Review: AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Olivier Coipel
Release Date: July 4, 2012

So….this is getting rather intense, eh? Issue 6 kicked off the second act of Avengers Vs. X-Men two weeks ago and really turned up the intensity of the conflict. With that in mind, I can say that Avengers Vs. X-Men #7 took the conflict to a whole other world of wild with Matt Fraction pushing these characters to extremes and really turning this “conflict” into full out war. I really can’t applaud Matt Fraction enough for how well this script is written. The dialogue is fantastic and he does a great job of showcasing all-out-chaos and tempering it with pages that are quieter and focus on the depth of the characters involved in this conflict. These powerful characters are becoming more and more harrowed as this war wages on and Fraction writes their fragile psyches extremely well. Fraction also addresses the “Scarlet Witch” situation head on at every point that he can, which was appreciated. This is the most complex character in the Marvel Universe and I’m glad they didn’t just gloss her over. It could be argued that this event was coming since House of M and Wanda’s actions then, so it is only fitting she be a major player here. I don’t want to spoil anything, as there are MAJOR events that occur in this book, so I’ll leave it that this is one of the tightest scripts in this event so far.

I’m not sure if Fraction knew he was writing for Olivier Coipel or not, but this book is the perfect fit for this artist. Coipel takes a dynamic and tense script and makes it shine with his absolutely fantastic artwork. This book is filled with fire, power, chaos, fear and action that is penciled by a modern master of the medium. Coipel’s pencils whenever one of the Phoenix Five are on the page are absolutely incendiary, the heat of the raw power and fire leaping from the page and the detailed struggle and distress on the faces of the Avengers throughout the issue further enhances Fraction’s writing that this crew is becoming very worn down and near defeat. More than with any other comics in the past two weeks, I have found myself staring at Coipel’s pages and returning for third, fourth and fifth looks at the fantastic artwork within these issues.

This roller coaster of Avengers Vs. X-Men is firing on all cylinders with issue #7 and I hope the ride continues at this quality level the rest of the way.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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