Monday, August 6, 2012

Tash's Pick Of The Week: Avengers Vs. X-Men #9

Yeah, like this story has a title
Written By Jason Aaron
Pencils By Adam Kubert
Inked By John Dell

Hey it's an Avengers Vs. X-Men comic that has Spider-Man in it. And no it did not suck. The cover really stands out and that makes sense because it's by the ultra talented Jim Cheung. So The Avengers are all upset because they can't seem to beat the Phoenix Rangers. Hell even Thor got bitched.

There was a really cool scene in this book where Spider-Man is talking to Hope and she is complaning about all the training she is forced to do. By the way Hope, Spider-Man and The Avengers are holed up in the mystical city of K'un L'un (for years i called it KUNG LUNG). They best part I felt was when Hope was talking to Spider-Man, she says to not be so bent out of shape because the good guys always win in the end. Spidey replies to tell that to his Uncle Ben. That's a simple and powerful reminder that there is always a price to pay in the hero game.

We only see two of the Phoenix Rangers in this issue, Colossus and his sister Magik. Here you can see the seeds being planted for what will bring the Phoenix Rangers down in the fact that the more time they spend with the power of a god the more it corrupts them. The Avengers decide to go and rescue Thor and the others who are being held by Colossus and Magik.

Using the mystical (not the rapper) portal The Avengers sneak into Cape Dezhnev to save Thor and get ambushed by Magik and Colossus. Spider-Man steps up to the plate and allows the other Avengers to get away while he fights Magik and Colossus. To say that our wall crawler is outmatched is an understatement as he gets his web swinging ass handed to him. And quite badly I might add. I think it's totally safe to say that Jason Aaron has a much better handle in Spider-Man then Bendis does.

Before he gets totally beaten to paste, Spidey convinces Colossus and Magik to fight each other to gain more of the Phoenix Force. Magik and Colossus take each other out giving their share of the Phoenix to Cyclops and Emma Frost. The Avengers go back and pick up Spider-Man. (Good thing Captain America is back. If Tony Stark was still leading the team he would have left Parker's bony ass behind.) When The Avengers get back to K'un L'un, the super powered up Cyclops shows up to take back Hope. (Quick somebody get Obama in this issue.) Great story from Mr. Jason Aaron and it looks like Adam Kubert gave somewhat of a damn while drawing this. My hats off. But my socks stay on.

-Tash Moore

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