The problem with Avengers Vs. X-Men #4 is the same problem we had with Avengers vs. ”˜70s Marvel Characters (re Skrulls) during the Skrull Invasion of a few years ago: Everything seems to be happening all at once, with the same characters being pounded.
It became a joke that after seven issues (I think?) and many, many tie-ins, the Skrull Invasion itself in real (Marvel) time lasted only a few hours if that. This seems headed that way as a good portion of this “event” has passed but not much has happened. (Except we did find out that, contrary to popular belief, there are indeed polar bears in Antarctica!)
The real meat of this issue is the relationship between Wolverine and the woman called Hope. I believe this will be more important as this slug fest between two of Marvel’s premiere teams continues (and oh, readers, it will continue --)
I must say it was good to see one of my favorite artists, JRJr., busy with his magnificent storytelling herein. You certainly have been missed from Avengers, sir. Maybe after Bendis’ departure, you can make a stop-by?
By the way, I know we have some strong characters battling, but it might stir the pot to see other Avengers and X-Men answer the call. Odin knows there are loads of each.
The art was great and the story a tad less so. Sorry, Architects, but this Marvel reader just wants something else. (Like, say, maybe an alien super group policing the galaxy out of a dead Celestial’s head? Nah, never work.)