Avengers vs X-Men: Axis #4 Review

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writer: Rick Remender / penciller: Leinil Francis Yu

I have no idea how many parts there will be to this crossover event as we will watch the X-Men and the Avengers battle each other…again, but it is definitely going to be the long game judging by the pacing of this issue. In other words, grin and bear it, this might take a while. This issue deals with the aftermath of the team effort it took to overcome Red Onslaught and the Stark Sentinels (I admit, those do have a nice ring to it). While it’s not said explicitly, the personalities of our beloved heroes that were present at the battle were affected by the same inversion spell that made Red Skull / Onslaught submit. Congrats, all your heroes are dicks. Sorta.

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I will give some credit here and say that you could extrapolate the temperance and methodology of some villains, where they aren’t evil so much as just sociopathic in how they deal with situations. Both the Avengers and X-Men in separate scenes are preparing for war in the most brutal discourse. Storm leads a rally that sounds like Magneto pre-Scott-Summers-Phoenix-Infused-Murder-Murder-Murder-Kill-Kill-The-Professor event. I smiled for a moment when Sam Wilson punched “Fury” and said “I’m not THAT Captain America” before I realized that all the hype for Sam Wilson as the new Cap has given us an introduction of him as a complete asshole. Like Original Sin seemed really to exist just to create story lines for Bucky and Thor(s), this felt like similar to move us onto Superior Ironman, as he shows up in San Fran with the special sauce app to make you beautiful. I mean…I dunno, we’ll see.

The most interesting part of this book and probably what will appeal to me most is the inversion of the villains. For me, your friendly neighborhood Carnage stealing Peter Parker’s shine was the highlight. It was also the only such case that was shown. I’m guessing most of that will be featured in the One Shots for Axis or the indy books that crossover (such as Magneto’s).

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Yu is on the pencils for this one and that’s always a good thing. His art style works so well with these different factions because things always feel like they are about to break or fracture and this book is the very definition of “breaking point.”

Avengers vs X-Men: Axis is still better than Original Sin so far…for whatever that’s worth. But its not great. Some parts its not all that good. But it does keep it interesting in some parts. Especially with the villains becoming good guys parts, even as few and far between as they were in this book. Still, left with a feeling of ‘meh’ so far.

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