Last week we went over some of the details concerning the upcoming Avengers Vs X-Men Marvel event. (Check out that first article here!) This event is a huge deal as it involves and brings to a head so many of the events before it. In the previous article we discussed the important reading material and long-running plotline lead-up to AvsX from the X-Men side of the line. But the mutants aren’t the only ones who have a sound and extensive investment in the outcome of this battle. The Avengers have also been tightly wrapped into these universe-wide events that have been dancing around one another.
Therefore, let’s continue the background reading guide this week with a look at the materials that have led the Avengers on a path that will directly intercept with that of the X-Men.
And don’t hit the “back” button until you scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out the provided check-list of currently-known issue release dates for AvsX.
The Children’s Crusade – Since 2010, the Children’s Crusade has followed the story the return of the woman who caused one of the largest uproars in the Marvel Universe – the Scarlet Witch. It began with Wiccan and Speed of the Young Avengers suspecting that they were the once-lost twin sons of Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. In this fast paced comic series, the Scarlet Witch has been revealed to be living in Latveria where she was engaged to Doctor Doom, who it turned out mostly wanted her for her almost limitless power. She has since gotten back all her memories and is repentant for her previous acts during the House of M. (See article one in this two-part series.) As an act of repentance, the Scarlet Witch returned mutant Rictor’s powers back to him. The fact that she had the ability to do this made her of a great interest to the X-Men and the mutant community as a whole. The inevitable question arose – should she have to pay for her immensely destructive actions?
The final issue of this long-drawn out, yet quite important, 9-issue miniseries is to be released next week on March 7, 2012.
Marvel Point One – The Point One issue came out back in November and offered the first tease that the Phoenix Force would be returning. At the time what Marvel meant by its issue teaser statement wasn’t quite clear: “Catch a tease of the biggest change to the Marvel Universe in over 35 years!” But now we get it.
The issue showed a short story featuring Nova who, if you are unfamiliar, is a character that’s been around since the 1970s and is a member of the Nova Corps (an intergalactic police force). While he pops in and out of various plotlines, according to Marvel’s senior vice president of publishing, Tom Breevort, we will be seeing a lot more of him in the upcoming AvsX event, “Nova is going to be a very key character over the course of the next 12-18 months. You’re going to see a lot of him. At the very least, it’s the tip of the most important Nova story that we’ve likely ever done.”
That tip of the iceberg is what we saw in the Point One issue featuring the short Nova-based story. The character is desperately attempting to save his home planet of Terrax, but instead ends up battling them. The fight continues until the real reason for Nova’s fear arrives: The Phoenix Force. The Phoenix destroys the planet, though Nova survives.
This appearance of the Phoenix was the first hint and leading directly into the upcoming AvsX event.
Avengers: X-Sanction – Currently, three of the four issues of this prologue miniseries have been released. Important events depicted in these three issues include the results of Second Coming (an X-Men event which is discussed in the first part of this article) where mutant messiah Hope’s surrogate father, Cable, died to protect the X-Men from a force of Nimrod level Sentinels arriving through a portal connecting the future to the present day.
But as we learn in issue one of Avengers: X-Sanction, Cable is not dead. He is certainly dying, though. As we’ve known for a long time, Cable has been infected with a techno-virus that is slowly taking over his body and killing him like a cancer. He has one last mission to complete before he can allow himself to rest and die. He learns in the future that the Avengers take out Hope, therefore preventing her from saving the world and causing a chain reaction that will lead to an impending armageddon.
But this mission isn’t just about saving the world. To Cable it is much more personal than that. This is his daughter and the center of his world. He’s already lost a son to war, he’s not willing to lose his daughter too, and he will go to any length to save her – even attack the Avengers. And that’s exactly what he does. One by one he picks off the Avengers in an extremely impressive manner until he is stopped by the most unlikely people of all – his daughter Hope and his father, Cyclops.
See the exciting conclusion to this series next week (March 07, 2012) when issue #4 hits the shelves.
One of the problems with these events is that the big companies rarely give expected dates and reading orders that are easy to understand! So we are trying to help out fellow AvsX readers here by providing the list ourselves. Hope this helps! We will update the list as more release dates are announced:
Avengers: X-Sanction #1 – Dec 14, 2011
Avengers: X-Sanction #2 – Jan 04, 2012
Avengers: X-Sanction #3 – Feb 01, 2012
Avengers vs. X-Men Program Guide – Feb 22, 2012 (This is a free digital download or can be picked up in hard copy form at your local comic book store)
Avengers: X-Sanction #4 – Mar 07, 2012
Avengers vs. X-Men #0 Mar 07, 2012
Avengers vs. X-Men #1 – April 04, 2012
New Avengers #24 – April 04, 2012
Avengers vs. X-Men #2 – April 18, 2012
Avengers #25 – April 18, 2012
Wolverine & The X-Men #9 – April 18, 2012
Uncanny X-Men #11 – April 25, 2012
Secret Avengers #26 – April 25, 2012
New Avengers #25 – April 25, 2012
Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus #2 – Spider-Man vs. Colossus and Captain America Vs. Gambit – May 02, 2012 (Don’t ask me when #1 is, I scoured and can’t seem to find this info)
Avengers vs. X-Men #3 – ?
Avengers vs. X-Men #4 – May 16, 2012
June – (Will update from June forward once Marvel Releases This Information)
Avengers vs. X-Men #5
Avengers vs. X-Men #6
Avengers vs. X-Men #7
Avengers vs. X-Men #8
Avengers vs. X-Men #9
Avengers vs. X-Men #10
Avengers vs. X-Men #11
Avengers vs. X-Men #12