The story began all the way back in Avengers: Disassembled, and now – nearly 10 years later – it’s finally playing out. At first, it seemed pretty clear what was happening here: pitting two sales forces like the Avengers and the X-Men against one another was a sure-fire way for Marvel to strike back after DC took over the top sales spots for the last few months. But, even as it was described by Marvel insiders as the biggest event in the history of all events, skepticism seemed at an all time high. Now, two issues in – not including the landmark Infinite Comics issue, designed specifically for digital reading – and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback.
Well, except for Jared. But he’s a cranky old man.
Marvel put together an all-star panel for their main C2E2 event: Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso, C.B. Cebulski, Jason Aaron, Frank Cho, and Rick Remender were all led by moderator Arune Singh.
During the panel, the creators explained that they had long been waiting for an opportunity to mix their two top teams, but wanted to find an organic opportunity that allowed both teams to have a defensible position leading into the fighting.
And boy, will there be fighting.
Beyond the already announced AvX:VS – which allows the creative team to expand the fights beyond what the series would normally allow – the bi-weekly shipping will also help to push the pacing of the story along. Revealing slight spoilers, they shared that we’ll see Captain America throw down with both Gambit and his fellow Avenger Wolverine, the Shi’ar will get involved, and the panel promised that you WILL have issue five spoiled for you if you don’t read it on the release date.
While the typical Marvel event brings with it a parade of tie in issues, the panel ensured us that AvX:VS will be the only tie in to the book, and that the stories in both the X-Men and Avengers related books will serve only to flesh out side stories that can be read in a self-contained manner for fans of those series that don’t wish to commit to the entire event.
Marvel will use the event as an opportunity to push their new “ReEvolution” digital features, and Alonso explained how the books will use both the Augmented Reality and Infinite Comics gimmicks to offer fans added content along the lines of story recaps, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more stories like we saw in Avengers vs X-Men Infinite. Quesada is a strong believer that using these new formats during a highly visible event like AvX will help to maximize fan exposure as much as possible, and predicts that this will be the dawn of a new age of digital comic books.
What say you, PoP!ulation? Are you excited for this storyline to play out? Have any predictions about the direction? Want to talk about it with people who are awesome? Then come join us in the forums, and get to chattin’!
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