The team of Brian Michael Bendis and Walter Simonson answer yet another burning question brought up by ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’: What are the villains doing while all this is going on? In this issue, Mr. Negative plans to take advantage of the heroes’ squabble and try to take over the world right under their noses. But luckily there are two heroes, Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, are available to squash the threat, however, they’re in a squabble of their own.
All throughout the battle with Mr. Negative and his cronies, Clint and Jessica are having a lovers’ quarrel, and I really enjoyed the whole interaction. I like seeing how these super-couples interact when they’re on the job. It’s like most couples that work together in that some sort of personal problem is bound to arise that they are most certainly going to have to deal with during office hours. This instance is just even better since these two are having one of these talks while subduing henchmen and making clever quips.
Overall, this issue is a great example of why I love Marvel heroes: They’re human just like us. They deal with the same problems that we do, despite being super-powered or having saved the world on numerous occasions.
While the Avengers & the X-Men fighting the Phoenix Force is the main event, this undercard fight was one of the more interesting ones. This title’s whole run during AvX has been one of the more interesting tie-ins, and for the most part each stand alone story contained in this issue has acted as a good supplement to the main storyline. But now that we’re presented with the ending in this book, we may be entering one last arc before the end of AvX and the beginning of Marvel NOW, and I think it’ll be a good one.
THE AVENGERS #30
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, SCOTT HANNA, & JASON KEITH
Cover by LEINIL YU & SUNNY GHO