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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US; Har/Psc Lt edition (21 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163176
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 20.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lil Shepherd on 8 Jan 2013
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Fanboys and schoolchildren working on the "who would win if Y fought X" will love this. Unfortunately, it is also a perfect example of how not to write in a shared world, whether professionally, as here, or in fanfiction.

Firstly, if you are going to retcon canon extensively, make sure you have given your reasons. Here the authors have picked and chosen bits of the long Phoenix/Dark Phoenix saga and dismissed the rest. It is unfortunate that the bits they have picked do not fit together. If the retcon of the original Dark Phoenix saga in 'Phoenix Rising' did not take place, and Jean Grey really did die on the moon, then, really, fellas, Jean wouldn't have married (and subsequently divorced) Scott, and it wouldn't be the Jean Grey School.

And that is just the simplest of the problems created here. I find suspending my disbelief rather difficult.

Likewise, it is not enough, when you have characters acting so far away from their normal behaviour - particularly characters like Captain America and Scott Summers - it is not good enough simply to excuse it by having another character (in this case Iron Man and Magneto) say, "Hey, you're acting like me," and expect that to cover your asses as an explanation.

As for having a polar bear in Antarctica just so you could do a call-out to 'The Empire Strikes Back' - spare me!

Setting all that aside, there is some fun dialogue, and some really nice art. Not so much on the characters - some of which look very odd - but on the splash panels.

You do get a lot for your money, though, and the production is lovely. See if you can get it discounted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
This volume reprints issues #0-12 of Avengers Vs. X-Men, written by all the big guns, and drawn by other big guns. It begins with the return to action of the Scarlet Witch and ends with the arrest of Cyclops for crimes against humanity. Nova crash-lands in New York bringing news of the approach of the Phoenix force, which leads the Avengers to try and gain access to X-Man Hope. Cyclops doesn't approve and fired the first shot in a battle that will `change the Marvel Universe forever' again. It is well-written and excellently well-drawn, the plot actually makes more sense than most big events, though characterisation occasionally takes back-seat to plot development, but this is a comic book, not War and Peace. When the Phoenix force arrives, Tony Stark's attempt to stop it causes it to split up and infect five X-Men, who use the force to create almost a House of M-style utopia - but without the bad stuff - while the Avengers descend into almost a rerun of the Civil War / Dark Reign period, which I am sure is not just a cheap copy but meant to show the corruption of power, as the Phoenix 5 slowly become corrupted by their power, and turn on each other in order to acquire more. Eventually the Scarlet Witch and Hope are able to bring the story to a conclusion, as absolute power corrupts absolutely, we get a final resolution to the House of M event, and, this being America, someone has to go to jail for it all...

I only gave it four stars because, despite the power corrupting business, Cyclops seemed to be acting out of character, though that may have been building up over the past few years of X-crises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Dec 2012
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Phoenix - the fiery and all-powerful being that possessed Jean Grey in the "Dark Phoenix Saga" - is returning to Earth because the "creative" directors at Marvel have run out of ideas and are desperately ransacking past, greater storylines for their new books. The vessel Phoenix is going to choose, everyone thinks, will be Hope, the first and only mutant born after Scarlet Witch's "No More Mutants" curse. Captain America and co. remember the devastation brought about by Phoenix the last time it visited Earth and bonded with Jean Grey, so they are understandably terrified of this happening again. If Hope is to be the new Phoenix, she must die. But Cyclops and co. believe Phoenix's return will signal the rebirth of the mutant race and undo the damage caused by Scarlet Witch. If Hope is to be the new Phoenix, she must live. And so we have Avengers Vs. X-Men, a massive Royal Rumble of superheroes sparked by an argument about a being nobody fully understands and a possibility nobody knows will happen for sure.

I did actually find the first cycle of fighting exciting and thought that with the fighting out of the way so early, maybe this predictable scenario would take a different turn? However, that initial burst of interest was long eclipsed by the sheer banality of the rest of the story and unrelenting tedium of the endless fighting.

Superhero comics are more than just fighting but that's all this superhero book is: fight fight fight. And despite having a massive cast of characters, all of whom have decades of defined personalities, this book essentially wipes away all traces of them so they're all monotone dullards. Spider-man (in his brief appearances) doesn't crack jokes or say anything witty or interesting because all this fighting is all so serious.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Burns on 1 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
I suppose that the purpose of the big Marvel events such as this is to bring in brand new readers to the title and cut through all that has gone before - it can be the only reason for completely ignoring the personalities of the characters that are supposed to be portrayed here. Even so this book fails as it deals with the Messiah saga from the X-men - which has been ongoing for over 10 years so new readers are unlikely to understand to status quo coming into this book.
It is mainly written by decent Avengers writers (Bendis) and X-men writers whose stories were hated by fans (Fraction, Brubaker, Aaron)the good X-men writers (Gillen, Carey) are kept well away in order to increase the Avenger's status after the film.
Hilariously though in the attempt to portray one side as in the right they go far to far and actually make them responsible for everything that happens if you read the story and not just look at pictures of punching which is all the writers assume anyone reading this will do.
This should be avoided - but the new titles it has led to look to be really good so far - and Marvel can at least be praised that it didn't do a DC and treat it's readers like complete morons.
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