Avengers vs X-Men #4

Avengers vs X-Men #4

Written by: Jonathen Hichman 

Art by: John Romita Jr. 

Released: May 16, 2012

The war between the Avengers and X-Men goes global as the two teams split into various squads in order to track down Hope. This portion of the storyline feels almost entirely superfluous, as the scenes of the teams investigating the Savage Land, Tabula Rasa, etc. are reduced to a brief clip show. Once again, whole chunks of the plot are being broken away from AvX and shoved into tie-in books. It’s enough to wonder why Hope’s cloaking device was even worked into the series if it was going to have so little impact on the main book. Once again, if it’s action or extended battle scenes you crave, you’ll have to turn to books like AvX: VS or Uncanny X-Men for that.

The nice thing about Avengers vs. X-Men is that, even if individual issues prove frustrating, there’s always the hope that the next incoming writer will be able to turn the book around. That hope bears fruit in issue #4. Though it doesn’t necessarily address the core storytelling flaws of the series, Avengers vs. X-Men #4 is still a marked improvement over the last few chapters. Jonathan Hickman makes his AvX debut on this installment, and his distinctive voice helps elevate the material. The art work is not the best I’ve seen but it’s fairly good. I would rate this book a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!