AVX: Consequences #2 Review

The ripples from Avengers vs X-Men continue to be explored in this mini-series, but should we really care about any of these consequences?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• Spinning directly out of AVX #12, find out what happens next!

• We can’t tell you anything else without spoiling everything AVX!

The first issue of this mini-series set a good but not great tone as it offered a teaser that gets fully explored in this charged piece.  Following the memorial of Charles Xavier, Wolverine goes to prison to have a talk with Cyclops.  Emotions are high and rhetoric leads to some interesting revelations that easily propel this series forward.  AVX may not have had the best ending, but its epilogue is certainly a success so far.

Kieron Gillen handles the script expertly.  He allows a chess game of words go back and forth as the issue shows us the emotions of two men who have lost someone they deeply respected.  Their opinions have always differed and to be honest who actually thought at the end of the day their rivalry would lead them to this place?  It’s not a perfect one-on-one session, but it more than serves its fundamental purpose as the world reels from the birth of new mutants, the destruction of the Phoenix and the death of perhaps the most important mutant the Marvel Universe has ever known.

Steve Kurth does wonders with his pencil strokes as he draws a confrontation not just of words but of tension built over decades.  He displays a diversity of skill as he expertly weaves the dialogue with kinetic movement that makes the emotional highs of this issue incredibly infectious.  But there are a couple moments where faces look rather deformed and it’s at a few key scenes, so sadly it does take away from the overall experience.

AVX: Consequences #2 is a superb and emotionally charged issue that any X-Men fan should buy.  Recommend.


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