The first act of AvX concludes with the
arrival of the Phoenix and a wacky twist. The Good: The stray
fighting is replaced by a contained confrontation with less
background characters. Hope's admission and prompt action upon
realizing she was wrong make it easier to like and sympathize with
her. The unexpected turn of events does away with predictability, at
least for a while.
The Bad: Why would Cap take Hawkeye and Black Widow to what is
expected to be a decisive battle that includes a cosmic entity, is
beyond comprehension. Namor vs. The Thing for the 5th time since the
event started, Cyclops shooting at Cap, and Wolverine getting cut,
mauled, and burnt, are all overkill. The ending twist is a rehash of
Fear Itself where funny talking beings took over random characters.
At least the X-Men seem to be getting a breather. John Romita Jr.
ends his stint with unimpressive artwork and lots of almost blank