WWE.com: CM Punk writes introduction to Marvel Comics’ ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’

As evidenced by his historic “pipe bomb” and succeeding WWE Championship reign, CM Punk is a revolutionary and controversial figure in WWE’s history. As such, it’s only fitting that mighty Marvel Comics sought out The Second City Saint when it came time to write an introduction for the publisher’s historic and controversial universe-spanning event, “Avengers vs. X-Men.”

The book, which will be released in a special hardcover edition that collects all 12 issues of the record-breaking sales juggernaut series, set the comics world on fire in 2011 and into 2012, as it pit Marvel’s two premiere super hero teams against each other. For comics fans, the thought of seeing X-Men leader Cyclops and his band of usually merry mutants take a very firm stand against the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and Thor presents a dream matchup akin to seeing, say, CM Punk square off against WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, took time out of his insane schedule at the recently concluded New York Comic Con to talk about the upcoming release and reigning WWE Champion’s involvement in the project. For his part, Punk, a noted comic book fan, certainly brought his A-game to the intro. “It’s funny, he provides great context, and he understands the heart of what we were doing and I couldn’t be happier,” Alonso said. “If I had to describe my writing style,” The Second City Saint told USA Today in a recent interview, “it’s very sarcastic and self-deprecating.” About the series itself, Marvel’s head honcho stated, simply, “Avengers vs. X-Men” (or, as it’s become known online and in comic shops, “AvX”), is “the biggest event Marvel’s done in a decade.”

“It’s a fight that transforms the Marvel Universe,” Alonso explained. “There was a winner and loser, and it was as big an event as you could possibly imagine.”

“AvX” is a unique event for a number of different reasons. As Alonso told WWE.com, “AvX” marks “the first time [Marvel] did a universe-spanning event that was equally important to both the Avengers and the X-Men.”

It was a story so grandiose, in fact, that it took a group of creators to see the vision through to fruition. Written by five of the top writers in the industry — Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brubaker — and with art by comic book luminaries John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert, “AvX” is unlike anything the comics landscape has witnessed in a long time.

“Because we knew we were doing a story that was so big,” Alonso said, “It just felt like it needed to be powered by more than one brain. Our motto was, ‘five fingers make a fist.’ ” Broken down into three distinct acts, each issue of “AvX” was handed off to the writer/artist team best suited for the events of that particular issue. The results speak for themselves, as the series was both a commercial and critical success.

In addition to presenting the entire story in one massive hardcover book for the first time, the upcoming “Avengers vs. X-Men” collection will have an assortment of special features, including behind-the-scenes peeks, AR applications and previously digital-only Infinite Comics supplemental material.

“Topping it all off,” Alonso added, “What is a good collection without a great introduction?”

The editor-in-chief continued, “CM Punk wrote the introduction — it’s fantastic, it’s pitch-perfect, because who understands two teams getting into the ring and going at one another for all the stakes more than CM Punk?”

“I worked really hard to get to where I’m at and it’s cool to be afforded opportunities like this,” Punk told USA Today. “To me, it’s hard work paying off and I’m having a lot of fun right now.”

3 Comments on “WWE.com: CM Punk writes introduction to Marvel Comics’ ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’”

  1. I think comic books are really cool. It kind of takes ur imagination to a whole new level. I was a loner in high school not really the popular girl so to speak. And reading comics and /or watching wrestling it helped me feel like I actually belong in this world. Comics and wrestling gave me a sort of a high feeling. The characters are so cool and how the art is placed in the comics. Im not sure if the fantastic four were ever a part of a comic book series but, if it is or was my favorite character I can relate to would be the invisible woman. I believe if u have watched the fantastic four movies u’d know that jessica alba played the character of the invisible woman in the movie. Im just fasinated by comics. I can’t wait to see where punk’s imagination will go with this.

  2. To the author of the above comment—-You don’t know whether or not “The Fantastic Four” was a comic book series? And you spent time “reading comics”? “The Fantastic Four” was the first big-time successful comic series from Marvel in the 1960’s. It has been around in one form or another ever since. It is one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe.
    Oh wait, are you the same “sarah” that leaves insane sounding comments on every article here?
    A tip—CM Punk does not read this crap. You are not personally impressing him or anyone else by claiming a love of comics. Also, while it’s fun to leave comments on message boards on a site like this—what you do, if you are an adult, borders of some sort of dangerous obsession with someone you don’t know. If you are not in fact an adult, as seems more likely, then you are CURRENTLY a “loner” in high school. You might improve this situation by focusing your energy in more positive areas, Leaving a comment here and there is fun. Commenting on every article in some sort of manic frenzy is not.
    I’m not trying to be a jerk here. This is all anonymous, so you don’t have to feel like it’s a personal affront. Just maybe think about it.
    —-The Jackal and Kurgan The Interrogator

  3. First of all jackal Im not offended @ all with ur comment becuz WE ALL have rites in this world and if I choose to comment on almost every topic on this site is my rite. And for u to say I claim to read comics just to impress somebody I dont know thats where your wrong. NONE OF US know cm punk personally and I do read comics when I have the time. But, NEVER did I say I read every single comic or comic book series. I just said that I read them smart ass. And Im not impressing anybody but, MYSELF. BTW u can read comics play nintendo games or comment on just about anything u want even as an adult its our rite to. Alot of adults still read comics. I’ve been a fan of comics AND wrestling since my dad who by the way REEEALLY passed away in ’07 got me into them. You dont know me @ all to even judge me personally. Does watching wrestling every monday night make me obsessed over it NO, its called being a huge fan! Now wats really crazy is when ur commenting on topics that are important to address and ur being judged for it. Can’t we all just live our lives doing wat WE ALL want to do when WE ALL want to do it without being judged or always being questioned about it… Wow!

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