- The Black Panther’s people don’t want help from the X-Men to rebuild Wakanda after it was razed by Namor.
- Cyclops is in a regular prison, his powers kept on a leash via a new inhibitor collar the Government intends to roll out now the mutant population is once more on the rise.
- Having fulfilled her supposed destiny and sent the Phoenix Force packing, Hope Summer tells Captain America and the Scarlet Witch that she just wants to live a normal life – likely as a cover to go looking for her foster father, Cable.
- Iron Man and Captain Marvel are searching for Cyclops’ ally Magneto.
- Cap suspects a traitor in the ranks is helping former Phoenix Fivers Namor, Emma Frost, Magik and Colossus stay one step ahead of efforts to find them.
Basically, it’s subplot after subplot, all of which could – and likely should – be addressed in one of the several dozen existing X-Men or Avengers books. Kieron Gillen’s script is decent, but at base this reads like the result of a ‘Get more product out there’ memo; there are none of the character flourishes or wacky concepts with which Gillen can dazzle when he’s on an under-the-radar book. Never mind Scott Summers, it’s the writer who’s in chains here.