The GeeksverseUncanny Avengers #1

Uncanny Avengers #1
Published on Friday, October 12, 2012 by

The first book of Marvel Now! integrates the Avengers and the X-Men.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: John Cassaday
Colored by: Laura Martin
Lettered by: VC's Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- John Cassaday, B- Daniel Acuna; C- Neal Adams; D- Mark Brooks; E- J. Scott Campbell; F- Olivier Coipel; G- Adi Granov; H- Sara Pichelli; I- Ryan Stegman; J- Mark Texeira; K- Skottie Young
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This issue starts the Marvel Now! initiative and follows on the events of Avengers Vs X-Men. Marvel has said that this is the lynchpin book, the focal book of the new Marvel Universe.

It’s off to a good start but there are some issues that hopefully get corrected.

The basic idea behind Uncanny Avengers is that Captain America has finally realized that the Avengers have to take a hand in mutant affairs, they’ve stayed on the sidelines too long. Like AvX #12, this issue just highlights how odd sounding that is. It’s odd in that it’s taken this long for someone in Marvel editorial to realize that the Avengers should have been involved a long time ago. They have had mutants in their ranks, but when those mutants joined it was like all the “fear and hatred” that a mutant had to deal with disappeared.

For the most part this is a very solid issue. The appearance by Avalanche is nice, the appearance by the Red Skull at the end is good. The Skull (and hopefully it’ll be explained how he came back to life) is a bit of an odd choice as a villain to use in the first combined Avengers/X-Men issue, but in some ways he works. He’s a genocidal nazi, wants the one true race, so mutants would be an abomination to him. That part makes sense, but again, he helps highlight how closeted the two halves of the MU were prior to this.

Remender’s script is nice in some spots and a bit rough in others. The scenes with Havok, Captain America and Thor are well done. Good characterization, good handing of the characters, some funny moments. The scene with Havok and Scott is nicely handled with Scott showing a bit of remorse but confident in his actions. The funeral scene with Wolverine is a bit forced because it doesn’t seem like he would be the one giving the eulogy, even with Scott in prison. Wouldn’t Beast or Iceman be the better choice?

The Rogue and Scarlet Witch scenes are a bit forced, especially Rogue’s dialogue. The “sugah” is extremely forced, looking like it was added at the last second because it’s something she’s expected to say. Same with Wanda’s captions at Xavier’s grave. After leaving the Brotherhood she was an Avenger through and through and never really associated with the X-Men that much at all, so her words are a bit hollow because she never had that interaction with Xavier.

Havok is the natural choice to lead a team like this.

Now if you approach this as soft reboot, the issue stands much better (aside from Rogue’s dialogue).

The seeds are planted to make a strong book, and hopefully Remender can correct the few minor script issues.

The art by Cassaday is superb. His pencils have been missed from a monthly book. Costume design is not his strong point. Aside from Thor’s new look, the other’s are a bit awkward especially the Scarlet Witch and Havoks. The Witch’s does look better then the cover would lead to believe, but Havok’s is still not that good.

Uncanny Avengers #1 receives 4 out of 5

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