“It’s Coming.”

For the past couple months, Marvel fans have been teased by the vague and mysterious tagline, “It’s Coming.” What’s “coming” is Marvel’s latest major event series, Avengers vs. X-Men. Following the still-settling dust of last year’s event, Fear Itself, Avengers vs. X-Men promises an epic and exciting war between two of Marvel’s premiere super hero teams.

I look forward to this series. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for Marvel’s major crossover event stories. Not that I don’t love the deeper and more intimate stories that tend to be told in a character’s or team’s own ongoing title, but it always makes me giddy to see all the major characters of the Marvel Universe coming together, as allies or as foes, to show the true scope and depth of their shared world. Avengers vs. X-Men seems to be aiming to recapture some of the magic from Marvel’s last major “heroes vs. heroes” event, 2006’s Civil War. What lasting implications will Avengers vs. X-Men have for the Marvel Universe and its heroes?

Avengers vs. X-Men will feature the return of the Phoenix Force, the cosmic entity responsible for at one time taking Jean Grey as a host and imbuing her with intense cosmic power. It is intent on taking Hope Summers, the first mutant born since mutant-kind was nearly wiped out on M-Day (as featured in 2005’s event crossover, House of M), as its new host. The X-Men want her. The Avengers want her. Both teams are prepared to fight for her. Let the battle begin.

Avengers vs. X-Men will consist of 12 issues, starting in March. It is written by Brain Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, and Jonathan Hickman. Art by John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, and Adam Kubert.

Currently reading: Detective Comics #6

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