Marvel has said for quite a while that all of it’s recent events have been building to something big, and here it is: Avengers vs. The X-Men. Wow. Two of the biggest brands in comics are going to have an all out slugfest lasting an epic twelve issues. All of Marvel’s big writers are having a part of this, and in terms of scale this could be one of the biggest stories we’ve seen since in years.
An even bigger story than when Fantomex went up Blob’s butt.
What are the basics? The Phoenix is coming back, and the two teams find each with differing opinions on how to deal with it. We already saw the nasty cosmic entity wipe out a planet back in Marvel “Point One” issue. Clearly the mutant messiah Hope will be involved, and the huge Schism that sundered the X-Men into two groups will have an impact. Another key player will be the cosmic hero Nova, although we don’t know if this is a new character wearing the mantle or the classic Richard Ryder. Cable’s return is basic the prelude to the event, and we’re going to see the Scarlet Witch return to center stage.
This isn’t the first time the two teams have clashed. Their first crossover was back in the late 80’s, but it was a relatively small skirmish compared to this. There was also a crossover with the Dark Avengers, but you can’t exactly call that team of villains heroes by any stretch.
Guess what? Time for you to pick a side. We don’t know what each team will stand for, but does that even matter? For me, this is easy. Avengers all the way. Those whiney little X-Men don’t stand a chance.
Unless Cyclops drowns the Avengers with his tears.