AVX: VS #1
Written by Kathryn Immonen, Jason Aaron
Art by Stuart Immonen, Adam Kubert
Release Date: April 25, 2012
Queue the “LET’S GET READY TO RUUUMMMMBBLLLEEEE” guy because that’s what this book is all about. This is a pair of drop-the-gloves and get fighting stories featuring the battles that started, but never finished, in Avengers Vs. X-Men #2. I applaud Marvel editorial’s decision to create this “fight book” as it allows the main Avengers Vs. X-Men title to not be bogged down in glory shots of fan-favorite characters going toe to toe. This is the forum for the somewhat tongue in cheek straight up brawls to happen and it turns out that rather than being completely cheesy fluff, this is book is a ton of fun!
The first duo to enter the cage is Iron Man and Magneto, written by Jason Aaron and penciled by Adam Kubert. I enjoyed Aaron’s writing style in this one, bouncing back and forth between the characters thoughts and really laying out a lot of their individual motivations in this series. We’re only two issues into the main event and the first issues of many of the tie-ins, and the battle lines are already blurring, which is really a treat for the readers. On the art front, Kubert is top notch in this book. It makes me really excited to see what he brings to the ‘main event’ as I’ve been less than impressed with the art in there so far. These pages from Kubert give me serious hope that there is better art on the horizon.
The second melee is between two characters with some serious history, Namor and Thing. Kathryn and Stuart Immonen bring this brawl to life and I found that as much as I enjoyed the first battle, this one was even better. There is a lot of residual bad blood between these two and it was satisfying to see them just have at it. Kathryn’s choice to have one half of the battle be spoken through Thing’s thoughts kept the contest light and entertaining and her voice for Namor has just the right level of arrogance: extreme. Stuart Immonen’s pencils are solid as always and his work on this story made me long for a parallel universe where he was the third cog in the art machine of Avengers Vs. X-Men with Coipel and Kubert. But alas, I’ll take what I’m given and enjoy this story for what it is: fun.
My last comment will be to praise editorial and/or the writers or whoever is responsible for the play-by-play comments throughout the issue. They really give the book the feel of an old school boxing or wrestling match and help keep this book focused on being a riot rather than an in-depth psychological take on these characters. Marvel is selling this book as what it is: a battle royale and I applaud them them for keeping things light and creating a fun issue.