According to various Twitter feeds, the winter Marvel Editorial Retreat is starting today in New York. So, possibly to fend off questions from the outside world like, “So if Cable’s a time traveler with less than 24 hours to live due to a crippling and debilitating illness, and he wants to take out The Avengers, why is setting up a boat with a bunch a deathtraps a better plan than whacking Captain America’s mom in 1920? It probably wouldn’t be hard; Steve Rogers didn’t need the Super Soldier serum because he came from hearty stock,” and, “What Marvel character will Matt Fraction be killing next? And is Matt aware of what ‘dead’ actually means?” they’ve released┬áJim Cheung’s cover to the upcoming first issue of Avengers Vs. X-Men for us to drool over.

Now that is some cool-looking shit right there… although I question some of the match-ups we have. For example, Spider-Man versus Rogue doesn’t seem particularly fair, especially considering she’s standing right next to Juggernaut and is one glove layer away from grabbing that power and putting Spidey’s spinal column into orbit. And Magneto against Luke Cage sounds great until you remember that Cage’s skin is steel hard, not actual steel, and Magneto fighting him would be about as effective as fighting John Holmes, only eventually far more uncomfortable.

I kid, I kid… I’m actually looking forward to this event. Marvel’s last few have been pretty big misfires, but this one looks psychically close enough to Civil War, the last Marvel event that I think generally worked, that they can maybe carry it off… Then again, they accidentally labeled the cover image as “#0″ instead of “#1″, so maybe I’m setting my sights too high.

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 drops in April.

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