Avengers vs. X-Men is over, but there are a lot of unresolved plot threads. That’s what the Consequences mini-series is for – cleaning up those plot threads. This issue answers how Wakanda is responding to Namor’s attack and where Cyclops is being locked up. Hope must consider her future now that her destiny has been fulfilled. Before I begin nitpicking, let’s just say that this issue is pretty good.
This isn’t the greatest starting issue for Consequences, but considering all the dangling plots from the event, it’s not Kieron Gillen’s fault. AVX was too big for its own good, and too many storylines were started and never finished. While not many of them are closed in this issue, a good number of them are at least touched on.
Consequences 1 primarily focuses on Wolverine and Cyclops. Cyclops is reacting to his imprisonment, which is probably the best part of this book. Wolverine’s conversation with Captain America feels more like setup than anything else though. Hope’s scene about deciding her future is well written. There’s a scene where Captain Marvel and Iron Man are hunting for Magneto, but it almost feels like filler. Most of these scenes are well written despite my nit-picks, and it’s easy to follow.
If this review feels like it’s bouncing around, it’s because this issue bounces around a lot as well. Each scene flows nicely into the next, but it almost feels like this mini-series would be better if each issue focused on one or two things. It’s hard to say when only one issue has released so far. This issue is good as a whole.
The art is the weakest part of the book. There isn’t all that much detail in the environments, save for several establishing panels throughout the issue. Characters’ eyes often look weird as well. Some characters’ eyes are oversized, like Hope’s in her close-up panels, while Captain Marvel’s look strangely alien in one panel. The art isn’t necessarily bad, but I wouldn’t call it good either.
If you’ve read Avengers vs. X-men, this is at least worth checking out. If you haven’t, but you’ve read spoiler filled reviews and articles, this could be worth a read as well. It’s not quite as good as I hoped, but it’s still a good start for cleaning up AVX.