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Uncanny Avengers #13 Review

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The Uncanny Avengers close in on the Apocalypse Twins, but how can they succeed with Cap’s CONSTANT YELLING!......WHAT???

The Good

I'm going to start with what seems like an irrelevant moment, but stay with me on this. Rick Remender finally injects some levity into what has been a VERY dour book by having Captain America’s hearing compromised. This seems like it will, ultimately, be a very minor plot point, but I truly cannot emphasize how hilarious I found it that he just keeps screaming all of his dialog. Most notably after Wasp gives Havok a quick peck on the cheek, Cap shouts, “SHE LIKES YOU!” It’s an old, old comedy bit, but damned if Remender doesn’t find ways to make it hilarious all over again. AND he manages to make a major breakthrough in spite of it, cause he’s still awesome. Besides that, we get to see what exactly Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man have in store for the Apocalypse Twins’ plan, as well as each other. Thor saves an entire world in record time while Daken beats the absolute living HELL out of his father both physically and mentally. This is easily the emotional heart of the issue as Wolverine feels incredible remorse for what he feels he had to do, but a revelation by Daken absolutely shatters what’s left of Logan’s resolve. Again, Remender has a talent for writing this vast array of characters so pitch-perfectly that even those who get barely any page time (Thor) seem fully fleshed out and even developed. Again, there’s not much new development, but this isn’t the arc nor the issue for growth, it’s a great time to solidify and that’s exactly what he does. And he does it, for the most part, consistently.

Daniel Acuña’s art remains fantastic, evoking surreal, fantastical imagery that’s just muddy enough to be incredibly bizarre, but never forgetting that this is sci-fi, not fantasy, so there’s a sharpness to a great deal of the background images, even when the characters are his usual style. The contrasts work well and look absolutely gorgeous as do the characters’ expressions and body language. The colors are muted and murky, but that’s absolutely appropriate for a book like this and a style that’s a big risk, but a risk with a big pay-off.

The Bad

SOME SLIGHT SPOILERS CONTAINED

There are two things that happen in this issue that I object somewhat to: the first is that Wanda and Simon just sort of fall into bed together. It’s been very clear that Wonder Man has strong feelings for Scarlet Witch, but this very much seems like a “neither the time nor place” situation, and a passionate embrace seems like it would’ve been more apropos. I mean I’m no prude, but they’re in the belly of the beast and have a major spell to power and cast respectively. The other has to do with Daken’s revelation to Logan, which is that Sabretooth engineered, and surreptitiously recorded, Wolverine’s killing of his son. I can’t even begin to describe how little sense this makes (Wolverine killed his son because his future self told him that Daken was not only beyond saving, but would murder every single one of the Jean Gray students in of the MOST heart-wrenchingly tragic moments of Remender’s Uncanny X-Force run). To be fair, the issue already implies that Daken and the Apocalypse Twins are lying, but Wolverine buys the lie with INCREDIBLE economy. I’m still willing to let the book have it be untrue, but I definitely have concerns.

The Verdict

I don’t know what the future holds for this title, but this issue is still an absolutely great one. I didn’t even mention Wasp and Havok taking down Dark Banshee in the opening pages, and it’s one of the best scenes in there. This book’s transformation from a concerning trend to a must-read is one of the most gratifying in Marvel NOW and an absolute joy to see. Rick Remender was one of my favorite writers, between X-Force and Fear Agent, with a solid Secret Avengers run, and it’s great to see his talents continue in a high-profile team book. Daniel Acuña, I’ve mentioned before, was an unlikely choice for a high-science fiction styled traditional superhero book, but he’s worked out to a tee, proving himself an extremely versatile artist, and whether or not my concerns wind up having any weight, this is still a great issue with some incredible moments.

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Posted by spacemanspiff85

I might be remembering wrong, but didn't Sabretooth say in Uncanny X-Force that he'd engineered things figuring that Wolverine would have to kill Daken? I seem to remember this.

Posted by Saren

The Wanda/Simon thing didn't seem like inappropriate timing to me; they have strong, longstanding feelings for one another, and there's an even chance this current situation might end with one or both of them dead (given all the solicit warnings about one of these Avengers dying, I'd say the future isn't looking particularly bright for Simon), so it was more of an end-of-the-world, now-or-never kind of deal. Maybe my sensibilities have been molded by this same thing happening in countless movies, TV shows and other forms of media (look at the Mass Effect series where you always have Shepard and <love interest> opting to bang before the final life-or-death mission when that time could logically be better spent strategizing for survival), but it felt fine to me.

And Creed's thinking skills rarely get any credit, let him have this one :P

Cap yelling was hilarious. This issue makes me wish the regular Avengers title could have half as much emotional connectivity as this series instead of just trying to look as cool as possible.

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Posted by Cap10nate

Really good issue the whole way though I thought. The only thing I'm not too excited about is that Wanda has a secret plan that Rogue and Sunfire don't know about so that it seems we are going to have the standard plot of the heroes misunderstanding and fighting each other before uniting to defeat the twins. I hope that Remender has a twist in there or something to break up that standard plot.

Edited by knightedsamurai

This issue was great, but does it bother anyone else that Rogue touches Wolverine and all of a sudden has claws? His power isn't having claws (he was born with them), its his healing factor and enhanced senses.

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

I hate to be that guy and point this out, but the solicit for this issue promised The Sentry murder-lating somebody. That flat out did not happen. Sure, Wolverine still died (I think?) but it still irks me.

On the plus side, I really liked Cap's yelling the whole issue and the art was good.

Edited by sophia89

@raggedscarecrow: yeah all he did was talk to wasp while the issue was amazing and thor had anew nice feat to add to his list i was expecting sentry going crazy and killing someone,also yeah i think wolverine is dead for a while anyways,dont get why wanda is going to betray the twins they doing the right thing

Posted by New_World_Order

Nice issue, Wasp ripping out Banshees vocals was completely badass. Not to mention Thor teleporting a damn ocean to put out some strange green flames. I think it's pretty obvious who Remender plans on killing, Despite the candiates.

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Edited by illmatic06

Sabretooth told Wolvie that he set up him killing his son. That occured in the same issue Daken died. Thats nothing new

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@citizenbane said:

Cap yelling was hilarious.

...........WHAT?!

@spacemanspiff85 said:

I might be remembering wrong, but didn't Sabretooth say in Uncanny X-Force that he'd engineered things figuring that Wolverine would have to kill Daken? I seem to remember this.

@illmatic06 said:

Sabretooth told Wolvie that he set up him killing his son. That occured in the same issue Daken died. Thats nothing new

I'll grant you may be right, but does that issue explain how he got Wolverine's future self to tell him what Logan needed to hear to get him to kill Daken? Cause otherwise, it's just Sabretooth blowing smoke. Which is actually what I'm hoping for, because otherwise one of the greatest character moments in Marvel's history is negated.

@knightedsamurai: That DID bother me, but not for that reason. Wolverine's claws are part of his mutation, it was the fact that they were METAL that made my head tilt. Meant to mention that, but it slipped my mind. And wouldn't have affected the score anyway.

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Posted by HalfGorillaMan

This bloody book! I love this! Every issue is a quality read; I'm always incredibly satisfied.

Posted by Doombert

I enjoy this book. Some things seem to be missing though, since the death of the Celestial that sent this into motion you would assume that a Celestial Executioner would be coming to earth, possibly Exitar. Some issues (Genesis and Angel) seem very untouched although they are very relevant to the story. Sure it's referenced in Logans torture but if Apocalypse is alive that's a big thing. Angel being alive and being amped by a Life Seed is a big thing.

My hopes rest with a Celestial coming to amp Genesis into a real, full-powered Apocalypse and his Horseman Angel to contest with these upstarts who claimed the mantel of Earths evolutionary caretakers.

Do I think it will happen, hell no, but it would be amazing to see Apocalypse come into his own in a story of such magnitude and show what he is fully capable of. (Mutant with the ability to alter his body on an ATOMIC level is HUGE, I wish his power could be shown used at its full potential)

Posted by HAWK2916

This is the best book out there right now imo. One question..... is wolverine dead, since somebody was suppose to die this issue? I also wonder if the dialogue regarding Wolverine killing his son as well as the fact that the team is split because Logans past actions, will lead to another mutant replacing him on the team whether he's dead or not?

Posted by adamTRMM

Hm, I was really excited about a leaked info that Sentry is going to murder someone disobeying the Twins, which would lead to 2 different twists: 1. Sentry is out of control, Twins' plan is endangered. 2. Who is he going to kill?! Neither of that happened. =\ Wolverine can't be dead I mean this is Wolverine! He is in every book this days.

I don't like the idea of X-men and Avengers, working together after AvX, especially under the Avengers title, this team shouldn't be called Avengers. But, I'm really interested in what this story is about to bring, Remender is doing a good work by now. I disliked Acuna's art before, but it fits this book perfectly! One of the best stories of Marvel this days. Will wait and see how these series are going to continue.

Posted by mickeymayhew

how long is this story arc going to go on for?! it says something that the page one recap for each issue iis exactly the same as the last

Posted by Killemall

The issue was cool, i still hate the fact that we barely get to see Sentry, let alone him you know.. killing an Avengers.. =(

Sentry kill someone already :p

Posted by New_World_Order

@killemall: Or Thor will send him back to the sun :P

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Posted by Killemall

@thundergodswrath: After last issue, Thor could probably teleport the Sun on top of Sentry :p

Posted by Primebonnick

i do hope a celestial shows up though would be epic as hell. Still don't see how the team can beat sentry unless the twins don't have full control over him like it is hinted at. Poor logan its seems marvel let him and peter parker be gluttons for punishment and suffering.

Posted by comic_book_fan

so folks is this comic worth subscribing to I don't live near a comic store I can only get the comics I subscribe to and since most of my fave villains are being used in this title I was considering this what do you guys think.

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Posted by Doombert

@doombert said:

I enjoy this book. Some things seem to be missing though, since the death of the Celestial that sent this into motion you would assume that a Celestial Executioner would be coming to earth, possibly Exitar. Some issues (Genesis and Angel) seem very untouched although they are very relevant to the story. Sure it's referenced in Logans torture but if Apocalypse is alive that's a big thing. Angel being alive and being amped by a Life Seed is a big thing.

My hopes rest with a Celestial coming to amp Genesis into a real, full-powered Apocalypse and his Horseman Angel to contest with these upstarts who claimed the mantel of Earths evolutionary caretakers.

Do I think it will happen, hell no, but it would be amazing to see Apocalypse come into his own in a story of such magnitude and show what he is fully capable of. (Mutant with the ability to alter his body on an ATOMIC level is HUGE, I wish his power could be shown used at its full potential)

So I hit the nail on the head on this one...at least part of it.