Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Avengers Vs X-Men #3Avengers Vs X-Men #3
Marvel Comics
Brubaker, Romita, Hanna & Martin

We reach the quarter post in the big Marvel event and I find this story to border on satire more than genuine drama. It's not to say this event is hopeless (no pun intended) or that the event isn't entertaining. However, this event doesn't seem to produce organic drama or even present a logical story in terms of the most basic of characterizations of the major cast. This review is going to contain a spoiler so all you need to know is that I found this issue to be a misstep that leaves a gap in between this issue and the last one and it throws in a fight that really has no reason to exist. This event needs to produce more than odd fighting matchups and it hasn't yet.

The component that nagged at me the most in this issue is we don't pick up where we left off from the previous issue. The X-Men have surrendered but we aren't really shown that. I guess it occurs in either a crossover over title on is just a detail that the creators decided to leave out. Either way I felt a little short changed.

Wolverine, fighting on the side of the Avengers, realizes that the X-Men are playing the Avengers and this leads to the X-Men escaping. This was probably the best part of the book. It's a clever use of powers without being too ridiculous in terms of making the Avengers look naïve.

The Avengers split up to trace Hope, the mutant that everyone is chasing for probably the third or fourth time in the Marvel Universe. Wolverine then gets called out by Captain America for Wolverine going against orders and trying to kill Hope. This was a big miss for me. Not only did I find the fight to be silly and not realistic based on how the characters normally behave, but I found the lead-in to the fight to be absurd.

Wolverine leaves the X-Men because he doesn't want to put kids in danger as Cyclops doesn't seem to have a problem with (X-Men Schism). Cyclops and Wolverine fight over this. Wolverine sides with the Avengers to get Hope so that the Phoenix Force won't destroy the Earth. Wolverine then decides to kill Hope (a child) as the only solution. Captain America won't allow him to kill Hope, because he thinks it's possible to imprison her. They fight. Basically, it is looking like Wolverine doesn't know what he stands for making his involvement in this story all the more puzzling.

This is the type of event you need to turn your brain off for and that is a shame. I can't get past the oddities with how the characters are flipping flopping on their stances. For example, Cyclops wants Hope to receive the Phoenix Force because it will lead to rebirth of the mutants. Even though, his own wife was killed by receiving the Phoenix Force. What?

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsThe artwork is good but not great. The characters seem to do a lot of standing around until Wolverine and Captain America fight. That part of the book is where the artwork shines. I love the red tone throughout that scene. Overall, the artwork was fine, but it needs to rise above that level for a book of this stature.

I can't wrap my head around how I feel about this event. I liked heroes punching other heroes, but I want there to be some sort of sensible story and I feel like there isn't. I guess I want to have my cake and eat it to. Is that too much to ask? If you like Wolverine fighting Captain America then this is the comic book for you.

2 out of 5 Geek Goggles