After last month's riveting tale of a last ditch effort to thwart the evil of Norman Osborn, fans were more than ready for another astounding tale of heroism from Bendis and crew. With a tagline boasting issue twenty-four as an A vs. X tie-in, and a cover revealing Wolverine stuck in the middle of Cap and Cyclops — fans were salivating more than a pack of Pavlov's dogs!
But, as they say, never judge a book by its cover!
This issue begins with a thunderous blast, mere seconds after the events of A vs. X #1, but by page three we are subjected to Bendis' patented "talking heads" scenario! He invites us to peruse the events a day prior to the "eye beam blast heard around the world.," and the cheesy soap opera music begins pumping into your head as you read about Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's marital problems concerning the baby. I love character pieces that build a foundation for a book; they are needed to keep fans interested and vested in characters throughout the years. Bendis is a great writer, and truly knows the motivations of the characters he breathes life into, but this book is not the time nor the place for one of these character pieces. This issue is the first to carry the A vs. X tagline for a continuing series — but we see none of it! Literally, by the last page you are still at the same spot that the story began! Besides marital tension — NOTHING HAPPENS!
Plus, I know Bendis hasn't written many X characters before, but his take on Storm is ridiculous! You have one of the most affluent, powerful and strong willed characters that has lead the X-Men through many hardships, and at the mere mention of the Phoenix Force she utters, "Goddess" and flies away? She is the Queen of Wakanda, and she doesn't even try to talk about the ramifications of a battle between the X-Men and Avengers? Are you kidding me?
If you are looking for and A vs. X tie-in that will give you something more than a Lifetime movie — you won't find it here! If you are looking for an Avengers tale that will get your testosterone flowing — pick up Avengers Assemble #2 instead! If you are just getting this to jump on The Avengers bandwagon, save your four bucks and upgrade to IMAX tickets — I wish I had!
"New Avengers" #24 provided by friend of Cosmic Book News.