What if AVX 1 review


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.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to What if AVX 1 review

  1. Pingback: Release Day Rundown – July 3, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    There’s some interesting stuff here, but there’s also some stuff I’m unsure about. Why would Scott put Magneto in charge of training Hope? Why would Magneto think he’s a better option to talk to the Avengers than Scott? Why would Scott agree with that?


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