Product Added : February 14th, 2013
Category : Books
"This Best Selling Avengers vs. X-Men Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
The Avengers and the X-Men – the two most popular super-hero teams in history – go to war! This landmark pop-culture event brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the story that changes them forever! And in AVX: Vs., experience the larger-than-life battles too big for any other comic to contain! Iron Man vs. Magneto! Spider-Man vs. Colossus! Captain America vs. Gambit! And more! Plus: For the first time ever in print, Marvel's groundbreaking Infinite Comics are collected, revealing key events through the eyes of Marvel's major players. It's Marvel's biggest event ever – but will the Avengers or the X-Men emerge triumphant? Collecting Avengers vs. X-Men 0-12, Point One (AVX story), AVX: VS 1-6, Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite 1, 6, 10. Each collection includes a code for a free digital copy available exclusively through the Marvel Comics App!
"4 Stars (out of 4)" – CBR
"It's a rare thing for a much-hyped event book to get so much right" – Newsarama
"Epic." -Inside Pulse
"It's a superhero blockbuster" – Maxim.com
The paperback version of Avengers vs X-Men contains ONLY AVX 0-12 and material from Point One. Although the product information states that it also includes AVX: VS 1-6, AVX: Infinite 1, 6, and 10, and a code for a digital copy, these only come with the hardcover edition.
I purchased the paperback through preorder from Amazon Prime and received it the day of its release, like promised and it was fine, although I think Amazon should mail paperbacks with some kind of protection rather than just an envelope, but other than that, no complaints. I was disappointed that the hardcover material was not included, but for $20, more than 13 comics worth of material is still a steal especially considering the cover price of the book is $35. You’ll get your money’s worth purchasing the paperback, but if you want the other material you may want to invest in the hardcover.
The Infinite comics in the hardcover edition are especially interesting because they have previously only been available through the Marvel Comics app. I’m not sure how they would look in print, because the Infinite comics are designed to work more like animation than normal comics, but the stories in them may be worth reading even if the innovative format of the comics doesn’t translate to print.
In regards to the AVX story, its pretty good. It seems like Marvel’s most creative ideas happen outside the Marvel universe in the miniseries like Marvel Zombies or some of the other post-apocalyptic stories that take unusual turns and drastically change characters and plotlines. The writers are overly careful with the Marvel universe, however, and often reverse a lot of the impact some of the stories have, such as how major characters are always written back in to the universe (Captain America’s death?). AVX is certainly better than Fear Itself, which was weird and had almost no impact at its conclusion, but AVX may not be quite as good as the Dark Reign/Siege arc which eliminated an interesting character and resolved the Asgard conflict. Though AVX certainly does not live up to the brilliant Civil War arc, it gets a lot of things right. AVX resolves the Phoenix and Mutant Messiah conflicts in decent fashion and further develops the fate of an important X-Man and the mutant/homo-sapien politics. At the end, AVX attempts to lead the Marvel universe in to a new age (Marvel NOW). Whether or not it is successful remains to be seen.