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Avengers: X-Sanction (Avengers (Marvel Hardcover)) Hardcover – May 16, 2012
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Marvel's become increasingly skimpy on the collections, 4 issues isn't much material it makes even an oversized hardcover look dinky. Charging $19.99 for Uncanny X-Force or Wolverine and the X-Men seems less than reasonable to me, charging $24.99 for X-Sanction, unforgivable. Marvel is clearly just trying to cash in on some of their most popular characters and event fever by adding the extra 5 bucks. It wouldn't be so bad if there was more material but there's actually less, considering McGuiness' penchant for the 2-page spread you're really only looking at about 70 pages of story most of which are light on exposition. Sure there are a few extras, covers, some pieces from McGuiness' sketchbook, but it's not enough. It would not be at all unusual to blow through this entire collection in less than 30 minutes. I got my hardcover for $10 thanks to a pricing error form amazon and even then I'm not sure I got my money's worth.Read more ›
I was broadsided by the realization that this is actually a decent story. As I turned the pages, I kept expecting that Loeb would derail the whole enterprise on a whim, but by the time I finished issue #4, I gasped and concluded the following: Jeph Loeb has produced an average comic.
He has written a story that in fact has more to do with Cable than with the Avengers, one that hearkens back to Loeb's run on Cable's (now cancelled) title from the mid-1990s. Loeb reintroduces Blaquesmith, a face from that era that readers have not seen for quite some time. The vibe feels very retro, but Loeb's characterizations come across as organic. For all of my criticism, Loeb was a writer who really did "get" Cable--which should really come as no surprise since, after Fabian Nicieza, Loeb was one of the early architects in defining the character. Here Loeb incorporates his take on Cable with recent developments in the character's history--his "death" at the end of the Second Coming crossover, and his relationship with Hope, his "daughter" in recent years.Read more ›
I won't say what happens in the end but it renders everything that went before it completely pointless. There is a revelation regarding Hope and the extent of her powers but it's not enough to justify spending 4 issues (the length of the book - the rest is fluffed out with covers and more covers and sketches, yawn) basically having Cable fighting (and defeating!) most of the Avengers.
"X-Sanction" has an interesting premise but is let down by an uninspired script that has the costumed heroes battering at each other until the pages run out revealing a distinct lack of ideas from Loeb. It foreshadows the upcoming "Avengers Vs X-Men" storyline but doesn't contribute enough to prevent you from understanding that overall arc so "X-Sanction" is definitely missable.
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Art is more cartoonish compared to other artists and the story is full of potholes. Only part that matters is the end which sets up AvX series (that turned out bad). Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this only to see how they brought Cable back from the dead this time, and because once in a while Jeph Loeb can actually tell a pretty good story, though sometimes his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ben Martin
It was a hit! My son has been a fan of the series and his face lit up when he opened it.Published on January 14, 2014 by Nancy B. Riley
i really enjoy anything that has cable, avengers and x-men in it...but that said i really didn't like the way cable was portrayed in this story but there were elements that were... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by kurtis moore
So I'm reading my way into Avenger VS X-Men, and for what I heard, this book is a must. And it is a must! Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Xavier Zavala Heras
plain and simple this story is awefull the art is good but total waste of money if you want a good readPublished on June 16, 2012 by Spider7279