story is that the X-Men initially seemed to not want to fight (except for Cyclops) but suddenly they become gung-ho about Avenger smashing; maybe they felt they had no other option or are more loyal to Cyclops than one might think, but I feel that a few on the fence characters like Emma Frost went from 0 to 60 a bit too quickly.
John Romita Jr. is on pencils this time around, joined by Scott Hanna on inks, and Laura Martin on colors. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the art in this issue. The previous chapter definitely had better artwork, and this time a lot of scenes seemed rather hastily drawn. The fights looked cool, but at times the characters seemed off-model. Overall, however, the art does not detract from the story and I feel most people would praise it, though personally the style just isn’t my cup of tea.
Avengers vs. X-Men #2 is an enjoyable read which promises more from the future of the series. I for one am excited to see what will happen next, though only time will tell. The art was somewhat of a let down, but it’s overshadowed by great writing which is really what makes this issue shine. I feel that this issue is worth the buy as it’s got a great plot and enough action to keep even the most cynical comic fan interested. Given that this is Marvel’s big event of the year, I’d say it’s a good idea to check it out and see just how things will unfold.
Brett Simon is a twenty-two year old comic enthusiast. He almost laughed out loud every time Cap slammed his shield into Cyc’s face.