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AVX #1

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7 out of 10

No, they can’t all get along.

The Pitch: The Avengers and the X-Men square off against each other in a fight fans have been waiting to see for decades. Also, the Earth might blow up.

What it Really Is: Fun. Even if you can’t tell a Phoenix Force from a regular, run-of-the-mill planet-destroying alien entity, you can still enjoy this book. Though issue one has the thankless job of setting everything up for this Spring/Summer super event, there’s still plenty of action and heroes. When the Phoenix Force threatens to wipe out Earth, the Avengers must try to stop it. So what’s the problem? Well, the X-men have more experience with the Phoenix Force, and could probably help out a great deal, but they don’t like to be told what to do by bossy-pants Captain America. The big question is: Which side are you on? Team Avengers? Team X-Men? Team Little Alien Kid Who Gets Killed On the First Page? (Don’t pick the last one, unless you enjoy losing.) Press-Ready Blurb: “It’s a superhero blockbuster movie that you can fold!!!” -

Who We Think Will Win: The Avengers. While they can be rule-following nerds, they do have Thor on their side, and Thor is the jock of the Marvel Universe. He can be such a bully sometimes, and taking on a School for Gifted Youngsters seems like a job for the bully. X-kids, cough up your lunch money now to avoid hammer-shaped bruises.

Who’s It For: Marvel fans; those looking to save money by skipping the summer movies; debate team coaches looking for a way to spice up the debate club’s topics.