Avengers Vs. X-Men #0

Avengers Vs. X-Men #0

Event\Storyline: Avengers vs. X-Men Writer: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Frank Cho Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 28, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23
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  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 29, 2012

    On the art side of the coin Frank Cho is brilliant. This series needed to be kicked off by a heavyweight artist and he delivered on all fronts. The panel designs are excellent and his splash pages are full of the kind of widescreen action this title deserves. Both of these leading women are conveyed with complexities that only a great artist can provide: they are strong, vulnerable and both unsure of what the future holds. Marvel editorial made the right choice with Cho for this lead-in issue as his art only adds to the anticipation of what is coming and the final panel of the issue is as ominous as it gets. Cho's work is always solid, and the art in this issue is as good as you will find in a superhero comic anywhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 28, 2012

    Overall, Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 does less to set up the impending crossover than to introduce the players involved, showcasing Scarlet Witch, whose return in the pages of Children's Crusade was touted as tying directly into the event, and Hope Summers, whose manifestation of the Phoenix Effect at the end of X-Sanction seems to be the ultimate precursor to what's coming. While some fans may be disappointed that some of the content has been seen before, and that this isn't really the kick-off of the event, the quality and entertainment value of the two parts of this issue set it apart from other such teasers that have shown up in the past. There's no real judgment that can be made about the upcoming mini-series based off of this single issue, but if the level of quality is anything similar, we're in for a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Mar 29, 2012

    In fact, the one thing this issue doesn't do is actually pit the Avengers and X-Men against one another. They don't meet or even speak on the phone. We simply see the problems both are dealing with and are invited to draw our own conclusions over how that will set both families on a collision course with one another -- and why not? This is, after all, the prologue to the story. Still, if it's representative of the quality of the crossover to come, then Marvel should soon have some very happy fans on its hands. Fingers crossed, everyone! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Apr 4, 2012

    Victor: The battle is already beginning as Bendis is stealing the spotlight right away from the X-Men and focusing on his Avengers. (LOL) Those are my parting words. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Scott Apr 18, 2012

    I see some us as fans losing some loved characters in this series, number one being Cyclops. It's just time he bit the bullet. This could be awesomely dramatic to the Marvel Universe, think about it, we as readers grew up with books like the Uncanny X-Men where all these original characters were kids to teens, Cyclops is an adult now with the rest of the X-Men, Professor X is pretty much out of the picture and Cyclops is the head honcho on Utopia, he already had his big battle with Wolverine in Schism, and before that he had many other battles with Wolverine because of Jean Grey. At the end of Schism, Wolverine left Utopia and from what we see now, he joined the Avengers. The war is coming! Sides have been chosen, and people die in war. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 29, 2012

    Still, the characters are on stage, the conflict is set - I have high hopes for this one. Bring on the show! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Mar 28, 2012

    After reading this issue I say I am going to pick up issue 1 of Avengers VS. X-men. It depends how that issue will be for me to decide if I am going to pick up more issues for the event. But I think that Avengers Vs. X-men had a good start with this issue. I just hope it proves itself to be a good story, and not just a way for Marvel to make more money. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Mar 30, 2012

    For fans who regularly follow Marvel's titles, Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 is probably an integral issue that offers payoff for months of build-up, but as a jumping-in point for new readers, it fails to give enough backstory to create a narrative understandable enough to continue reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 2, 2012

    I just hope it's better that Fear Itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 28, 2012

    "It all begins here." We've heard that before but actually, it really isn't true. This is something that has been building up for sometime. Whether it was intentional or not, this issue is building on everything that has happened in the pages of AVENGERS since Disassembled as well as Second Coming in the X-Men comics. Now we're about to see Marvel's two big teams clash and seeing the execution of making them come to such drastic blows is going to be very interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 28, 2012

    Frank Cho's art is solid, but I don't think it's special enough for this event series. While Cho's lines are strong, his lack of shading and hit-or-miss ability with faces hurts the overall effect. His action is stilted as well. The pencils on their own are fine, but together lack any real movement. An artist with a bit more flair should handle a series as big as Avengers Vs. X-Men. One that can combine realistic characters with over-the-top action. Cho's so-so art aside, Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 has me more interested in this story than I was in Dark Reign and Civil War combined. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Adam C Mar 29, 2012

    Overall, the issue was very much a #0 issue. It worked as an introduction to the characters and developed them slightly, putting them in position for the summer blockbuster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Mar 29, 2012

    Simple story which gets the ball rolling, no shocks and just the standard # 0 book we've all seen. Beautiful art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 28, 2012

    In the end, both halves of the issue are enjoyable (the first one a little more so). However, the issue comes up a bit lacking when it comes to ambition or a dramatic build-up to the main event. There's really nothing to link the two tales other than the vague shared element of two women clashing with the most important men in their lives. Nothing is revealed about the nature of Avengers vs. X-Men that hasn't been already. Fortunately, it's not as if we have long to wait for issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Mar 28, 2012

    Well, it really did nothing at all to set up AVX, so this issue didn't really do what it was meant to and may, to some, even feel pointless as a result. Aaron's Hope story is also a bit dull, even if it picks up at the end. That said, the art is gorgeous and Bendis' Scarlet Witch story is absolute dynamite, delivering in spades in action, bombasity, and soap opera drama. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Apr 2, 2012

    Although it is a #0 issue and nothing as actually happened yet against the X-Men or Avengers, this issue doesn't feel like a way to get your hard earned cash. It isn't required reading, instead, its excellent supplemental material to this summer's Marvel event and a fun read for fans of both teams. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 1, 2012

    It's no coincidence the first issue (or does a zero issue still count as a preview issue – goddamit, did I mention I hate zero issues?!) begins with the character who made mutants an endangered species and the one believed to be able to return them to glory. Of the two, I think Hope's story is stronger. Knowing the cold reception she would receive I just don't buy Wanda getting talked into visiting the mansion that easily, even by Carol Danvers (who also should have known better). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Apr 1, 2012

    This issue won't be for everyone...but it's enjoyable enough to grudgingly pay $3.99. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 28, 2012

    The Wanda story was WAY better than the Hope story, but then I hate Our Lord and Savior with a white hot passion, so that probably colored my opinion just a tad. The Wanda story basically proved what I had guessed after reading Avengers Disassembled all those years ago, as well as Avengers #24.1... Bendis really, REALLY hates Wanda. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 29, 2012

    The two stories have something else in common, and it's the biggest liability hindering this comic book. Bendis and Aaron both fail to properly introduce the protagonists to their audience. The very nature of this crossover event title will draw X-Men fans who don't read Avengers comics and vice-versa, and it's bound to suck in a few lapsed readers as well. But the scripts are inaccessible. Aaron tells us little about Hope or why she's seen as a mutant messiah. Bendis' script seems to assume we know we need to know about Wanda; I know most of it, but I still haven't read the last issue of Avengers: The Children's Crusade, so I don't even know how she got from there to here. Bendis doesn't even spell out what the Scarlet Witch's powers are in this story. The stories fail to detail who these women are or why they're important, and as a result, they also fail to give the audience a reason to care about what happens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Apr 1, 2012

    This is a prequel of sorts to the highly anticipated AVX saga. Some tense moments between Wanda and Vision as some Avengers are ready to forgive & forget for her past crimes (see Avengers : Disassembled & House Of M). Hopes story is pretty straight forward as she foils a bank heist perpetrated by The Serpent Society. Great illustrations by Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows). I think things will kick into high gear with next weeks release of Avengers Vs X-men #1, unless you were lucky enough to get a copy from your local comic book shop (you know who you are). Scarlet Witch story written by Brian Michael Bendis (Powers) & Hope Summers story written by Jason Aaron (Incredible Hulk). From Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Apr 1, 2012

    If next week's formal debut -- the bestselling comic of the year so far -- also fails to deliver a decent hook, then it'll be time to worry. For now, I'm banking on the all-star team of Bendis, Brubaker, Fraction, Hickman and Aaron to get the job done, especially after seeing how good a job the last one did with Schism. See you guys next week, where this story really, really, really better begin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 29, 2012

    I guess I will need to buy the next issue to figure out if this series is worth hanging with for twelve issues. This issue really should have been a giveaway. Six of the pages have already been in the back of every Marvel book since January as it is. Maybe Marvel should have serialized it instead of only giving the same few pages. You get two stories that could, potentially matter down the road. I understand that those that know they are picking this up regardless of the contents of any one single issue is going to find this all very exciting. It's a slow build up to something that probably has a cool payoff. However, my event patience is paper thin and I need something more substantial than two stories that could easily have appeared in Marvel Comics Presents or as a fill-in one shot that was left in the drawer for a rainy day. Let's see what the first issue has because the zero issue is fairly empty. Read Full Review

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