Bendis, Aaron & Cho Prepare For War In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0

This March, fans worldwide cannot miss the essential opener to the biggest pop culture comic event of the year as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers VS. X-Men #0! Just before the Avengers and the X-Men go head to head, superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron & Frank Cho set up the crucial roles of the Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers before their allegiances come into question. With all eyes on Wanda and the Mutant Messiah, the Marvel Universe has become a powder keg on the verge of exploding! No fan can miss Avengers VS. X-Men #0, in stores and the Marvel Comics app this March!

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PREVIEW: Marvel Unveils Cover To AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1!

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the jaw-dropping cover to Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 by superstar artist Jim Cheung! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right? Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

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REVIEW: Avengers: the Origin #1

“the Necessary Evil”

Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: RS & Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne
Production: Taylor Esposito
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics

There have been a number of times that Marvel has retold the origin of the Avengers.  I think there are very few comic fans that currently read anything from Marvel that doesn’t have a basic understanding of how the team came together all thanks to the Norse god Loki and his need to vanquish his half-brother – Thor.  I have a problem with an origin story being retold and even retooled a bit, in order to give the new generation of readers something of a history lesson.  I think as long as there is a solid story along with solid artwork there are no losers.

Joe Casey isn’t new to the Avengers.  He’s stated in a number of interviews his love for this team.  If you look back, he has written two Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series and now Avengers: the Origin.  This new miniseries is set to expand on the events in the original Avengers #1, and I think Casey is the guy who can really do a great job with this.  I think I’d put Joe Casey right next to Kurt Busiek as the writers I’d feel the most comfortable handling ‘classic’ Avengers storytelling.  Casey’s work in this issue is as strong as I’ve come to expect from Casey over the years.  There are great lines of dialogue, and strong characterization.  I think the opening sequence with Loki is a great example of this.

I do have some gripes about this issue from a story point of view though.  One question I have is why wasn’t there a little more introduction to Rick Jones and his group?  Sure, long time readers, or readers who have done some research, know who these guys are, especially Rick Jones, but if you don’t you’re left possibly wonder.  Also, I said this story was a retooling or the origin story, and I’m good with that.  But if this is a more modern day telling of the story, why would someone like Tony Stark be presenting the blueprints of the Hellicarrier, as advance as it is, and be wearing the bulky Iron Man armor from the original story and not something more advance?  Maybe it’s just a continuity nerd question, but still – I just wonder.

The art in this issue is awesome.  I have been a long time fan of Phil Noto and anything the man draws ends up being beautiful.  It’s hard to say anything other than that about Noto.  And while I did complain about the golden Iron Man armor, Noto really does a great job with it, as he does with all of the characters in this issue.

Overall, this is a really good first issue to this miniseries.  Sure, I’ve got some nit-pick problems with it, but it’s an enjoyable comic book that I think people who have never read the origin of the Avengers will really have a good time reading.