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  • Author's Saving Throw: If there's one thing all the fans are happy about with this event it's Brother Voodoo and Cassie Lang's resurrection after the two were callously killed off in Young Avengers.
  • Broken Base: Audience reaction is all over the map on this one.
    • Some are exasperated by yet another Hero vs Hero event in the wake of Civil War and Avengers vs. X-Men, and find the Inversions to be contrived for the sake of plot, particularly the idea of how Carnage or Sabretooth could be "redeemed" by the event. Others find the concept intriguing and enjoy the exploration of how such characters come to terms with these pasts, and how the inversions impact their personalities (IE, an inverted Genesis becoming full-bore Apocalypse).
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    • For X-Men fans, many see it as a continuation of Avengers vs. X-Men, and frequently use Marvel's statements of deliberately curtailing new character creation with the X-Men to deprive Fox of material for their films as a sign that the event is intended to throw the X-Men under a proverbial bus.
    • To not mention the announcement of another Avengers Vs. X-Men (whether it will be something à la The Clone Saga "Director's Cut" mini-series or a full-blown second event is not known yet) to happen in 2015 (plus "Secret Wars" and the "Everything Ends" arc in the same year, which people are already thinking will be the 616's version of Crisis on Infinite Earths), which people are putting up as evidence of Marvel pretty much running out of ideas.
    • Rogue and the Scarlet Witch calling out Magneto for being a cold hearted killer when he crushes the Red Skull's head. Did he really deserve it or is it very poor writing considering that the Red Skull is one of the most despicable people in the entire Marvel Universe who supported the concentration camps Magneto was forced into?
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    • Issue #7 retconning Magneto's relationship with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, revealing that he's not their biological father. The reaction to this ranges from relief that the Maximoff twins can now have stories and character development of their own without having to rely on Magneto and the X-Men to sheer outrage at throwing out several decades worth of development between the three.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: One scene involves the inverted Carnage praying for forgiveness by saying "I admit I want to murder everyone all the time but I'm trying super-hard not to right now".
    • Most of the scenes with Carnage really, mainly because his "heroic" actions are just so comically horrible. For example, he stops a bank robbery by burning down the bank before the robbers get there.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Inverted Carnage, whose awful attempts at being a hero are hilarious to look at. Even people that didn't like regular Carnage are fans of him.
    • Also the inverted Doctor Doom because he has his own team of Avengers. He also got some respects for reviving Cassie Lang.
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    • Inverted Hobgoblin for his self-promoting tactics and being completely tongue in cheek with all his heroic exploits including (but especially with) constantly making a fool of Phil Urich.
    • Stingray has gotten a lot more cred than he used to thanks to his unexpected badassery in the Avengers World tie-in.
  • Fan Nickname: Carnage-Man for Inverted Carnage.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As far as some fans are concerned, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were not retconned as actually not being the children of Magneto. Marvel seems to be slowly reversing this since Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has Scarlet Witch explicitly be identified as a mutant (another retcon shortly after the event remove her and Quicksilver's status as mutants) and subtle interactions with Magneto have implications that they are still a family.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Steve Rogers is one of the few heroes not affected by the inversion wave and remains a hero. Two years later we would see Steve undergo a Face–Heel Turn thanks to outside forces.
  • Jerkass Woobie: This trait of Magneto is emphasized more than ever here. In the end he loses the Jerkass part by completing his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Bizarrely the inversion has made Carnage into this. He genuinely wants to help others now but has to constantly fight his old personality's violent impulses and spends some of his panel time praying to God for forgiveness.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many fans tuned in just to check out the awesome and hilarious depictions of the inverted villains like Deadpool, Carnage, Doctor Doom, and Hobgoblin.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hobgoblin still has it, even turned good.
  • Memetic Mutation: Jeez, okay chill out, gawd...
  • Moral Event Horizon
    • The inverted Captain America crosses this when he betrays all of his teammates with Pym Particles he forcibly sapped from the Wasp, an action that horrified even inverted Havok.
    • The inverted Iron Man crosses this when he creates a Freemium Extremis app that creates a new breed of class warfare between those who can afford the app and those who can't, all while caring only about the profits. When Daredevil confronts him over this, Tony throws him out of his estate.
  • Newer Than They Think: The idea that the Maximoff twins are Magneto's children is actually in itself a retcon of their original origins, where they were the children of the superheroes The Whizzer and Miss America.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: This event is probably the first time in years where fans have genuinely and unambiguously liked Carnage.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • An inverted Hulk is a good enough idea, but there have been previous versions of the character. This could have easily set the stage for the return of the Devil Hulk or Guilt Hulk, and instead Kluh was invented for the role.
    • More broadly, a number of fans and reviewers have pointed out that most of the inverted heroes are acting in rather generically evil ways, though the characterizations of the inverted villains have been met with praise for the way the baddies are portrayed as retaining their negative traits even when trying to do good.
    • From the inverted villains side, Jack-O-Lantern was barely shown at all. The nature of his inversion was almost never explored in contrast to pretty much everyone else.
  • Unexpected Character: The Hobgoblin tie-in features a bunch of obscure characters such as D-Man and Wildstreak as Kinglsey's new proteges. Hell, the first issue even features a new Hindsight Lad of all things.
  • Wangst:
    • Played for Laughs at the end of Carnage's tie-in, where he melodramatically mopes about how despite technically ridding himself of sin (which he only did by exploiting/murdering the shit out of Sin Eater) people still don't like him.
    • And for the inverted heroes, we have the hilariously angsty edge-lord Iceheart (Inverted Iceman) who talks like somebody took every Anti-Hero cliche and shoved it into a blender.

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