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Avengers VS X-Men #6: Review

Jun 2012
Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel

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4 stars

Avengers VS X-Men #6 Review by (June 28, 2012)
In the current issue:- Iceman is listed on the cast page, but I don't see him anywhere else. The young X-Men have returned to Utopia since Avengers Academy #31. Zzzax is an electrical being who first formed in Incredible Hulk #166, and has primarily been a Hulk villain since then, lately working for MODOK. I vaguely remember him being able to spawn multiple copies in some appearance. But I certainly don't remember the name Electric Legion. Siege Courageous is presumably a teleportation system named after the Siege Perilous which the X-Men sort-of used when they were hiding out in Australia in Uncanny X-Men #229-251. Iron Fist says his hands started burning when Colossus arrived. Apparently this happens whenever he is near one of the Phoenix Five. This relates to the connection between the Phoenix Force and the Iron Fist phenomenon, as revealed in New Avengers #25-27. Lei Kung seeking Iron Fist may lead into NAv#27. The blind monk has an eye in his hand (a la Pan's Labyrinth). Emma Frost's crusade against Sentinels takes her into last week's Avengers Academy #32. During the battle with Cyclops and Emma Frost, Iron Fist is surprised to see the Yin Yang symbol and I Ching trigrams in the Phoenix fire. Another indication that his learning of the connection between the Iron Fist power and the Phoenix Force in NAv#27 hasn't happened yet. Scarlet Witch is only shown taking Captain America, Iron Fist, Iron Man and Wolverine with her and Hope. But presumably she takes the rest of the Avengers as well. "No more Avengers" of course echoes Wanda's "No more mutants" at the end of House of M, the results of which the Phoenix is supposed to remedy. "No more war" is the same phrasing, and the Pax Utopia echoes the rule of Magneto in House of M itself.

Jonathan Hickman retakes the scripting helm this time (previously in #4). Again I've added comments on last week's tie-ins to #5. Of the current week's tie-ins, 2 probably belong with this issue, 1 precedes #4, and the other may follow #7! In Secret Avengers #28 (delayed from last week) MS Marvel, Protector and the resurrected Captain Marvel recover from Kree mind-control, and Captain Marvel sacrifices himself to drive the Phoenix Force away from Hala. It wasn't the Supreme Intelligence behind the mind-control, but Captain Marvel's nephew Minister Marvel. This issue confirms that the events of SAv#27-28 occur before those in Avengers #26-27. And they all occur before the Phoenix Force arrived at Earth at the end of AvX#4. But nothing explains why Thor crash-landed on the Moon. Avengers Academy #32 probably does occur during this issue. Phoenix-Emma Frost wants to destroy Juston Seyfert's pet Sentinel. Uncanny X-Men #14 could occur here too. It has Mr Sinister in his own underground world populated by clones of himself and X-Men, preparing to challenge the Phoenix-X-Men. In New Avengers #27 Iron Fist takes Hope Summers to K'un Lun to learn about their previous encounter with the Phoenix Force. Spider-Man gets dragged in too. But when does this happen? Possibly later in the crossover.

Extra comments on the next week's tie-ins:- Both issues can reasonably be placed between AvX#6 and #7. In Wolverine and the X-Men #12 the Avengers are on the run after AvX#6. Marvel Girl, Kid Gladiator and others join the hunt. X-Men Legacy #269 is less specific, as Ms Marvel confronts Rogue, who starts having doubts about Pax Utopia.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers VS X-Men #6 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue the Phoenix Force occupied and transformed Colossus, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik and Sub-Mariner (now referred to as the Phoenix Five). They returned from the Moon, bringing Hope Summers with them.

10 days later Prof X comes to an equally transformed Utopia. Magneto takes him to meet Cyclops. Xavier tells Scott the world is afraid of their new powers (including telepathy). Cyclops says they are remaking the world for the benefit of mankind. We see Magik in a South Africa made fertile (with Angel and Storm flying in the background), Colossus in Siberia where giant domes are enclosing equally fertile land, Namor getting pure water from the deep oceans, and Emma Frost with a new clean energy source in the Gobi desert.

Meanwhile other X-Men, young and older (we see Cannonball, Gambit, Glob Herman, Primal, Psylocke, Sunspot and Velocidad), enjoy themselves in peace on Utopia.

2 days later in Avengers Tower Captain America receives a report from Iron Fist. He and Luke Cage and Spider-Woman were investigating an appearance of Zzzax and his Electric Legion when Colossus appeared through the Siege Courageous. Cap wants to know if they spotted any useful weakness when Colossus fought the villains. But he didn't fight, he just persuaded them to become a power source for Eastern Europe. Supposedly the Phoenix Five are doing this kind of thing all the time.

Cap joins Beast, Black Panther, Iron Man and Wolverine in discussing what to do about the Phoenix Five. Iron Man doesn't want to use a better version of his Phoenix-killer weapon from last issue, lest it split the Force among more people. Wolverine continues to insist they have to kill the Phoenix-infected. Panther isn't sure they're doing anything bad. And Beast quits this brains trust.

Back in Utopia Cyclops asks Hope if she wants the Phoenix Force. Hope says yes, but Cyclops reminds her she rejected it on the Moon. And now that he and the others have it, he knows that they can do so much more with it than she could. Hope warns him that the Force wants even more.

Meanwhile we see Magik destroying tanks, Emma Frost destroying Sentinels, Colossus taking away (probably nuclear) missiles, and Namor lifting warships out of the sea. This is probably just after a later flashback where Cyclops (flanked by Emma Frost and Prince Namor) addresses the UN and declares "Pax Utopia - no more war". Black Panther is there as ruler of Wakanda.

In K'Un Lun Lei Kung reads about the legend of Fongji the female Iron Fist who repelled the Phoenix force hundreds of years ago, as described in New Avengers #25-27. An aged blind monk tells him tells him to fetch the current Iron Fist (Danny Rand).

3 days later Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future(?) where the Phoenix Force kills an impossible version of the Avengers (Cap alongside the really original team from the 1963 #1).

Cap, Iron Man and Panther meet with the President to discuss what can be done about the X-Men. T'Challa is uneasy, and takes himself out of the equation later when a plan is formulated to kidnap Hope, who they still think is the key.

Black Widow, Hawkeye and Wolverine join in the strategising. They can't risk a direct attack because the Phoenix Five would win the battle. They can't teleport in because Magik has that blocked. They're going to fly in from a 'passing' 747, wearing armour provided by Iron Man.

Mockingbird and Vision man the comms base, while Iron Fist, Spider-Woman and Thor join the attack team. They burst in and try to snatch Hope from the company of Primal, Transonic and Velocidad. But Cyclops and Emma Frost frustrate their intent.

However, Scarlet Witch pops in and offers to take Hope with her. Hope agrees to go, and Wanda magics her and the Avengers away.

Scott realises that the X-Men won't be safe as long as there are Avengers to oppose them. And he finishes the issue with the phrase "No more Avengers".

Olivier Coipel
Mark Morales
Laura Martin
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Inker)
Plot: . Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Hank McCoy)
Black Panther
Black Panther

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Piotr Rasputin)

(Scott Summers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Jessica Drew)

White Queen
White Queen

(Emma Frost)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Black Panther (Sr.), Cannonball, Glob Herman, Hope Summers, Lei Kung, Magik, Phoenix Force, Primal, Psylocke, Transonic, Velocidad.

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