The X-Men and the Avengers find themselves at odds when members of each of their teams go missing, in this 1999 novel by Greg Cox (writer of the “52″ and “Infinite Crisis” novelizations).
Scarlet Witch of the Avengers, and Wolverine and Rogue of the X-Men find themselves attacked in strange situations, and held hostage and tortured by a mysterious captor. Both the Avengers and the X-Men uncover gamma radiation at the sites of the disappearance – so they seek Bruce Banner, who is the world’s foremost expert.
However, Banner turns into the Hulk before a peaceful discussion can be had, leading to a huge donnybrook with X-Men, Avengers and Hulk all at seemingly cross purposes at Niagara Falls.
As the kickoff to a three-book series, “Lost and Found” had plenty of action, though the plot may have moved a touch slowly. I thought the characterization of Captain America and Iron Man on the Avengers side of things was particularly well-done. The Vision is the other main Avenger in the story. On the X-Men side, besides the aforementioned Wolverine and Rogue, the main players are Cyclops, Storm, and the Beast.
Of note is the cover, by Julie Bell, and illustrations throughout by George Perez, who was the “Avengers” artist around the time this book originally came out. Since Perez is possibly my favorite “Avengers” artist, it was great to see illustrations of his that I hadn’t seen before.
- Matt Price
Review of Book Two