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Avengers and X-Men: Axis #3: Review

Oct 2014
Rick Remender, Leinil Francis Yu

Story Name:

Good News for Bad People: The Red Supremacy, Chapter 3

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #3 Review by (October 25, 2014)
Review: Wait, the vanished heroes were inside the two Sentinels? Who knew? Certainly not anyone who read issue #2. When I have to read the next issue’s “Previously…” page to understand what was going on something has gone wrong—and I find myself doing that more and more lately. Oh yeah, the comic. The plot: a bunch of bad guys team up to fight a giant villain and rescue the heroes. That happens and everything is wrapped up at the end, except for the recriminations. Looks like the end for the Uncanny Avengers, a comic I was never able to get into. I was kind of surprised that there is no hook to draw us into the next issue. The story comes to a conclusion here. Odd. The oddest thing about the story is that the villains are constantly exchanging wisecracks like the heroes in the first tow issues. Does Rick Remender have a secret wish to write for Spider-Man? Could be. Verdict: Not one of the more interesting Mega Events. But I’ll keep reading since what happens here will probably influence all of Marvel’s big titles until next year.

Comments: Heroes from issue #2 who do not appear here are Colossus, Invisible Woman, Medusa, and Sunfire; many heroes can only be seen in the back of crowd scenes including Hulk, Thor, Vision, and Nova. The cover shows Beast who was not in ish #2.


Avengers and X-Men: Axis #3 Review by (October 26, 2014)
This week's tie-ins are starting to spread out across the event. In ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #15 the team have implants to protect them from Red Skull's hate thoughts in Axis #1-3. They try to save Washington in general, and in particular steal the nuclear football to stop the President launching the nukes. In retaliation he sends Sentinels after them. DEADPOOL #36 manages to fit in lots of DP's own continuity as well as covering him:- getting recruited by Magneto in Mag#11; saving Iron Man in Axis #3; and showing his inverted personality before other people presumably will in Axis #4. AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1 is completely in post-Axis#3 mode. He was a villain in Magneto's gang, but now he's been converted to good. But he'll still find a way to make money out of it.

I must say this this is a let-down. Rick Remender has been building the threat of Red Skull up throughout Uncanny Avengers, with the future dominated by his rule. Now that's all over 1/3 of the way through Axis. And the battle was really just an excuse for the Dr Doom/Scarlet Witch spell which presumably causes the personality-inversions that are the *real* purpose of this event. The publisher's blurb promises the 'return of 1 of the Marvel Universe's great villains'. I presume this *isn't* Red Skull, who's only been replaced by Red Onslaught for a few weeks (or in Marvel time a few hours). I guess it means that Genesis has grown up into Apocalypse.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Magneto leads the team of villains against Red Onslaught; meanwhile, Deadpool tries to drag Iron Man to safety while pouring out an endless stream of nonsense, including asking to become an Avenger. Loki and Doctor Doom trade barbs with each other (and Magneto). Elsewhere, Quentin Quire and Genesis are struggling to keep Onslaught’s telepathic hate stream blocked. Suddenly Red Onslaught is confronted by Captain America—who turns out to be Mystique in disguise; she was the distraction so that the Enchantress can cast a love spell on the Skull to bring him under her power. This works until the Absorbing Man crashes though a Sentinel’s chest a la ALIEN, breaking Amora’s enchantment; Quentin Quire also fails and the villain’s full fury is unleashed and he brings several of the assembled baddies under his control. Magneto rescues Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange from captivity so that they can attempt the spell that would bring Professor X’s consciousness to the fore. The enslaved enemies attack and Genesis fights them off; Strange is hypnotized by the Skull and Wanda teams with Doom to cast the spell; suddenly order and chaos are brought together in a large ball which slowly dissipates over Genosha. When the air clears, the captive heroes are released from the bodies of the destroyed Sentinels. They discover the unconscious body of the Red Skull, who has returned to normal. The X-Men led by Cyclops want to take the Skull back to the School to see if any of Xavier’s mind is still there. The Avengers, led by the new Captain America, insist on imprisoning him at Avengers Tower to be put on trial. The aged Steve Rogers comes forward and casts his vote with the Avengers. Genesis—now a grown man—ends the stalemate by revealing that Xavier’s consciousness is completely gone from the Red Skull’s mind. By this point, Havok is so steamed that he resigns from the Avengers Unity Team and leaves with the X-Men; Wasp looks after him sadly as she rejoins her team….

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Leinil Francis Yu
Edgar Delgado
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Jim Cheung (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin

(Roderick Kingsley)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Nova
Nova

(Sam Alexander)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Genesis, Havok, Kid Omega, Mystique.