Much like last week’s issue of New Avengers, this first AvX tie-in for Avengers was not just about the punching of Mutants, but also about continuing the storylines of some Avengers and wrapping up the events of the previous big Norman Osborn storyline. The main characters in this one are Captain America and Protector. Cap is reeling from being beaten pretty badly by Osborn, and with the words of not only Norman, but Wonder Man and Madame Hydra whirling around in his head, he’s starting to doubt himself and his role as the boss of all superheroes. Thor reassures him and they go bash together some AIM heads. Which is thanks to Protector, who used his Kree tech to track them down. It’s Noh-Varr who gets the clearest tie-in to AvX in this issue, with the Supreme Intelligence contacting him and giving him specific orders about the Phoenix. It looks like this is going to put him into conflict with the Avengers, which should be interesting, not only are they fighting the X-Men, but also amongst themselves! This issue of course featured the return of Walt Simonson to the pages of Marvel Comics, and it was damn good to see him again. At first it was weird seeing such a legendary artist draw new characters like the Red Hulk and characters in their new looks, but when you get to the splash page of Thor, you realise that he’s just as good as ever, and damn, his Thor is awesome. If only they could have got John Workman to do the lettering, but hell, Cory Petit is a good letterer anyways. This issue did what a tie-in should do, and I look forward to more Simonson greatness for the next few months.