…and the hoooome of the mutants! Play ball! It has started, and no time is wasted before tempers flare and tensions between Marvel’s greatest superhero teams get heated. Since this is more of an X-Men story in my opinion, and Captain America brings the fight to Utopia, the X-Men will be the home team in our little game of baseball. So without further ado, let’s introduce our pitchers.
Position: Pitcher. Obviously the leaders of the respective teams will be our starting pitchers. Cyclops and Captain America. This first issue is all about the man on the mound. The one player that is always guaranteed to touch the ball every play. The pitcher controls the pace of the game, and his team can wither or thrive depending on how their pitcher is working. The Avengers and X-Men’s pitchers receive similar results in the first inning, but by different means. Cyclops has some control issues making the first inning a nail-biter for the X-Men, while Captain America is in control for the Avengers and coasts through the bottom of the first.
Avengers vs. X-Men #1
The Front Office
Story: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction
Script: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: John Romita Jr.
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Jim Cheung & Justin Ponsor
Variant Cover Art: Ryan Stegman
Inning Summary: A father and son from an alien planet watch as the Phoenix Force approaches their world. The cosmic power sweeps over the planet and destroys everything in its path. Back on Earth, several Avengers are hanging out atop Avengers Tower. Their friendly banter is interrupted when an object from space streaks through the New York skyline. The projectile crashes through an airborne plane before striking the Chrysler Building.