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Uncanny Avengers #10 Review

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The new Horsemen of Apocalypse have been unleashed, and the Uncanny Avengers, divided against themselves, seem unable to stand.

The Good

It is absolutely staggering how much content Rick Remender has crammed into this issue without making the issue seem overstuffed or directionless. The Uncanny Avengers, after learning Wolverine sanctioned not only the use of lethal force, but lethal force against a child (who, granted, would be the next Apocalypse) have split down the middle of those who think Wolverine’s actions were justified and those who think he shouldn’t even be on the team anymore. Both groups have decided to investigate the goings on of the Apocalypse Twins, and both go about them differently, but they both meet with the same result: catastrophe. Remender has created an interesting and very realistic internal conflict within a team that already has plenty to go around, but he’s also done something brilliant in forcing characters who would have no other reason to interact to be on a small, tight-knit team together. One of my favorite parts of this issue is seeing Rogue interact with Thor and Havok chatting with Scarlet Witch. These are characters that wouldn’t really have reason to do more than smile politely if they passed in the hall, so the situation is presented almost comically, but it also has a great impact and is self-aware enough to realize how disparate the elements of the team are.

Daniel Acuña is back, handling the art from top to bottom and bringing his vision of the horrific new Horsemen to stark, startling life. This is an issue that doesn’t have much in the way of action, so it’s interesting to see Acuña’s painterly style put to use on a lot of exploration, dialog and calmer scenes. The last few issues have moved at a fairly intense clip, and while things are still not exactly “relaxed” for any of the characters, this issue definitely dials it back and sets up a lot to come in the future.

The Bad

This issue is a little too much setup and not quite enough payoff. Of course set up is necessary, but there needs to be a balance struck and I don’t think this issue nails it quite on the head. It’s got a ton of potential energy, which makes me extremely excited for what’s to come, but I can’t review based on what I haven’t read, so for this one issue, there simply wasn’t enough happening. It’s a lot of meandering, exploring, and introductions (which is odd, because everyone who might be a shock was introduced both last issue and on this issue’s cover, which lessens the impact). I’m not saying the issue doesn’t have enough action, it’s just that the action doesn’t seem consequential in the moment and only serves to set up whatever happens next. As part of a tapestry, it’s great, but as a singular entity, it’s a bit lacking.

The Verdict

Even a lot of meandering can’t eclipse what is a great read and some amazing characterizations. Remender expertly juggles each and every character, ensuring that most, if not all, have at least a few moments in the spotlight, which makes this an easy book to recommend as there’s almost certainly someone in here you’ll wind up liking. Sunfire, especially, is having a renaissance over the last couple of issues, and that continues well into this one. He’s a surprising and integral part of the team who joined a little late, but feels like he’s always been there, and the same with Wonder Man, whose new pacifism makes him an odd addition to a team that is definitely willing to punch its way through problems. I thought that Williams simply coming back after literally trying to take the team apart and just shrugging and apologizing was disingenuous, so it’s nice to see that the character has actually changed and is sticking to his guns on the notion that the Avengers, as they currently are, don’t work. Coupled with Acuña’s superlative art that perfectly captures the unreal horror of what’s going on, this book is still easy to recommend.

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Posted by SC

@killemall: Hello Killermall, that Question and Answer with Rick Remender sounds interesting, if it is not too much trouble could you give some sort of reference or link to that discussion please? Even just the name of the website would be helpful thanks. Cheers either way!

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Posted by Killemall

@sc: I will try and look for it, i have no idea. I got that like because i had a google alert on for Thanos until 2 months ago.

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@killemall: Thank you, any reference would be helpful and I appreciate you trying either way. Cheers! ^_^

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Posted by Killemall

@sc: I know i read a couple of Rick's interview on CBR, one of them had to do with Wanda death, so i am guessing it was with CBR, thats like the best guess.

Sorry cant remember, i sort of only save links and conversation when a writer explains about a fight that has happened in comics, what can i say i am primarily a battle forum guy =(

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Posted by buddha07

im waiting on a throwdown between all the apocalypse "family"

1. genesis/evan - im sure he didnt just discard the armor but up against the twins he'd probaly get swatted

2. genocide - its his rightful place (he was ONE of apocalypse kids) and the twins didnt kill all the celestials and he's gunna want his "throne" and subsequent revenge

3. original apocalypse/archangel - the twins had mentioned they could resurrect their father i assume they mean archangel but who knows with remender

4. since the new horseman are all death(s) (correct me if im wrong havent got 10 yet) they all have rights to throne since they arent famine,pestilence and war. you also got a guy who has always wanted all consuming power (daken) what better than to be apocalypse

5. the twins - they seem all powerful but im curious to see what the niche in their perverbial armor will be.

Edited by jaqua524

These comments, what are they, I don't even...bahhh, alright. I have some intervening to do. First of all, Sentry is NOT more powerful than Thanos. He went toe to toe with Odin. Laughed off a power gem Thor's blows, and in a fit of rage, over death, (ironically), KILLED the silver surfer in 8 blows. In his earliest weakest formed, destroyed a planet as collateral.

Sentry isn't a high end Trans, not even with his powerup from a celestial, which YES, he had. He should be able to kick Thor's ass, he's amped to hell right now. I will be slightly disappointing if he doesn't because Marvel has screwed up with the Sentry enough. But this fight will NOT determine who is more powerful, Thor always holds back against mortals, it's in his character (look at seige) and sentry is amped as hell right now.

So, what we will get, will more than likely be an amped Sentry vs an "in character" Thor.

And the fanboy who is suggesting he is more powerful than Thanos...just...stop talking lol...

Odin wasn't powerful enough to put him down (before he received yet another upgrade). So please tell me, How will sentry be able to?

Cause Wolverine said so? That really determines for you that he is more powerful than Thanos? How old are you, twelve? Like spiderman said he stalemated galactus? You are making yourself look like a childish fanboy.

Thanos also fought Kosmo while prepared, after she one shotted him. He defeated her, a cosmic cube level being, under his own power. Tyrant kicked the silver surfer's, gladiator's, Bills, and another herald level characters ass all at the same time. All guys, GENERALLY around Sentry's power level. Thanos did better in his one on one fight against Tyrant than all of them combined did. He also one shotted the herald, The Fallen one.

Sentry is not on the same level as Thanos, one can make a strong argument that without his lower showings, Thanos is at his own level in between high end trans, and a low end skyfather.. so don't insult Thanos by saying the sentry, who is a high high end herald at best, is more powerful than him. Thanos has been smacking around heralds since he's been around. You sound ridiculous

Also, Thor is not more powerful than the Surfer, however, he is a warrior, and if he cuts lose, he will not lose to him. But Sentry shouldn't lose this fight in Uncanny 11.

If they were to fight at standard power levels, it's a different story.