Not a great week of comics. I was pretty excited with the titles I picked up but none of them were fantastic. None were bad really, but they weren't good either. X-Men Legacy 271 - I was curious how Rogue being sent to another planet or dimension would be dealt with in regards to AvX but apparently it won't be. She's just there and it's no longer an AvX tie-in. That annoys me actually because we just had an otherworldly story in this title when Carey left and now here we are again, only this time it's ONLY Rogue with no other supporting cast. What's Frenzy and Gambit and the others doing? They've pretty much been background fodder for AvX and minus the Frenzy issue this title has pretty much been the Rogue show. The story itself is bland and something I've seen a thousand times. The cat-looking race is interesting but no biggie. I went from looking forward to how the story would play out to not caring in the slightest. Likely the worst issue Gage has put together since he took over. It wasn't bad, but it was closer to bad than good. New Avengers 29 - This was actually a decent issue but I was let down by the annoying Marvel (we don't care about continuity) shipping schedual. Captain America calls a meeting of the Illuminati (which he joined in the second arc of Avengers, taking Blackbolt's place) with the soul objective to try and get Namor there. They have history together from WWII and he was hoping to just sit and talk to him. This had me excited because I want to see what's been going on with Namor since he was stripped of the Phoenix. That's prime storytelling oppertunity if you ask me. Anyhow, while waiting for Namor we get two point of views that we haven't really had in the event, that of Xavier's and Reed's. Both were vary good. Xavier read their minds and knew that they all blamed him for the X-Men's current mentality. We see his grief over what's happened and, for the first time in this event, we see how it's affecting him. Reed's mentality was to weigh the numbers of good vs bad that the X-Men are creating. And he pointed out what many of us have since day one... the X-Men are doing bad things only when the Avengers prod them. He also points out that Cap and Iron Man's "our way or the highway" mentality is hypocritical... being that the two of them brought the world to war over differring point of views. All in all it was very interesting up to that point. Then when everyone leaves and Cap is alone, Namor arrives. I was very disappointed to see him fully Phoenix-powered. So this now takes place previous to two previous issues of AvX (potentially 3 depending on where it falls). That completely took me out of the story and suddenly I didn't care anymore. In hindsight I'm sure that won't be a problem for me but for my first readthrough of the title, it made it a lot less enjoyable than it could have been. Avengers Assemble 6 - Eh, nothing impressive. It's on par with what's been going on previously. I don't recall if Groot was around earlier but he's in this issue in a minor role. Rocket had a good line or two. And I'm pretty sure there's a glarring continuity error between this issue and Hulk's book but I don't read it so I can't be sure. I thought Hulk and Banner weren't together anymore (at least that's the impression I got from previews and such). Hulk de-Hulks, wears Iron Man's armor, and then Hulks out as a surprise weapon. I don't read Hulk so I don't really care, but I noticed it at least. I'm sticking with this arc but chances are it'll be dropped when it's done. I just really don't care for it and I don't see myself caring what another writer does, unless the cast of New Avengers come over here or something. Batman & Robin 12 - I was excited for this arc for the Robin fights but that was really just a background story. The main story was just bleh which led to the overall arc being bleh. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was the final issue of the story, as I expected one or two more. After such a fantastic start to the title, this second arc went WAY downhill. If the next arc is more like this I might start looking to drop it. Batman 12 - Ah, here we go. I know I can trust Snyder's Batman to wow me. Sadly, not so much. It wasn't a bad issue and the story was decent but the art just really took me out of it. The fill-in artist was just really bleh and the shift to Clarke in the end was too jarring to help anything (despite my liking his art). I think if the art was better I'd have liked it more but it was just too distracting and I couldn't keep my head in the story. Oh well, next issue is the 0 issue and then after that comes Joker. THAT'S what I'm looking forward to. Best and Worst of the Week Best: New Avengers - This was the best of a mediocre week. I think the story was good and the art was good but my expectations ruined it for me. I blame Marvel and their horrendous shipping coordinating. Worst: X-Men Legacy 271 - Bore.