Avengers Vs. X-Men #6: Infinite Review
Avengers Vs. X-Men #6: InfiniteStory: Mark Waid
Art: Carlo Barberi
Avengers Vs. X-Men is at the half way mark, though as Juan Daeho succinctly put it, it feels like I’ve been reading this event for a year. It’s unfortunate that an event this big really is giving me absolutely no enjoyment. None. Adding to that, each issue being four bucks a pop makes things even worse. So why did I get Avengers vs. X-Men #6: Infinite? Especially since this one is twice the price of AvX #1: Infinite.
I dunno, maybe it was because I had a bad weekend and decided to make it worse. Was it because I was so depressed after seeing the Phils lose a double header to the Rays or maybe the fact that we’re almost into July and Cliff Lee is still win-less?
Who knows, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is AvX #6: Infinite was actually enjoyable. Crazy right? Saying that at first isn’t much, considering the main mini-series sucks out loud. However, #6: Infinite, is a really good installment and here’s why. You got to see Cyclops actually have an emotional moment. I mean a real emotional moment. Not that crap, teeth gnashing, “you’re all against me” BS that’s been passing as character depth for a while now. Typically through this series Cyclops been a colossal douche that needs to die in a fire…ironic the Phoenix Force didn’t do that.
In this issue Cyclops has a moment where he looks down upon Utopia, taking stock of everything that has been done since the Phoenix Five has started reworking the planet to a peaceful, stable world. With all this he still has something bothering him—you get the sense that he still has an empty feeling. That this remolding of the planet for the betterment of human and mutant kind hasn’t given him the fulfillment that he was looking for. He travels to the Blue Area of the moon to be alone with his thoughts. He begins to reflect on Jean Grey and her sacrifice to save everyone and ends up at the spot where she died.
As he stands there lost in his thoughts he recreates Jean from moon dust to talk to her. Even though he knows it’s not her, just his subconscious taking the shape of her. The interesting thing here is you get a real sense of how damaged and alone Scott Summers is from the loss of Jean, the schism that divided the X-men and the balancing act he has to do to control his part of the Phoenix Force powers. How all of this is hollowing him out emotionally, making him detached from the man he once was. Which is what’s missing in the main AvX event. Depth. The story has no depth—it feels to me more like fan-fiction than something that’s being done by professional, accomplished, comic book writers.
Mark Waid did a fantastic job writing this “issue”. I’m not sure if these Infinite installments count as issues or not. If the the over all story of AvX was written like this I would have a completely different opinion. It’s been a long time since a comic event has actually showed a raw emotional side of a character that felt genuine. Instead all we usually get is rehashing of old stories or clever little lines like Cyclops saying, “No More Avengers” which is a play off of the Scarlet Witch saying, “No More Mutants”.
The art for this was great as well. Carlo Barberi did an excellent job on the penciling duties. Better than John Romita, Jr. did on his portion of the series.
I definitely recommend purchasing Avengers vs. X-Men #6: Infinite.
I give Avengers vs. X-Men #6: Infinite, 4 Magnificos! out of 5.
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