And so it ends. The
Avengers and a handful of X-Men -who also happen to be Avengers-
witness the final stand of the Dark Phoenix against the combined
power of Hope Summers and the Scarlet Witch. Wanda Maximoff finds
redemption for her past sins, Tony Stark has an epiphany, Nova comes
back to bookend the saga and to some extent accomplish his initial
mission, the mutant race reignites, Hope finally gets to do
something she wanted to do since issue #0, and Scott Summers...
well, he loses more than the battle.
Going back and forth between the conclusion of issue #10 and the
final confrontation, the former sequences take care of the
characterization, while the latter are all about the action. If a
winner needs to be picked, The Avengers probably would take the
prize, and not because Cyclops ended up being the bad guy. From the
start, the X-Men were set up for failure, had less participation in
the story, and their most iconic or powerful members seldom
appeared. Although the event found a solid footing on its final
chapters, it was too little too late, and was not everything it
could have been.