Comic Book Reviews - Uncanny Avengers #1 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher Website: www.marvel.com
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
THIS IS IT! The greatest era of the Marvel Universe starts here! From the ashes of AvX an all-new, all-different Avengers assemble! Captain America begins his quest to create a sanctioned Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men, humans and mutants working together—so why is Professor Xavier’s dream more at risk than ever? The first attack of the most loathsome villain in history will quake the Marvel Universe forever! The funeral of one of Marvel’s greatest heroes!
Welcome to the Marvel Now! Without revealing anything that my friend Frank has yet to read in regards to the outcome of AvX, Uncanny Avengers is the new flagship title to the Marvel experience. Much like the title suggests, this book combines the might of both mutants and super-powered humans (or demi-God in the case of Thor), and yet another book for Wolverine to run around in, popping his claws, saying bub way too much.
Now as a tried and true graduate of the Xavier School for Gifted Students (I have the diploma to prove it. Thanks Wizard: The Comics Magazine.) one thing that always perturbed me is that if the X-Men and Avengers, co-existed on the same earth, than why in the blue hell didn’t the Avengers (or the Fantastic Four for that matter) ever step up on the behalf of X-Men and in part, the mutant race? That question is in fact the spoon that stirs the drink that is Uncanny Avengers. Rick Remender and John Cassaday’s opening salvo is a lot darker and grotesque in tone than I imaged for a flagship title; however, to anyone that’s reading Remender’s masterful run on Uncanny X-Force knows the devil is in the details, so to speak.
And there are details-a- plenty for Remender to pick and choose from within the tapestry of the Marvel Universe.
For this particular comic, there are issues that stream from “Avengers Disassembled,” “House of M” as well as the recently wrapped AvX that quickly work themselves to the surface of this series. With so many threads to choice from, this book is in Marvel tradition: as conflict and conflicted characters are at the heart of Uncanny Avengers. From the war of words (and eventual fist) between Rogue and Scarlet Witch, to Wolverine (yeah, him again) impassioned and unapologetic address to his grieving extended family, Uncanny Avengers #1 is a gorgeous and enjoyable read, full of drama, suspense, plus a likable realistic characterization of Alex Summers that has the potential of elevating Havok’s stature within Marvel’s ranks.
Uncanny Avengers seems posed for a long and meaningful run as Marvel’s new premium team.Although, I must admit I’m a slight bit biased on the subject. Growing up a fanboy, I gravitated towards team books. I grew up reading the exploits the X-Men and the Vance Astro lead Guardians of the Galaxy (not that I have anything against Starlord or Rocket Raccoon) where dozens appeared often by the dozens. In many ways, the team book concept is much like a kid having a bunch of toys scattered across the living room floor, picking out the best of the best for a battle royale style mash-up where the only rules are there are no rules. The same lack of inside-the-box, rule abiding storytelling seems unlikely for Marvel’s most recent Uncanny endeavor.