Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

For those of you still working out exactly how the plot of Secret Avengers ties in with Avengers and Avengers Versus X-Men, where motivations, chronology and who did what, why and why seem tied up in an impossibly to unravel moebius loop where events seem to come before the cause… give up. It's not worth it. Not when there's another knot for you to untangle.

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

So turn to uncovering when exactly The Beast left the Avengers side in Avengers Vs X-Men. I mean, it happened last week in Avengers Vs X-Men #6, beautifully drawn as well, after the Phoenix Power Rangers had been doing their thing around the world. Saving it and stuff. We had a troubled Beast who was watching his old comrades change the world for the better and wondering why he was on the side opposing them. He gives a solid "goodbye to all this" statement, leaves, the Avengers go on a sortie to kidnap Hope, and after she leaves of her own volition, Cyclops concludes with his "No More Avengers" statement.

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

Yes, that one. And in today's Wolverine & X-Men, the X-Men are tracking down Hope. Namor echoing Cyclops line.

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

Like that. But who is suddenly back with the Avengers defending Hope? The Beast. Saying things like this.

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

And no one has a thing to say about that.

Seriously guys, I thought you were meant to be Architects. This is more like the work of Cowboy Builders.

Oh the comic itself? It's a fine romp, with some excellent Bachalo art. Really top notch, some of the best The X-Men comics have ever had. It's not at the school itself, which always hurts this comic, but it's a fair to middling performance

Just, you know. It would be nice Marvel's blueprints matched and someone hadn't suddenly thrown in an unexpected attic conversion.

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?

X-Men Legacy is also out today, reading less like Marvelman and more like Squadron Supreme. The nitty gritty of superheroes saving the world, even the ones without Phoenix Ranger powers. But kinda exposing the raw wound asking why superheroes aren't always irrigating the deserts…

Avengers Vs X-Men – The Work Of Architects Or Cowboy Builders?Wolverine & X-Men and X-Men Legacy are published today. Comics courtsey of Orbital Comics of London.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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