Last issue, Avengers vs. X-Men took a massive pivot, ending its first act with a game-changing moment. Issue #6, the halfway point of the story overall, is where that massive paradigm shift has to be dealt with. Last issue the Marvel Architects impressed me by shifting the scope of the story dramatically, and this time around they prove equally impressive by managing to handle the awesome, perhaps uncontrollable power they’ve given this event.
It’s getting harder and harder for me to get excited about end of the world stories. They’re everywhere, and most of them are either painfully derivative or require such a massive suspension of disbelief that heavy drinking is almost essential to follow where they’re leading. But all that means that when an apocalyptic story with a little meat and a little inventiveness does come along, it’s all the more rewarding. Welcome to The Massive.