When you pick up a trade paperback like A+X Volume 1 that throws characters from different franchises together, not to mention boasting reviews like ‘super fun’ and ‘enjoyable’ on its cover, you should probably already know that you’re not in for a particularly coherent ride. Just in case you don’t, there’s a warning not to expect anything too heavy at the start of every issue of A+X. If you can get past the fact that stories are short and silly, you’ll enjoy A+X Volume 1. Because it’s so easy to dive in and out of, it’s pretty well-suited to people who don’t keep up with what’s going on in the Marvel universe.
As is the case with any short story collection, some are better than other – the halftone artwork and parallel dimension of the Spiderman/Beast team-up didn’t really win me over, whereas I enjoyed the old school vibe of the Captain America/Cable crossover. If you’re into your team-ups and crossovers, you’re bound to find something you like here.
Because the stories jump around so much, with different writers and artists, you don’t really feel drawn into the book in the same way that you do with longer graphic novels. On the other hand, that makes it easy to dip in and out of if you don’t have much time.
If you’re a fan of The Avengers or the X-Men, you’re bound to find something you like here. Still, this definitely falls in the ‘fun to check out’ pile rather than being essential reading.