Okay this was a juicy read outright. I'm not really a fan of the AvX main title series, but as with Marvel's previous events, the good stuff is in the side titles. This one is no exception.
So let's get this party started!
1.) X-23 and Wolverine's interaction.
This was something straight out of X-Force v3 almost. Played up Laura's growth since then, and really displayed some interesting chemistry between the two on the family front. X-23 really is starting to come into her own as his daughter.
2.) X-23 Interacting with Dust.
Again another moment that really shows how much Laura has grown, and also reflects a writer or editor that did their homework. Using Dust mirrors moments of Academy X perfectly, and even makes a reference to her illness from earlier Utopia issues.
3.) X-23 and Finesse.
I just can't get enough of this pairing. They just work so well together. Everything about how that was handled was dead on perfect. The perceptions and persona reading they display is also quite fun. It makes sense, and all around plays up to strengths of both characters.
4.) Surge's demeanor.
Still as much of a hypocrite as ever with how she jumps to conclusions and wants to be in the fight. This could prove to become more interesting as it's sure to come to a head soon. Will be interesting to see how Striker and her powers might react to each other.
All around, this story arc looks like it's going to be amazing! So far it's handled perfectly, has nailed the personalities, nailed the history, some fantastic classic Phoenix story nods, and generated an interesting form of rivalry and bonds between members of each team. This is outright one of the must read side stories to AvX.