Light week for me. Before getting to the comics I did buy I thought I'd comment on how pleased I was to see the Young Masters in Avengers Academy during my skims. I really liked that team in the Dark Reign: Young Avengers mini. I didn't read Vengeance with two of them and then here's three more. I thought that was cool. Hopefully they'll keep showing up. I think at this point Melter's the only one who hasn't shown back up. X-Factor 241 - This was a decent issue with a bunch of previous stories finally coming to fruition. I HATE what they're doing with Guido and I hope that something changes him back to how he was before Layla resurrected him. And I'm still wondering what the point was in placing Lorna and Havok in the book. They aren't adding anything. And now I see that Darwin is coming back to the most crowded book of the century. I' starting to get Project Superpowers flashbacks. That said, the issue was decent and I'm eager for the next few months as the cast is being cut in half. I might get back to really enjoying the title when that happens. We'll see. Hawkeye 1 - I was back and forth on this and decided to give it a shot. Aja's art is beautiful as always but that was all that I got out of this issue. All of the "Bro" comments just got annoying. I get what Fraction was aiming for but he WAY overdid it. It just took me out of the story completely. Also, the MAIN draw for me is Kate Bishop. She's the main reason I even picked this up on a whim to try it. She was advertised as being a co-starring character. So why wasn't she in the freaking issue?! If I just wanted Clint I'd have read the other 89 comics he stars in. Anyhow, yeah, not impressed. If Kate shows up next issue I might give it a shot... then again... I might not. Undecided as of this moment. Defenders 9 - WHY DO I KEEP BUYING THIS?!!!! I have enjoyed a grand total of about 2 issues of this title and every other one has been less than enjoyable. This issue bored me to tears and yet I keep getting it. I love Iron Fist but I need to just give it up. My thinking while at the shop was that the title is likely ending with issue 12 so why quit now? And so I bought another lackluster issue. If the new solicitations don't announce this book as ending then I need to just drop it. It's not good. Avengers vs. X-Men 9 - Alright, I give. All my complaints about how this is the worst story I've read other than OMD are retracted. It's still not a great story but the past few issues have ranked it up to higher-end mediocre. If the event does what it looks like it's leading to then I'll rank it as good. In this issue we see the eternal underdog, Spider-Man, stand up to not one but two Phoenix hosts (Colossus and Illyana) and WIN! He sacrefices himself to save his friends and actually brings home the victory (while draped in a lot of his own blood). Xavier and Storm officially join the Avengers' side of the war. And the Storm/Black Panther marriage is annuled... which is stupid. We see Emma finally flip with the Phoenix power (though she can see it coming and fears what she will become, so there is a chance of redemption there). We also see that Cyclops, despite having so much of the Phoenix, still has good intentions. He hasn't lost his mind like how Namor, Emma, and Illyana have (and Colossus to a lesser degree). He's been trying to keep the others noble and being the only one left alongside Emma, who kills a man for having killed a mutant in his past, has me expecting something I REALLY hope happens. I'm expecting a redemption story for Cyclops and an end to Emma. I think Emma's going to finally just lose it with all this power and she'll beg Cyclops to stop her. Cyclops, who is still fairly good at this point, will reluctantly stop her and she'll die in the process, breaking his heart. He will then somehow reject the Phoenix and help take it down, uniting the Avengers and the X-Men. And if Cyclops can somehow redeem himself and Emma be written out of the X-World this event for me will skyrocket. Here's hoping! Oh, and Aaron and Kubert do a fantastic job! LOVE Kubert's art. He's definately my favorite comicbook artist and has been for years (with Deodato close behind). Best and Worst of the Week Best: AvX 9 - This was easy due to the fact that everything else was mediocre or worse and this issue was just really good. I hate the crappiness that led us to this point, as it was REALLY bad, but at least the payoff is turning out to be a really good read. Hopefully it just keeps getting better. Worst: Defenders 9 - Nine issues of Defenders for sale! Who wants them! If you're a fan of overpriced comics with subpar writing then step right up, I have nine issues of Defenders for sale!