Media Release — This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Vs. X-Men #1! 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!
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS,
JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION,
JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER
Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Colors by LAURA MARTIN
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
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Well from the media release above you can see that Avengers vs X-Men is the next major event in the Marvel Universe, as the paragraph says: the Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Well the Marvel Universe is always at stake these days so that doesn’t surprise me and friend has fought friend before (Civil War) so that doesn’t astound me either.
What has me taking attention is the fact that the Phoenix Force is coming back in full force. Some of the best X-Men stories have been part of the Phoenix Force story arc. The Phoenix is among the most feared beings in all of existence — having the power to cut and re-grow any part of the universe, as well as destroy it entirely, which is part of the Phoenix’s purpose: “The Judgment of the Phoenix”, to burn away the obsolete. The Phoenix Force is described as being “the embodiment of the very passion of Creation – the spark that gave life to the Universe, the flame that will ultimately consume it.” The greatest of all host was Jean Gray. After dieing and resurrected Jean ultimately merged with the Phoenix Force, once again becoming the White Phoenix, and returned to the White Hot Room, while the Phoenix Force went to find its missing pieces.
The 12 part series event has the Phoenix returning to Earth to look for a new host possibly in Hope Summers. The supposed “Mutant Messiah” and some say the reincarnation of Jean Grey. What that has to do with Jean Grey and whether we will see her again still remains to be seen. But try as I may to not participate in the latest Mega event of Marvel just the collection of all star talent producing the series (listed above) will draw me to the story like a moth to the flame. Also is my appreciation of the wonderful story’s about the Phoenix in Chris Claremont writing and the artwork of first Dave Cockrum and then John Byrne in the late 1970s, still one of my favorite comic stories of all times.
So I am hooked and will be there for the series and report back to you what I think. Click on the pages below to get the start of what I hope is a great story. Also for you Marvel big fans check the video interview of the creators and editors. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt