Avengers vs. X-Men's 5th issue makes fools of the first team
In the new issue of Avengers vs. X-Men, the Avengers tussle with the X-Men on the moon and Tony Stark uses special Iron Man armor to stop the incoming Phoenix Force from obliterating Earth and possessing the mutant Hope Summers as its new host.And it does nothing to appeal to anybody old or new to both superhero teams. Make the X-Men the big winners here, but why do it at the Avengers' expense? I also can't understand the idea of making the Sub-Mariner a mutant, since he's really a half-humanoid Atlantean, and hardly qualifies as part of the mutant species that's been muddled up for 2 decades now.
Mission accomplished? Not so much. Stark instead broke the Phoenix energy into five parts and it inhabited not one but five mutants — X-Men leader Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Colossus and his younger sister Magik — making them all-powerful and shifting the dynamic of Marvel's 12-issue event series.
"The mutants are now the Earth's mightiest heroes, capable of doing all this cosmic-scale, epic (stuff). And the Avengers are scrambling to keep up and keep things in perspective," says the issue's writer, Matt Fraction.
Making the Avengers walk a mile in the X-Men's underdog shoes was appealing to the Marvel brain trust, according to executive editor Tom Brevoort. "It completely changes the stakes and completely changes the landscape of the story and where it's going."
And here's where it gets even more ludicrous:
"Undoubtedly, a lot of what the X-Men are doing, it's fist-pumpingly cool," says Marvel's editor in chief, Axel Alonso. "Of course the looming question is, at what cost? And will there be a tipping point?"So they're paraphrasing that line from House of M where Scarlet Witch (or rather, her robo-duplicate) declared, "no more mutants"? Now isn't that insulting. They certainly didn't intend to cash in on the movie at all, judging by how reader-unfriendly this crossover is turning out to be. It's not cool at all, and the only cost involved is the cover price for the miniseries' issues. And the Avengers wouldn't just hide when there's danger looming.
Adds Fraction: "They're wildly evolving the world overnight. They're doing the work of a Phoenix, only instead of one there's five and each one has their own personality and thoughts, and things are great at first. But they're the X-Men. They're going to stop getting along at some point, and batten down the hatches."
Meanwhile, the Avengers are hiding out and watching of all this unfold, and there will be some differences of opinion about what's going on. However, Captain America isn't going to back down, which causes Cyclops to make the statement that Marvel already is using as a teaser for the AvX second act: "No more Avengers."
And at the end, they blatantly declare the following:
The "game-changing moment" will lead into the final round of this grand bout, says Alonso, who looks at it in boxing terms.They really enjoy boasting that, don't they, that people will be angry, for the wrong reasons, instead of feeling happy. It just shows how little respect they have for old and new audiences alike. And that's just why nobody should be wasting their money on a crossover that's little more than a pointless fight between 2 superhero teams instead of a story about heroes vs. villains.
"It comes down to heart, grit, stamina — just the will to win," he says. "When it comes to that endgame, it's about what are people willing to win, and the most fascinating stories are always ones which you challenge the reader to think differently.
"What we're willing to do, where we're willing to go with the material, there will be people (ticked off) at what we're willing to do at the end of this act."