Just like my last review from this weekly series, my life kinda got the best of me so I’ll go over issues four and five in this review that sees the end this series which really marks the end of the ‘Avengers Vs. X-Men’ crossover event. Unless, you know, Marvel has something else up their sleeves that I don’t know about yet.
In issue four, we caught up with the members of Cyclops’ Extinction team of X-Men, including Namor, Colossus, Magik, Danger, and Magneto. Some of them have gone their own way, but the final three mutants are continuing to follow Scott’s lead and eventually start to formulate a plan to break him out.
In issue five, after Magneto declares, “Villains it is,” he goes with Magik and Danger to break Scott out of prison. Elsewhere, the Avengers track down Hope while she’s on her journey to find Cable, but then get called away to deal with the prison break.
The first thing that I need to make known is that I’m not a fan of the artwork in the final issue of this limited series. Out of all the artists that worked on the title with Kieron Gillen on these books, as there was a different one in each issue, Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s style is the least appealing to me. Magneto, the master of magnetism, is supposed to look threatening and hardened, but he looks wide-eyed and hopeful, almost naïve, which isn’t what his dialogue indicates at all. For me, the way a character’s eyes are drawn is a big deal and there’s just something overly cartoony about Walta’s eyes that doesn’t sit right with me. However, the cover by Salvador Larroca and David Curiel is pretty cool since we see Magneto back to a more no bullshit badass look.
In terms of the story, I really love the developments in character that occurred in these two issues. To see Wolverine and Cyclops basically switch roles is an interesting dynamic, except Scott may be going a bit farther by aligning himself with a former mutant terrorist whom he’s battled many times over the years. Like I mentioned in a previous review, I’m a fan of this huge shake-up in the character of Scott Summers. I feel like he was fairly boring before, but after this, it almost makes me want to see how this all plays out with him and his team. (Actually, I will see how this all plays out for him because I will be picking up ‘All-New X-Men’ when it comes out.)
Overall, this was a good limited series. After AvX, I had questions about Cyclops and they were all answered here before the Marvel Universe jumps into the next big thing. Additionally, I got the added bonus of Hope’s story where she tries to be normal for a while but it just doesn’t work out. It was a cute little story, however, I haven’t decided if I’m going to continue to follow that story in ‘Cable & X-Force’ just yet since X-books aren’t normally my thing. But if Kieron Gillen is writing another one, I might have to check it out.
Final Score (for issues 4 & 5):
AVX: CONSEQUENCES #5
Written By KIERON GILLEN
Art By GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA & JIM CHARALAMPIDIS
Cover By SALVADOR LARROCA & DAVID CURIEL