After a few issues that were a little bit less than amazing, this one was a return to form. I’d definitely say that Jason Aaron has written the best parts of this event. The main focus of this issue was Spider-Man, a character who some fans still, after 8 years or so, don’t think should be an Avenger. Hopefully this issue will have changed their minds, he did as he said he would, he stepped up. I do question the reasons why he chose this particular moment to do so, it seemed kind of arbitrary. But that’s just quibbling, because when he stays behind to try and stop Colossus and Magik by himself, it’s just true heroism, and another example of why Spider-Man is one of the greatest characters in all of fiction, when he mentions Uncle Ben… man, that was emotional. I also liked that Aaron continued his excellent use of Colossus in this issue, even while he was beating the crap out Spidey, he still has his doubts, he knows deep down he doesn’t want to do this, but the Phoenix Force is making him do it. We even saw that with Emma Frost in this issue, she has seemed almost unrepentantly bad in this story at points, but the little bit where she asks Cyclops to stop her… it showed the humanity still within her. Of course, the most controversial part of this issue doesn’t involve Spider-Man or Cyclops, but the annulment of the Storm/Black Panther marriage. I’m not going to get all angry at this yet, because I think by the end of this event, they’ll be back together, Storm has switched sides back to the Avengers after all, and she’s the one who led the rescue effort to the Hell-Volcano. That’s how big this event is, it’s got a Hell-Volcano. Summer event comics done right. At the end, Magik and Colossus fight each other, and their bit of the Phoenix goes to Cyclips, who now has the ability to rip through the dimensions and break into K’Un Lun. Holy shit, it just gets bigger.