At the end of my ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ #12 review, I said that I wanted to see Scott Summers “get smacked around a bit for his behavior in all of [that]”. I firmly stood with the Avengers and Captain America (and then the whole Marvel Universe) against Cyclops for what he did. But, thanks to Kieron Gillen, I think I’m starting to feel bad for Scott a little bit after reading ‘AvX: Consequences #1’.
First of all, I like the concept of this book. Sometimes after these big events you don’t really get to see the fallout of the things that happened. Now, thanks to this ‘Consequences’, we have a place to see Wakanda’s reaction to mutants (and specifically their former queen, Storm) after Namor’s attack or how Wolverine is trying to help make things better with mutant-human relations. It’s full of these little segue stories that don’t exactly have a place in the main titles or that wouldn’t really fill an entire limited series, and sometimes it’s worth it to know just how some things came to be.
Next, Gillen has come to know these characters pretty well from his runs on various X-books. I think he’s a great choice to write this series, and he’s set up some pretty good stories that should bring the readers back to the well. I’m especially excited to see what happens to Hope in her quest to be normal. The whole premise of Hope is that she was meant to be the mutant savior. Now that she’s fulfilled her destiny, now what? She’s young and has her whole life ahead of her, so I’d like to see how Gillen answers the question, “Now what?” in the rest of this series.
Finally, back to the fate of Cyclops, I’m starting to feel bad for him. Yes, I’m still ticked about the death of Xavier and basically the whole of his role in AvX, but with these mutant-hating politicians still at large and persecuting Scott for more than just his crimes. I don’t want to see him punished for being a mutant, I just want to see him punished for being a murderer. I don’t want to want to like him, but it’s hard not to feel for him in his situation in this book.
Overall, it was a good read. For fans that want to better connect the Marvel Universe of AvX to the one in Marvel NOW, this is the book for you.
AVX: CONSEQUENCES #1
Written By KIERON GILLEN
Art By TOM RANEY & JIM CHARALAMPIDIS