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Avengers vs X-Men #12
Eric Schaen (10/30/2012)
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Avengers vs X-Men #12 ReviewIt all comes to…this?!?

So this is it, the final issue in a massive crossover event featuring two of Marvel’s most prevalent teams. Since the first issue premiered I stated my concern that the success or failure of this story would rely almost solely on its conclusion. Now it’s here.

From the onset AVENGERS VS. X-MEN had its share of peaks and valleys. Some issues stood out and brought hope for this story (Not her, I mean the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome), while other issues carried the classic over-used cliché formula expected from a story that’s main theme is teams of good guys stomping each other silly.

Which brings me to the main problem I have with this final round... that same tired formula. How many times have readers witnessed two groups of heroes face off sometimes even with good reason, only to be united just in time to take down the greater threat? It’s expedient for sure, but is also very contrived anymore.

As the climax approached I believed that Marvel would deviate from this overly simplistic plot device and astonish us with something a little less predictable. I mean, there was a few surprise in some of the previous issues. Nope, no such luck for the grand finale. As a poor substitute after 11 issues of squabbling (not to mention all the tie-ins) we are provided with an ending that failed to break any new ground.

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Your Comments:
I'm just glad that the whole point of the crossover was to integrate X-books into the larger continuity. In recent years, Cyclops has just been a racist as far as I'm concerned. He was always busy fighting a race war and not actually super-heroing (from rescuing cats from trees to protecting the planet). Now we're seeing interesting Avengers teams with mutants on them, and while their characterization isn't perfect it's a step in the right direction...

Posted by: Kragnorak on 4/3/2014 10:48:21 AM
I would've had them make the Avengers take down the X-men, and then when SHIELD shows up to round them all up have them go too far and the Avengers intervene, making it clear that they're the big dogs and the X-men go back to being fringe society, feared and distrusted heroes, which is where they shine. The X-men per their original concept never should be able to go toe to toe with "Earth's Mightiest Heroes". Keep the tension, keep the animosity, why not? On a side note I'd kill Wolverine with Cyclops, but that's because Wolverine is mad annoying and not really because it'd help tell the story.

Posted by: The Avengion on 11/7/2012 10:51:03 PM
meh. it was all a big letdown. they should have just skipped to the AvX: Consequences comic, which has been pretty solid thusfar

Posted by: rick on 10/30/2012 11:55:06 AM
new ideas are like kryptonite to marvel. add wolverine lather rinse repeat.marvel fans have proven they dodn't want true heroes like captain marvel, quasar, noh-varr and my friends new fav Gravity. they have the potential for something great but they're to afraid to try something other than blah blah xmen.the writers give us the same garbage but its our fault as fans because we still by the product hoping for a turn out we know will never stated earlier when you have a scumbag like wolverine idolized over there greatest hero captain marvel well this is what u get.

Posted by: BloodyAngel on 10/30/2012 9:53:52 AM
Sorry for using "of course" 3 times in 1 sentence in the previous post. I will of course be varying my vocabulary in future. Assuming I post again of course!

Posted by: Mantis Warrior on 10/30/2012 9:30:33 AM
The challenge of course lies in how else to end the story arc. The 'greater threat' device is of course like pressing the reset button and suddenly everything is back to normal and we're all friends. They could of course have opted for:
a) During a scuffle Beast is killed. The mourning of both teams presses the reset button
PLUS: surprise and shock!
MINUS: I like Beast :(
b) It turns out the Puppet Master had found a huge lump of radioactive clay and was mind controlling (insert team here).
PLUS: We all like to see Puppet Master beaten up by 30+ heroes!
MINUS: Even more trite!
c) S.H.I.E.L.D. Turns up and threatens the whole lot of them with a good nuking if they don't simmer down.
PLUS: The animosity between the teams can continue to simmer in their own titles. Leaves it open for AvX 2.
MINUS: Not really a dramatic conclusion. Leaves it open for AvX 2!
d) Skrulls did it.
PLUS: ?????
MINUS: Not again!!!!!
So how would you other clixworlders have ended it?

Posted by: Mantis Warrior on 10/30/2012 9:28:36 AM

Posted by: sweet on 8/9/2012 6:02:10 PM