Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Adam Kubert
Well, who would have thunk it. Avengers vs. X-Men is my pick of the week!
The Phoenix Rangers are plural no more. Since the last issue, Cyclops absorbed all of the Phoenix power himself. There was a bit of back-tracking in the story to talk about how the Avengers/X-Men are going to stop Scott. It took these guys long enough to try to work together. And that was the key. One Avenger and one X-Man: Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers. When their powers combine... they create... Captain Planet!? No, but it would've been cool.
Wanda packs the most punch and Hope mimics her. Scott hallucinates Jean Grey telling him that it's okay that this is the end. Of course, he doesn't die and join her spirit. He just gets locked up. The Phoenix doesn't die either. It can't. Otherwise there would be no balance in the world. In mythology, the Phoenix is born from it's own ashes. The power of the Phoenix just consumes any host it connects with that the cycle becomes all about destruction and that is where the balance gets out of whack. Hope gives a cool little speech about her destiny because the Phoenix was destined for her all along. She will take that power and use it for only good. But wisely, Wanda with Hope recite for there to be no more Phoenix, just like how Wanda once cast the spell for "no more mutants". The Phoenix breaks into many, many, tiny pieces and finally creates life, after all the destruction. Mutants. New mutants are popping up all over the place. It was pretty awesome. A nice twist for a book that sometimes became a little stale with the excessive fighting that happened in some of the earlier issues.
It came. It went. Things are looking up. Well, not for Scott, but that's okay. Great work by Jason Aaron. I'm not really a fan of Adam Kubert, but he did all right. This issue was good.