What if Magneto had more authority with the X-Men around the time last year’s event started? For the most part, that’s what this comic feels like. It also feels like a more classic take on Magneto, the kind who is willing to defend his people more violently than he does in the mainstream universe. It’s a neat idea to kick off the event, but it could have been better.
Much of this issue focuses on retelling AVX’s introduction. The situation is explained in full, Wolverine indirectly states that he may not be trustworthy and each side has a couple different takes on scenes that existed in the original event. The problem is that it takes too long to explore these scenes. The event’s plot could have been explained in one or two pages, yet it takes up most of the comic. Wolverine didn’t need to state that he was on his own side, the writer could have simply shown it through his actions; in fact he kind of did in a failed sense. The scene with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the start feels completely pointless, further padding out this comic’s length.
Once things do start happening, the comic gets noticeably better. The “discussion” between the X-Men and the Avengers works out quite a bit differently, and in some ways it feels more rational and in character than the real event. Instead of sending the hostile Cyclops to talk down Captain America, they try to send Storm to negotiate. Unfortunately, those who travel to the helicarrier with Storm are a bit less diplomatic.
It’s too early to tell whether this whole mini-series will be worth reading or not. There was too much explaining in the first half of the comic, but the second half is in some ways better than the event itself. If you’re very interested in reading this, check it out. Otherwise, at least wait to see if issue 2 is better.