Avengers Vs. X-Men is over, but there are Consequences to be paid! Our resident Avengers fan (Geoff Arbuckle) and our resident X-Men fan (Victor Kutsenok) come together again to discuss the events of the follow up series to the major Marvel event, AvX! So now, let’s rejoin our Marvel Zombies as they discuss AvX: Consequences #3!
AvX: Consequences #3
Victor: Time for another week of Consequences. Issue #3 to be precise. So right off the bat, I enjoyed this issue much better than the last one. This felt like a more complete issue. Plus the art was a heck of an improvement over the past two issues. I like the multi-layered plot progression that this issue contained. Lots of stuff happening.
I truly like how Scott handled the showdown situation. He might be willing to martyr himself for his cause, but not another mutant. He is still extremely protective of all mutants, which shows to me that he’s not the total zealot that everyone is painting him out to be. I also love the way he was smart and instinctive enough to use the resources around him to communicate with the outside world. He knew Magneto is out there and willing to help him escape, if necessary. (Never underestimate Magneto. He’s not the second most dangerous (former) villain out there for nothing) What was your first impression of the book, Geoff?
Geoff: I agree with you. The first impressions were pretty positive. It kept with the Cyclops story but then branched out nicely. I always love a good verbal showdown between Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost. I loved that they actually did the frame of Kitty miming crying and rubbing the tears out of her eyes. That got a good laugh from me.
I completely got the deal with Scott too. He’s not going to let himself die when a mutant cowering behind him is going to get hurt too. Besides, don’t you think he’d rather not die in a prison but instead somewhat more publicly to Wolverine or Captain America to perpetuate the idea of being a martyr? That seems to be a better way to do it to me.
Victor: Yeah. Kitty and Emma have a long running love/hate relationship that is only outdone by the Storm and Emma love/hate relationship. But Emma does bring up a great point in the fact that she has never been a prisoner and I’m not sure how much longer she will tolerate it. Could be a set up for some awesome future story.
Same thing with Hope. She’s trying to fit in and be a normal teen, but for someone who spent the first fifteen years of her life on the run and time hopping from the past to the future and back again, what is the definition of normal?
As for Scotty, he’s definitely planning something. He isn’t considered one of the best tacticians in the Marvel Universe for nothing. I personally don’t think he wants to martyr himself. Maybe he did in issue 2, during his chat with Wolverine. But I think that he just got a reality check this issue. Even if he did die, mutants would still be hated. So now, he’s a “political prisoner”. Maybe he will be a voice for mutant freedom instead of the face of mutant persecution. Only time will tell. (And 2 more issues)
Geoff: You bring up an excellent point here. This little five-parter may be setting up more of what we’ll be seeing in the Marvel U over the next year or two than the Marvel NOW! Point One issue. I think each of these things will play out in some way. Emma’s likely going to be a villain again. Hope’s going to be bouncing around the Marvel U – and likely bound to split time with the Avengers and the X-Men teams. For Scotty boy, you better believe he’s going to play a gigantic role in All-New X-Men.
Victor: I personally can’t wait for All-New X-Men. I’m not a huge Bendis fan. Sometimes he hits the mark, like his disassembled run on Avengers and his decimation/House of M run on the X-Men. Sometimes his work feels like a personal attempt to seem witty. His last run on Avengers was horrible, in my opinion, but that’s just me. However, if he can write an interesting Jean Grey, then I’ll be a happy camper. I just want to see the meeting between past Cyclops and our Cyclops. Especially when past Scott learns he killed his surrogate father Xavier. Also, the Jean/Cyclops interaction will be priceless. Better yet, a Jean/Emma showdown. God, the potential is incredible. I hope Bendis delivers.
Hope will definitely be a long time fixture in the new Marvel U as she represents change. I’m still unsure if she has her powers or not. I really want that clarified.
I read Point One. It sucked. Really, really bad. This issue was much better in setting the tones for the future. Let’s not forget that Colossus is mentioned this issue and that he’s not with Magik anymore. Especially after Illyana revealed her true thoughts to Colossus in an issue of uncanny that she actually wanted to bring hell to earth and he turned on her. There’s a good lead in to a few great stories.
Also, Iron Man and K’un L’un was really cool. A possible “Tony questions his faith” storyline.
Geoff: That underlying storyline for Tony has been around since about halfway through Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man run. That’s definitely something that we’ll see if Iron Man’s new writer, who happens to be this series writer, will play with.
Overall, this is a really good issue of this series. As a whole this has been a solid little aftermath type of story. It’s being handled properly by a more than capable writer in Kieron Gillen and I’m glad that they are cycling through artists since it’s on a weekly schedule. And while the art has been a little more hit and miss, the styles of the artists have remained relatively constant. This issue is definitely a hit on art thanks to Scot Eaton.
Victor: I agree. Love the clean lines and simple features. Overall, so far this one has been my favorite book of the first three.
So let’s grade this puppy. I loved the fact that this issue returns the focus to the entire cast of AvX and sets up multiple storylines while keeping the underlying theme of Scott’s imprisonment in the forefront. I give it a 95. What’s your score Geoff?
Geoff: I’ll go along with you on that. Scott’s story is still starring in the overall plot, but the outside situations are starting to be shown in full force. Plus, I’m a big fan of Eaton’s work anyway, so the art on this issue was pretty darn good.
That just about does it for this week. Next week we have some more Consequences and the happier, sunshiny A+X as well. I’ll see you next week, good sir!
Victor: Til next week!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Good character work with Scott’s new role. Nice to see more of the Marvel Universe in the wake of AvX||Not much for us to find in the way of negatives.|