‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ No. 2 preview: Fighting the good fight

March 22, 2012 | 7:27 p.m.
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The cover for Avengers vs. X-Men #2. (Jim Cheung/Marvel Comics)

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A page from Avengers vs. X-Men #2. (Jason Aaron and John Romita Jr./Marvel Comics)

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A page from Avengers vs. X-Men #2. (Jason Aaron and John Romita Jr./Marvel Comics)

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.

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— Geoff Boucher


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6 Responses to ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ No. 2 preview: Fighting the good fight

  1. Peter says:

    Not sure that I am rooting for anyone. But you have to wonder….The Pheonix force is an earth shattering cosmic entity that is feared throughout the entire universe, and so far the only people who have managed to stop it on a regular basis have been the X-men and they do it about every 10 years. What protected this portion of the Universe for the 40 Billion years or so before the 1960s?

  2. David Scholes says:

    Well as a Thor fan – I always like to see him win.

    Unfortunately he and Odin so seem to have considerably de-powered since those wonderful days of the silver age. Nor, these days, do they ever seem trot out his full array of powers.

    As an Aussie sci-fi writer: I’ve written a solid collection of Marvel (espec Thor) fan fiction, why not check it out? http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1276881/David_Scholes

  3. Jordan says:

    X-Men can't win no way no how.

  4. Jordan says:

    X-men cant win

  5. Shawn says:

    Well when Xavier and Magneto became Onslaught, it took all the Avengers to take him down. And that was only the pair of them. I go with the Children of the Atom on this one. My personal favorite, Warpath, is unlikely to play much of a role.

    In any case mutants in general have been dealing with a pretty brutal existence since the de-powering post House of M. X-Force's wetwork by itself is a pretty dark space that could/should be a difference making experience in the face of the overt heroics of the Avengers.

  6. Fitz says:

    It's tough to say the Avengers when there is an entire academy and population of mutants and very few Avengers.

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