AVX vs. 4 (of 6)
I’m just going to say it; this is the best issue of the AVX fight series so far. The first fight scene, Daredevil vs. Psylocke, is written by Rick Remender. The second fight scene, Thor vs. Emma Frost, is both written and drawn by Kaare Andrews – I’ve never heard of him before. Like the first three, I’ll talk about each fight individually.
Daredevil vs. Psylocke is easily the best vs. fight so far. While most of these fights have very little character development, this one is full of it. Both characters have an internal monologue while they’re fighting. Through this, you get both points of view of this event and what they think of each other. The two of them are evenly skilled. While you’d think Psylocke would have the advantage as a telepath, entering his mind and experiencing his hyper senses hurts her. The end result is a tie as they decide not to fight each other anymore. You could argue that Daredevil won the psychological battle, but either way nobody loses. It’s a very well done fight scene with some excellent character development for both of them. The artwork is great too.
The second fight, Thor vs. Emma Frost, isn’t quite as good. That said, it’s still a satisfying fight scene. Despite Emma’s enormous power through the phoenix force, Thor still holds his own for most of the fight. The fight itself is fairly good, even if it feels a little short. The artwork is a bit of a mixed bag. Thor’s face looks a little warped on some panels with an oversized chin, and many panels don’t have a background at all. That said, Emma Frost’s diamond form looks fairly good as do the fire effects. It’s not a surprise, but Phoenix powered Emma wins the fight.
If all you want is an issue full of fight scenes, this issue is worth checking out. It doesn’t develop the Avengers vs. X-Men event, but they don’t really need to. This is easily the best vs. issue so far, and it might be worth the $4 if you’re ok with an issue that’s only two fight scenes.
Avenging Spider-Man 9
This is pretty much the perfect week for this issue to come out. This issue has Spider-Man teaming up with Captain Marvel (previously known as Miss Marvel) to save a lunatic. Next week, the first issue of Captain Marvel releases, and both are written by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
This comic is very entertaining. The first half of the issue is mostly character development for Captain Marvel, while the second half is an action scene that goes out of control very quickly. There’s plenty of humour mixed throughout, and that’s where the issue really shines. Saying too much about what happens will spoil the fun.
The art is good for the most part, although some panels have more fine details than others. It’s never bad, but it looks a little inconsistent because of the varying levels of background detail.
This is almost more of a Captain Marvel book than a Spider-Man book, but there’s still enough Spider-Man to warrant his name in the title. It’s not great, but it’s entertaining enough that it doesn’t have to be. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re curious about the new Captain Marvel series or you just want to read an entertaining comic.
Other comics I read this week include Scarlet Spider 7, New Mutants 45, Venom 20, Fantastic Four annual 33 and Wolverine and the X-Men 13.
Scarlet Spider 7 was also entertaining. The Scarlet Spider finds himself in a rather … interesting situation after he saves the life of a woman who turned out to have blown up a building. It’s a little confusing, but I think it’s supposed to be at this point. This one’s worth reading.
New Mutants 45 was, well … I’m not sure what I think. I liked it, but it’s a little weird as well. Not sure what to say about this one.
Venom 20 was good. There’s an intense fight scene in an apartment building, and the leader of the sinister six is revealed. If you’ve been following Venom, pick this up for sure. If not, you might be a little confused if you haven’t read the previous two issues – this storyline is moving fast. Even with the recap page you won’t understand the full scale of things without reading issues 18 and 19. Still, this is an easy recommendation.
The Fantastic Four annual was weird. I enjoyed it, but it was weird. It felt more like a Dr. Strange comic that happened to have The Thing and Human Torch in it. If that sounds good to you, check it out.
Wolverine and the X-Men 13 was good as well. It’s basically the X-Men vs. the Shi’ar doubled with Warbird’s origin story. Both are very well done, and there’s also a good amount of focus on Kid Gladiator and a little bit of Iceman. This issue is an easy recommendation for anyone who is interested in Warbird or just wants to see Gladiator take on the phoenix five.