AVX: Vs #4 Review

Daredevil takes on Psylocke and a Phoenix-empowered Emma Frost fights Thor, but is it worth your time and money?  Read on.

The official description from Marvel:

The premiere AVENGERS VS. X-MEN tie-in featuring two incredible fights torn from the pages of Avengers Vs X-Men. Featuring Daredevil vs. Psylocke and Thor vs. Emma Frost!

By the fourth issue in this series, we all know exactly what we’re buying.  We’re purchasing a series of one-on-one matches with little to no set-up.  This latest issue is more of the same, and that’s not a bad thing.

Rick Remender scribes the first bout and Kaare Andrews takes the second one, leading to some interesting results.  The first round focused in on Psylocke and Daredevil.  My only gripe with this match is that there seemed to be an excessive amount of inner-dialogue, it wasn’t bad enough to ruin the experience but there were times where it just seemed like overkill.  The second round followed a duel between Thor and Emma Frost, and the script flowed well and was honestly quite fun to read.  Overall the both parts were strong while the later was far more engaging.

Brandon Peterson does the art for the first round and his depictions of both of the characters were functional and fine.  The dynamic angels used throughout the fight did not feel out of place, even when shots were used to deliberately set-up a not-so conspicuous butt-shot.  Kaare Andrews handels the art in the second round, and the results were very impressive.  The soft but sure lines yielded an impressive artistic style the elevated the overall quality of the issue.  Kudos to both artists for making this issue a visual compelling treat.

The latest issue of AVX: Vs is by far the best of the series.  It has solid to excellent art, complemented with a narrative that successfully elevates the quality of the issue to a point where one of the rounds yields a rather deep thought.  Recommended.


S#!T Talking Central

  • JG

    Correction: Kaare Andrews writes (and draws) the second fight, not Remender.

    • Harrison Rawdin

      Thank you for letting me know, I have made the necessary corrections to give both writers proper credit for their work.

  • John

    Ugh. Why put a non-Phoenix powered Thor against one of the idiotic “Phoenix Force 5”?? And why have they made Thor so ineffectual against any of them? He has fought THANOS and given him a sound beating, and yet he is being portrayed as worthless. Rachel Grey, obviously NOT powered by the Phoenix, takes him out for crying out loud. This series is simply BLECH.

    • Harrison Rawdin

      You bring up some very good points and I think the problem is Marvel has overpowered the Phoenix Force while also constantly trying to bring Thor to a level where he’s not as strong as he should be. On top of that this is a comic book series where logic and power levels don’t seem to matter. It’s a fighting game in a monthly comic format.