As you may know, I’ve been following all seven of the Before Watchmen titles.
Trust me, this is relevant.
For some reason, DC decided it was best to push Before Watchmen titles for the next TWO weeks and drop THREE different ones on the same day, November 14th. That’s cool. It’s not like any of us have meticulously plotted weekly comic budgets that we have to stick by to make ends meet or anything, DC. Whatever.
Regardless, the week without Silk Spectre opened a small hole in my weekly comic money, and afforded me the opportunity to do something I don’t often do: buy a Marvel comic.
Yes, I let my brand loyalties show a bit too much sometimes. And I’m not going to get into my reasons behind it right now. But I will say that sometimes Marvel has an amazing sense of humor, something you don’t see often in DC.
I mean, Marvel’s got Deadpool. That should say something.
Regardless, I decided that the few extra bucks I had should be spent wisely on a small comic that caught my eye, A-Babies Vs. X-Babies. Now, I did read the main AvX story line, and found it slightly more than so-so. The end was expected. I believe we had predicted the ending about two issues in. Why else would they have Scarlet Witch if not to- well, that’s not important right now.
A-Babies Vs. X-Babies may have been a short, simple read, but it was actually amazingly entertaining. It’s a one-shot, so don’t expect a deep internal character study or anything like that. It’s just an entertaining fight between baby versions of the Avengers and X-Men after Captain America finds out that Scott Summers (Cyclops) has stolen one of his teddy bears.
There are a lot of little in-jokes that Marvel fans are sure to love. My favorite part (SPOILERS) was when Hulk threw Wolverine into space. We see the rising action of him entering orbit, and once he peaks, he stops and hangs mid-air like a cartoon character. The panel just shows his face as he says “That’s just… weird.”
Cut to a large panel of a baby Galactus holding the Moon and suckling from the giant, cartoonish baby bottle nipple sticking out of the side.
That’s the kind of humor that makes this relatively inexpensive ($2.99) one-shot completely worth your time and money, even if you aren’t a member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.