Avengers vs. X-Men was the biggest comics event of 2012. The culmination of a decade of stories co-written by Marvel’s five top writers dubbed “The Architects,” drawn by three of Marvel’s top artists, and featuring the company’s two largest franchises, it was billed as one of the biggest events in superhero comics history. Critic Chad Nevett read every issue in the event and wrote about them weekly from the prologues prior to the event starting right through the entire fallout with all of the good and bad of trying to follow an event on a weekly basis. Collected in a print edition featuring new essays by Nevett and additional supporting material by himself and fellow critics Tegan O’Neil and Timothy Callahan, Riding the Gravy Train is a deep dive into one of the biggest superhero events of the 21st century, and its subsequent legacy.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Riding the Gravy Train: Avengers vs. X-Men, the Modern Event Comic, and the End of the Marvel Comics Decade
A little bit later than I had hoped, but Riding the Gravy Train: Avengers vs. X-Men, the Modern Event Comic, and the End of the Marvel Comics Decade is finally available via Amazon in both paperback and eBook.
As you can imagine, it is a collection of the posts I did on the event, but with some added extras like a final reading order for the event, annotations, new pieces, and some contributions by Tegan O'Neil and Tim Callahan (first Splash Page in print!). I've been working on this for a while and am really happy with how it turned out (I think - I haven't gotten a copy yet myself since it just went up yesterday). I'm really happy that Tegan and Tim allowed me to use their work. The new pieces by me are the introduction, an entry on three more comics that act as prologue to the event (Uncanny X-Men #9-10, and Avengers #24.1), and a longer essay looking back at the event seven years later.
Here's the description: