The clash of super
powers for the fate of Hope Summers officially starts with three
words: "Magnetic Fastball Special." The narrative in this issue
comes from an outside party; a Watcher? The Phoenix? or just the
writer? This faceless witness walks readers through the initial
blows of this scuffle, without taking sides, being just a voice in
the middle of the chaos.
The Avengers (in
Utopia and space) are represented by their biggest and most familiar
faces, whereas the X-Men are but a shadow of their past glorious
rosters. Who cares about Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Loa, or
Transonic? (Do people even know who they are?) This would be a
different fight if the "Classic X-Men" -as Dazzler would say- were
present, or not reduced to the background. Romita Jr's pencils take
a turn in the wrong direction with rushed and out of proportion
traces. Not his best work.