Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
This one is really messed up and freaky. Initially solicited to feature Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and Mockingbird, the story replaced the latter with Spider Woman as one of its point of view characters. After being captured by the X-Men and imprisoned in Utopia, these three Avengers find themselves forced to do things they wouldn't do to people they once called friends in order to escape. With all the elements of a psychological thriller, this AvX tie-in is perhaps the darkest tale told so far in the event. The most representative character of Bendis' run with the Avengers is Luke Cage, and this chapter has a sense of upcoming finality for him; will Bendis take Cage with him when he leaves the title? Mike Deodato relies heavily in shadows and dark tones to match the theme of the issue, successfully conveying that scary movie feel. Scott Summers: you are a bad, bad man and things cannot end up well for you. Fantastic issue!