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Uncanny Avengers #11 Review

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The Apocalypse Twins have unleashed their Horsemen, but what is there overarching plan? In a word: ambitious

The Good

This is definitely one of the stranger collections of Horsemen of Apocalypse. Made up entirely of the dead, all of whom have a very close connection with certain members of the Uncanny Avengers: Sentry was killed by Thor during Siege, Banshee was killed by the actions of Havok’s brother Vulcan, Grim Reaper is Wonder Man’s brother and was killed by Rogue (that's a two-fer!), and Daken is Wolverine’s son, slain by his father’s hand, or at least his boot. Rick Remender has a way of writing Daken especially that tweaks the heartstrings just slightly, even though, and most likely because, he wrote also Wolverine’s justification for killing him. Still, you do almost pity the boy while he rips at his father with entropic claws and venomous words. There’s some sorrow and a little bit of horror to be had there, but the imagery that the Sentry conjures is pure terror and one of the most frightening things I’ve seen in superhero comics. Remender continues to write these characters with their own individual voices, despite juggling an enormous cast of highly opinionated humans and mutants. He even has time to pause in some of the most intense fighting of the week to let these characters breathe, develop and express themselves.

Daniel Acuña returns on wall-to-panel art and it would have been difficult to find an artist more suited to the muddied, dark grimness of this book. There’s no tie-in with Marvel’s giant event going on here, but the consequences are still cosmic and the action is still absolutely frantic and hard-hitting. Acuña is, of course, responsible for the moment I mention above as being so terrifying and it’s an amazing combination of anatomical detail and out-and-out madness that makes it so great. The character design for the Horsemen is, across the board, absolutely amazing with enough subtle changes to highlight their new mindsets and power, but still completely recognizable as who they used to be. But one moment wouldn’t be enough, certainly, which is why it’s great that every panel is filled with incredible detail and animated, active characters. Acuña knows how to emphasize small things without having them dominate the page, letting the overall pace and tone take over.

The Bad

As much as I enjoyed this issue, it’s very much a filler. It’s an incredibly entertaining fillers I’ve read, but it’s not quite enough to fully justify it. Certain members of the Uncanny Avengers are out of commission and simply remain on the sidelines, neither advancing nor retreating. Many of them plan their next move, but fail to execute on anything and still others engage in interesting and emotional battles that have hints of greatness to come, but no greatness in the moment. The action, when taken in individual panels, is beautiful, but it’s also very stiff and lacks the illusion of motion.

The Verdict

The above complaints stand, but this is still a highly entertaining and well-crafted issue. The action may be stiff, but the individual panels are still gorgeous and sometimes a book needs a nice, stable holding pattern issue. I’m definitely still anxious to see what happens in the future of this book, especially with the last few pages here, and can’t wait to read more, but this particular one felt like it was dragging its feet. That said, it’s still an absolutely great book and well worth picking up.

19 Comments
Edited by KingdomCome

I wouldn't particularly categorise an issue consisting of engaging and insightful characterisation/dialogue, huge revelations offering insight on teases as far back as Issue 4 whilst revealing the two antagonist's masterplan as "filler".

Another tremendous issue by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna...

Posted by Wolverine08

Dope issue.

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Posted by Enzeru--defunct

I liked it.
The way Remender portrays Daken is amazing. I could feel for Daken there and wished he would succeed.

Sentry on the other hand ... I liked what I saw, but that one scene with him just caught me off guard. The dialogue for that scene should have been: "LOOK AT ME! I AM WAY TO CRAZY FOR THIS WORLD TO LIVE IN, SO YOU'LL HAVE TO KILL ME OFF SOON AGAIN!"

But what I do like is that the Sentry has his own goals and already works against the will of the Apocalypse twins.

Oh and the art .. I didn't like it all too much at the beginning, but it's really growing on me from issue to issue. Acuna is really capturing the tone of the world these characters are currently in.

Posted by captain_elburn

Continues to be of my favorite books on my pull list. I prefer this book to Hickman's Avengers.

Posted by Guardiandevil83

Glad to see Sentry kicking ass

Posted by ThorBoy

Best book on the market today! Great conflict within our heroes. Can't wait to see the red onslaught finally show up. Loving the build up, very suspenseful

Posted by LordRequiem
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Posted by The_Absolute

What I don't get is how is Sentry still so powerful without the Void?

Posted by knighthood

This should be 5 stars. Just sayin'

Posted by sparty-dbq

Yeah, I definitely agree with this being a filler issue. It's like the first 5 minutes of the third act of an action movie where all the ducks are getting into a row.

Edited by BOdinson

Probably the lamest issue I've seen in a while, especially the Thor/Sentry encounter. Lameeeeee

Now it seems every tom, dick and harry can control and stop the momentum of mjolnir, absolutely ridiculous.

Not to mention the Sentry's very dope looking "Look I'm one of the aliens from Mars Attacks" face lift he's got going.

Silly and lame, 80% of that book was a total waste of time. 1/5 stars and then I'm being generous.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

@jack_vii: he's always been a powerhouse i believe, and the void just amps him up to greater heights but at the same time, it f's up with his mind. Don't forget however!!! he's got the deathseed within him!!!! so i guess that's why he's more powerful as well.

Posted by The Mast

Didn't Wanda learn her lesson? Sigh.

Also, when is all this taking place? I loved it, but let's not become D.C., Marvel.

Posted by tigerkaya

@bodinson: Glad to see the book being horrid. This idea of X-men and Avengers together needs to be cancelled soon.

Edited by BOdinson

@bodinson: Glad to see the book being horrid. This idea of X-men and Avengers together needs to be cancelled soon.

I suppose it could work(not all the time though) but it's definitely not with this issue lol Some of the previous ones were ok, but this issue 11, ugh. Complete waste...

Posted by Dayvid3

Sweet

Edited by mickeymayhew

I love Sunfire