Avengers vs. X-Men: Round One Begins

Posted by Grey Saturday, January 14, 2012

Excited over the prospects of Marvel's upcoming major event, Avengers vs. X-Men? Marvel has offered us a sneak peek into the all-out battle between their two most popular commodities.

Earlier last month, we reported on Marvel Comics's big bad major event of 2012, Avengers vs. X-Men. A bi-weekly 12-issues series set to be launched in March with a rotating roster of creators featuring Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman as the writers while John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert will be providing their arts in the respectively four-issue arcs, Marvel has been calling Avengers vs. X-Men "the biggest comic book event in history."

For those keeping tab on which Avenger will be taking on which X-Men exactly, Marvel has helpfully unveiled images from their "Round One". Hit the jump to check out the battle card.

Colosus vs. The Thing

Daredevil vs. Archangel

Hawkeye vs. Cyclops

The Incredible Hulk vs. Emma Frost

Iron Man vs. Magneto

Luke Cage vs. The Beast

Black Widow vs. Psylocke

Ms. Marvel vs. Rogue

Spider-Man vs. Ice Man

Spider-Woman vs. Gambit

Storm vs. Thor
And here's the official solicitation information of the first issue:

AVENGERS VS X-MEN: ROUND 1!

The biggest superhero brawl in the history of the Marvel Universe begins this April in Avengers Vs. X-Men #1!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

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

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 (JAN120625)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION, JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER
Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 2/27/12, ON SALE – 4/3/12


Well, for those who are pondering just how exactly Marvel is going to fill the pages with all these badass epic battles around, Marvel will be releasing AVX: Versus, a six-issue spin-off (and accordingly the only spin-off title from the event) series. Each issue of the title will spotlight two one-on-one battles from the main core title in elaborate details. Just like the main series, the spin-off series will also employ rotating creative teams from issue to issue, starting from Jason Aaron & Adam Kubert's Iron Man vs. Magneto, as well as Kathryn and Stuart Immonen's Namor vs. The Thing in the kick-off issue in April.

Here are some of the highlights from the live blog conference call on the unveiling of the event, courtesy of ComicsAlliance:

- AVX: Versus will be the only newly created tie-in title to the main Avengers Vs. X-Men book, as opposed to the deluge of tie-in miniseries and one-shots typically associated with superhero publishing events of this kind. However, existing ongoing series such as the "core" Avengers and X-Men titles will tie-in to the AVX event.

- AVX: Versus is brazenly a fight comic. In the words of Tom Brevoort, "[There's] not a lot of conversation, introspection or sitting around tables. Page one has somebody punching somebody, the last page has somebody shooting somebody else."

- It would seem the 12 issues of Avengers Vs. X-Men are not enough to "do every fight justice," necessitating the tie-in book focused solely on battles. Brevoort likened the scheme to a 1960s issue of Thor that was dedicated to revisiting a Hulk fight that spanned only a few panels in an earlier issue of Avengers.

- Naturally, fights are fun to draw. "We wanted to give beautiful eye candy by rotating A-list teams," Brevoort said. "We're bringing in our big guns. If we were ever going to publish over-sized, this would be the candidate. You won't find a more straightforward title than Versus."

- "There are a tons of twists and turns in AVX where each team gets the leg up. I'm excited for those. I'm looking forward to seeing a Storm fight. I want to see Jewel get involved, she doesn't fight enough. We've got to see a Thor fight." -Nick Lowe

- "The positions of both the Avengers and the X-Men in AVX are hopefully presented effectively so that you think either side could be right. There will be moments where some Avengers break ranks and side with the X-Men and vice versa. Wolverine, Beast and Storm are conflicted. Hawkeye, Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel might be as well." -Tom Brevoort

- "You won't see bouts in [AVX: Versus] that aren't reflected in some way in [Avengers Vs. X-Men], but they will be shown with more depth." -Tom Brevoort

- "We won't shy away from fan favorite fights like Rogue vs Ms. Marvel or Pixie vs Squirrel Girl." -Nick Lowe

- "Hopefully in the background of one fight you will see Ben Urich fighting Trish Tilby to give fans their Front Line fix." -Nick Lowe

- "At the end of the day what you get excited about is seeing your favorite character pummel your friend's favorite character so you can laugh at them." -Tom Brevoort


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