Posted October 11, 2012 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Uncanny Avengers # 1

Comic book review for Uncanny Avengers # 1 by Rick Remender and John Cassaday 


Marvel NOW officially begins with the release of Uncanny Avengers which features a new team composed of mutant and human heroes alike. The new team will consist of Captain America, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Wolverine, Rogue and new team leader Havok.

It’s the end of AVX and were seeing that the Marvel U is pretty much the same. Mutants are once again becoming hated and feared due to the actions of Cyclops. Captain America decides to start a new strike force which will feature a good amount of Avengers together with a couple of mutants from the X-Men.

Leave it Remender to send us going all around with this new story arc. We see Logan reeling over the death of Professor X while Captain America and Thor speak to Scott Summers’ brother Alex Summers about joining a new team. The latter half of the book focuses on the non-relationship between Rogue and Scarlet Witch before something bad happens to them.

After so many months of reading either the Avengers or the X-Men hitting each other in their respective books we are now being treated to new characters doing the bidding of series baddie Red Skull. I admit I’m still on the fence with regards to the quality of the characters but their powers seem pretty cool.

The other thing that should be appreciated about Uncanny Avengers is the fact that they have John Cassaday back after his awesome Astonishing X-Men run a few years ago. Seeing him draw familiar characters like Kitty and Ororo brought a tear to my eye especially since I’ve been a huge fan of his and Whedon’s Astonishing run.

The best thing about the book isn’t the heroes but rather the villains that appeared. This issue features the return of a returning Avalanche as well as the not-so-secret Red Skull. There’s also a couple of new faces who easily wipes the floor with some of the team members. What shocks me the most in Uncanny Avengers # 1 was the ending. It’s a creepy scene which really looks takes the fight against Skull personal.

While Cassaday’s art was good there were some bits and panels that looked flawed. Nonetheless its still a welcome sight to see him work for Marvel again.

VERDICT: 9.5/10

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Earl Maghirang