Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Uncanny Avengers #1



UNCANNY AVENGERS #1
GRADE: B
STORY BY: Rick Remender
ART BY: John Cassaday
COVER BY: John Cassaday
PUBLISHER: Marvel

SYNOPSIS:
Rising out of the ashes of the (overlong and really bad) Avengers vs X-men miniseries event comes Uncanny Avengers! Captain America has decided that he has not done enough for the mutant community over the years and sets out to rectify that by forming a combo platter Avengers/X-Men team.

THE GOOD

Rick Remender is a really good writer who has a knack for creating high stakes storylines without sacrificing any of the character moments that team books really need to stay interesting. The seeds he has dropped in this first issue look to be poised to bear some seriously kick ass fruit.
John Cassaday’s art met every challenge of Remender’s script and it looks like the storylines for this book will be right in line with the widescreen style of Cassaday’s pencils.

I also like the initial lineup of the team (Captain America, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Wolverine, Havok and Rogue). Rogue and Havok are not the first X-characters I would think of when deciding who would make good additions to the Avengers but they look to be working so far plus the conflict between some of the members of the team should illicit a lot of good material. And I absolutely love the choice for the first villain this team will face.

THE BAD

It’s a shame they are still treating Cyclops like Hannibal Lecter. If every super hero who did awful things while under some sort of mind control or possession was locked up the only people left free to fight Doctor Doom would be Squirrel Girl and Frog Man.
Also that group of odd looking punchlines sent to take out the Scarlet Witch and Rogue just left me shaking my head. The Goat-Faced Girl? Seriously? That whole crew is destined for the Legion of the Lame.

THE UGLY

The abuses being heaped on the corpse of Prof. X just makes me weep. And what is it with Nazis and brain removals?

FINAL VERDICT

A fun first issue that sets the high stakes we are likely to be seeing on the regular with this comic. Remender and Cassady make a very good team and I am anxiously waiting for future issues.

2 comments

  1. David Torres · May 6, 2013

    Love this issue! I’m dying to see more of Rogue and Wanda’s interaction.

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    • Derek · May 6, 2013

      I loved when Wanda called Rogue one of Magneto’s floozies. The rancor between those two is the highlight of Uncanny Avengers for me.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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