This issue was everything I love about summer event comics. It was big, it was loud, and it really did feel like an event. Yes, it was basically just one big fight between the Avengers and the X-Men, but that’s the title of the series, and really, what more do you want? Jason Aaron’s descriptions of the various fights was probably a bit too portentous, but it worked, lending these fights a real gravity. This isn’t just your average superhero punch-up, this is all-out war, and it just brought a massive fanboy grin to my face. I loved how Aaron tried to give each fight an emotional hook, such as Wolverine fighting his own people, or Storm fighting her husband, Black Panther, or Quicksilver his dad. And if he couldn’t find a connection, he just made it as awesome as possible, such as Red Hulk Vs Colossus. It’s brilliant that JRjr is drawing this stuff, he’s drawn pretty much all of these characters before, so there’s a sense of familiarity in amongst the confusion of the newfound enmity. Of course there’s more here than just the fight, with Hope finally succumbing to the Phoenix and heading off, I wonder where she’s going? I had expressed doubts about how the baton-passing nature of this title would work, but so far it’s been good, Bendis handed over to Aaron pretty seamlessly. You could tell it was a different writer, but the tone of the story remained consistent. Who’s up next time? Brubaker? The only writer I really have any fears about is Hickman, he hasn’t written any of these characters much before apart from the Thing and Spider-Man as members of the FF, he’s the unknown quantity, but then that could be to his advantage.