The cosmic force known as the Phoenix Force approaches. It could mean the end of the Earth. However, it is up to The Avengers to take its chosen host, Hope Summers into custody, but the X-men stand in their way.
As the story left off from AVX Round 2, Hope Summers is starting to bond with the Phoenix Force. Wolverine and Spider-man reach Hope, but Hope burns Wolverine and knocks out Spider-man. Hope then runs away from Utopia.
The fight between The Avengers and X-men has temporarily been put on hold for the moment; the X-men gave up. Iron Man and Captain America argues over what to do with The X-men, something doesn’t seem right about the surrender.
As Wolverine comes running with claws ready, his animal extinct smells that something is up. Magik is pretending to be Dr. Strange, and Cyclops orders Magik to teleport them out of there. The X-men are happy that Hope has escaped, but want to find her before The Avengers.
The X-men has a spy on the other side. Using Cerebra, The Avengers find that Hope’s signal is in several places on the Earth; this just adds to the Avengers worries. The Avengers decide to split up, and are dispatched to all locations.
Wolverine is asked to fly with Captain America and his crew. On the flying ship Captain America confronts Wolverine about his obvious plans to kill Hope. Wolverine thinks that the only way to stop the Phoenix Force.
For this next part, I thought it was a little abrupt, but during the argument Cap punches Wolverine in his jaw. I guess having a normal discussion was out of the question. This leads to a big battle aboard their flying vessel. The fight runs about six pages in glorious fashion. It is a wonderfully illustrated scene. It includes all comic book fans favorite written sound effects such as Kraak, Skkng, and finally Whaaam!
Instead of just taking Wolverine into custody Giant Man kicks him out of the flying vessel where he falls thousands of feet to the Arctic surface. I know that Wolverine has healing ability, and can withstand such a fall, but it does seem a little drastic to do such a thing to someone who has left and turned against his friends, The X-men in order to support The Avengers; but hey, it just adds to the action of the story.
Avengers vs X-men is a wonderfully exciting story and is beautifully illustrated. The emotions on the characters are presented in a way that draws you into the story. Some parts do seem missing in the story though; but I think that it is due to being expanded into crossover comics such as Wolverine and the X-men.
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