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Uncanny Avengers #8AU Review

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Kang the Conqueror continues his machinations and manipulations across the reaches of time, molding the Apocalypse Twins into a form he can make much better use of.

The Good

Rick Remender sticks around on this issue, but shares writing credits with Gerry Duggan, most recently known at this point for his work on the hilarious current Deadpool run. This book is anything but a delightful romp. It picks up after Wolverine went back in time and changed the Age of Ultron into something much, much worse and unites the two leaders of the Uncanny Avengers in a world that the Avengers no longer exist in. Havok and Rogue command the Morlocks in the sewers and Steve Rogers descends in order to bring out Caliban to face a murder charge. But in this world, neither Havok nor Rogue can see how a disfigured mutant could possibly get a fair trial and before the matter can be settled, Uriel and Eimin set upon Colonel America under the orders of Kang. The dialog this issue is a great deal snappier than in previous Uncanny Avengers, partially due to their being no "narrator" voice, but also due to the more hectic, desperate tone that the book strikes. Every line of dialog serves to push the story forward or establish the world the characters exist in, and every line of dialog succeeds wonderfully. I actually don't think I've understood any of the Age of Ultron worlds as much as I now understand this one and with so little space used to explain it. It even does a great job of justifying, on two different levels, why Kang doesn't just go back in time and kill his enemies in infancy.

Adam Kubert steps in on art and his sharp features and defined linework are much better suited for this hard edged tale than the fantastic Daniel Acuna's would have been. The characters move gracefully and stand strong, their faces contort and grimace, and everything just seems to fall into place where it needs to be. Frank Martin's colors, likewise, nearly leap off the page and that's not an easy thing to accomplish when the vast majority of your book takes place on a spaceship or in the sewers. The colors make even grim darkness seem alive and vibrant.

The Bad

My only complaint, and it's a very, very minor one, is that I wish there'd been a little more variance in the character costumes. This story seems to be set very soon after the dissolving of the Avengers, but it's still strange to see Havok in his standard "open facemask" costume and even stranger to see Rogue sporting her current "cape and hood" look. One of my favorite things about alternate dimension stories is seeing familiar characters with different looks (which the rest of the "Defenders" absolutely have).

The Verdict

This is easily my favorite Age of Ultron tie-in. The dialog is brisk, the art jumps and the story it tells actually develops the villains from the main universe. We get to learn exactly how and why the Apocalypse Twins became as ruthless as they did and it's very interesting seeing them behaving a bit more naively and even a little compassionately at times. They're written in this book as though they actually WERE children, which is in stark contrast to their dour, almost funereal tone in the main Uncanny Avengers storyline. This book is worth picking up whether or not you care about Age of Ultron.

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Edited by MadeinBangladesh

meh still not enjoying this series much.

Posted by EnSabahNurX

O_O I'm so behind on this series(shipping issues) T__T I'm excited to see the apocalypse twins.

Not sure why they'd use that havok design in this, but hey whatever floats the artist's boat lol O_O

Sounds like Remender is finally back on track because the first arc of this series had me rolling my eyes.

Posted by Trevel8182

Hey whatever happened to Iron Lad(Nathaniel Richards)?

Posted by Zeeguy91

meh still not enjoying this series much.

Same. I got #8 cuz I saw that it got a 5-star review here....Almost didn't make it through the issue. Its a shame cuz I wanna like this so much. I mean, the concept is very intriguing and I love the characters involved. I mean, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Thor, etc. all on one team...

Ugh, but I dunno. It just isn't doing it for me.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@zeeguy91 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

meh still not enjoying this series much.

Same. I got #8 cuz I saw that it got a 5-star review here....Almost didn't make it through the issue. Its a shame cuz I wanna like this so much. I mean, the concept is very intriguing and I love the characters involved. I mean, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Thor, etc. all on one team...

Ugh, but I dunno. It just isn't doing it for me.

Same.

Edited by Ultra_beleco

@zeeguy91 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

meh still not enjoying this series much.

Same. I got #8 cuz I saw that it got a 5-star review here....Almost didn't make it through the issue. Its a shame cuz I wanna like this so much. I mean, the concept is very intriguing and I love the characters involved. I mean, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Thor, etc. all on one team...

Ugh, but I dunno. It just isn't doing it for me.

Same.

I'm with you guys. I was so excited about this book, but since the first arc it have been so disapointing. =(

Posted by The Stegman

I agree with the others, this series is blah, worst of the Avengers titles.

Posted by kid Apollo

' One of my favorite things about alternate dimension stories is seeing familiar characters with different looks' ---YESSS. thats what im talking about. thats one of my biggest problems with the Ultimate Universe now, everything became too much like 616.

Posted by Kerrigan

Wolverine didn't change Age of Ultron into something much, much worse. As grim as this new world is, it's better than what he left behind. And it's clearly not going to be around for long, anyway.

Remender needs to get things moving with the Apocalypse Twins. The last thing this book needs is an "epic" that takes forever to get swinging. Marvel's getting a bit too fond of those.

Posted by blazinasian112

Have to disagree with people saying the series is mehh...I was a little let down by the Red Skull and S men story arc, but this second arc has been on par with Remender's Uncanny Xforce run....the last three issues have been solid!

Posted by Teerack

I guess I'll post it here because you guys skipped 8, but Sunfire has gone from a character I didn't care about to a character I really like in one issue.

Posted by InkInk

I do no understand when people hate on this series. I think its great the first issue I thought was bad but after that there is a lot of good stuff in the series that is better then many other titles out there.

Posted by Doombert

I love the series. Im going to guess that more X-Men fans like it than Avengers fans. Its a decent mix of both and this story line is obviously going more towards the mutant side of things. Its good to see the "normal" avengers characters get involved in a universe that often times seems darker. 2 great new villains that were humanized slightly in this issue. Slow start to the series but this is, simply put, one of the best marvel books out atm, at least imo.

Posted by QuantumVertex

Since the introduction of the Apocalypse twins this book has really picked up business. The depiction of the Marvel Universe in Uncanny Avengers is so much dark and emotional. It's full of actual issues that matters. You really get to see more diverse personas in a Remender hemmed book. Excellent book i wish it would've been an Annual with more pages, such a awesome tie in!

Posted by tigerkaya

Read the issue great to see Kang in action and as expected Wolverine tampering in time travel have made things much worse. Note to Marvel stop having the Beast and Wolverine tamper with timelines. Only people I trust in time trvael Kang, Immortus and even Cable. As to the issue itself, so far I've only enjoyed the bits with Kang and the Apocalypse twins. Trophy room scenes I felt could have been detailed better but overall its not a must buy. Just average at best.