Writers: Aaron, Bendis, Brubaker, Fraction, Hickman
Artist: Adam Kubert
After two very impressive and entertaining chapters, AvX goes downhill when Cyclops comes to K'un Lun to retrieve Hope from the Avengers. While Scott Summers goes at it once again with his tired argument and loses more of the scarce sympathy of the readership, Emma Frost sinks to a new low by forcing the mutants in Utopia to worship her. What is so bothersome about these developments is that they will be washed away by simply blaming the Phoenix, and all will be forgiven. There are a couple of salvageable bits, though, like Xavier and Magneto finally realizing it is time to put an end to the madness, or Shao Lao the dragon making an appearance; dragons are cool. Art wise, Adam Kubert makes a big contribution to the things that go well with the book, but the story fails to take advantage of his talent. This one is a blatant Avengers vs the bad guys issue, and the X-Men per se are nowhere to be found.