When Captain America led the Avengers to invade the sovereign mutant nation of Utopia in 2012, demanding that the X-Men hand over innocent teenager Hope Summers to be imprisoned on the moon for crimes she might one day commit under the influence of a bird-themed cosmic space god, The Phoenix Force, it kicked off one of the most infamous super-mega-crossover events in history: Avengers vs. X-Men.
Of course, that was only the beginning of the atrocities committed by the Avengers, who were treated by Marvel as the heroes of Avengers vs. X-Men despite being the clear villains. Iron Man caused the Phoenix Force to be split into five parts, each infecting different X-Men known as the Phoenix Five. Together, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus, Magik, and Namor created a paradise and ended all war on Earth, but, jealous of their success, the Avengers battled to tear it all down. Unfortunately, at that time, rival movie studio Fox held the movie and television rights to the X-Men, necessitating that the X-Men be relegated to a second-class franchise, their characters defamed, a process which continued until Marvel's parent company, Disney, announced it was buying Fox in 2018.
An old saying goes: it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village of comic book creators to write a super-mega-crossover event like this one. Creators involved in Avengers vs. X-Men included Jason Aaron, "The Great One" Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, and Adam Kubert.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqjqk4AVR1M[/youtube] Aaron Haaland writes about tomorrow's comics today; Hey Fandom! Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder are such good friends that they had to team up Animal Man and Swamp Thing! You didn't know these two go way back to when they created Vertigo comics together in high school? AvX #9 was on fire. Hawkeye is […]
Here's a look at how retailers are rushing to increase orders on certain comics before they go on sale. As ever second prints are over-represented on this chart, as it is the only way many of them are made available. But even so the Walking Dead #100 second print at the top reflects increased demand for Walking […]
Have you played the Avengers Alliance game on Facebook? That sees you divvying up experience points between characters to fight the bad guys? Created to promote the Avengers movie, it contained a lot of history and character from the comic book series over the decades, as well. Now Jen Aprahamian reports for Bleeding Cool from […]
A week or so ago, I heard mention of a new big X-Men book with a different creative team each week, first issue written by Kieron Gillen, the second by Jason Aaron, but I wasn't sure enough on the source, so I put it on the back burner. Well, this is possibly what it was […]
Up the week before San Diego, here's what retailers have been rushing to up their orders on. A new incentive scheme for Avengers Vs X-Men #9 has helped sales it seems, but also of note are the Sandman Slipcase Set, Death Deluxe, V For Vendetta book/mask combo, with noteable Marvel reorders on the likes of […]
It had been speculated widely that the original Marvel Girl, Jean Grey, later Phoenix and ex-wife of Cyclops, may return at the end of Avengers Vs X-Men. What with all that Phoenix shenanigans and all. Well, in the most recent digital issue, Cyclops even built a walking, talking simulacrum of the woman to have a bit of a chat […]
The covers for the sixth printings of Avengers Vs X-Men… that's right folks, retailers are still burning through early issues… will feature a green logo background and the pencils to the original covers by Frank Cho and Steve McNiven. Only issue #0, #1 and #2 have been confirmed to have six printings so far, but […]
(Slightly late, sorry…) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL66MARlzB4[/youtube] Aaron Haaland writes; This week I totally laughed out loud enjoying these books! Avengers vs X-Men #6 was better than the first 5 put together. This is Cyclops making his own third path between Xavier and Magneto! Astonishing X-Men #51 is the big gay mutant interracial wedding and it's romantical! First […]
The big game-changing event at the end of Avengers Vs X-Men, couldn't be the introduction to the Marvel Universe of Marvelman could it? I only ask because this week's Avengers Vs X-Men is very Marvelmanny. Specifically the final arc by Alan Moore and John Totleben called Olympus. In that arc, we saw how Marvelman and […]
What's happening after Avengers Vs X-Men? There are rumors and there are guesses. The only thing I know — this fall in comics is shaping up to be just as eventful as was Fall 2011, which is saying something. Most-Read TV/Film Stories Today: Did Marvel And Sony Already Try To Cross Over Their Movies With […]
Say what you like about the $3.99 price point, but everyone seems to buy into it. The top four books are all $3.99, the fifth is a $4.99. Say, could that be where we're headed next? If Batman sales hold similar between issues 8 and 9, then one could estimate sales to North American shops […]
They said that you could read Avengers Vs X-Men #5, and no other spinoff comic, and it would make sense. They lied. Because reading this month's issue leaves you with a feeling that the X-Men are now going all Captain Planet or Power Rangers on us or something. The issue ends with the Phoenix not […]
So, where is the smart money landing? The front line of comics retail is always best reported in these charts coveing the past week, as retailers jostle to get more copies of certain comics before they go on sale. And for another week, Before Watchmen comics make up a lot of spots, it looks like […]
Okay I'm calling this. The finest superhero comic book being sold right now. And this issue has it all, unrequited love, a mysteriuous stranger, a subervillain with unusual motivation, and a young man coming to terms with how his body is changing. It has all the unrealised subtext of a 1960s Marvel comic, combined with […]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usuOU8tiqp0[/youtube] Aaron Haaland of A Comic Shop in Florida writes; This week is total comic overload! Something for everyone, even if your personal fetish is seeing gay heroes punch cats in the face! Seriously! Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 was so good I think it may turn the tide on the whole prequels issue. Darwin Cooke […]
Everyone loves Dr Manolis Vamvounis. This is what he read last week… as soon as the comics got to Greece. This week in panels: SNIKT ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU Is it even possible to plot out Wolverine's timeline through all these AvX tie-ins? In WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #11, he and Hope experience a […]
Kieron wanted me to call this article "A Little Whine". I didn't. Anyway, here is the writer of Uncanny X-Men, Kieron Gillen, who has just bought a glass of red wine at the Hilton hotel bar, next door to Kapow, and he is trying to get anyone who will listen to guess how much his […]
Here's Wolverine doing his mobile Tauntaun impression from Avengers Vs X-Men #4. But here's the big question that's been plaguing everyone. How did Wolverine find a polar bear in Antactica? It's literally from the other side of the world. Here is our top eight favourites. Any of your own to add? Seriously, we want a […]
Well, the word is getting there, and I think Bleeding Cool played its part. Retailers have finally worked out if they don't make an advance reorder of Hit-Girl #1 then they aren't getting any copies, as Diamond missed the comic off the original order form. And now the orders are catching up, putting it to […]