Writer Rick Remender
Artist Adam Kubert
Colorists Edgar Delgado & Jessus Aburtov
Letterer Chris Eliopoulos
New World Disorder : Chapter One
Kitty made the cast list! So we know we are in for a good time! Except that she only shows up on the one page, but that’s enough for us here.
So we have the fourth issue and now we jump to this seventh issue, also this is the last issue of AXIS that I own as Kitty doesn’t appear in the final two installments.
Apparently since the last issue I read, the inverted Avengers have taken regular heroes hostage. The X-Men have decided to create a Gene Bomb. Scarlet Witch tries to be useful by attacking Doctor Doom but her father and brother stop her. Once again, Polaris is not involved with her silly family affairs.
The first page still has that silly AXIS banner on the top and bottom of the pages.
Apocalypse Ship. Wasp is a prisoner of the X-Men. Havok recalls to his better and older brother, Cyclops, the time he was married to Wasp. Havok would like to spare her from the Gene Bomb but all humans have to die. Nightcrawler interrupts brother time and tells them to get outside.
So the Inverted Villains are going by, Astonishing Avengers – so add them to the long list of Avengers members.
I like Rogue wanting to beat up Avengers, good for her! Maybe now she can appear in X-Titles again.
Shadowcat’s stomach must have been in slips, having to be held by Colossus.
Zenpool has some fun narration going on in these first few pages. He and Evan, who is now full grown Apocalypse, have a history from Remender’s Uncanny X-Force days. The funnest running gag is Zenpool calling Spider-Man his sidekick. Spider-Man takes offense as his ego is the size of his decision to make a deal with the devil and rewrite time so that he was never married to his wife and so his elderly aunt can live for another 15 years, as an old woman.
Another fun aspect is that Zenpool makes comments and Apocalypse actually responds to a few of them, instead of just ignoring it.
The Zenpool / Spider-Man handicap match against Apocalypse breaks through a wall and is outside. We see that Carnage is fighting Rogue. Nightcrawler is fighting Kid Loki. Nightcrawler moves on to start fighting Spider-Man. Carnage switches opponents and starts fighting Nightcrawler, saving Spider-Man. Spider-Man is not comfortable with Carnage’s new outlook on life.
Sabretooth, now dressed in Wolverine’s now classic brown and tan costume, is mad at Cyclops as that is simply what Wolverines do to Cyclops. It is ridiculous.
Colossus is fighting Absorbing Man. Shadowcat, is nowhere to be seen.
Latveria. Doctor Doom is quasi-responsible for Scarlet Witch’s actions during House of M, including the whole genocide attempt of the mutant race. So she is upset that Magneto and Quicksilver are preventing her from killing him. She gets so mad that she casts a spell to bring down all of her bloodline. Surprisingly, only Quicksilver goes down, Magneto is still standing. So now we know that he is not the father of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, which we learned way back in Avengers 186 / Uncanny X-Men 125 and the twins learned in Vision and Scarlet Witch 4. Which was in February 1983 for the twins and for us, October / September 1979. Avengers 186 reveals their mother is Magda and in Uncanny X-Men 125, we see that Magneto fathered a daughter with Magda and possibly two more.
So this sort of blew up the Internet, as people now think the Avengers film forced Marvel to make the twins Inhumans instead of Mutants, or at least, not mutants. Though, hasn’t there been 32 years of evidence that show that Magneto is clearly their father?
During all of this, Doctor Doom teleports away.
San Francisco. Superior Iron Man has invited FalCap to a meeting that also has Thor, Kluh, Luke Cage and Medusa. They want to kill both the X-Men and all of the heroes.
Apocalypse finally tires of Zenpool’s mouth and starts wailing on him.
There is an ad for Amazing Spider-Man 11 that has Amazing vs Superior, which is fun to see the logos used that way.
On the final page, Apocalypse is holding Zenpool’s head as his body lays on the ground. He is surrounded by the X-Men, minus one. Which, really, why even have Kitty Pryde in the issue – just to forget all about her? But that’s Kitty’s history with these events.
Issue ends with the Gene Bomb counting down to zero. Don’t worry, it doesn’t go off.
The other tie-ins to this issue are – Amazing X-Men 14, Avengers World 16, AXIS Revolutions 3 & 4 (we’ll be reviewing issue three in a few days), AXIS : Carnage 3, AXIS : Hobgoblin 3, Captain America & the Mighty Avengers 3, Deadpool 39, Loki : Agent of Asgard 9, Nova 25 and Superior Iron Man 3.