Avengers Vs. X-Men #2

Event\Storyline: Avengers vs. X-Men Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 18, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 7
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

As The Opening Shot Is Fired, The Avengers Storm The Beach Of Utopia, And The Phoenix Draws Ever Nearer To Earth! But Which Side Will Wolverine Fight On? And What Choice Will Hope Make That Will Change The Direction And Scope Of The Conflict Dramatically?

  • 9.9
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Apr 24, 2012

    It's really spectacularly handled by Jason Aaron as far as the script and pacing goes, and, like I said, the overall feel. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 23, 2012

    Laura Martin's bold coloring is the icing on the cake that just makes the pencil work come to life. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 5, 2012

    This is fun, exciting and more than worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 19, 2012

    There's not a lot of thinking required, but I have to admit that it's a lot of fun to sit back and see who's next to get tossed over the top rope. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Apr 18, 2012

    It's a rare thing for a much-hyped event book to get so much right, and while there's still time for the balloon to deflate, this issue is a prime example of the kind of payoff that the anticipation inherent in the lead up to a book like this demands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Apr 19, 2012

    As with any event book, you could pick at its imperfections until they rip open and declare it a failure -- but ultimately, when the book is called "Avengers Vs. X-Men" you can't exactly criticize it for delivering just that. As fun to read as it looks like it was to create. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Chad Bowers Apr 19, 2012

    Two weeks ago, Multiversity EIC Matthew Meylikhov took a look at the first issue of "Avengers vs. X'men", and while he didn't give the book 10 out of 10, he had a mostly positive opinion of the series' kickoff. Like Matt, I set aside any reservations I might've had about the whole series, removed my helmet, and put it out of my head that I ever had a safety belt. And don't judge me for turning my brain off, because "Avengers vs. X-Men" isn't about making highbrow comics, or comics for the Eisners. This is about Avengers fighting X-Men. X-Men fighting Avengers. And if you're coming to the party looking for something more, well" well, you might actually be pleasantly surprised. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Jonathan Gomez-Dominguez Apr 20, 2012

    Being the biased Avenger fan, I am ready to see what the next round will bring Earths Mightiest Heroes. Maybe the next issue wont feel as lazy artistically then this round. Take that and pack it with more action I say that would make the next issue perfect. Intensity is the theme of this series and so far it hasn't been lacking any of that. An intense 8.5 out of 10 is what round two is all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - MQuannBoyd Apr 20, 2012

    Marvel's marketing campaign for AvX has hinged upon fans choosing a side, be it the Mighty Avengers or the Uncanny X-Men. However, unlike Civil War, where the battle line was drawn based on who was pro- or anti-(hero) registration, the line is a bit more convoluted in regards to Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom. (Besides, I gravitated to the X-Men when I first got into comics and it wasn't until my teenage years (and with the help of Kurt Busiek) that I became an Avengers fan.) So, instead of going to bat for a particular side I find myself rooting for certain characters. Overall, I think that's the true genius of AvX and I eagerly look forward to the next issue in this enormous clash. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Apr 19, 2012

    Blow for blow, Romita doesn't hold back but still keeps it clean without a lot of blood and viscera that might be expected from such powerful match-ups (or his work on Kick-Ass). Over all the impending doom and drama on the island, Avengers vs. X-Men #2 is the kind of fun a Marvel fan would want from a summer event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Apr 30, 2012

    I still think that Marvel is using an uncredited fill-in artist (perhaps several) for certain panels, but like I mentioned it was fewer and farer between then last issue. In a panel towards the end of the issue, Wolverine's facial expression is ridiculous at best. The look appears to be trying to convey a feeling of enamoredness, but it instead looks like a 1950's male cartoon character seeing an attractive female character. It's very unlike Romita's style and testifies to the fact that a fill-in artist has been used to meet deadlines. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Benjamin Rathbone Apr 18, 2012

    All and all, this second issue was solid. It delivered the action, and by the end the story is at a nice place where it's ready to escalate into the kind of Grade A drama these crossovers were born for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Apr 19, 2012

    Continuity blips aside, the book looked cool. It was an all-out action book. I'm betting that writer Jason Aaron was having a grand time scripting this issue as its filled with punches and lowblows and burning flesh. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Apr 21, 2012

    Pulse-pounding excitement as the fight of the year enters round 2 and Im loving every minute of it! Written by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman & Matt Fraction. Elegantly illustrated by John Romita Jr. with a stunning cover by Jim Cheung. From Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 18, 2012

    In the end, this is a good comic. The art is not terrible, but it does keep Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 from being a greatcomic. Definitely still an enjoyable read, but I'm counting down the days until I get to see Coipel take the reins of this event. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Outer Realm Comics - DeShawn Apr 20, 2012

    It's your generic fight scene, with the inclusion of Thor, despite being in space. It's difficult bringing myself to say anything bad about Jim Cheung's work. He's amazing on a regular basis, but this cover comes off as very bland and doesn't really offer anything special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 24, 2012

    But it's bad news for the Avengers as it seems Cyclops has bought Hope enough time as the Phoenix has indeed started to rise. The fallout of this issue, in two weeks, should be very interesting. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 21, 2012

    My biggest complaint about the issues is specifically that matter of focus, that no matter how good the character confrontations are (and some are quite good, including a Doctor Strange/Magik moment that foreshadows a deeper clash), there's a lack of larger perspective for me. The fight is kept at super-close-up range, save for a few medium shots, and I think that I missed some information that might bridge #1 to #2 by not picking up the appropriate crossover. It's a stronger issue than I expected, though, and it is successful in an individual human level like no crossover since (for me, at least) Infinity Gauntlet. Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 is much more coherent than a book with this many writers has any right to be, and is an effective an issue-long fight scene as I ever recall reading, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Apr 19, 2012

    Knowing about VS going into this event makes the scant storyline all the more obvious. I couldn't help feeling like a lot of the fighting in the main series could have been relegated to the pages of VS with little consequence. But then Marvel couldn't stretch this (somewhat inane) conflict between these teams out for a exhaustive 12 issues AND sell us the companion series, so...there's that. Hopefully the third issue can make up some time in the narrative department. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 18, 2012

    I was happy and excited with the first issue. I felt the reasoning and explanation as to why they would be fighting made sense. Here, once the action begins, there are some nice scenes but many of them leaving you wanting more artistically and storywise. I was bothered by a lot of little things and they simply added up. There is progress in the story. Part of me feared it would simply be an entire series of fight after fight. The Phoenix Force does play a part of the story here but some of this week's and last week's tie-ins felt like they had better stories than the way it all unfolded in this issue. I am still eager to read the rest of this series and all the tie-ins. After the first issue, my expectations were raised higher than I thought possible and this issue just didn't meet them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 28, 2012

    I liked this issue. I think if I had a particular affection for any of the characters I would have enjoyed it that much more. It seems like these comics will be entertaining and will "matter" if you like the characters in them. If you are curious about how the fighting plays out or you feel the main book is just too light on the fighting then I recommend picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 19, 2012

    I think this event is off to a decent start. If this were an else-worlds story it would be awesome. However, this is in-continuity and therefore you need to play the characterizations straight and that was not done here. The fight has not been "sold" to me. I plan to stick with this for now though as I did actually enjoy reading the "fun" aspect of this comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 20, 2012

    Avengers vs. X-Men #2 is shallow, lacks character work, has some bad dialogue and narration and lacks internal logic at times. And that is also part of its charm as it effectively channels the style of super hero stories that Marvel cranked out in the 60's, 70's and 80's. If you are a fan of traditional super hero stories or old school Marvel comics then check out Avengers vs. X-Men #2. I think you will enjoy what Marvel is serving. For the rest of you? I would recommend staying as far away from this big event as possible. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 17, 2012

    This issue is slightly less interesting than the first issue, which was very average as well. Perhaps if you like the characters you might like this. I'm not even sure this issue stands on its own without reading the main series. McNiven's art is very high quality which is a plus and McNiven knows how to showcase Gambit very well, and Gillen provides some decent Spidey dialogue, but the rest of the issue isn't too inspiring on any level. This issue is not essential reading. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 18, 2012

    The best that can be said about AvX #2 is that it provides hope that the event won't always play out in such a dull and unremarkable fashion. The most memorable scenes in the issue are the ones that don't feature Avengers fighting X-Men at all, but rather characters like Thor and his deep space team preparing for certain doom. This series may be titled "Avengers vs. X-Men," but it's quickly looking as though the best thing that can happen is for the in-fighting to stop. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ken Boehm Apr 22, 2012

    Usually events start out strong and then sputter out as the issues move along, so when you're already starting from a lower position like the previous issues have done, it just has lower to fall. Read Full Review

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