“This is the second comic featuring a robot crying in a three-week period, so if you guessed that it was time to start the Summer Event portion of super-hero comics before April has crested the horizon, you should be pretty pleased with yourself: Lord knows I am. There’s going to be a lot more fun to be found in the upcoming weeks, as it’s hilariously clear that Marvel is planning to turn up the dial on the whole “Cyclops is a Zionist” thing while, in the same issue, featuring scenes with a robot crying because his wife (the Scarlet Witch, who still wears an outfit that would exhaust the notoriously indefatigable Nikki Dial) showed up at the clubhouse the super-heroes live in and tried to come inside and hang out for a little bit, which totally hurt the robot’s feelings! Thankfully, Jason Aaron is there in the second story to remind us of the alternative to being a crybaby, which is when a character gets so lost punching an unconscious bank robber over and over and over again in the face that somebody has to pull them away, and that’s when you see that close-up panel of the character’s ravaged, blood drenched knuckles and realize that Feelings are the REAL final frontier, and learning to manage them is what being a hero is all about. Dude, this is Marvel comics, we’re grown-ups in this motherfucking house, and we’ve got freedom, and comic-book Israel, and there’s some crying robots, look at all these chicks who wear thongs outside, the Jesus stand-in is over there punchingsomefuckingbitchassskullzin, this is the real shit, it’s the AVX. Trick or treat, asshole.”—Tucker Stone on Avengers Vs X-Men 0
I dug it. It’s no Hellboy, but it works. The plot is solid, surprisingly episodic for a limited series. I’m not quite sure if I like Corben’s art in black and white, though, the lighting looks kinda weird, like it’s from a computer. But, it’s Corben, he’s incredible.
“One of the things I like about Scott Snyder, one of the things I like about Batman (and I was pretty cool on this because he has this idea I don’t necessarily buy, the idea that the Court of Owls have been around forever and secretly running Gotham and all powerful and just sort of putting up with Batman and now they know about him, they’re going to fuck his shit up good), there’s just this way about how Scott Snyder’s “Oh and believe me if anyone’s going to fuck up a bat, it’s going to be an owl.” You know, like, here’s six issues of “See the Bat? It looks awesome, right? WRONG! The Owls fucked it up. Ok, issue two, check out this Bat it’s being pretty dope, right? Man, you cannot believe how chill this Bat is. WRONG! Here’s an Owl, it’s even more chill.” And after, like, six issues of that, which I was just like, “Scott Snyder, c’mon just quit. You are killin me with this shit.” This was finally the issue where it was like, the ultimate, like, “Yeah, you thought you were supposed to be my apprentice? WRONG! The Owls’ apprentice! How chill is that?!” and I’m just kinda like, there was- the level of stupidity with that plot plus the weird Gothic noodling of it, I was like, “Ok, I… love this?”.”—Jeff Lester on Batman 7
“This Trayvon Martin thing has crawled all the way under my skin. In part because it’s an absolute travesty, which I feel like is obvious to anyone with two eyes and half a brain. But really, it’s because I’ve heard this song over and over again, ever since I was a kid. “Say sir when speaking to authority figures, keep your hands out of your pockets, look directly into their eyes, be respectful, do everything you can to make sure that my firstborn son doesn’t come home in a pine box because people can and will hurt you for no reason past your skin color.”—
“Didio and Lee also discussed their plans to publish a Girl With a Dragon Tattoo comic, so if you want to purchase a “Big Two” comic where a female protagonist is savagely raped, you can now purchase… let’s see… “all of them.” The correct answer is all of them.”—Abhay Khosla on Wondercon