Avengers vs. X-Men #2 | Writer: Jason Aaron | Art: John Romita & Scott Hanna | Colors: Laura Martin | Price: $3.99
This book was just as hard to find as the last one…and I understand why. The opening shots have been fired as the battle begins on Utopia.
What was great about this issue is that every fight between opposing team members felt as if there were real stakes involved. Nothing felt forced or contrived and Hope has a realization that could turn the tide of the war.
The inner-thought dialog is what drives the plot so you feel you are truly witnessing the beginning of a war between Earth’s protectors.
I had the theme from Platoon playing in my head while reading these deep thoughts of the observer.
Wolverine chooses his side but you wonder if he is really all in or has another purpose in mind.
I felt the art in the last issue kind of portrayed the characters as random guys dressed up as their favorite superhero. That was not the case this time as subtle changes were made for a more serious depiction.
Laura Martin’s bold coloring is the icing on the cake that just makes the pencil work come to life.