AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #2
Written by Jeph Loeb
Art by Ed McGuinness
Cover by McGuiness, Dexter Vines and Morry Hollowell
Variant Covers by Stephen Platt, Yu, Alanguilan and Kieth
Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness have the difficult task of pitting fan favorites against one another in Avengers: X-Sanction #2, but they have once again done it extremely well.
The Loeb and McGuinness combo has become synonymous with greatness, and while this issue doesn’t have quite the impact of the first one, it is a solid one. The back and forth between Cable and Iron Man isn’t as solid as the dialogue between Cap and Cable in #1, but nevertheless the time travelling soldier is getting deeper into his war with the Avengers and Loeb is doing an excellent job of conveying the increasing franticness of Cable’s mission. We still don’t know exactly why this offensive is occurring, other than Cable’s fatherly protective instinct, but the tension is building and the final pages have set up what could be a fantastic issue #3. This is a high octane series and with it being only 4 issues, the intense and frantic pace fits perfectly. Loeb is really writing scenes for McGuinness to shine, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on issue #3.
On the visuals side of the coin Ed McGuinness is really the star of this show. If this series is to be preamble for Avengers vs. X-Men, McGuinness is doing his best to ensure that the bar is raised for the artists of the main event. The art is really top notch in this issue, McGuinness pencils a fantastic Cable, Iron Man, and Red Hulk, and I really cannot complain about the visuals at all. This is superhero art at it’s best, and I hope the quality continues to finish off this series.
Pros: Cable is becoming more frantic, and the writing is expressing that very well. The art is some of the best of the industry.
Cons: Dialogue is somewhat weaker than issue #1, but this is a very minor quibble.