Avngers vs X-Men Versus #3
Written by: Jeph Leob
Art by: Terry Dodson
Released: June 13, 2012
First up is Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness tackling Colossus vs. Thing. Strangely, Loeb starts out his sequence by pitting the steel-skinned mutant against Red Hulk for roughly a page and a half before the ever-lovin’, blue-eyed Thing taps in. Doubtless the two creators wanted to take the opportunity to return to the character they created, but it robs what is already a pretty brief story of valuable space. Loeb frames the main fight around Colossus’ inner struggle with Cyttorak in much the same that Kieron Gillen did in a recent Uncanny X-Men issue. The problem is that Gillen’s take was more dramatic and emotionally resonant. Loeb’s script is fine outside of that context, but it’s short, simple, and mostly peppered with punches and familiar Thing catchphrases. Pretty much exactly what Marvel has been advertising with this book, in other words. As with many of the previous VS. segments, I found myself wishing that the treatment was a little more overtly humorous outside of the AvX Fun Facts captions.
McGuinness’ art is the draw here. His talent for rendering enormous, powerful heroes is put to full use as Colossus bounces from one opponent to the other. McGuinness’ work is at its strongest near the end, with a cool series of shots of Colossus pushing Thing farther and farther into the horizon. It’s also nice to see McGuinness team with Dexter Vines and Morry Hollowell again, as the trio achieve a smooth, vibrant colorful look throughout the story. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.