ehem! nati, Illuminati comes together once again, this time to
assess the threat of the Phoenix. In hindsight, this is an important
story that needed to be told, mainly because most of the mysterious
group's members are directly involved in the conflict, and exploring
their dynamics during this crisis is certainly worth seeing.
Reed Richards is
another reason to validate the telling of this tale. With the
exception of The Thing, the Fantastic Four have remained isolated
from the AvX ruckus, but this tie-in gives readers Mr. Fantastic's
point of view, which is not only honest, but also quite surprising.
Just like Stark's anxiety, Xavier's frustration and despair are
amazingly conveyed, while Cap and Namor's heartbreaking talk is
haunting to no end. Led by a breathtaking flashback that sets the
stage for the story, this issue is a success by its plot, as much as
by its art.