This issue is part 2 and the conclusion of "What the Heart Wants." A stellar tie-in to AvX. Not so surprising really as the Avengers Academy AvX tie-in before this is also one of the better sideline characters tie-ins too. This creative team just keeps nailing it every go out the gate and raising the bar that much higher with each issue. This issue is no exception.
1. The Parallels.
Throughout Emma's attack, her words sting various students as they too fall under the various things she's calling the sentinel. It's an interesting point about how power corrupts and can cause people to overgeneralize and miss the core of what they are actually saying. It's something very common in all walks of life, especially politics.
2. X-23 adds Emma to her list of enemies.
It's about time on this one. Emma has pushed and prodded, mind raped X-23 and worse. It's about time Laura put her foot down. Really interesting though as the psychology of X-23 still shines through. The straw that broke the camel's back isn't from something Emma did to X-23, but how she harmed a fellow student. Something that's very common among people that are trying to find their own self-worth and still unsure about it. The entire "I'll deal with whatever you throw my way, but if you harm someone else I will stop you at all costs."
3. Quicksilver has a heart?
Okay maybe not, but I still loved his line about all his heart wants is quiet, and uses it to rationalize his actions of helping. Where have I heard that one before?
4. The Sentinel
An interesting moment happened in this issue with the processing unit. A moment that shows that this "killing machine" has truly evolved, dare I say it, even mutated into something alive with how it overrode it's own prime directives. Someone here really did their homework, because Pym was absolutely right with how coding works. That should be an impossibility and the Sentinel made an actual concious choice to disobey to protect those it cared for.
All around just wow.
Next issue the Avengers Academy starts wrapping up some loose plot threads as it paves the way for the post-AvX future. Fear not true believers! Thanks to the October solicits we know for fact Avengers Academy isn't going anywhere but up!