Thursday, September 13, 2012

Avengers vs X-Men #11

Writers: Aaron, Bendis, Brubaker, Fraction, Hickman
Artist: Olivier Coipel

This is what AvX should have been about all along. Captain America's plea to his final recruit is so sincere and desperate that even the Red Skull would have said yes. Equally heartfelt is Rogue's appeal to the Avengers; this moment defines the future relationship between both teams and everything that will come with Marvel Now. What follows is an emotional roller coaster as Professor X takes the lead in the final battle against Cyclops and Emma Frost. The writing in this penultimate chapter excels; Scott Summers' descent, although surrounded by fire, fights and displays of power, is really the story of a man that lost his way, and no one did anything to prevent it when it could be seen from a mile. The coming of the Phoenix was distracting enough that it was easy to forget a even scarier force that rises at the end of the issue. Oliver Coipel outdoes himself with the most beautiful Rogue anyone has drawn in years, and Laura Martin goes all out with the nicest color palette ever.

X-Men and Avengers by Olivier Coipel

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