COMICS: Kieron Gillen Talks AVENGERS VS. X-MEN CONSEQUENCES
This October sees the release of five part miniseries, Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences from writer Kieron Gillen. Here, he talks about what we should expect from the book which covers the aftermath of the events of the epic battle which will leave one hero dead.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, writer Kieron Gillen has talked in detail about his five part miniseries, Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences. This will be released weekly in October, and Tom Raney, Mark Brooks, Steve Kurth and Dale Eaglesham have all signed up to handle the artwork on the series (the fifth artist has yet to be revealed). Marvel often release these epilogue style books after a big event, but judging from the comments below, this one will be far more essential a purchase - especially when it's in the hands of the brilliant writer of titles like Uncanny X-Men and Journey Into Mystery. "One Team Wins. One Team Loses. Everybody Pays."
On What To Expect From Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences:
'AvX' is a complete story told over 12 issues and you get closure, but because it's the Marvel Universe there's always a lot of other stuff you want to explore. However, you don't want to do it in the new #1 issues of Marvel NOW! because that makes them anti-climatic and too reliant on what went before, which is the opposite of what a #1 should accomplish. Marvel asked me if I fancied doing that. I thought about it a bit and decided it was a chance to do some interesting character work. Plus, while it's not an epilogue to my 'Uncanny X-Men' run, it was an interesting chance to say goodbye to those characters in a more leisurely format than usual, as opposed to with the Extinction Team shouting at each other on a battlefield.
On The Kind Of Story He Plans To Tell With The Series:
My long term plans as I was shaping my 'Uncanny' run was to dovetail it with 'AvX.' 'Consequences' was something which came after I knew how my run was ending, and was tying up various knots. So this has kind of become its own thing, and while it's an epilogue to 'AvX,' it's also very much its own story. The status quo at the end of 'AvX' leaves things interesting and leaves some characters particularly interesting. Exploring that gives me more than enough space for a meaningful narrative. For some characters the events of this story will be especially important. This will give us a chance to go around and check in on those characters. We’ll check in with them as we explore the consequences of 'AvX' across the Marvel Universe. For example, in 'AvX' #8 Namor attacks Wakanda. In our series we'll look in on the devastation there and how people are coping. So we see Wakanda being smashed by the King of Atlantis? That's something we have to check on.
On The Characters That The Series Will Focus On:
There are quite a bit of cameos, but I've kept things tight. This is a story about the people who 'AvX' has had the most personal impact on. Some of the characters at the end of 'AvX' will walk away and there won't be a whole lot of personal impact for them, but there are other characters with much more at stake on the table. Those are the characters I will concentrate on. There are some characters I'm writing here that I've written quite a lot -- for example, any of the surviving X-Men characters. So while there will be some important X-Men stuff in 'Consequences,' there are also some important Avengers in there whom I haven't spent a significant amount of time with. I think I've written a little bit of everybody by now, but this story definitely features some characters I've previously not dealt with an enormous amount.
On The Ominous Cover For Avengers Vs. X-Men: Consequences #1:
There's a chalk outline of a body on the first cover, so there is a death overshadowing things as well as everything else that happened at the end of 'AvX.' I don't actually touch on the funeral itself, but rest assured we'll have lots of different places where characters are looking sad. And angry. And often incredibly cutting to one another.
On Why He Decided To Write This Epilogue Series:
When I was offered the book I made sure it was a story that had both meaning and importance. I'm not interested in just moving a bunch of pieces into position. That happens along the way, but what attracted me to 'Consequences' was the chance to explore some dramatic moments which occur on the morning after this enormous disaster. It's a story set the week after 'AvX' -- that's the easiest way to describe it and it only really works in that time period. Doing stories specifically in that space is what attracted me to it, but yeah, some of the stuff touches on what Rick Remender is doing in 'Uncanny Avengers,' and Some of it touches on what Brian Bendis is doing in 'All-New X-Men.'
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