The second issue of Avengers Versus X-Men, Marvel’s first big event of the year hit the shelves today, and man does it have me itching for more. The talking is done, and the fighting actually begins in this issue, and the creative team behind this issue, Jason Arron and John Romita Jr. shows it in all of its glory.
One of the things that had me worried about this event from the beginning was the fact that each issue is going to be handled by a rotation of writers and artists, which had me fearing glaring inconsistencies. Bendis gave Arron a nice pitch though, and Arron hit it out of the park, as the two (or three) issues released thus far seem to have no issues in consistency. Arron does do his best though to make this issue his own though, with astounding results.
Avengers Assemble is Marvel’s latest Avengers focused title, aiming to capitalize on the success of the forthcoming movie by focusing on the six heroes featured in the feature film, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, all while remaining within the continuity of the established comic universe. So this is a version of the Incredible Hulk sans Bruce Banner, Tony Stark is jacked up on Extremis, Black Widow is dating Bucky Barnes and Thor has just came back from the dead.