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Uncanny Avengers #6 - The Apocalypse Twins, Part 1 Review

5

The God of Thunder has been around a very, very long time. Long enough to build up a centuries-old grudge from the world’s oldest mutant.

The Good

It's been brought up before, but retcons are often the worst thing that can happen to an ongoing title or character. They smack of desperation and lack of creativity, an inability to write the story as-is and a need for the universe to be JUST SO before the creation comes to fruition. Except for the times when they’re the best thing to happen to a title in decades, and that’s when they’re not used as a crutch to write a story, but they’re fully integrated into the narrative that already exists. They don’t change what we already know, they add to it. In that way, I think having Thor and Apocalypse share a past encounter makes absolute, perfect sense and is an example of a fantastic retcon.

This issue is told entirely in flashback where we see a younger, party-hard Thor (that we've seen many shades of in Thor: God of Thunder) at a massive celebration that is interrupted by En Sabah Nur, who has designs on the Odinson’s life. The two clash, but Thor is, for once, hopelessly outclassed and flees to Asgard to seek a way to destroy the coward Apocalypse’s armor. What he doesn't realize is that both Apocalypse and he are being manipulated into doing battle with one another from behind the scenes from an unlikely source: Kang the Conqueror.

Remender’s Uncanny Avengers started out very rocky, especially with expectations so high from his previous runs. By issue 5 of Uncanny Avengers, it felt like he was getting his legs properly under himself and this issue certainly feels like he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing. Thor and Apocalypse having a shared past is so very apropos I can’t believe no one’s thought of it before apart from there never really being a driving need for it. But if ever there was a villain that could menace both the Avengers and the X-Men, it is the world's biggest proponent of Survival of the Fittest.

Daniel Acuña seems to be one of those artists who is either loved or hated, and I fall FIRMLY into the LOVE category, so seeing him take over the book from John Cassaday felt like a lateral move in terms of quality, and so far that feeling is being supported. His art is perfectly suited to the muddy, but brutally vivid, visuals of Thor’s past and I’ve rarely seen Apocalypse or his Horsemen look more grandiose, threatening, and most of all powerful, as they do in this tale.

The Bad

There’s not much to dislike, honestly. The battle between Thor and the Horsemen is a little indistinct, especially in one very interesting detail revealed at the end of their skirmish that I won’t spoil here, but that comes off as a little murky. There’s also the minor revelation that apparently the Asgardians and the Celestials had a treaty to never interfere in the others’ machinations, which is a bit out of left field and feels just SLIGHTLY contrived. It’s by no means a deal-breaker, though. Some people may be slightly off-put by this not picking up the current storyline at all, being completely told through flashback, but I feel it was completely necessary to establish these two characters’ relationship ahead of time.

The Verdict

I honestly have no idea where Remender is going with this storyline, but I’m on-board with whatever it is if it means more of what I’ve read here. The story is, again, completely believable in terms of an “untold tale of Thor” and does a great job of bringing together two characters that often interact with completely disparate teams in a way that feels not only genuine, but even a little bit fresh.

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Edited by broo1232

Can't wait for this looks so good!

Posted by blazinasian112

Excited for this issue....glad to see Kang in the mix of things!

Posted by JamDamage

this was a good story, but not deserving of 5 star. A must read, but not a classic. I don't why you people give these 5 stars out so cheaply.

Posted by Batnandez

might pick this up again, I tried the first few issues and it sucked

Edited by Enders

Nice review. I've been a little down on this series since issue 3, but reading this review has got me excited for this issue.

Posted by Mucklefluga

this was a good story, but not deserving of 5 star. A must read, but not a classic. I don't why you people give these 5 stars out so cheaply.

Read the review again and you will see why @undeadpool gave this a 5. Also it's his opinion if you don't agree write your own review and get your own point accross. Don't go say "they give out 5 stars so cheaply" if these guys love that comic they're going to give it a 5! Not give it a 4 because they have already given out too many 5s today.

Posted by weaponx

Wow, this totally does make sense! Pretty excited for this :)!!

Edited by notorious_g3

I wish the title would have launched with this storyline... It would make sense for Thor/Avengers to recruit X-People to fight against Apocalypse. And, I, too fall into the LOVE category when it comes to Acuña.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I liked the last issue. I'm excited for this. The new art looks great

Posted by ImNemotheGemini

Hmmm I should pick this up then !

Edited by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

The cover looks a bit like a JRJR piece to be honest.

Posted by ssejllenrad

The cover looks a bit like a JRJR piece to be honest.

Apocalypse maybe. That design sucks. But the way Thor was drawn is certainly not on JRJR's level.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

This contains spoilers people:

Does Apocalypse die permanently? or will he be a long time adversary of the UA?

Posted by Guardiandevil83

Thor vs Apocalypse? Sooooold!!

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

@ssejllenrad:

Yeah, that Thor looks Michelangelian in comparison to the JrJr Avengers pictures. But God is that Apocalypse awful....and he's one of my favorite X-villains!

Posted by Vulshock

This was one of the best books of the week in my opinion.

Posted by knighthood

I'm not big on flashbacks, but I really enjoyed this book.

Edited by New_World_Order

@vulshock said:

This was one of the best books of the week in my opinion.

Posted by SavageDragon

This was awesome, completly agree Corey. Ive never read this series before but this was cool, really cool.

Posted by seekquaze

The bit about Celestials is a reference to Thor #300 when Odin and other skyfathers were forced to make a pact with the Celestials to not interfere with their activities on Earth. It is alluded to every now and then.

I may have to pick this issue up.

Posted by Owie

I missed this somehow, but I'm glad to hear it was good, I'll have to see if I can find it. It's a cool idea for a match-up, although I would think Thor would toast him.

Posted by tigerkaya

This was a really solid issue, from reading Tales of Asgard this was a good showing of a young Thor.

Posted by dontbelievethehyperion

Very solid issue from a series that has struggled.

Edited by JMLG

thank god they finally got an better artist to do these series, the Red Skull storyline art was awful and kept me from trying to enjoy these series

Edited by Zeeguy91

@jmlg said:

thank god they finally got an better artist to do these series, the Red Skull storyline art was awful and kept me from trying to enjoy these series

Just the art?

Edited by Zeeguy91

I really wanted to like this issue, but I just...couldn't. The art was super pretty, though. Daniel Acuña is amazing.

Edited by GraveDigger

@jamdamage: True enough statement though I still find reason enough to give it that, since it gives more incentive to read it rather than if he had seen a 3/5 stars an think "oh.... it just isn't good then". Then again, that's probably how I'd feel about it if I first saw that instinctively.