Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2

Event\Storyline: Avengers & X-Men: Axis Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Adam Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 15, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 11
5.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

• The heroes of the Marvel Universe storm the beaches of Red Skull's Genoshian Reeducation camps. What they discover within will lead to a bleak new era.
• The revelation of Tony Stark's dark secret promises to shatter the fragile alliance between A and X.
• Nova's attempt at solving the crisis leads to disaster.
• Magneto betrays his alliance to join an army of evil.

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Oct 16, 2014

    Iron Man is also completely characterized to perfection by Remender, defining him by his guilt in making the perfect killing machine of the upgraded sentinel that Red Onslaught has taken control over. Characterizing Iron Man as this guilt-ridden inventor portrays him in a more sympathetic light that is not present in many other depictions of the character. Adam Kubert's pencils have greatly improved in this issue as opposed to last. Each hero is depicted in perfect, battle-worn glory which makes the reader feel the impact and stakes of the series. While some of his pencils seem a little rushed, this is entirely forgivable considering this series is releasing weekly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Oct 20, 2014

    If you like AXIS and want a bit more context when I highly recommend this, but even after that Magneto appears to be a damn fine comic starring a character that remains one of the most complex and alluring figures on the printed page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Oct 17, 2014

    The extended fight scene continues, with a bit more of a fatalistic tone. The groundwork is laid for the series' big twist as the Scarlet Witch awkwardly refers to "a rotation of axis," Iron Man feels just as much like a supervillain than a hero, and Magneto arrives in an exciting last-page splash. Solid comicbook set pieces and storytelling, with some straightforward art, makes everything just shy of "classic" but is still pretty fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Travis Bass Oct 17, 2014

    Overall Avengers & X-Men: Axis is shaping up to be a fun event. We're two issues in, they have basically comprised almost entirely of fighting, and the stakes are being continuously raised throughout the book. There are still some hiccups involving the large cast of characters, large number of plot points being carried over into this book, wavering art, and more jokey dialogue from the characters (especially last issue), but everything seem to be coming together so far. While we still have seven more issues (and several more artists rotating in) to see if this event falls flat on its face, with Rick Remender at the helm, I think we're in for an enjoyable ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Mathew R Wilmot Oct 17, 2014

    Thankfully issue two is much more entertaining and less cluttered in its storytelling. The art and colours were both on top formthis week which has made the whole package come together. It also helps that this book ends on another great cliffhanger, something Remender is becoming a master at. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Jeal Oct 19, 2014

    Overall AXIS #2 does a lot with what wasn't the most exciting premise to begin with. With some great moments and some interesting story development the issue has shown that AXIS could be a fun event if the quality continues to improve. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 16, 2014

    AXIS is fairly enjoyable thanks to its strong characters and sense of urgency, but those good qualities are obscured by the quick pace of the plot and rough artwork. It's refreshing to see the stakes so high at the beginning of an event instead of the end, making this one of the more lively events in recent memory. Still, AXIS #2 isn't an issue you will put down feeling satisfied, largely because Remender's name carries such high promise that hasn't been delivered on yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 16, 2014

    Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #2 doesn't do much for the latest in Marvel's long line of events, reinforcing the notion that these events need to be spread further apart. It does however give some exciting moments, with the narration at times being engaging. All and all I find it hard to strongly recommend this, and only recommend it to people who've already tried the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Oct 15, 2014

    The final two-page splash of this issue actually makes me think theres something going on worth looking forward to, and Id like nothing more than for this series to pick up and become what I think it can be with this incredibly talented team. The art is great and there are some very solid concepts in it along with a grand reveal that actually STILL has my interest, but overall, it feels like it either needed more time to develop or more time to wind up. Perhaps the tie-ins will offer a bit more in the way of stakes or characterization, but after the one-two punch of INFINITY and ORIGINAL SIN, this event leaves a lot to be desired so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Oct 15, 2014

    As the second chapter ends, some more pieces are falling into place. Remender is an outstanding story teller that has huge plans. As a fan, Its exciting to see each new issue come out and the new developments that come with it. The art could be better, but Adam Kubert is a good enough artist and we should trust that hell get into his groove soon. Avengers & X-Men: Axis has been a fun ride so far, lets hope it continues! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 18, 2014

    There's still very little depth to any of the characters involved, but for a big fight scene of hero vs. villain, it's entertaining enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 18, 2014

    Axis is an event that is hatched out of Uncanny Avengers but is slowly breaking away from that book. The comic book contains action and a nice character focus but can future issues continue to juggle this huge cast while sticking with one and only one character? The book is slowed down severely by artwork, in flow, rendering and details. This is an okay read, even for the casual reader. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 16, 2014

    “Axis” is a mess. With a big shipping schedule like this, it can't afford to be. I wish I liked this more but I can't bring myself to pick up issue three. “Axis” would maybe have worked better if it were just an “Uncanny Avengers” storyline. Spilling out everywhere like this feels a little insane and unmanageable. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Oct 23, 2014

    I've been burned by the last few Marvel events in a bad way. Original Sin, Age of Ultron, Fear Itself "these all had good starts that fizzled out with unsatisfying endings. Avengers & X-Men: Axis isn't starting out so hot. So maybe it will buck the trend and end up on a high note? This issue suffered from a plot structure that did not make thematic sense, but it ended with a cliffhanger interesting enough to hook me into the next one " if only to see if it can be resolved in any sort of sensical manner. I am a big fan of Remender's work and have been enjoying the pages of Magneto and Uncanny Avengers from the start, but unless there's marked improvement in the next issue, I will probably cut my losses. Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2 does not yet live up to the hype promised by the build-up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Oct 18, 2014

    Honestly the best part of this issue is the splash page at the very end that is going to keep me coming back for more. Who am I kidding? I'm a glutton for punishment and would have been back anyway but with who shows up to save the day, I won't lie. I am completely curious as to how this will play out. That being said, we should be up for something pretty fun next issue. I hope, because otherwise this event is really becoming a waste of paper. What went from the potential ultimate payoff for fans from the past two years is starting to look like a rather disjointed mess where the tie-in issues are much better than the main event. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Oct 15, 2014

    Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2 was a chore to read and a pain to write about. It's not that it's a bad or terrible book; it's just that for an event comic, it feels so lackluster and underwhelming. It feels like it should be kept and focus on solely in the pages of Uncanny Avengers and a maybe a tie-in or two, especially when it feels so tied to that book. I can't really recommend this considering my experience with it, unless it does a major turnaround in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Oct 16, 2014

    Call it event fatigue or maybe just an early issue of an event that hasn't found its feet yet; call it whatever you want, but Axis #2 isn't as great as it should be. We all want events to be these larger-than-life stories starring giant personalities and tied together with rousing set pieces, but Axis doesn't have any of these yet. Axis #2 is the worst possible thing that an event comic could be this early; its boring and completely lacking in the energy that makes certain events must reads issue after issue. I have faith that Rick Remender and his rotating stable of artists could turn Axis into a rollicking yarn that closes out Marvel's year with a bang, but as it stands right now, with Issue #2, Axis is a bit of a dud. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 16, 2014

    However, this issue carries the multiple problems of its predecessor and, refusing to alter its course, reads like a continuation of an already unimpressive comic. Change may never be permanent in superhero comics, but that doesnt mean it cannot occur within individual stories. Change is the lifeblood of drama and the quicker Axis focuses on altering the status quo, no matter how temporary it may be, the better the series will be. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 20, 2014

    While Remender is able to convey the gravity of the intense situation our heroes face, it falls a little flat while yearning to be much more. Crossover events are supposed to highlight many characters instead of focusing on the small handful. This is not the worst book in the world, but with two issues in, I expected more from Marvel's big event. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Latest Pull - Gunner Lahaise Oct 16, 2014

    This roller-coaster is not fun and I would really like off this ride. As much as they say this event was setup back in 2012, it feels more like it was just slapped together last minute. So much of it feels unfinished and rushed that I just can't really get into it. There are characters in the story that I can't understand the reason for including. What do they have to do to offer other than die or just add comic relief? If this is the quality of major events Marvel is going to deliver several times a year then I'd rather go without. If you're invested in this story or just plain curious then check it out, but don't have too high of expectations. This ride is only 20% done, there is lots of time for things to get more exciting, but based off of the first two chapters, I'm expecting a kiddie ride more than an actual roller-coaster. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 20, 2014

    "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #2 misfires badly with poor characterization and an emotionless story that's only marginally saved by subpar artwork. Read Full Review

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