Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr working on the same project almost guarantees unparalleled awesomeness. Brian Bendis is responsible for fleshing out some of the hottest stories in the Marvel Universe, and JRJR, much like his namesource is one of the best sequential story tellers that’s ever put a pencil to paper.
Here’s the story so far, Nova one of the members of the Intergalactic Nova Corps crash lands in NewYork city, when the Avengers arrive on the scene he says “Its coming” and then lapses into a coma. Thor and Iron Man are dispatched into deep space on a recon mission to find out exactly what the is coming is. Mean while the X-men have a student that goes by the name of Hope. In a training session with Cyclop’s, a familiar power mysteriously emerges from her, it’s the Phoenix Force! DaDaDAAAAA…
As it turned out, the Phoenix Force is on it’s way to earth and the closer it gets the more powerful Hope becomes. If you’re unfamiliar with The Phoenix, this is the symbiotic entity that took control of Jean Gray and almost destroyed the planet. And this is where the line is drawn in the sand. Cyclops, current leader of the X-men see’s the return of the Phoenix Force as sort of the second coming, believing he can harness the power by training Hope to control the entity (go figure). Captain America and the Avengers think this is the worst idea ever conceived and attempt to take the girl by force. It was about that time that all hell broke loose.
Spiderman and Wolverine (Yeah Wolvie’s fighting as an Avenger on this one) break away from the action sneaking behind enemy lines attempting to covertly kidnap the girl, but when they find her they realize that the Phoenix force has a firmer hold on her than they thought. She puts Spidey and Wolvie down without breaking a sweat and makes a run for it. So there, now you’re up to speed.
Brian Bendis does a great job fleshing out the story and allowing each character to breath. For example when all of the action kicks off Luke Cage delivers a one liner that was hilarious (to me anywayz). “How come nobody told me Cyclops was this Damn crazy?”. That is, crazy enough to use his optic blast to blow the crap out of Cap! Brilliant panel hats off to JRJR.John Romita JR, in my opinion has never been the greatest pin-up artist, but the way he delivers the story on a panel to panel basis is immaculate!