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Avengers VS X-Men #10: Review

Aug 2012
Ed Brubaker, Adam Kubert

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Avengers VS X-Men #10 Review by (August 20, 2012)
The splash page of the current issue suggests 14 X-Men supposedly under Emma Frost's mind control, but even the long shot only has 13 bodies. As well as Cannonball, ComicBook DB lists Angel, Boom Boom, Hepzibah, Magma, Polaris, Sunspot and Velocidad. I'll accept Polaris, Velocidad, Boom Boom, Sunspot, Hepzibah, and half of Magma in that order in the main shot (even CBDB can't identify the half person on the left of the picture). Plus Angel on the end of the line in another picture. The splash page's inclusion of Dazzler, X-Man, Psylocke, Loa, Surge and Primal seems fanciful. The dragon Shao Lao (more usually called Shou-Lao) is the source of Iron Fist's power. Or at least the previous one was, because the dragon died when it gave Danny Rand the power, and this one was born in readiness for the next Iron Fist. Hope Summers can mimic other mutants' powers. But this shouldn't extend to Shao Lao's dragonfire or the Iron Fist. And I don't think she could previously use Scarlet Witch's Chaos Magic either. So all that training in K'un Lun has paid off!

Ed Brubaker writes the last section of the 2nd 5-issue round robin. This series is coming to the boil, and the Adam Kubert/John Dell art team are handling it perfectly. I'm going to use Julio's enhanced scoring scheme to give this issue 4.5. (And while I'm at it I'll go back and up last issue to 4.5 too.) Last week's single tie-in New Avengers #29 is covered in the Comments to #9. This week also sees only 1 extra issue. Avengers #29 is a replay of Wolverine & X-Men #12 showing Prof X's secret involvement on the side of the Avengers. As such it is set between AvX#6 and #7. I don't know whether this is before or after NAv#29. In both those issues Xavier pulled back from committing himself to the Avengers and went back to sitting on the fence. But later events have now tipped the balance (and tipped him off the fence).

Added later:- Comments on tie-ins in the 3 weeks between this issue and #11. All but one occur earlier in the saga. Uncanny X-Men #17 finishes off the Mr Sinister story. As such I place it before AvX#7. Sinister captures the Phoenix 5 and tries to use the Phoenix Force with his Madelyne Pryor clones. AvX:Versus #5's 2 fights are widely split in time. Angel vs Hawkeye is from before Hawkeye was burned and captured in AvX#7, and it presumably actually occurs during the Wundagore Mountain bit in AvX#4. But wherever it is placed Angel is seriously out-of-step with his current characterisation. Storm vs Panther is from AvX#9, where there didn't actually appear to be a fight. Wolverine & X-Men #15 and #16 occur out of order. In #15 the school is inundated with Avengers and refugees from Utopia, probably correctly between AvX#10 and #11. #16 is pre-AvX#9, where the Phoenix 5 meet the young new Hellfire Club.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers VS X-Men #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Cyclops, gorged with the Phoenix power he now only shares with Emma Frost, found his way last issue through the dimensions to K'un Lun to take back Hope Summers. Iron Fist and Iron Man try to stop him while Hope tries to find Lei Kung.

Also last issue Black Panther, Captain America, Prof X, Storm and Wolverine went back into Magik's hell in Russia to rescue Spider-Man, who had stayed behind to hold off Colossus and Magik while everyone else escaped. They found him battered but still alive, while Colossus and Magik had fought each other and lost their portions of the Phoenix Force. Charles Xavier now commits himself fully against the remaining Phoenix 2.

The other half of that duo is on Utopia Island revelling in enforced adoration by a bunch of X-Men. Only Cannonball slightly resists but Emma Frost soon changes his mind, literally. Magneto objects to her misuse of the Phoenix Force which they had originally used to improve the world. But she silences him too.

In K'un Lun Cyclops now faces Hawkeye, Thing and Thor still recovering and angry from their treatment by Magik. They fare no better than the previous 2 Avengers. But Hope has found Lei Kung, and now they appear riding on Shao Lao the dragon of K'un Lun. The dragon's fire causes Cyclops some difficulty, but not for long.

At last Hope faces Cyclops, and discovers that she can now project dragon fire herself. But she runs away into the arms of Scarlet Witch with Beast and Iron Man. Wanda stands up against Cyclops, but finds she can't hold him off with his increased power.

Suddenly Hope leaps in with a martial arts move, and hits Cyclops with an Iron Fist imbued with the Witch's Chaos Magic (which the caption dubs the Chaos Fist).

The blow sends Cyclops to the Moon, where the Watcher watches him lie unconscious for an hour before speeding back to Earth to find Emma Frost.

The away team (including Dr Strange who I guess was holding the gateway open for them) return from Russia to learn what Hope just did. Meanwhile in Utopia Magneto sends a telepathic call for help to Prof X.


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Adam Kubert
John Dell
Laura Martin
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Inker)
Plot: . Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Watcher
Watcher

(Uatu)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Angel, Boom-Boom, Cannonball, Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Emma Frost, Hepzibah, Hope Summers, Lei Kung, Magik, Magma, Phoenix Force, Velocidad.