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Avengers vs. X-Men

(AvX (Collected Editions))

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,083 ratings  ·  117 reviews
The Avengers and the X-Men - the two most popular super-hero teams in history - go to war! This landmark pop-culture event brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the story that changes them forever! And in AVX: Vs., experience the larger-than-life battles too big for any other comic to ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Marvel (first published November 2012)
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. It started out a bit slow, and I was worried about all the different characters getting enough time and chance to contribute. I had a couple of issues with the art work, mailing around Hope, just her age, in some issues, she looked in her late teens, and in other her early to preteen. However all this could be put aside for me as my favorite characters, had their moments to shine, and there were parts of the book were exceptionally good and others a bit slow, but all in ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics

I am glad I didn't hold off reading all the stuff that comes after this (pretty much all of AvsX leads into the Marvel NOW! Relaunch-y-ish-type thing. Makes a bit more sense now, but I had already pieced it together based on HOW GODDAMN OFTEN THEY TELL US THAT THE PHOENIX FORCE WENT INTO THE X-MEN IT DID!


You know what? The story served it's purpose. I can see how some think it's a bit lazy to bring Scarlet Witch out of nowhere to be part of this, but I enjoyed it. Even the characters are like WTF is SHE
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Phoenix Force is coming back to Earth to inhabit the mutant Hope, born just prior to Messiah Complex (but now a teenager due to time travel). Cyclops wants Hope to have the power of the Phoenix so that she might usher in a new era of peace for Earth. Captain America and the Avengers, fearing a reign of destruction as in The Dark Phoenix Saga, arrive in order to take Hope into protective custody. A battle between the two teams ensues, and then things get worse once Iron Man attacks the Phoenix Force dire ...more
Milo (BOK)
You can read the Review Here:

Note: I reviewed the TPB edition collecting Avengers vs. X-Men #0-12.

“Given the great potential of the creative team on board this book, not to mention the idea, the actual execution is somewhat flawed.” ~The Founding Fields

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman | Art: John Romita Jr., Oliver Coipel, Adam Kubert | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Collects: Avengers vs. X-Men #0-12

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the end was so anticlimactic. all it did was make me miss jean. it started off good. i was genuinely intrigued but by issue seven i was basically just looking at the pictures...
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This volume was at best inconsistent and at worst generic. Having multiple writers all working different chapters, and somehow getting the style of them to seem seamless...left a lot to be desired. Factor in also the X-Men are, for me, a lot less sympathetic this time around. Cyclops sounds more like Magneto from the beginning, and the talk of mutants being a separate species...didn't ring true. Different species can't procreate with each other, but Marvel's mutants still can with other humans. ...more
Future Slayer Girl
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This had good team ups, and some silly pointless teams up. Almost to the point where I felt like they wasted ink and paper to produce the issue of comic it was in. Perhaps, they should've thought to be a bit more clever. Then again, a few of these helped give me some ideas.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2019
2.5 stars

Was kind of terrible but I ended up getting into the story.

And it just reinforces my dislike of Scott Summers.

On the fence about continuing.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The X-Men and the Avengers are two of Marvel’s most recognisable superhero teams. This time, they are brought to blows by the Phoenix Force (I’m reminded by a quote or similar by another Marvel character in a previous storyline ‘does everything have to be about that bloody bird?’). Both believe that the Phoenix Force is coming for Hope, the Avengers wanting to take her for safekeeping given the destructive power of the Phoenix Force, the X-Men (or more precisely Cyclops) want to use her to kicks ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Y'know I didn't hate this. That's unfair. I actually enjoyed it. If I sound surprised its because I haven't enjoyed an event since Inferno in '90. Reading the reviews as this came out I didn't hold much hope. It's nice being surprised for the better sometimes. The difference between this and the disaster that was Fear Itself was that this wasn't soulless. at its heart was a genuine difference in perspective and even at the end it isn't clear that anyone was completely right or wrong. I found the ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Phoenix is coming back and the young mutant Hope is destined to be the next host. Cyclops and the X-Men see this as a possible new hope for mutants, Captain America and the Avengers think this is just going to be Jean Grey all over again. As advertised, it is the ultimate superhero showdown.

It's a long arc though and some issues are little more disjointed from the others but having read a bit more ahead it's nice to have a few blanks filled in.

The mass amount of characters involved
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story and the connection that is has with previous House of M comic.
The characters were the same for me as usual, the characters that I loved I still love and the characters I hate I still hate so yay for consistency!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was cool, but could have been 2/3 the length, easily. as it was, i was entertained, then bored, then my attention was caught, then i was bored. in waves.

and like... cap? you really treat mutants like scum in this. and having read later volumes, your declaration to change means nothing to me - because you do absolutely nothing TO change.

but despite my getting bored, this was well written and the art was solid throughout, so i can't really justify fewer than 4 stars.
A review on the entirety of the Avengers vs. X-Men event. In the end, I would give the entire event a 3.5-3.7 score. I enjoyed it but only because of certain variables. That first variable is that I got the entire event at the library. I picked up the 10 or 11 graphic novels that the entire event is composed of between Avengers, X-Men Legacy, the AvX stuff like this, Wolverine and the X-Men, The New Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, and Avengers Academy. There is one large companion book that includes al ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The title "Avengers vs. X-Men" alone brings to mind many ideas and debates about who would win a contest, especially in light of how some have moved from one time to another over the course of Marvel history. The epic event "Avengers vs. X-Men" is the result not only of recent events in the Marvel Universe but over the whole course of the Marvel Universe and how each side interrupts the advent of the Phoenix Force upon the Earth.

Overall the story is coherent through the entire saga,
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-book, 2014
I was spoiled (well... I kinda asked for it when I looked on YouTube for recommendations for good comic books to read), so I basically knew how it would end. Which is a shame, because I know it would have blown my mind!

Unfortunately for me, I had left the world of X-Men monthly comic books back in 2007 (and haven't read any trade paperbacks since then either), and so there were a lot of background elements to AVX that I didn't know anything about; which kind of took away the fun a li
Joshua Buhs
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Now, this is what comics can do that no other medium can: tell epic stories that rely on years and years of expansive history.

I had no idea what I was getting into. My daughter, to whom I read the Generation Hope series, kept asking what happened next--and I didn't know, because that series had ended. Eventually, I found out her story was continued here. So i bought the TPB and read it to her.

When I last read comics regularly, some two decades ago, there was a series of c
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, westend
Recently I have been writing the same review many times: I thought this was fun.

So I did. So be it.

There are Avengers. They fight X-Men. Ten years ago -- five years ago! -- it would have been inconceivable that the X-Men would be the villains. And yet they are.

There are some obvious blunders. First, Tony Stark simply isn't in the Reed Richards level, even though he has his own movie. Second, perhaps the opposite blunder, Scarlet Witch and Iron Fist do not combine to equa
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2014
3.5 stars out of 5. You can read my original (longer) review over at my blog.


I was a bit excited about this one, because it would introduce me to other writers (and illustrators) and I figured with all those big names, it had to be great! Right?


It started off poorly. I must admit, I am not really invested in X-Men comics wise (I do have a few collections on my list to check out later) so perhaps it was that element of it?

It got better as
Jamie Sigal
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A rolicking fun ride, I really enjoyed this series as the culmination of a lot of major Marvel plotlines from over the last ten years or so. Were there some weak parts? Sure. But with a story of this size and scope, that can be forgiven since the action is literally combustable and the story is filled with characters we all know and love doing the things we know and love them to do. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that - remembering Jean Grey's encounter with the Phoenix Force - some (mo ...more
Albert  Gubler
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Unlike many reviewers here on Goodreads, I actually liked AvX quite a bit. I do agree that the writers, all of them among the most talented in the business, place too much of an emphasis on having the groups just mindlessly fight each other. But the setup issues are pretty cool and it was great to see some of the characters I really like, in action.

I loved how Charles Xavier and Hope Summers are portrayed in the book. Professor X is one of the characters I'm interested in most, and a
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it, I'm amazed at how bad this was, especially for a big, company-wide crossover event. It's poorly written, the artwork and sequencing is so chaotic it's hard to make out what's happening, and the big moments are strangely anti-climactic (like the death of Professor X). It's a shame that so much talent and energy was poured into this, at the expense of original stories and development in the various books that tie into this one. It just seems like nothing in this collection was really e ...more
Riley Barnitz
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. Cyclops is stupid. Seriously this whole thing happens because Cyclops can't see logic. Also (spoiler) PROFESSOR X! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I mean there's like a 9/10 chance he'll come back after secret wars, but still, it sucks. I really like seeing Wanda with the Avengers again. Its really nice, but I also think she should spend more time with Wiccaan and Speed. I was also given Scarlet Vision feels with their break-up, and then given more when she freaked out over him getting hurt, as ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel like most of these big matchup/crossover events are just like, "Wouldn't it be cool if Magneto and Iron Man fought? HELL YEAH! Okay so now... why? ehhh... who cares?" And I'm not saying I don't get the appeal of that. OBVIOUSLY it would be cool if Iron Man and Magneto fought.

And I mean, I guess there's a point to bringing the Phoenix back... again.

Uhh this had some great moments, like Carol and Jess trying to be ladybros with Wanda, and Spider-Man... just everything Spider-Ma
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome series. Really got me caught up to what was going on in the marvel universe. Some parts are confusing if you haven't been caught up with the background information. I love how this book was a whole event in the marvel universe. Some shocking things definitely happened that changed the course of some relationships. The story was more focused on the events that were happening but some of the characters learned things along the way. Overall, great story and I can't wait to dig into some mor ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
I found this whole series SUPER frustrating as we were supposed to empathise with Cap and the Avengers and then think "Yay! They won!!" at the end. But the whole time I could only think "Wow, the Avengers are huge jerks. They are the embodiment of the "other is bad" "progress is bad" "screw your empirical evidence, my GUT tells me you're wrong" mentality that is slowly destroying civilisation." Oh well. It was still kinda fun.
Robert Bowers
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story & art. Loved it. The 12 issues of Avengers vs X-Men were superb. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the 2nd part of this massive volume. The AVX vs series was not good. They are basically little mini stories pitting the heroes against each other. They have nothing to do with the story. And the winners in most are just absurd. Just stop reading after the main 12 issues and call it done.
This was a fun but chunky read. The author definitely went out of their way to make both groups not be outright bad (or good) guys, but I'm still left with a really strong impression that the Avengers and Captain America are dicks. It probably would have been more balanced if they had shown us some of the story from the perspective of normal humans, particularly near the end with the Dark Phoenix.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Solid superhero fight story and has some truly wonderful moments, which it needs, because the story's a little thin here. Too much Phoenix, too long to get to the point. Too many "it's all over, this is all we can do" sort of moments. The inclusion of K'un-Lun is great, and the marital strife betwixt Storm and the Black Panther is a nice touch, but with as much brilliant and snarky energy as begins this book, it REALLY doesn't sustain, and you'll have a little bit of PTSD by the end.
Garrett Ballendine
Typical Bendis story.
Starts out strong.
Gets highly convoluted.
Someone important dies in the penultimate issue.
Ends on a high note.
Works out in the end with major status quo changes until the next event.

That being said has some badass fight scenes occur all throughout.
But I do hope the Phoenix stays "Dead" for a decade or so this time.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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