From Marvel Entertainment

Dec. 7, 2011

Marvel Announces AVENGERS VS X-MEN

The Biggest Comic Book Event In History Begins In April 2012

 

New York —This April, The Avengers and the X-Men—the two most popular franchises in comics history—go to war! Marvel is proud to announce Avengers VS X-Men, a landmark twelve-issue pop culture event bringing together the world’s greatest super heroes—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more—for an unforgettable battle beginning in April 2012.

 

Avengers VS X-Men is written by a team of the top-selling authors in the comic book industry today: Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man); Jason Aaron (Wolverine & The X-Men, Wolverine); Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Ultimate Comics Ultimates); Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Winter Soldier); Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor). This unprecedented assembly of acclaimed writers is joined by a trio of the industry’s superstar artists: John Romita Jr (Avengers); Olivier Coipel (The Mighty Thor); Adam Kubert (X-Men: Schism).

 

The Avengers and X-Men have learned that the all-powerful embodiment of both death and rebirth  known as the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth…and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. But what is the shocking decision tied to the Phoenix’s return that will pit the Avengers against the X-Men? And when good friends become bitter enemies, what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Universe? .

 

Shipping twice monthly, this epic twelve-issue limited series will be available in comic stores and on the Marvel Comics app on the same day—additionally, each print issue ofAvengers VS X-Men includes a code for a FREE digital copy of the issue on the Marvel Comics app at no additional cost to fans or retailers.

 

“Avengers VS X-Men brings together the most powerful forces in comics for a super hero war like you’ve never seen before and will never see again. We all want to see the best of the best go against each other—Lakers & Celtics; Ali & Frazier; Yankees & Red Sox; and in comics it’s the Avengers fighting the X-Men, ” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “We’ve brought together the biggest writers, biggest artists and biggest characters for the biggest story we’ve ever told. This is the kind of high-octane action-packed story that fans demand while also having a profound effect on every character involved—and reshaping the Marvel Universe in its wake.”

 

Plus, for the first time ever, fans can watch and take part in the groundbreaking Avengers VS X-Men LIVE Kickoff beginning at 3:00pm ET today on Marvel.com andhttp://new.livestream.com/marveluniverse. A unique event produced in collaboration with Livestream.com’s cutting edge streaming services and the Hangout functionality provided by Google+, we’re bringing the writers and editors of AVX directly to the fans. Make sure to follow Marvel on Google+  as five lucky True Believers will be chosen to join in on the AVX hangout with their favorite writers and editors! Even if you’re not part of the Hangout, your questions can still be answered via Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #AvX—just make sure to send in your questions before the press conference ends!

 

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men #1! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

 

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com  

 

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But he still has to pay the bat support!

Captain Comics said:

I do believe that only Jubilee is an X-vampire. (While Wolverine, who recovered, is an ex-vampire.)

Um, Avengers: Children's Crusade began last year, Mark, and will be over soon. The Scarlet Witch is already back, although I don't know what role she'll play in the above.

Oh, I can see why they didn't get married. She's have to give up her Avengers discount at Tiaras R Us, and he'd have to give up poker night with the boys. And don't get me started on armor burn.



Captain Comics said:

I do believe that only Jubilee is an X-vampire. (While Wolverine, who recovered, is an ex-vampire.)

 

Did Marvel lie to me with their covers?

 

And Wanda could end the Avengers-X-Men war with 3 little words

Is Doctor Doom a King?  I thought he was just the best man for the job in tough times, from a nation of equals...

She'd be queen of Latveria. Isn't that like being "Mayor of the watercooler" on 4square?

Figserello said:

Still, I'm wondering if we were to judge this as-yet-unproduced maxi-series right now on Marvel's recent record, how would it fare? It's from the same writers and the same editorial culture. Did Marvel produce an excellent series in Fear Itself? Did anyone love it?

 

 

Enjoy the silence ...

Figserello said:

Still, I'm wondering if we were to judge this as-yet-unproduced maxi-series right now on Marvel's recent record, how would it fare? It's from the same writers and the same editorial culture. Did Marvel produce an excellent series in Fear Itself? Did anyone love it?

Enjoy the silence ...

Sorry, just saw this; had to make my way through quite a swath of cynicism and negativity to get here... :P

I'm looking forward to this book. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to buy it, but there's a good chance I'll dive into it.

Did Marvel produce an excellent series in Fear Itself? No, and that's kind of inexplicable to me. The creative team on it was solid, and the premise was very compelling. But Matt Fraction didn't pace the story right, and made the scope of the book bigger than the narrative could contain.

But that doesn't mean I'm down on the Marvel writing or editorial culture. I think Axel Alonso brings as much fun and daring as he can to the company, given the constraints of the genre and the industry. And the writers attached to this book are pretty top-notch. Bendis and Fraction can be hit or miss with me, but Aaron, Brubaker, and Hickman consistently hit it out of the park.

I was actually looking forward to Fear Itself at one point myself.  Perhaps I'd believed all that Heroic Age nonsense.  Believe it or not I rate Final Night as one of the best companywide crossovers ever, and Immonen had a lot to do with that, so I was ready to jump in.

 

Still, for me Fraction had blotted his copybook badly with his Iron Man TPBs.  God, they were woefully boring.  I gave up reading in the middle of one.

 

I know that it's impossible for me to talk about these recent big crossovers without sounding like a cynical old grouch, but if Marvel are so obviously basing their sales strategy on hype and bad faith rather than good comics, it's hard to blame me!  They put out press releases like that to generate discussion before the event.  Of course, they want that discussion to be positive, but it's just a bit much of them to expect us all to be total amnesiacs regarding previous hype and its relation to the finished product.

 

Mainstream superhero comics are pretty much broken, and the nonsense in the original post up there is a big part of the problem.

 

More cynicism.

It's a "12 parter" also with a four-issue lead-in series and an issue 0, so far.

Y'know I would consider this more "real" if it took place in alternating issues of Avengers and Uncanny X-Men instead of a seperate mini. Then if something happens, it occurs in the respective book's "official" timeline. That would be a REAL crossover!

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