We know how the Comics Internet is reacting to Avengers Vs. X-Men – fairly positively, I think; sales are pretty great, if nothing else – but what about those who aren’t necessarily so plugged into the daily to’s and fro’s of the whole thing? Over at Tor.com, Shoshana Kessock looks at the first half of the event and isn’t necessarily pleased with what she finds:
After six main issues and loads of tie-ins, there is unfortunately not a whole lot of good to say about this entire storyline. After initial excitement regarding the possibilities involved in seeing the Phoenix, I have to say that I’m utterly underwhelmed by the battle between the Phoenix and the Avengers, which takes place mostly offscreen. (The plot to stop the cosmic entity was an utter joke: Iron Man will shoot it in the face with a cannon?)
But most notably meh was the creation of the Phoenix Five out of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus, and Magik, five characters whose storylines have suffered from circular logic and weak motivations for some time. The recreation of a utopian Earth thanks to the Phoenix Five further muddies the waters about the dangers of the Phoenix Force. Instead of demonstrating the scary power of the Phoenix it just makes the Avengers look overly paranoid and overbearing.
Given that more recent developments have made the Phoenix Force more… problematic (On a fanboyish note, the “The power is corrupting them!” note is depressing to see wheeled out again, given that I think every single reader called this one as soon as the Phoenix Five appeared. Especially depressing is that it seems to be affecting Magik and Emma the most, but that one may just be my reading), I’m curious to see what Kessock will make of the second half of things.