By Rick Remender, Adam Kubert and Edgar Delgado
We’re winding down to a conclusion in Avengers & X-Men: Axis and things are getting bad. The X-Men’s bomb is about to go off and it’s up to a group of inverted villains to save the day. This issue is also bound to upset some people with a huge revelation as well. The fanboy rampage and conspiracy theories will be flying around now.
Rick Remender is a writer that has proven time and again that he can handle team books. Having said that, a huge event like this takes great skill to write so many characters well. Remender excels this issue with Deadpool and Spider-Man. They are the two characters who are essentially unaffected by the inversion and they are funny as well. Their team-up is the highlight of the issue. Remender packs some action into this issue, and it’s nice to see what the X-Men would do when they decide not to hold back. Now, Remender is very familiar with controversy as he wrote a scene in Uncanny Avengers where Havok gave the “M” word speech. This issue, we get something very controversial as well and it’s sure to anger fans and further push some of the conspiracy theories floating around about the X-Men. We only have two issues left in this mini-series and the action and excitement are building. Remender wrote a good issue that wasn’t as deep emotionally, but had lots of action and some controversy.
The art this issue is done by Adam Kubert with colors by Edgar Delgado. This wasn’t a great issue for the art as it seemed to lack detail at times and felt rushed. Kubert is a very good artist, but his work on this series has not been the best of his career. On the first couple of battle pages, Absorbing Man is essentially faceless. Some characters look like they have globs for faces at points in the issue. When Kubert gets a character close up, his work is very good and looks like his normal detailed work. When a character is a bit further out from being close the detail just disappears. At one point in the issue Quicksilver looks like a Swedish investment banker. Adam Kubert is better than this, but Avengers & X-Men: Axis has not been his best work.
As the series winds down we are seeing everything come to shape. This issue will definitely have some consequences that will linger in the Marvel Universe moving forward. Rick Remender is continuing his fine job on this mini, but the art holds this issue back. With only two more issues to go I can’t wait to see what Remender has up his sleeve.