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Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2 - Book One: The Red Supremacy: Chapter 2 - Theme to a Desperate Scene

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Red Onslaught has been unleashed and he’s rolling deep with a couple of robot friends. ROBOT ROLL CALL!

The Good

This is a storyline that’s been brewing since the beginning of Rick Remender’s epic run on UNCANNY AVENGERS and it’s also, seemingly, another attempt by Marvel to take a shakey concept from the 1990s and reinvent it for the modern world (see also: Carnage). After goading Magneto into killing him, Red Skull’s ultimate plan and ultimate power was unleashed in the form of the Red Onslaught, the unstoppable psychic monstrosity unleashing, and upgrading, Charles Xavier’s psychic power into an unsuspecting world. AND he’s brought two inventions of Tony Stark in the form of sentinels specifically designed to stop superheroes. Not specific ones, superheroes in general. It’s an interesting idea and a great way to non-lethally remove a huge number of heroes from the equation. Most of the issue has narration from Tony Stark and his quiet, desperate shame comes across very well. Red Onslaught, at one point, claims Stark is a sociopath, but Remender reminds us that isn’t true. He might not be the best person in the world, but at the very least he knows that he’s screwed up real, real bad this time.

Adam Kubert’s art is works much better in this issue than the first, and it’s all the more impressive as there is an absolute TON going on. From constantly keeping an eye on Red Onslaught, to managing such an insanely diverse group of heroes with such diverse powers, Kubert keeps things clear from panel-to-panel and the characters look amazing. There’s a savage, breakneck intensity that’s communicated every moment of the issue, and when things momentarily calm down, the reader feels the relief along with the characters. Laura Martin and Matt Milla provide the colors, and they are everything they need to be: bright yet gritty with an palette befitting the action splashing across every page.

The Bad

This event feels like it would be appropriately titled “The Next Big Marvel Crossover Event.” It feels perfunctory and like Remender is going through the motions. Iron Man’s inner-monologue is great, but nothing else stands out dialog-wise and the cast, while not behaving out of character aren’t behaving particularly like themselves. Apart from Stark, they feel very, very interchangeable, making the squad feel less like a team struggling to stay alive and more a group of strangers who got into a plane crash. The plot also proceeds based more on coincidence and chance than what feels like a proper plan. I get that there’s an element of luck to anything going right in general, but when the Avengers and X-Men ALMOST defeat Red Onslaught and then only don’t because one single person who wasn’t accounted for shows up, it lessens the credibility of both sides. The passage of time is also strangely malleable as we, at one point, jump ahead several hours, but what happens after that makes it feel like a great deal more had gone by.

The Verdict

The final two-page splash of this issue actually makes me think there’s something going on worth looking forward to, and I’d like nothing more than for this series to pick up and become what I think it can be with this incredibly talented team. The art is great and there are some very solid concepts in it along with a grand reveal that actually STILL has my interest, but overall, it feels like it either needed more time to develop or more time to wind up. Perhaps the tie-ins will offer a bit more in the way of stakes or characterization, but after the one-two punch of INFINITY and ORIGINAL SIN, this event leaves a lot to be desired so far.

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Ok, I was really hopeful but 2 "Meh" issues in a row tells me this may be an event to either skip or trade wait.

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This event sounds like it bombed

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So many mediocre comics today

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I don't understand why this is getting such a low grades. So far it's been awesome. An epic battle that has been buiding up since Uncanny Avengers #1. To me this is the payoff for a couple of years reading Remender series. This is not a second issue of an event, this is the second issue of a climax, and so far it's been as epic as it can gets.

And about the Nova thing, isn't he like a kid now? he has never been in this situation before so for me it does make sense that he messes it up that badly.

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So many mediocre comics today

Yeah this week wasn't a very good one for comics.

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I'm really liking this series. Not sure what reviewers are expecting, I've loved both issues.

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It was a okay issue but this was better then the first issue.

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AXIS event will be next Avengers vs X-men and Avengers Age of Ultron. Another meh event from Marvel

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Dang, I actually enjoyed this issue. It was fun seeing Havoc and Cyclops team up as bros again, and there were a bunch of good Iron Man moments in there.

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AXIS is off to a HORRIBLE start.

Both issues have been really boring.

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Im enjoying, but then again when I read an event comic I know what Im getting. Usually Michael Bay popcorn fun, not Citizen Kane. But haters gonna hate lol.

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@saint_wildcard said:

No wonder it smells like s**t here

Eh, I say both are losing their ways. Time to jump ship to indi.

Indie doesn't have Zack Snyder.

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@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

No wonder it smells like s**t here

Eh, I say both are losing their ways. Time to jump ship to indi.

Indie doesn't have Zack Snyder.

Would this be an instance of Wilcarding? or does that only apply to MOS?

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@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

No wonder it smells like s**t here

Eh, I say both are losing their ways. Time to jump ship to indi.

Indie doesn't have Zack Snyder.

Would this be an instance of Wilcarding? or does that only apply to MOS?

IDK, ask @arturocalakayvee

This is difficult. But Zack Snyder is attached to MOS which is where SW's love is rooted…so since Zack Snyder = MOS this whole convo derives from SW's love of MOS. So…yeah, this is SWing.

I tried to make that sound scientific but I think it failed hahaha

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WOW another mediocre MARVEL Event? STOP MARVEL STOP!!!!!!!!!

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@hulk1893: Actually other reviewing sites are saying it's worse then "meh".

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I neeed someone to explain this to me sabertooth is sitting with mistque when magneto recruites them buttttt in logan legacy he was trapped in a room with x23 and the others .. Anddddd nova is in space with the guardians of the galaxy buttt is in axis ? Its the lil things like this that bother me sometimes and i hate it lolll please someone help

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@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

No wonder it smells like s**t here

Eh, I say both are losing their ways. Time to jump ship to indi.

Indie doesn't have Zack Snyder.

Would this be an instance of Wilcarding? or does that only apply to MOS?

IDK, ask @arturocalakayvee

This is difficult. But Zack Snyder is attached to MOS which is where SW's love is rooted…so since Zack Snyder = MOS this whole convo derives from SW's love of MOS. So…yeah, this is SWing.

I tried to make that sound scientific but I think it failed hahaha

Brainstorm! Maybe the guys on the PM should make me an MoS intervention thread

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@arturocalakayvee said:

@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

@saint_wildcard said:

No wonder it smells like s**t here

Eh, I say both are losing their ways. Time to jump ship to indi.

Indie doesn't have Zack Snyder.

Would this be an instance of Wilcarding? or does that only apply to MOS?

IDK, ask @arturocalakayvee

This is difficult. But Zack Snyder is attached to MOS which is where SW's love is rooted…so since Zack Snyder = MOS this whole convo derives from SW's love of MOS. So…yeah, this is SWing.

I tried to make that sound scientific but I think it failed hahaha

Brainstorm! Maybe the guys on the PM should make me an MoS intervention thread

Jakey poo will lead it ;)

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Jakey poo will lead it ;)

Meh, whoever does it, it can't be an MoS bash thread but more talking about how I obsess and always talk about it

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@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

Jakey poo will lead it ;)

Meh, whoever does it, it can't be an MoS bash thread but more talking about how I obsess and always talk about it

A MOS. A. MOS. ITS NOT AN. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Where is @jaken7 when you actually NEED him!? Also…making the thread

Just kidding with the Jaking, all love SW

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@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

Jakey poo will lead it ;)

Meh, whoever does it, it can't be an MoS bash thread but more talking about how I obsess and always talk about it

A MOS. A. MOS. ITS NOT AN. THAT DOENS'T MAKE SENSE. Where is when you actually NEED him!? Also…making the thread

I think it sounds correct phonetically, considering you don't say Moss, you spell it out M- O- S

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@arturocalakayvee said:

@saint_wildcard said:

@humanrocket said:

Jakey poo will lead it ;)

Meh, whoever does it, it can't be an MoS bash thread but more talking about how I obsess and always talk about it

A MOS. A. MOS. ITS NOT AN. THAT DOENS'T MAKE SENSE. Where is when you actually NEED him!? Also…making the thread

I think it sounds correct phonetically, considering you don't say Moss, you spell it out M- O- S

It's funny you say that because I always say it out in my head as Moss LOL

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I personally feel this event is okay. The action is pretty cool but the story is lackluster. It really does feel like these different heroes are strangers to each other. Just read this weeks issue of new avengers and you get a feel for what a real team is suppose to be. I have hopes it will get better though. The more they focus on Magneto and other characters like Havok and Rouge, the more I care about the story. Enough Tony Stark give someone else the limelight.

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This was soooooooooo boring. I can read bad, but this was just too boring to focus on.

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I really have been liking Axis. I understand why some people would not. But I really like it.

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The premise is a bit suspect imo but Remender is a good writer. This event is certainly better than anything else we've gotten in Xmen like BOTA and other crossover's/events. And really people need to stop with the infinity was great nonsense. I guess we are in the current era where everybody wants the silly, wacky, zany comics instead of the more serious so therefore many cant appreciate it.

Seriously in what world does Death of Wolverine 4 get four stars and AXIS 2 get only three? Really?

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I could understand people being 'bored' with the first two issues... but there has to be some kind of opening/setting up of the story. I think so far it has been a decent story told at a good pace... the last page reveal of issue 2 makes Axis's future intriguing.

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Excited to see Remender writing Jack O Lantern again

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@hawk2916: i liked the first axis but the second one went kinda slow. i hope it gets better with the next one.

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I don't understand this book. Rick Remember is one of the best writers of despair but he's writing the avengers and x-men at the end of the world like they're playing a football game.

It almost feels like this whole even everyone was like "DUDE THE INVERTED STUFF IS GONNA BE SO COOL!" and then forgot to writer the first half of the event.

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I am done wasting time and more importantly money on crossover events. I loved Infinity but Original Sin did nothing for me. Now every crossover leads directly to another one then another and so on. It's out of hand. Marvel more than DC is out of hand with their substandard events just to make a buck. Nothing ever changes in these events, status quo reigns supreme. Keep your poorly written, weak plotted, dull as dish water events to yourself Marvel.

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I'm not reading this, but am reading Loki and Magneto which tied in.

So basically this is Fear Itself, except that instead of a random semi-omnipotent character unleashing a world-wide wave of fear, a randomly-powered-up semi-omnipotent character is unleashing a world-wide wave of hate?

Wow, what a difference. I am so glad I am not reading the core of this and hopefully it doesn't affect the other comics too much.

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I really wanted to like this issue, I really did but I simply can't. I don't know what has happened with Remender here but he isn't acting like himself. All of a sudden he can't make a good dialogue between the characters and everything seems just too chaotic. I would think that if we have all of these superheroes together we would see plan in action but there isn't such a thing. It's just a massive fight without any thought in it and is just like you @g_man said it, the Next big Marvel crossover event.

Really bad issue 2.5/5

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My standards have lowered since Secret Invasion, but not to the point where I'm willing to call this event "Good". Sorry Marvel, you've lost your way on the printed page.

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@tximinoman: Exactly. Review is misleading. This is a great, extremely long final battle between Red Skull and Earth. As well, the Nova scene was not "confusing".

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Hmmm was thinking of picking this up but.....yeah not so sure now....

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I too am surprised at all the negative reviews of this event. I wonder if those who are giving this poor reviews read the March to Axis tie-in issues. As was stated before, this really is the middle of the event; it has been building up for some time already and if you didn't read the lead-up issues this event will not make sense. I have so far been enjoying the series. There is definitely a focus on several characters rather than focusing on the teams, but I have actually liked that. I feel sometimes when there are so many characters in a story we jump from one to the next to the next and get no real insight as to how an individual is dealing with the events going on around them. So for this issue I really enjoyed that we see things mostly from the viewpoint of Iron Man.

I also really liked the ending of this issue. The arrival of the villains coming to the rescue has me excited for the next issue. Once it was revealed that the Sentinels were only programmed to neutralize heroes it became obvious that only villains could defeat the Red Onslaught. To me this twist is something very interesting; it takes the concept of fighting evil with evil to a different place. Often we see the hero(es) go to the darkest places of their minds and souls to bring out the evil within, but here we see the villains, with Magneto in the lead, truly become the only hope for the world. We see that though we have all these heroes in the same place at the same time, they cannot just come together and act as a coherent unit. Personality conflicts, unfamiliarity, and a lack of organization is the downfall of the superheroes. Magneto has always been a strong leader and we will hopefully see this quality be put to good use.

While some have said that this event has been building up since the Uncanny Avengers series started, I feel as though this has truly been building up since Magneto created a mutant utopia of Genosha. Magneto has always deemed himself a protector of mutants, and in this event we may actually get to see him live up to his own lofty view of himself.

I for one am excited for the remainder of this event.