Act 2 begins, and wow, this feels like a different book. After the seemingly constant battles of the first 5 issues, this one skips ahead 3 weeks and show that instead of immediately fighting, the ‘Phoenix 5’ instead busied themselves with changing the world, making it into a Utopia. But as always with a Utopia, there’s something rotten at the core of it, and that’s why Captain America re-starts the war. I found it interesting that this issue, to me anyway, repositioned the role of hero and villain, in the first 5, it had seemed like Cyclops was in the wrong, but now? Cap is breaking up a perfect world on a hunch. I’ve long said that both sides have a point in this, so there’s no point in taking sides, but dammit, the architects are still doing it me! This issue also featured some story elements of this event that had sort of been left to one side come bursting into the spotlight, namely the Scarlet Witch showing up as the ultimate wild-card, and also the Iron Fist stuff that’s been going on in New Avengers. I’m guessing this week’s issue of NA takes place after this one. The writing and art in this issue was very strong, Hickman managed once again to strike the right tone for event comics, he’s changed his voice here and it’s working, this title couldn’t handle any ‘human machinery’ nonsense. Olivier Coipel was magnificent, I’ve loved his art since House Of M, and he’s a great fit for these big epics, it’s no accident this is his 3rd one. Next issue promises ‘No More Avengers’, which is a cool quote, what with all of the House Of M imagery it brings up, but I’m not exactly sure how it will work.