Avengers Vs. X-Men #12

Avengers Vs. X-Men #12

Event\Storyline: Avengers vs. X-Men Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Adam Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 3, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28
7.6Critic Rating
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Extra-sized final issue! Its all come down to this! The final battle as the world burns!

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 4, 2012

    The story made some kind of logical sense, as long as you don't pick it apart too much. The Phoenix was a classic Marvel adversary, and clearly Marvel had been building up to this story for several years, what with the Scarlet Witch and Hope having semi-prominent roles over the years. This made for a nice parallel to House of M, where Wanda took away the mutant powers. And it does a fine job of setting up Uncanny Avengers and the new Marvel NOW! campaign. So yeah, this story was exciting, well-drawn, epic and pretty darn cool. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Oct 3, 2012

    If Marvel had made more of an effort to include layered meanings throughout Avengers vs. X-Men, the entire event would have been damn near perfect. In reality, it's still one of the best crossovers of the past decade, but without more than surface-layer meanings and forced misunderstandings, everything just seems silly in the end. But I try not to think like this. I try to see this story for what it was; a narrative intended to bring years of resentment and anger to a close with a conflict that tore them apart, both literally and symbolically. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 3, 2012

    Avengers Vs. X-Men has been a polarizing series for many, and perhaps expectations for what it could do were impossibly high. What the 5 writers and 3 artists have given readers is an explosive denouement for years of Marvel storylines. The Phoenix has once again provided a stage for rebirth, and it will be very interesting to see where Marvel goes from here. I know after reading the final pages of this issue, I'm more interested in what is coming next than I have been in months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Oct 3, 2012

    In closing, AVX #12 is a great ending to a decent event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Oct 3, 2012

    I think the event did what it set out to do as a whole, and the conclusion to the event put a nice bow on a lot of things. We have an ending that's not what I like to call a "dot-dot-dot" ending where someone says something and it just blows the door open for more to have happen or leaves too many threads left undone. I do think this ending also nicely set up what's to be seen starting next week with Marvel NOW! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Jonathan Gomez-Dominguez Oct 6, 2012

    Overall this was an excellent series but in my opinion, not better then the Secret Invasion or Fear Itself. This issue of the end of this great feud gets a 9 out of 10. The entire series gets an 8 out of 10. Now it's time for Marvel Now! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Oct 8, 2012

    Other than that, I'm very pleased with how this event ended and I'm even more psyched for what's to come in Marvel NOW, especially when it's revealed what Cap and S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to do with Cyclops. He did murder one of the greatest men the world has ever known, so I want to see how he's punished. Or how quickly they let him get back to being a hero. Either way, Scott Summers is still a smug bastard who should get smacked around a bit for his behavior in all of this, in my opinion, so I hope that happens when Marvel NOW rolls around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Oct 3, 2012

    As a reviewer, I think it's important for me to know what I'm talking about (you're welcome) and as such, I'll be reading most of the NOW! stuff so that when I have an opinion, at least it's an informed one. As for AvX, I'm glad the final chapter didn't suck, I'm also glad it's over, and we can move onto (hopefully) better things. Next week Uncanny Avengers debuts, Marvel has a lot riding on this NOW! pony, now it's time to see if thing is going to pay off. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Oct 5, 2012

    Overall, I'm just really glad AVX is over. Its not a book I'm really going to miss due to the number of questionable things they've done to characters but it's not a book that I'll hate with so much gusto. in hindsight this series is much like how Flashpoint played out. It was all about getting hero A to kick Hero B's ass rather than provide development for the main hero of the book. It also begged me to ask, so who the f*ck won? The Avengers? The X-Men? The fans? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 3, 2012

    From the gigantic fight scenes to the debates and conversations along with the birth of a new era, we finally get some consequences and closure at the same time. Seeing how the ramifications play out will be fun. As for the big change that occurs, all I'll say is it's about time. Make sure you're on hand to see how everything does change. You think you know the Marvel Universe? It's time to get to know it all over again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Oct 3, 2012

    Avengers vs X-Men as a whole has been a fun event. Having the issue double ship each month helped, as there were a few issues that were less than favorable. But I'll remember this event fondly, something I can't say about Fear Itself. The only thing that could have been changed was the magnitude of writers. A great idea when trying to build the event, but bad when going from issue to issue. Many of them, mainly Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, have their distinctive voice that comes out when the write. The rest of the writers, can mold their writing style enough to work with others. The big thing is having all the mutants come back. Some aren't going to be happy with this, and some will. I fall into the "happy" category, as it opens up a lot of new stories. It gives Bendis and other X-writers new characters to work with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Oct 4, 2012

    It's not the greatest comic in itself, but there's something innately satisfying about this issue that feels like a weight's been lifted by the end of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhatCulture - Marcus Doidge Oct 3, 2012

    Marvel has been coasting for a while in my mind and Avengers vs X-Men has been a twelve issue miniseries showcasing style over substance and not even all the style has been that impressive. Nothing has highlighted just how good these character are. Marvel NOW! is just around the corner and I'm hoping it's a reshuffle that uses the Marvel strengths (it's characters) to full effect rather than just giving a fresh lick of paint to the same old issues I have with modern post movie success Marvel Comics. Time will tell but I don't think I have enough patience to last it out if it's not a instant change for the better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 3, 2012

    The bottom line is this... There was ONE thing and ONE thing only I wanted out of this series. And that would be the reversal of that idiotic, "No More Mutants" garbage. That one line handcuffed so many X-Men writers since they had no way to add new members to the team, nor any way to give them new mutant enemies. So, as a long time X-fan, I am overjoyed to see new mutants popping up, hopefully leading to some great new characters and storylines(not involving an endless supply of Sentinels and William Stryker!). Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 8, 2012

    Though Avengers vs. X-Men has had its fair share of problems, specifically with the way the story drags and the handling of the X-Men, this final issue did its job in getting me excited for what comes next. Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert combined to deliver a fun, fast paced comic that got the job done in tying things up and instilling hope for what comes next. There is a lot of possibilities when it comes to how the Marvel writers will handle the fallout from Avengers vs. X-Men #12. Because of all these possibilities there is no question that I will be buying many of the comics involved in the MarvelNow! direction that the company is going. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 3, 2012

    I'll admit it: I was kind of expecting a train-wreck full of deus ex machina this month. I was wrong, mostly (there's still a little bit of inexplicable 'return-to-status-quo' near the end of the issue, but that development is actually a couple of years overdue by my standards.) All in all, it doesn't disappoint as a single issue story, and doesn't lose the small moments entirely in the din of the giant guy in the hat screaming "CROSSOOOOOVER!!!!!" I agree with those who say that the death of Professor Xavier seemed tacked on to this whole crossover, but comparatively speaking this is an effective ending to the story being told. Avengers Vs. X-Men #12 avoids some of the bigger pitfalls, with some excellent dialogue and good work on art, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 3, 2012

    In five years, when comics are back in an early '90s sensibility where the writer takes a distant backseat to the artist, people will point to AvX and say "Yep, that's really when it all started". Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Oct 3, 2012

    There are things about this issue that still don't work on a micro scale. Aaron's pet theme of faith crops up and seems to serve little to no purpose in context, while the importance of the Iron Fist isn't really clear (from this issue, at least). But in general, the issue delivers a strong ending which resolves the story's ideas and core plot. Where crossovers are concerned, that makes it something of a rarity. It's not necessarily the finale the previous issues lead to -- but it's probably the finale the creative minds (and fans) were hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Alexander Jones Oct 4, 2012

    The most disappointing thing about this issue is Adam Kubert's pencils. They are very inconsistent. Some scenes flash true greatness such as the scenes with Scarlet Witch and Hope have great facial expressions. Some are just lacking like the scene with Cyclops in jail. This finish is exactly what we needed. It houses a few twists and interesting revelations and leaves the Marvel Universe in an interesting place for Marvel Now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Oct 4, 2012

    All in all...this isn't a horrible issue. But bad as $3.99 is, $4.99 raises expectations for me all the more--and this didn't really feel like I got my $4.99-worth of reading. Maybe extra pages, but it's not like the story is all that dense. This ends the primary through-lines of AvX while leaving things open for the Consequences follow-up as well as Uncanny Avengers and the rest of Marvel Now. If you've been following this series--of course you're gonna get this. And if you haven't--no real point to grab this issue unless you just want to see the very tail-end of the main story in single-issue format. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Oct 4, 2012

    When it’s all said and done, you’re either gonna like this series or you’ll down right loathe it, I’ll let you decide. For me, I’m somewhere between mediocre & good. Wait for the trade or better yet, wait for your LCS to have a sale on back issues and pick them up cheap. This issue gets a 7 and the entire series gets a 6. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 4, 2012

    So, a solid series, with exceptional art and a good (if not quite exceptional) story. Well worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 3, 2012

    Issue #12 drives the cover price up another dollar because of the extended page count. Unfortunately, this is one of those issues where the extra pages are devoted less to wrapping up the story itself and more towards laying the groundwork for other books. Much as Fear Itself #7 set up everything from Defenders to Fear Itself: The Fearless, Aaron's final pages build towards books like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men. There's nothing wrong with this approach in theory, as long as the series is given a proper ending, but it does feel as though the emotional fallout of the event is being glossed over in favor of the "next big thing." Yes, there will be plenty of post-AvX tie-ins to explore that fallout. But that brings up the familiar complaint. Why are so many key emotional beats being relegated to tie-ins instead of unfolding in the main series? Will we ever have an event comic that offers a wholly complete and satisfying story in itself? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Oct 6, 2012

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  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 4, 2012

    Avengers vs X-Men #12 is a solid issue that finishes the established formula of the series but ultimately fails to go big in it's conclusion. In the end the superheroes argued, they fought each other, eventually found common ground and they battled to win the day. And that's about it. Despite any narrative misgivings as it relates to the event as a whole, the end product of this release still squeaks by with a light recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 4, 2012

    In a world where we're lining up the next big event while the previous one still has months to go, does it even matter? After all, it's only a week until it's NOW! and this series will just be “then.” Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 6, 2012

    As a single issue, it's a great grudge-match, but it leaves far too many loose ends to satisfactorily wrap up the series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 5, 2012

    I've spent a great deal of this review crushing this comic book. However, the comic book, when you remove the hype, isn't that terrible. There is some action, infighting and then a team-up. However, it's a book that just doesn't live up to the billing. The book just doesn't tie things up and it's not just little things. This comic book feels like it put characters into positions because the staff felt they should rather because it made logic sense and this drove me nuts. It's tough to beat Kubert's pencils, but at a $5 cover price it's a lot to shell out for so little in return. Read Full Review

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