Wow! What a rollercoaster ride we got in this issue! From start to finish Dan Slott brings us a fast and fun issue. Dr. Connors/Lizard has some great Jekyll and Hyde moments that truly shine and the way he can manipulate practically every character in this story is something to see.
Of the entire tie ins for AVX; it’s my opinion that Uncanny X-Men has suffered the most. Since AVX is such a huge deal for the X-Men, it seems like this book can’t really talk about anything nor do anything because it’s a tie in book and most of the big game changing events will be saved for the main line.
The first five issues of this series have been a little to bland for my tastes, it’s like watching two prized fighters waiting for an opening and neither one wants to throw the first punch. The addition of the Phoenix Five in Round 6 has finally raised some much needed excitement into this event.
If you have been following the New Avengers you know that this tie in has taken a different path in order to give more information about the Phoenix Force. In order to tell its story, we have to travel back many years and learn of another Phoenix Host…Fongi, who was also an Iron-Fist.
A member of the new Phoenix Five comes to visit the Avengers Academy, and it doesn’t end well. The story focuses on Juston and his Sentinel that he is trying to reprogram. Juston believes that he can reprogram it to do good things (like not kill mutants) but this doesn’t sit well with X-23 (the female clone of Wolverine) who wants to destroy the Sentinel based on its previous history.
With the Ends of the Earth Story Arc reaching its conclusion last issue (with a less than impressive conclusion), The Amazing Spider-Man kicks off it’s new arc in issue #688 “No Turning Back” with two classic Spider-Man baddies! Morbius the Living Vampire and the Lizard!