So, AvX 9 is out and it went about as expected. Here's the bullet points.
-The Avengers are losing people left and right. Hope is once again convinced she can take 'em, but Spidey tells her she needs to train and her moment will come. Good scene, honestly, even if I'm tired of Hope's back-and-forth characterization in this series.
-Storm's "volume 3" X-men see Illyana and Colossus chucking Thor into into the Limbo-Volcano-Prison. They complain that for once they were in the right, fixing the world, but the Phoenix was screwing it all up.
-Cyclops finds Emma in an inhospitable part of the world, seeking solace. She admits she's starting to lose it and wants Scott to stay with her, to keep her in check. Unfortunately she also tells him that Hope is in K'un-Lun, and Scott goes running off to get her. Next page, Emma kills a man who ran over a 13yo mutant and didn't report it because "it was just a mutie" ... in front of his family at the dinner table. Whoops. Good scene honestly. This was one of the few good character moments in this series.
-Storm goes to Wakanda to talk to BP, who announces he's had their marriage annulled (does a little happy dance!). Giving up, she tells him to tell Cap she wants to help. Cut to Storm leading the Avengers into the mountain to free their teammmates.
-Peter and Illyana proceed to kick their asses, but for some reason, when Spidey sacrifices himself as a distraction *BOTH* feel the need to take him down. Really? One Phoenix can't handle Spiderman? TWO have to, and thus let ALL THE AVENGERS ESCAPE?! Weak McQueen, man.
-On the upshot, a battered and near-dying Petey sense Illyana's also losing it, while Peter's still wrestling with, and he basically manages to talk them into fighting each other. THe Phoenix then blows up the mountain. No idea who won, if anyone.
-Issue ends with Cyclops ripping his way through the dimensional barriers to K'un-Lun and telling Hope its time to come home.
A solid issue, all the way around, really. The highlight for me is the annulment of the Black Panther/Storm marriage. If I can't have Scott/Jean or Peter Parker/Mary Jane, then the least *stupidest* gimmick marriage I've seen in comics can do is fall apart too. Yes, I'm petty.
Unfortunately, this has continued the trend of "the Avengers were really right" line that I've seen building, dreading. Now just 3 issues left till the god-awful climax where the Phoenix will be resolved by some Deus Ex Machina asspull involving the Scarlet Witch and Iron Fist and the X-men are left a hollow shell of themselves, to be filled by the time-travelling Original Five, and Wolverine. *grunts* Please, God, let me be wrong.