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Avengers VS X-Men

Unlimited Highlights: Avengers VS X-Men

Five preliminary skirmishes to get you ready for the mega event of 2012

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week, with the announcement of Avengers VS X-Men fresh on the minds of comics fans everywhere, we take a look back at five prior battles between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Children of the Atom before they engage in all-out war!

AVENGERS #53 (1963)

After escaping the disorienting depths of Magneto’s island lair, the amazing Angel flies straight to the Avenger’s mansion for help. The rest of his teammates, the still shackled-members of the Uncanny X-Men, need saving, and the Master of Magnetism needs stopping—will the Avengers take the case? Can the X-Men and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes match the astounding power of Magneto and his Brotherhood?  Awesome action ensues as Earth’s two premiere super groups meet for the very first time!


When two techno terrors, Overrider and TESS, ravage America’s heartland, Wolverine grudgingly decides to help the Star-Spangled Avenger take them down. Will unbreakable claws and Cap’s sturdy shield be enough to fell a 20-foot tall mechanical monster still steaming from a fresh coat of adamantium? And what’s Overrider’s endgame?  Unless the two heroes figure it out quick, America, and the world, might be done for!


Charles Xavier needs help. He can no longer hold the Scarlet Witch’s reality-altering powers in check. He calls on her closest friends, the Avengers, and summons the defenders of mutant kind, his X-Men, to find a solution. Wolverine wants to put her down, but Captain America won’t even consider it. They decide to go to Genosha and try to talk to Wanda, but when they land the world changes—everything changes.

MS. MARVEL #9 (2006)

Rogue of X-Men fame got her flight, invulnerability and super strength from Carol Danvers in a fight that left Ms. Marvel’s psyche shattered. It took the blonde bombshell a long time to forgive the Southern belle, and while the two women won’t ever be friends, they can fight the good fight together if need be. It’s an entirely different story for a Carol from an alternate universe who wants Rogue dead and will stop at nothing until the she has breathed her last. Can the two heroines put aside their differences to take down this extra-dimensional adversary?


San Francisco boils as anti-mutant protestors march on the city and pro-mutant groups rally to oppose them. Then it goes pear shaped. No one knows who threw the first punch but before you can say “peaceful protest,” the City by the Bay explodes in a massive riot so huge not even the combined might of all the X-Men can stem the tide of hate and violence. Norman Osborn decides to make things worse and deploy his Dark Avengers to the embattled area. Now it’s the X-Men vs. Dark Avengers as a deadly new day dawns on mutantkind!

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How can they forget X-Men 9? The first official meeting of the two teams. Even then Thor was the deciding power.