The war is here! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and back up a bit. Avengers vs X-Men is Marvel’s latest comic book event of the year. Since its announcement back in December 2011, Marvel has hyped the mini-series event like no other. Unlike other events, this is plotted by 5 writers (Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman), each taking a turn writing an issue and penciled by three artists (John Romita Jr., Oliver Coipel, Adam Kubert).
Astonishing X-Men returned with volume three back in 2004 when Joss Whedon and John Cassaday came on to tell their own, in-continuity-but-still-its-own-series, title in the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, the series has been plagued with delays and having 5 writers between the span of the last 14 issues that included a weird writer/artist change issue-to-issue (Daniel Way & Christos Gage wrote two different stories alternating from #36-42). It seemed the series wouldn’t have any stability. Starting with #48, that all seems to [hopefully] change as a new team has joined the book along with a shift change to the character roster. Marjorie Liu (X-23, NYX, Dark Wolverine) along with Mike Perkins (The Stand, House of M: Avengers) are bringing with them Gambit, Iceman, Northstar, Cecelia Reyes and Warbird as the new team members of the book, and keeping Wolverine.
Who wants the next Bat Bitch slap!? All across the DC Universe flagship titles are being re-launched; 52 of them to be exact. So of course DC’s greatest super hero (If you said Superman please click the x on the top right hand corner of your browser) would have his numerous comics relaunched as well. Naively, I assumed that issue number one would be somewhat of a fresh start, however that turned out to not exactly be the case. I don’t keep up with Batman comics as much as I used to but I more or less know what’s going on in the life of the caped crusader.