Writer Rick Remender
Artist Adam Kubert
Color Artists Laura Martin & Matt Milla
Letterer Chris Eliopoulus
Book One : Red Supremacy – Chapter One
So Glad Kitty Pryde showed up in this, felt so silly preordering these! So rare for her to have a part in these mega crossovers. Hopefully she keeps showing up!
I see people are referring to this as, Avengers & X-Men : AXIS but that seems overly cumbersome and silly.
What I didn’t know that happened was that Red Skull took over Genosha, and made it a mutant concentration camp. No one seemed to notice that the country went back to its old ways. Magneto showed up and killed Red Skull. Once he did that, there was an explosion of psychic energy and now we have . . . Red Onslaught.
Feel proud that I know all of these characters, but there are also no newer characters involved.
Kitty made it to the cast page, that’s pretty cool! She made it to the cast page of Original Sin 3 but I couldn’t make out which character she was on those two pages but if Marvel says she was there, she must have been one of those unidentifiable bodies.
Onto the issue. Right off the bat, these first few pages’ border has the AXIS logo repeated. What is up with that?
Los Angeles. There is an over growth of planet life. Apparently Black Widow watches the Real Housewives reality series. I don’t quite believe that but she said it, so it must be true. I do like the idea of what shows heroes make a point to watch with their busy schedules. Like when I read that President Obama watched True Detective. At this point, Steve Rogers is super old (he lost the super soldier serum) and now Falcon is the new Captain America. Not sure if this is the sole reason why he is leading the team, it doesn’t seem like a good enough reason. Vision uses the word smidgen and Tony makes fun of him for it. But then proceeds to use the term for the rest of the issue.
Turns out, X-Men old timey villain . . . Plantman, is causing all of the plant chaos! CapFalcon orders Thor to hit things and Thor takes offense to being given orders. Which makes perfect sense. Who is Falcon to be giving orders?
We start seeing that Red Onslaught is tampering with people’s minds. Mostly, he takes the smallest negative thought and makes the person only focus on that one thought. Even Vision is affected. Plant Man can’t believe the heroes are fighting each other, it isn’t like the only thing they have been doing since 2006. Iron Man isn’t affected.
Unfortunately, Hulk is and he double stomps Iron Man. Iron Man has built a telepathic inhibitor into his helmet. I get the impression this is suppose to be new information but I know that it was revealed in Thunderbolts 12 when Baron Zemo / Citizen V used mind control to get all of the heroes to do what he wanted. It didn’t work on Iron Man because of the telepathic inhibitor. Iron Man is lucky enough to be able to increase the radius of his telepathic inhibitor, so the Avengers calm down. He is able to do this as he was able to locate the negative frequency and he just reversed it.
Avengers Mansion. Steve Rogers is leading the superhero community. The whole world is breaking out into hate riots. Elsewhere, Havok wakes up. Wasp and their daughter, Katie, are in bed with him. He sees an image of Xavier minus the top of his head, which wakes him up. He isn’t lucky as he is in Genosha.
We get a double page spread of Red Onslaught, who looks like Onslaught but with Red Skull’s head and tentacles. Not sure why he has tentacles, to be more evil, I suppose? The AXIS border stops with this sequence, as well. Red Onslaught wants to bring about, the Reich Eternal. Magneto is trying to fight Red Onslaught.
Scarlet Witch and Rogue are also trying to fight the giant villain. Red Onslaught takes over Wanda’s mind, so fast! Havok shows up and attacks Magneto as he is still upset Magneto started this mess. Which is odd, if everyone is trying to attack one threat, why would you attack one of your fellow temporary teammates? Makes no sense but that’s Havok for you.
Magneto is knocked into a room and sees some prisoners. Quentin Quire, Cyclops and Genesis are the prisoners. Magneto calls Genesis, Child Apocalypse, which I sort of like. Poor Cyclops has to bend his knees, as the shackles are built for younger people. The camps are actually reeducation camps, which I guess sounds better? Havok attacks Cyclops, as he is the worst. The two are bickering over who is following Xavier’s dream. Genesis hits both of them, as neither is living up to Xavier’s dreams.
Ahab stabs Genesis through the chest with a harpoon, get it?
Avengers Tower. Steve Rogers is not happy with the state of the world. He has various heroes out there, trying to calm things down. Iron Man reveals it will take days to create a global frequency block. Why Rogers doesn’t tell him to get started on this task, is beyond me. Iron Man sees Wasp is sad. Wasp tells Tony that over in Uncanny Avengers, when they were in the future, she and Havok had a daughter. They gave her up to save all of the children in the world. She is sad as the heroes always have to make the great sacrifices.
Wanda starts throwing chaos magic across Genosha. Rogue absorbs a little of Red Onslaught’s powers. Which gives her telepathic powers. She is able to go into Red Onslaught’s mind and we see that Mental Xavier is trying to attack from within. Xavier also gives Rogue a pep talk.
Rogue attacks Wanda, snapping her out of it. Ahab loves hurting Summers peeps. He throws a harpoon at Havok and Cyclops takes it to the arm.
Rogue tries to give Wanda a pep talk.
The Avengers finally get to Genosha. They start attacking Red Onslaught.
The Jean Grey Staff shows up and helps the Summers Bros – Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler. They all say some odd things. Kurt implies that the Summers family variety show is heartwarming. Storm goes with it, stating that Cable does a spectacular mime routine and Rachel does face painting. Colossus adds that Corsair does a fabulous spaceman spiff dance. Kurt tells Cyclops that they showed up as they are family. Cyclops and Havok shake hands,
Look, Kitty joined the fight! That’s awesome!
Iron Man starts bragging for shutting down the negative frequency. Red Onslaught knocks Tony off of that high chair of his. He has been secretly manipulating him to create all types of weapons for him. Red Onslaught was able to access Tony’s lost memories of all of the secrets he learn from Civil War.
Issue ends with Red Onslaught’s newest weapons – two adamantium Stark Sentinels. Also, the AXIS border came back for one last moment.
I already know that Kitty nor Magik show up in issue two so maybe they will be in issue three. Let’s hope!