i was also wondering when this issue takes place. though i'd just forgot an issue somewhere. i actually enjoyed this issue. Spidey telling Hope about Uncle Ben was a nice moment. i hope we get more of Spidey and Hope next issue.
I'm not sure exactly where this issue falls in the scheme of AvX but that didn't prevent me from enjoying it anyhow. Deodato's art is, as usual, gorgeous and I liked the involvement of Spider-Man.
I loved this fucking issue, The stuff with Kun'lun was Great. And Having Spider-man Sit down with hope was brilliant, All he life She has been trained to be A Solider or a Messiah, and none of that has ever given Her any Sort of Answers, So having Spider-man Train her to be a Hero as her Turning point is Awesome
I liked this too. Since Spidey have a relevant role on AvX 9, I wish some of that have a reflect in Hope by that volume.
In today's AvX #6, Lei Kung the Thunderer opens the Book of the Fallen and reads the story of Fongji, then decides they've got to get Hope. The rest of the issue is mostly about the Avengers doing precisely that. So, the whole arc New Avengers #25-27 takes place after AvX #6 (or maybe #7, depending on what's in there). With that out of the way, I quite liked the story. Fongji is obviously a predecessor of Hope, someone who took the Phoenix Force and managed to control it, at least for as long as it took. The event is probably building towards Hope retaking the Force from the Phoenix Five, and this story is an important step on her way to get there.
Spider-Man being her trainer is indeed "as ridiculous as it sounds", and everyone on panel spells it out - Hope and Spider-Man most prominently. But I think again that it works, precisely because he doesn't have anything to train her with, except his hard-learned way of dealing with sudden great power. And Hope is bright enough to realize that's what is needed now.
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I've enjoyed this story more than the "first act" of aVx. It's a minor annoyance trying to figure out when this happens during the crossover but it's not a big deal to me. The adventures of the space team is way more confusing...
In some parts the dialog was bad, but I laughed when the master said he wishes Hope was mute like Fongi.
Since Cable said that Spiderman is awesome or whatever, I think I'm fine with this direction.
Did the people at the beginning of this forum actually read this book? The impression I'm getting from you guys is you think spider-man is going to be an actual trainer, because the book makes it pretty clear spidey isn't training her in the traditional sense people were expecting, or to give her a special technique for controlling the phoenix.
I think its clear Spidey reflecting on his mistakes with hope is the focus of the training. Spidey's story of Power and Responsibility is part of the holy trinity of comic origin stories and hope clearly was afraid of the power and ran away from the responsibility.
This is the typical Kung Fu trope of using small relatable stories to teach a lessons important to a character playing on a much bigger stage.
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Also I think the whole Greatest Hero thing was a reference to things in Spidey's own books.
Marvel also in the past year has plastered world's greatest superhero on the cover of Spider-Man as well
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