I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Marvel event comics. They happen to frequently, are sometimes poorly thought-out and all too often are either bad or forgettable. Seriously, if you had to make a list of them, would you even remember Original Sin, Chaos War or Fear Itself? It would be fine if I was just one nay-sayer, but I think sales are proving that fans are slowly growing less interested in most of these, save for actual big events like Secret Wars or Civil War 2.
The problem is that with so many forgettable ones, it sheds a harsh light on the few good ones. Take for example, Inhumans vs X-men. This is a book I had actually ZERO interest in. I picked up the zero issue mostly so I could say I read it and it sucked. (Yeah, sometimes I’m that guy. Sue me.) Unfortunately for my plans that day, it was really good. That was just the preamble issue. I’ve since read the 3 issues on stands and the book is solid. That said, it has been a tough sell. Whether it is the event comics fatigue or Marvel forcing their “Inhumans are the new X-men” schtick for so long, people are less interested.
So here are 5 reasons you should check out Inhumans vs X-men.
5. You don’t have to read the tie-ins.
This may seem minor, but it is important to note that you aren’t forced to buy extra comics to enjoy the story. I hate events that do that. It’s great for sales, but unfair to fans. Inhumans vs X-men exists entirely in the main series. You don’t even have to buy the zero issue, though I did like it.
4. There are genuine consequences to this event. The Marvel Universe will be different when this ends.
“THE MARVEL UNIVERSE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!” How many times have we heard this? It’s rarely true. But whoever loses IvX loses big time. And the reality is, the winning side will have done something they can’t ever take back to an entire species. More on this later…
3. The X-men are badass again.
Cyclops is now and always will be my favorite X-man. One of the coolest things about him is that he was nearly a Steve Rogers-level tactician. Its fun to occasionally see the X-men functioning like a well-organized militia to take down a major threat. With Cyke down, Emma Frost steps up to take apart the Inhuman piece-by-piece. It is glorious.
2. So are the Inhumans.
The Inhumans might be the biggest threat the X-men have gone up against. They’re just as powerful and while some X-men have been on team together for years, the Royal Family of Inhumans have been together their entire lives. The X-men took first blood, but we’re about to see the Inhumans unleashed.
1. There is an actual reason for them to fight.
I hate Civil War. I can’t stand Civil War 2. Avengers vs X-men is an abomination. I sometimes buy copies of AvX so I can burn them in effigy. The thing that these 3 stories have in common is that the writers never bother to give a genuine, believable reason why these characters are trying to destroy each other. Superheroes fight sometimes over misunderstandings. Its a cliche for a reason, but I don’t want to read an entire series about that. Inhumans vs X-men finally offers a legitimate reason why these groups of people are willing to fight and die. If the X-men lose, their species will literally die. Any mutant on Earth will die 0f Terrigen poisoning, and the mists have ensured new mutants will not be born. If the Inhuman lose, they will no longer be the Inhumans. While their people will continue on, they will no longer be the Inhumans. All their history and culture will slowly fade away. I understand their reasons.
So that’s it. I hope you’ll give the series a look. I think it’s worth it.