AvX Vs. #1
Written by Jason Aaron (Iron Man vs Magneto) and Kathryn Immonen (Thing vs Namor)
Art by Adam Kubert and Morry Hollowell (Iron Man vs Magneto), and Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Jim Charalampidis (Thing vs Namor)
The short of it:
Two fights, one issue, no real story to bog us down!
Iron Man vs. Magneto is a battle of two ridiculously over powered characters fighting written by someone who fully embraces just how ridiculous they are. In the opening pages we have Magneto crush Iron Man under a hundred and seventy tons of tower while Iron Man remains immune to Magneto as there is no metal in his suit. Iron Man tries to have plans for everything, and Magneto fights like an old veteran who, frankly, knows how to win. The end of the fight comes due to one of them becoming temporarily distracted, and I’ll leave it at that.
Namor vs. Thing is entirely under water and is just a fun brawl between two characters with a lot of history. Lots of punching, lots of clobbering, giant sea monster, but an all around weak ending. Visually it’s quite a fun fight though, very evenly matched.
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
I’m sorry, but the second fight I can’t excuse. The way Thing/Namor ends is terrible, and the complete and total wrong decision.
So Thing is involved here because he’s a New Avenger, but where do the rest of the Fantastic Four side? I’d assume Johnny would be with the Avengers due to the Spider-Man connection, but I’m not sure with the rest. I could see Reed being more intrigued by the Phoenix Force and its relation to Hope and not wanting to disrupt it, while I could see Sue being like “you’re not kidnapping that little girl and tossing her in Gitmo”. I kinda hope we see these questions answered.
Magneto’s battle armor would make a great action figure.
I can’t believe I was ever on Jason Aaron, he’s just been absolutely killing it lately.
For as enjoyable as this issue was, nothing really happened, and I can’t see myself coming back to it looking for more like I have with the actual issues of Avengers vs. X-Men. I imagine this mini is going to be amazing in trade, especially if they wise up and do an edition splicing it between issues of Avengers vs. X-Men instead of hoping it will stand alone. That said, it was still a ton of fun.