AVENGERS VS. X-MEN (Marvel, First Printing, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Avengers Vs. X-Men #0-12 and Point One #1 (cover dates January- December, 2012)
Writers: Jeph Loeb, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction
Artists: Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Frank Cho, John Romita, Jr., Scott Hanna, Oliver Copiel, Mark Morales, Adam Kubert, and John Dell
Colorists: Morry Hollowell, Jason Keith, Laura Martin, Larry Molinar, and Justin Ponsor
I picked this one up at my local library. I tend to vote with my wallet against these endless crossovers, but for free...why not. This is a crossover built on the back of the umpteen crossovers that came before it, from Messiah Complex to House Of M and everywhere in between. Bendis seems so impressed with himself that he needs to reference his own work to convince everyone else of how important his empty calorie writing really is. Bendis references his past works as much as Roy Thomas, although he lacks Thomas' love of the characters and actual knowledge of the history of the artform to back up his ego.
The basic gist of this is that Hope Summers, the “messiah” first mutant born since the Scarlet Witch altered reality and depowered all but 198 mutants at the end of House Of M, is destined to become the host for the Phoenix Force, the primal force responsible for the death of Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Phoenix has been so misused and crapped up that it is best left to the history books, as most writers don't know what to do with it.
The Avengers determine that the Phoenix Force is a threat to Earth and go to the mutant island base Utopia in order to bring Hope into custody. Cyclops sees Hope as the messiah sent to save the mutant race, and a fight ensues. It becomes a battle royal, with Hope becoming a hot potato in reverse. Iron Man devises a way to splinter the Phoenix Force, figuring that would eliminate it. Instead, the force goes into five different X-Men. Lots of broken bones and back and forth fighting later, and the predictable ending happens.
I had all but given up on modern Marvel. My 9 year old son has since softened me on modern Marvel Comics. I can accept that these characters as they stand today are his definitive versions of them. This is his golden age of comics. I have learned to let go of a lot of things these past few months. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what this “old man's” opinion is. My day is done. The future of the medium belongs to him, although I think I'll hang around for quite a while to yell at you kids to get off of my lawn.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- I find library copies to be fascinating studies of durability in the workmanship and materials of these collected editions.
Paper stock: Glossy coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Laminated cardstock cover.