This is very important that I say this upfront: Read ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ #5 before opening this book. If you don’t, you’re likely to be very confused. It also suggests that you read ‘Avengers Academy’ #31 as well, but that’s not super necessary.

After the battle that ensued in the last issue, Magneto, Psylocke, Storm, and Nemesis are left on Utopia to mend their wounds while the rest of the team headed to the moon to meet up with Hope. I liked the little bottle episode vibe Kieron Gillen had going there between the four of them. The other storyline in the issue involved Pixie and some of the other younger mutants attempting to find out more about what Hope is trying to do by talking to Unit, a genocidal alien robot being held prisoner on Utopia who apparently knows a little something about what’s going on with the Phoenix Force. I wasn’t too interested in that one, until Unit revealed some vital information that enhanced AvX #5.

You see, this issue acted as a great tie-in book. It shifted focus from the main title and the action that was going on there, and gave us another angle of the story from another point of view. Plus, it gave us some exposition and backstory that made reading AvX #5 better.

Like the last issue, which Jason deemed only borrow-worthy, this isn’t a must have book, but I do recommend giving it a read.

Verdict: Borrow

Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Billy Tan, Cam Smith, & Craig Yeung
Cover by Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell