A+X #1
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A+X #1

Writer: Dan Slott, Jeph Loeb Artist: Ron Garney, Dale Keown, Danny Miki, Cam Smith, Mark Morales, Wil Quintana, Frank D'Armata Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 31, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Spinning directly out of AVX! Like AVX: VS., this book brings you two stories every month by the industry’s top creators! This issue features a Wolverine/Hulk story by Jeph Loeb (WOLVERINE) and Hulk-legend Dale Keown and a Captain America/Cable story by Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Ron Garney (WOLVERINE)!

  • 10
    Barron Network - R.Barron Nov 2, 2012

    I loved just about everything in these two issues. I was really impressed by how the writers really walked over such a thin line of fun and seriousness so effortlessly. The actual concept for this book may seem simple but the actual execution was done so right that you can't help but be impressed. For me this series is an instant success and I will be collecting it going forward! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Nov 2, 2012

    Im sure the next issue will have different pairings, but I would like to see a continuation with these characters down the line and would enjoy seeing their characters develop together with more storylines and hopefully Wolverine and Hulk will have a more concrete plots than an all out cake war. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Nov 1, 2012

    Ratings below for the whole of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Nov 1, 2012

    Great art, fun scripts. Again, not going to crush any preconceived notions of the Marvel U., but it should prove to be an enjoyable series enough to keep me entertained. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Nov 1, 2012

    This is a pretty good start to what looks to be a fun series. Next issue Iron Man and Kitty Pryde, along with Spider-Man and Beast. Looking forward to that one especially. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 31, 2012

    If you've enjoyed the classic MARVEL TEAM-UP stories and have wanted to see more, this is where we're going to find them. The idea here is to get fun stories and adventures without focusing on where the story actually fits into the overall continuity. With creators such as Dan Slott, Ron Garney, Jeph Loeb and Dale Keown, we get to see creators work on characters they don't normally get a chance to. Because these are more random stories, it could be questioned how important they may be to the characters and Marvel Universe, especially at $3.99. We'll have to wait and see if anything that occurs in these stories pops up in other titles in the future. These stories may not be absolutely crucial but if you're looking for some really fun stories with great art and you dig the characters involved, you will definitely want to check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Nov 1, 2012

    I like the idea behind this book but I wish that they would focus on just one team up and do a full issue instead of these split ones with two teams. The Captain/Cable team-up seemed strong enough to be a team that could make for a decent arc over a few issues. The Hulk/Wolverine team up fell short of the mark and didn't really have anything to keep me interested in their story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Nov 4, 2012

    I can say that the book is pretty interesting. The use of all characters is smart and more timely. I mean after Cable's re-appearance in X-Sanction, the two have yet to really talk. While it's not pretty obvious in the panels where Cable is present, we can safely surmise that the son of Scott Summers is really going on a fanboy mode after meeting his idol back in his glory days during World War II. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Nov 3, 2012

    Whether or not this series will be worth a $3.99 investment over the next few months will be largely based on your affinity to the creative teams in place on each issue, and will best be judged on a case-by-case basis. Certainly there's nothing on show here to suggest that these tales will weave themselves in any consequential away into larger Marvel continuity, though if you're looking for some nostalgic team-up action you can't really go wrong. And if you're a fan of Ron Garney drawing Captain America, this is a rare opportunity to sit back and enjoy the master at work outside of your well-thumbed trade paperbacks. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 2, 2012

    A+X provides the vehicle for readers to go on an adventurous romp throughout the entire Marvel Universe with the characters from Marvel's two tent pole franchises serving as their guides. The one-shot nature of the stories also makes this A+X a title that a reader can pick up at any point without worrying about understanding what is going on in the title. I must admit that the entire philosophy and concept behind A+X is a brilliant one and something that Marvel desperately needed to do with the Marvel NOW relaunch. Now, if only they could figure a way to make their product more financially attractive to new readers and younger readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 2, 2012

    My first thought here was that this comic was WAAAAY too short to be a $3.99 comic! It went by SO fast! Besides that, the first story was way superior to the second, although neither one is what I'd call a must read. This comic really didn't leave any kind of impact on me actually, because I can't even think of anything else to add! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 1, 2012

    If great art is enough, pick this one up. If you want some story in your comics, keep looking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 31, 2012

    While not anything to get excited about, A+X is an enjoyable read and probably the closest we'll get to Marvel Team Up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Nov 4, 2012

    The ongoing enjoyment of this series is really going to depend on which characters get paired up, including next month's wacky three-way of Iron Man, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 31, 2012

    A+X isn't a bad read as long as you don't allow the cover to fool you into thinking it has anything at all to do with Avengers vs. X-Men. Hopefully future issues will be more consistent on the promise to skip continuity and tell simple, fun done-in-one tales. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Nov 4, 2012

    The second was a bit more absurd. Hulk and Wolverine fight over a piece of Cake. A Piece of Cake? Seriously? Then the future versions of them arrive and they fight it out. The first page tells us not to focus on continuity. So, Hulk being in the Avengers Towers is to be ignored? But, the end of this is very good. It makes you wonder. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Nov 1, 2012

    And there is the rub with these pseudo-anthology books. It's tough to get a variety of writers to deliver a message or a mission statement that's consistent, much less maintain a consistent quality of storytelling. I could take or leave a one-and-done story that I didn't care for and leave it at that, but I feel ripped off if I'm given 10 pages of a story that has barely gotten started. What is "A+X" trying to accomplish by doing that? I want to recommend Dan Slott's terrific half of the book, but unfortunately you can't fork over $1.99 for those 10 pages. You can't walk up to your LCS, rip out the last 10 pages, and say, "Sir or Madame, may I buy this damaged copy of "A+X" for half price?" Were it that you could, but unless you can figure something like that out, I can't recommend you having to take the bad with the good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Nov 1, 2012

    At the end of the day, I think price point is the biggest issue. This comic costs $3.99, which is just way too much money for what you're getting. Comparably, the same day, I bought "Batman: Li'l Gotham," which (even ignoring any quality comparisons) at 20 pages is nearly twice the size of either of these stories on their own and cost only 99 cents. Even though there wasn't anything horribly wrong with "A+X" #1 and the idea of the series in and of itself is fun, my comics budget is precious. I wouldn't buy this comic again unless it featured my absolute favorite creators or favorite characters (thus I will pick up "A+X" #3, which features Rogue and Black Widow by Chris Bachalo). However, I think that kind of reader defeats the very purpose of the book. The book should be super fun stories that allow readers to search out new characters they might not have otherwise known they'll love, but at $3.99 a pop, it seems unlikely to happen. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 4, 2012

    Ultimately, the biggest problem with both stories is the need for the reader to be fairly familiar with Marvel continuity. One has to recognize the antagonist from Hulk: Future Imperfect, the hero of Mark Millar's Wolverine: Old Man Logan and the name of the creator of mutant-hunting Sentinels to really get much out of the stories. Nevertheless, these short stories are light and fun, but they're so light and fleeting in nature, they don't seem to command the $4 cover price either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Nov 5, 2012

    Overall, just like 'AvX: Versus', these are nice little stories that are easy to digest amidst the sea of continuity that can sometimes get overwhelming. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 31, 2012

    Maybe the big failing of A+X is that it doesn't quite live up to its core concept: Yes, we have an Avenger and an X-Man teaming up, but we never really see it last long enough to see the interpersonal sparks fly between these characters. The art looks fine, but we're not really seeing anything new with these team-ups. Here's hoping that as this series progresses, we'll see some bigger fireworks among Marvel's mightiest heroes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Nov 2, 2012

    I'm tired of seeing popular characters dick around for 25 pages. That's what everyone got this summer, and we're done. It's time for some substance. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Nov 3, 2012

    I have nothing against team-up books per se, and comics that are allowed to stand apart from the rigors of monthly continuity have their special charms. But they rarely manage much in the way of depth or resonance in so few pages, and a comic that I've pretty much forgotten the minute it's over isn't one I'll be forking out for in future. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Nov 4, 2012

    Some of Marvel's famous storylines involve time-travel. It is a difficult plot device to use. You need to close all plot holes you created in the narrative in order for the comic to make sense. In A +X #1, humor allows you to ignore some of the ambiguity and inconsistencies. Since the stories are so short, you are left with a lot of questions and very few answers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Ryan Jan 5, 2019

    I gotta say, I love the “continuity doesn’t matter” approach. The first story is fun and interesting, but telling tales of Captain America from WW2 that we didn’t know about until now plot device is used way too often. In the second story, Jeph Loeb only writes Hulk and Wolverine for half an issue and its already obvious he sucks at writing both characters. Overall, this opening issue suffered mostly from Jeph Loeb, but next issue is Chris Bachalo and Peter David so no worries

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