Uncanny Avengers 1 review

This is it, the first issue of the first official Marvel Now book. Uncanny Avengers is pretty much the new flagship book of the main Marvel Universe. It’s a team in which half the members are Avengers, and half are X-Men. Havok, Cyclops’s brother, is meant to be the official team leader as they mean to improve human/mutant relations for the future. Is this issue any good though? Is it worthy of kick-starting Marvel Now?

For the most part, this is a good issue. It’s mostly setting up for UA while it doubles as an aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men. Charles Xavier’s funeral takes place in the first half of this issue, and that scene was very well done. The Red Skull begins his plans, and the cliff-hanger is dark and kind of awesome. There is a lot happening in this issue and most of it is good.

Charles Xavier’s dream is discussed a lot in this book, and it’s filtered through each of the six members of the team. For example, the Scarlet Witch feels guilty in thinking that she ruined his dream, while Rogue is angry at her for similar reasons. Each of these filters fit their respective characters perfectly, and it’s a great focus for the first book in Uncanny Avengers.

Because a lot happens in this issue though, several scenes feel a bit rushed. Havok confronts Cyclops in a high security prison. Havok comes across as a bit harsh toward his brother, and Cyclops isn’t given enough time to respond – although what Havok says isn’t entirely inappropriate. Avalanche, who has been, well … modified by Red Skull, attacks a city. That action scene is resolved before the real fight even begins.

The argument between Rogue and the Scarlet Witch feels a bit clunky. It almost feels like half of their dialogue is missing and logical steps are skipped. The Scarlet Witch’s line about more mutants being born feels out of place – she basically questions if more mutants is a good thing. It’s understandable that Rogue is angry though. Rick Remender’s writing is usually much tighter than this scene.

The art is excellent throughout. John Cassaday returns from semi-retirement, and his art is well worth the wait. Every panel looks simple and smooth, yet there’s plenty of character and environmental detail when you look closely. Character expressions are handled very well. I’ve read some complaints about Captain America’s scale-covered uniform, but it doesn’t bother me.

While this issue could have been better, it’s still a good start for Uncanny Avengers. It feels like a natural progression from AVX’s ending. Personally I hope that this book’s existence won’t mean that the X-Men and the Avengers will work together all the time, and that the two franchises can still function on their own. If you like either the X-Men or the Avengers, and the two teaming up for the long term doesn’t bother you, this is an easy recommendation.

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8 Responses to Uncanny Avengers 1 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was very good. Good characterization, and some interesting stuff going on. I have high hopes for this series.

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    • xmenxpert says:

      Almost forgot to mention, I do have one serious concern with this book: No minorities. That seems to be something Remender suffers with in general, as his Secret Avengers is likewise all-white, and UXF’s only minority is an English woman in an Asian body. So she should only count as half a minority.

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    • healed1337 says:

      The lack of minorities doesn’t bother me as much as it seems to worry you. The problem is that most of Marvel’s A-list characters are white and this book has nothing but A-listers so far. There are supposed to be more members joining soon – maybe we’ll get more minorities out of that. There are other books with more minorities as well – most of the remaining characters in Hickman’s Avengers are supposed to to be either minority or female (or both).

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      • xmenxpert says:

        Avengers looks like it’ll be OK in the diversity department. It had serious problems, with the early reveals, with a lack of women (I think out of the first 15 characters revealed, three were women). I just think Remender has a weak record, right now, in terms of using minorities. And considering this is supposed to be a flagship title, the fact that, so far, every character is white is troubling. I think there’s supposed to be two more characters join. I’ll be incredibly disappointed in Remender if neither are a minority. Even if only one of them is, I’ll be a little disappointed.

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      • healed1337 says:

        It’s either two or four more characters that are supposed to join the team, I don’t remember which.
        Don’t get me wrong – I agree with you. Rick Remender doesn’t have the greatest track record with using minorities. That said, if it’s a fun read I can look past that. You also have to be careful with using minorities too. Minorities for the sake of it is just as bad as no minorities.
        For example, Storm could be a good inclusion for Uncanny Avengers, but with Thor on the team as well her powers are somewhat redundant.Black Panther probably won’t join the team considering his country’s stance on the X-Men at the moment. It’s not looking good for either Storm or Black Panther joining UA.
        I haven’t been reading comics that long, and I know little about the Avengers outside the major events since House of M, but are there any other A-list minority characters around? At this point, it looks like any additions to Uncanny Avengers will either be new characters, B-list or lower, or not minorities. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  3. resurrectionflan says:

    Havok and Scarlet Witch are bigger A-Listers than Storm?

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