avengers vs x-men 4 coverThe opening moments of this new issue of ‘AvX’ are pretty awesome. I won’t give anything away, but let’s just say that if anyone was ever looking to trap Wolverine, then these panels will tell you exactly how. Thanks for the tip, Hope Summers.

The bulk of this issue is dedicated to the continuing search for Hope. Teams of Avengers and X-Men are locked in battle in various places around the world like Latveria and the Savage Land looking for the Mutant Messiah, but it’s Wolverine who is successful in finding (or rather getting found by) the girl and gaining her trust.

While the story is only progressing little by little so far, it hasn’t gotten boring yet. Some huge, multi-issue crossover events suffer from losing momentum a few issues in because they need to have filler books to meet the final number of issues in the series. These filler books hurt the story and end up being a waste of page space, but so far that hasn’t happened with Avengers Vs. X-Men.

Based on how much story is in this issue, it might be considered a filler book since so little happens, but the things that happen are big enough to keep that filler label away. Also, the lovely art from John Romita Jr. are a welcoming aspect of the series that keep a reader occupied during the pages without plot development.

By the end of the book, we’ve reached that “something big” that I was hoping for in my last review. Jonathan Hickman, who scripted this issue, did a great job of building the suspense to that moment, and now we have to wait three more weeks to see the results.

Verdict: Buy

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4
Written By JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art By JOHN ROMITA JR., SCOTT HANNA, & LAURA MARTIN
Cover By JIM CHEUNG & LAURA MARTIN