on 2 January 2013
Goddammit, I hate "Avengers Vs. X-Men" so much! Like a black hole of crap, it's managed to suck in one of the Marvel U's brightest stars and cover it in its garbage. That means this once charming series now has that awful "AVX" logo on it and the funny, creative stories are replaced with the soulless tedium of superheroes beating on each other. It's soooooo horrendously boring.
Most of the book is taken up with both side's leaders, Captain America and Cyclops, approaching Wolverine to join their ranks. Phoenix is on its way (again) and the last time it appeared, Logan had to kill it so they're expecting it to play out the same way again. Having read "Avengers Vs. X-Men", the main story arc, I know Logan doesn't play nearly as big a role as its made out in this book so reading this with Cyclops/Cap both stating their boring cases, page after page, was immensely dull. Then there's some arbitrary fighting, and that's basically the book for 4 of the 5 issues.
The final issue unexpectedly and brilliantly delves into the backstory of a character who's remained on the periphery of this series - Warbird, Kid Gladiator's Shi'Ar Elite body guard. She's an unlikely choice to be the focus in the midst of a group made up of colourful personalities but Jason Aaron does a fine job giving her a personality, an intriguing backstory, and detail on the Shi'Ar homeworld. Beautifully drawn by Nick Bradshaw who is quickly becoming the best artist in this series, outshining Chis Bachalo's freewheeling kinetic style.
In keeping with the series' tone, this book has moments of levity and humour in between the overly serious, incredibly overbearing (overboring?) AVX storyline. But the event manages to derail the series' playful and interesting story threads to the side so Aaron and co. are forced to address it constantly. Some nice moments and a decent final issue aside, "Vol 3" is an unfortunate victim of Marvel's latest godawful event. Here's hoping normal service resumes soon.
on 9 August 2014
It's yet another cross-over event and if you're not reading any other x-comic then it's pretty hard to work out what the hell is going on. The first two issues are great and explain the set-up wonderfully and introduce the obligatory "cast of thousands". After that it seems to degenerate into random fighting and out-of-context / unexplained not-fighting scenes.
On the up point, there is some seriously kick-ass character building for Warbird. And I really like her now I can see what's in her head. How she got the "honour" of baby-sitting Kid Gladiator is touching and it's nice to see her do something other than chaperone the brat or pinch Ice-Man's bum.
So, I recommend this for the Warbird material (which is really touching), the first issue or so (which is fairly interesting) but the middle just leaves me more confused than anything else.