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Avengers and X-Men: Axis #2: Review

Oct 2014
Rick Remender, Adam Kubert

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Theme to a Desperate Scene: The Red Supremacy, Chapter 2

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3.5 stars

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #2 Review by (October 18, 2014)
Review: The plot: a bunch of heroes team up to fight a giant villain. The development: a lot of introspection as Tony Stark agonizes over his ego and Havok asks the ghost of Professor X to forgive Cyclops. While still okay, there’s a bit of a problem with the art: a lot of characters are hard to identify, being drawn small to accommodate the large villain in the layouts; I have no idea how the plot to contact Professor X’s mind failed—Nova did something but I don’t know what: it looks like he decked a Sentinel. And we still don’t get the feeling that this is a world-wide catastrophe; issue #1 at least threw in a single panel showing a blurry montage of images of violence around the globe. Here everyone’s in the same spot, though there are fewer heroes than last issue and it gets cut down even further at the midpoint. There is a brief mention of heroes who can’t come because they are fighting World War Hate. And the phrase World War Hate is tossed off casually as nothing we need to remember when it’s the perfect name for what’s going on. The issue is okay but the problems are starting to show—I hope dividing this epic into three “books” allows them to deliver something creative--or at least clearly structured.

Comments: On the cast page a picture of Invisible Woman is labeled “Iron Fist.” She-Hulk is on the cast page but does not appear in the issue; Wasp appears in the issue but is not on the cast page. The villains recruited by Magneto are Absorbing Man, Carnage, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Enchantress, Hobgoblin, Jack o’ Lantern, Loki, Mystique, and Sabretooth.

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #2 Review by (October 19, 2014)
Both the tie-ins to this week's issue involve Dr Doom, Loki and Magneto:- LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #7: Dr Doom gets sidetracked from punishing Loki for what his future self hasn't done yet when World War Hate hits Latveria. Then Magneto turns up to recruit both of them for his supervillain army against Red Onslaught. MAGNETO #11: This parallels Axis #2. It shows the fight there until Magneto gets knocked down. Then he leaves to recruit the supervillain group including Dr Doom and Loki above, and returns with them for the end of Axis #2.

The heroes disappear because the Sentinels use Pym-particles to shrink them and then they suck them inside.

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #2 Review by (November 8, 2014)
Corrected Comment: My bad: Wasp is on the cast page—first, which is how I missed it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers and X-Men: Axis #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A great assembly of heroes is doing battle with Red Onslaught; the villain is employing Stark’s indestructible Sentinels against them. Tony tries to dredge up the buried memories of how he created them to combat his friends during the Civil War, hoping to recall their weakness. Soon Iron Man finds himself alone against one of the monsters; Dr Strange rescues him in the nick of time. Rogue reveals that a shred of Professor X’s personality remains in Red Onslaught so they devise a plan to cause Xavier to become the dominant personality. Magneto uses his powers to distract the Sentinels while Scarlet Witch and Dr Strange channel the forces of chaos and order to allow Rogue to penetrate the villain’s mind to find Xavier. Something goes wrong and it’s Nova’s fault. Then Wanda and Strange vanish; Magneto is knocked out. A Sentinel (or Onslaught) steps on Iron Man and starts pressing down. Tony flexes helplessly as his armor starts to fail; Nightcrawler teleports him out in the nick of time….

Tony awakens to find that only a small percentage of them have regrouped: Colossus, Cyclops, Havok, Invisible Woman, Medusa, Nightcrawler, Quentin Quire, Wasp. They are cut off from help and decide to make a last stand against Red Onslaught. They make their peace with one another, unwittingly forming the Avengers/X-Men/Inhumans unity team that Xavier always wanted. They rush into battle and are defeated as they vanish in groups leaving Iron Man, powerless and helpless, before their foe. Red Onslaught gloats over his victory but at the last minute, Magneto arrives with a force of supervillains looking for a fight….

Adam Kubert
Adam Kubert
Matt Milla
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Jim Cheung (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)

(Piotr Rasputin)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Sam Alexander)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Havok, Kid Omega (Quentin Quire), Sunfire.

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