We’ve got an exclusive preview of pages from “Avengers vs. X-Men” No. 2 — you can flip through them above or go to the larger images below — which moves forward the “event” of the year for Marvel Comics. The issue is from writer Jason Aaron and penciller John Romita Jr., and the cover is by Jim Cheung. And while it is very of the moment, the idea of warring heroes is a classic theme from the House of Ideas.
If you grew up reading Marvel Comics in the last century, there were certain things you could count on. Doctor Doom says “Bah!” and Wolverine calls people “Bub.” For minor characters, death is the final curtain, but for the big names it’s more like a revolving door. When scientists test things out themselves it just doesn’t go well. The Watcher never keeps his non-interference vow (maybe they should call him Uatu the Meddler), and Galactus will go home hungry no matter how often he visits the Earth Buffet. And, of course, whenever any superheroes meet for the first time, there will be a misunderstanding and they’ll fight. And whenever Hulk runs into Thor or the Thing, there’s going to be a fight.
I loved the hero-versus-hero dynamic when I was a kid, and in a way, the Marvel showdowns were a four-color inspiration to the sinew theater of pro wrestling where good versus good and evil versus evil could be more interesting than the traditional set-up. This issue goes on sale April 18 but there’s no reason to wait: We’d love to hear who our readers are rooting for, so leave a comment.
— Geoff Boucher
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