First off, let me say I think the tie-ins are terrible. I read the first issue of AVX:VS, and it was the biggest waste of creative talent I have ever seen. The Thing beats Namor underwater? Where else would Namor have an advantage? And wouldn't the Thing sink? It was a complete waste of my money, my time and some amazing talent's time
As for the main event, it seems like a series of plot points made up by editorial that is being forced together by the "Marvel Architects". A polar bear in Antarctica, Captain America resorting to violence and Thor in issue 4 apparently kills an entire planet with Mjolner on accident. What the hell is going on over there? It's a total mess that has no sense of character at all. They are all pieces on a chess board acting out of sorts with their established character traits. Cyclops has lost his mind, which is pretty weak, seeing as how Schism (an event done well) really brought the characters years of strife to the foreground.
And Iron Fist and Daredevil are done as characters in those books. Iron Fist is having one of the greatest runs in the last 25 years of mainstream comics, Brubaker & Fraction's, be ret-conned out of continuity by the Iron Fist being part of the Phoenix Force??? ANd Daredevil is actually just hilarious because he is really a blind ninja jumping out of a plane with gods to invade a country when he was recently put to the test by some gangs and the Mole Man in New York. Waid's DD is great, BTW.
And despite all this, as a Marvel Zombie, I will keep buying the main title, but I won't like it one bit.
So...since they are going with the Year One origin for the most part, it seems like this is the Batman series they tried to make a while back but got quashed by Warner Brothers because Batman Begins was about to come out. Billionaire Playboy turned vigilante with chauffeur sidekick. Best friend Tommy...and that dark styled image really makes it look like they want a Batman tone to it. I'll try it, but have low expectations.
The Edmondson run on Grifter was cool. At least DC took a shot not giving a title to a 90s Marvel guy for once. I was enjoying it. I don't know if Liefeld has the weight to boost sales all that much anymore, especially since he seems to be mocked by a lot of the industry. This new 52 thing is nuts. Scott Lobdell is writing Superman. Does anybody think this isn't a terrible idea? If it ain't Scott Snyder at this point, I ain't reading it.