Artist: John Romita Jr.
The clash of super powers for the fate of Hope Summers officially starts with three words: "Magnetic Fastball Special." The narrative in this issue comes from an outside party; a Watcher? the Phoenix? just the writer? This faceless witness walks readers through the initial blows of the scuffle, without taking sides, being just a voice in the middle of the chaos. The Avengers (in Utopia and space) are represented by their biggest and most familiar faces, whereas the X-Men are but a shadow of their past glorious rosters. Who cares about Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Loa, or Transonic? (Do people even know who they are?) This would be a different fight if the "Classic X-Men" -as Dazzler would say- were present, or not reduced to the background. Romita Jr's pencils take a turn in the wrong direction with rushed and out of proportion traces. Not his best work.