May 4th 2012 was a pretty big day for MARVEL comics. It was national FREE COMIC BOOK day. It also happened to be the day that the motion picture The Avengers debuted in theaters, and it just so happened to be the same week that MARVEL's epic 12 part saga Avengers Vs. X-Men began.
The concept behind the series was simple, a massive battle royale that would pit the publishers most popular characters against each other. It would be a war between the worlds most powerful superheroes and the last survivors of the mutant race. However, that was all marketing.
Because it would have been damn near impossible to sell the series to readers if you called it what it was, the return of the Phoenix force, again, for like the fourth time. Early on in the series, it seemed like this was great marketing teamed up with a lame idea, but that all changed about midway through the series. In a move that utterly changed the direction of the narrative, not just one, but FIVE characters were enchanted by the cosmic force of destruction of resurrection.
From there the story becomes an epic struggle as The Avengers desperately try to resist the massive powers wielded by the X-Men, and struggle to understand the purpose for the return of the Phoenix. What follows is an amazing tale of all consuming power that eventually leads one of the most powerful X-men to murder one of MARVEL comics most famous characters.
In issue 12 the story finally comes to a titanic conclusion as the Avengers are ready for one final fight against an unbeatable enemy, who they once called friend. Two women at odds with each other will come to realize that everyone's future depends on them working together. AND, Tony Stark a.k.a. IRON MAN realizes that the science he has long depended upon can only get him so far, and he begins to act on... FAITH? Dont miss Avengers Vs. X-Men #12, at your local comic book shop today!