Avengers vs. X-men #12 (of 12)
Huh… no one died. Well, sort of. Chuck X bought it back in issue eleven, but comic books like to top off a climax with some major character’s death. Something to really top everything off before you’re ready for that cigarette and forced cuddles that keep you from just falling asleep. There was a major change in the affairs of mutants, but I’m surprised that no one besides Charles had to die for it. If anything, the comic surprised me a good deal. I was expecting the conclusion to be as inconsistent as the rest of the series. But with Dark Phoenix Cyclops being the only story thread really left, this issue was able to focus wholeheartedly and bring us a satisfying end. The predictability of the end was sort of a mixed bag, and left me a little stunned as a whole. Not everything turned out as I expected it to, but still left enough natural conclusion to feel that the ending wasn’t too off base.
AvX isn’t the end all and be all of comic books, but a certain amount of applause must be given to Marvel for pulling this off. The story had its peaks and valleys, and could have probably have been condensed into seven or eight issues. But the ending actually feels complete without any lame copouts or reset buttons pushed. Something in the Marvel Universe actually changed, and I was just surprised the industry still had the balls for that kind of thing. Let’s just hope they can hold on to that scrotum shack and don’t collapse to market demand to just reverse everything they changed.
Hope true believers.
Avengers vs. X-men #10 (of 12)
AvX is starting to feel like a NASCAR race, and not in any kind of good way. We’ve been watching the Avengers and the X-men run around in a giant left turn for hours, and no one has gotten in a wreck yet. Sure we’ve had some close calls, but no one has crashed and burned yet. NASCAR fans will never admit this, but the crash is the only real reason they watch the whole race. It’s also the reason why most comic fans read the major event crossovers. AvX wouldn’t do much to change the larger scheme of things, except maybe the X-men since they have made a career of getting the short end of the stick, but there always has to be some kind of death to mark the end of these events. I didn’t really consider issue ten to be ‘bad’, but the feeling that this event is rounding its final laps can’t be escaped.
We still have a couple months to go, but I’m already ready for the finale. Maybe with some better arc structuring AvX would have worked out better as a twelve issue comic, but both teams have had to make too many pit stops. At least with comic book major events you know someone is going to die and we’re not just wasting our time until the checkered flag is waved. In AvX, just like a NASCAR race, does anyone care who actually wins?
Avengers vs. X-men #8 (of 12)
The X-men character Wolverine was created as the token Canadian member for the international mutant team “The New X-men.” Over the years he became one of the most famous comic book characters ever. Even though he started as just that Canadian guy, his brilliant character design and a host of stories with good writing have propelled him to the top ranks. The reason I bring this up is because I want to emphasize the importance of writing to a character’s likableness. Namor is one of those characters who are driven almost entirely by writing. He is really just a Marvel version of Aquaman, but doesn’t come off as lame because of the generally good writing. His arrogance and almost player like behavior around women make him something of a joy to read.
However the latest issue of AvX doesn’t seem to have any characters that are joyous to read. This particular issue is just an all out fight that feels completely unnecessary. Everyone is just fighting because they’re mad at each other, and don’t stop to realize the fighting can stop if they just kept cooler heads. The usually stand up characters just feel like jerks and the whole event is padding. There is some plot development towards the end, but this issue just makes you want this story to hurry up and do whatever it is the writers are planning. Thankfully we only have four issues left.
If anything, San Diego Comic Con can tell us where the entertainment industry is for the upcoming year. What I learned is that the movie industry is dying. Companies that used to make forty films a year are now making two or three blockbusters. People you considered to be movie stars are now digging their claws into a television series. And Marvel movies seem to be the only ones worth talking about anymore. You can see the writing on the wall as there was more video game news to come out of SDCC than actual movie news. Marvel saying they heard the rumors of a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie doesn’t count as news.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
The awesome Mortal Kombat web series that was better than any other project is finally getting a second season. No real details were leaked, but hopefully the second season will be as awesome as the first.
Neill Blomkamp made the awesome movie “District 9″. Now he is back with a new movie called “Elysium” staring Matt Damon. No real info, but an awesome screenshot of Damon holding a big ass future looking gun. “District 9″ and “Source Code” were the only real science fiction films to come out in recent years, and it looks like “Elysium” can be added to that list once it comes out.
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Avengers vs. X-men #6 (of 12)
AvX went from loveable to likeable to loveable again. After a couple of tame set up issues to lead up the curveball game changer in the last issue, we finally get what is probably the best AvX issue so far. A beautifully written issue by contributor Jonathan Hickman that shows what would happen if the X-men got their wish at a better world. It’s a story that is fluid, deep, and showcases themes from nearly fifty years of X-men comics. Issue six also takes the time to tell this part of the story instead of feeling like a mini-episode like previous issues. I haven’t done an official page count, but this issue at least feels twice as long and even a little heavier than past AvX comics. While I’m sure this brave new world is only temporary, it is nice to see the X-men get it right for a change.
My only lingering issue with this comic is that I keep wanting to side with the X-men. The Avengers have their hearts in the right place, but they are the ones who keep launching preemptive strikes against the X-men. It’s like if a S.W.A.T. team kept busting into my house to look for a meth lab that isn’t there. I don’t have an issue with cops looking for meth labs, but I obviously don’t have the means. I don’t have the chemistry background, terminal cancer, or shaved head to pull off building a meth lab. I don’t know if Marvel purposely wants you to side with the X-men, but several characters reflect their jaded opinions about the Avengers’ actions. Still, I probably would have sided with the X-men anyway, so maybe it’s my personal preference. I’m secretly a mutant but hide to avoid persecution. It’s like being gay, but I can shoot lasers out of my nose.
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Avengers vs. X-men #5 (of 12)
Well… this was unexpected. That is probably what Marvel wants you to think after reading this fifth issue of AvX. And in truth, it is unexpected. However there are two types of unexpected. There is the thrilling type of unexpected like at the end of the movie “Psycho” where we find out Norman Bates and his mother are the same person (there is only a decade moratorium on spoiler alerts). Then there is the anticlimactic unexpected like at the end of the movie “Contact” where we find out aliens are total dicks for thinking showing up as someone’s dead father is a good idea. The type of unexpected you feel after the final page of this issue will largely depend on who you are. Personally, I like it, but I was hardly enamored with this turn of events.
What makes a fight interesting is wondering who is going to win. If the fight is one sided, then people will lose interest because their minds have already predicted the next chain of events. That’s kind of what Marvel has done here. The fight feels very one sided now, but I haven’t lost interest in what is going to happen next. We know the Earth won’t be destroyed because that’s where Marvel keeps all of its stuff, so there is always hope to turn things back to an even playing field. That’s probably why I liked this unexpected turn of events. The Phoenix Force has landed, but it still feels like it’s anyone’s ballgame.
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