What if? AvX #2 (of #4)

I review my final comic (aside from Justice League of America #6, which I’m saving for a Founding Fields roundup review) of the week, with What if? AvX #2, written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art from Jorge Molina, Norman Lee and Rick Magyar, published by Marvel Comics. This is part two in a four part mini series.

WHAT IF? AvX #2 (of #4)

What if... AvX #2

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti | Art: Jorge Molina, Norman Lee, Rick Magyar | Cover: Jorge Molina | Price: $3.99 (US) £3.25 (UK)

The biggest event of 2012 is now the biggest miniseries of 2013!

We all know what happened to the Avengers and the X-Men… but what if the story had gone differently?

The one and only Jimmy Palmiotti brings his signature style to a mind-blowing reinterpretation of a key event in the history of the Marvel Universe.

Featuring Magneto, Hope, and every Avenger and X-Man you can imagine!

Wow, what an issue. Things really have changed from the original Avengers vs. X-Men storyline and that’s just what a good What if?… comic needs to do. Last issue, we saw Storm murdered by Wolverine by accident, a Magneto-trained Hope, and the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Helicarrier. This issue, things get even more insane, and Palmiotti ties it together wonderfully well.

I know the first issue got a lot of criticism, but I really enjoyed it. I tend to view What if? Comics as fun, and the second issue of this mini-series is no exception – I’m actually enjoying it more than the original Avengers vs. X-Men (which I hated), and am so glad that they made this series four issues over a month rather than twelve issues like the original Avengers vs. X-Men. That way we get a massive slew of quick, rapid fire issues and it really bridges the gap between Marvel’s two main events this summer, Age of Ultron and Infinity. (Don’t forget Battle of the Atom though), and it really helps to have the whole series wrapped up within a month.

The only thing that left me wondering was how will Palmiotti wrap it up within two issues? It’s certainly a daunting task, but given what he’s already managed to accomplish, particularly with multiple deaths in this issue – I have my hopes held high for #3 and #4. This is everything that the original Avengers vs. X-Men should have been – fun, more death, action-packed and awesome.

In the original story, you never really felt like some characters (other than the one death that everybody saw coming) would fail, and as a result – you really lacked a meaningful story, but here – with high stakes made more apparent than ever, things are really getting interesting.

This was packed with awesome, and ends on an equally interesting cliffhanger that sets the stage to #3. It’s moving along at a very fast pace, and there’s barely a slow moment in the issue. I can’t wait to see how Palmiotti brings this to a conclusion – it’s something that I’m eagerly looking forward to.

VERDICT: 4/5

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