Avengers vs. X-Men #3

This week’s installment of Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men event was scripted by regular Captain America writer Ed Brubaker. Although it’s a good script, the feeling of inconsistency with the previous two issues, having been scripted by different writers, still bugs me a little bit.

Despite that, this is a fun and exciting read. Coming off the massive battle on Utopia last issue, the Avengers and the X-Men enjoy a short reprieve as both teams decide on their next move. There’s a nice callback here to Civil War when Iron Man, criticizing Cap for his “I’m going to save the world, no matter who I have to fight to do it” attitude, says “It wasn’t too long ago I was saying things just like that… And you were on the other side, then.”

Hope Summers has fled the scene, and when the X-Men suddenly teleport themselves off the island, it becomes a race for both teams to track her down first. But Hope was raised by the future-mercenary Cable, and she won’t be found that easily.

Although we don’t get any all-out brawls this time, the second half of the issue features one of the most exciting duels I’ve read in a while, having implications which will create some interesting conflict in the future. This is a good issue because it has a near-perfect balance of action and storytelling, and sets up the coming chapter nicely. Avengers vs X-Men #3 gets a 4 out of 5.

In other news: The midnight screening of the Avengers movie is tonight. Assemble! 🙂

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