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Rick Remender To Write Marvel Comics “AXIS” Villain Event

A couple of weeks ago at the C2E2, Marvel Comics teased a new event for the Fall with “AXIS.”

Now, new details about “AXIS” arrive from the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas.

According to Bleeding Cool, “AXIS” will be written by Rick Remender and is said to be a supervillain-focused crossover spinning out of Uncanny Avengers starring the Avengers and X-Men.

The following image was revealed which looks to feature a Skrull, Loki, Sabretooth, Red Skull, Doctor Doom and Carnage.

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #17

I would’ve really enjoyed Uncanny Avengers #17 much more had I not read Uncanny Avengers #16. Probably an instant Marvel classic, issue #16 will be remembered as the quintessential book of this Remender run, I believe, in days to come.

Issue #17? A fantastic issue, just not as fantastic as issue #16. It will take its place with the issue of Avengers following the Kree/Skrull War, the issue of FF following the Galactus Trilogy and that immortal follow-up in Howard the Duck after the Star Waugh arc, “What do you do, where do you go the day after you save the Universe?” (Brilliant Gerber!)

Oh, there is a lot of good here in #17. For once, instead of seemingly isolated from the Marvel Universe (something that, at least for this book, I approve of), other Avengers and superheroes were involved in the all-out action of a planet fighting for its life against the judgment of an awesome Celestial. (Watch that thumb, Thor!) Another was the simply fantastic use of both the Wasp — who is blossoming as a woman, leader and character for the first time since Roger Stern left Avengers — and the Grim Reaper, who seemed to have gotten the Horsemen short shaft until this issue.

Remender’s characters are ones who, like us, have lived through the events of the Marvel Universe, all of them, unified. This latest plot within a plot within a plot has brought them alive, and the writer has shown us how you can make our favorite Thunder God royal and godly and powerful and yet tragic, human and emotional at the same time. Simply a great rendition of this Lee/Kirby creation, all the more special because he is in part responsible for the current dilemma with his history with Jarnbjorn. This is Thor at his finest, and Remender at his finest.

I will welcome back Daniel Acuna to these pages because he helped establish its real mood after a lackluster effort by John Cassady. But despite what I wrote in days past about Steve McGiven and his tragic barely one-issue involvement with the new Guardians of the Galaxy mag (talk about lackluster, and those new uniforms …!) he has been batting it out of the park here in Uncanny Avengers, especially with portrayals of Exitar, Kang and the Apocalypse Twins. Simply cosmic, and that is the highest compliment we writers of CBN are allowed to bestow.

Definitely pick this issue up for some fantastic art and reading, but put that UA #16 in a poly-bag for the future. 

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #16

Thor is in da house in Uncanny Avengers #16, and so is the breathtaking art of Steve McNiven!

For a book that has blossomed on the strength of writer Rick Remender’s great storytelling ability, grasp of character voice and control of Marvel U.continuity, few examples of such are available in #16.

Nor are they needed.

No, the star of this issue is the cosmic-level action and the emotional closeness created by the lines of the fantastic McNiven. I have oft heard Remender talking about writing to artists’ strengths, and herein is certainly a textbook example (hate that phrase) of such as McNiven’s Thunder God takes it to the Apocalypse Twins while the dread danger of Exitar the Celestial Executioner looms.

Many measure the talent of a writer from his words (mention Stan Lee and his bombastic captions come up; say Brian Bendis and talking heads emerge), but that is not often the case. A writers’s lack of words, when used creatively via his own plot, also screams volumes with its silence. That is what we have here from Remender.

Who will ever forget the moment when Thor closes the eyes of his longtime Avengers associate, the dead Wanda Maximoff? So reverent, so painful. Instant classic.

This is definitely one of the best books each and every month, and the fact that it does not get even more recognition than it does is unfathomable. This is the All-New, All-Different X-Men of our time!

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #15

Intense!

If this book got more nerve-wracking, more gut-wrenching, more daring in its telling of a triangular tale, I don’t think my ever-lovin’ blue eyes could stand it.

Under the pen of writer Rick Remender, Uncanny Avengers is a virtual rollercoaster of angst, characterization, continuity and unbelievable adventure. And death (or at least its believable semblance). Gone are Rogue, Wonder Man and the Scarlet Witch, and the Unity Squad is about as un-unified as the Avengers who started it all, maybe more.

I really do not know where to turn in my admiration for Remender. Issue #15’s tale picks right up after the shocking ending (this book has had more than a few of those, y’know) of last ish and spins our Assemblers every which way, with the Apocalypse Twins and the very interesting machinations of Kang in the backgrouond.

Where this is headed, I cannot guess, but I am loving it!

Remender takes past Marvel continuity and replants it in seeds along this book’s way, letting them reach fruition right when it matters. And it is that method #15 celebrates most.

Of course, a lot of praise also to Steve McNiven, his Greek chorus of inkers and the ever-talented palette of Laura Martin for keeping up with Remender’s powerful script. And how!

If I want to get a friend interested in comics again, all I have to do is show them a copy of Uncanny Avengers #15 (and do a little ‘splainin’). Great read! 

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #13

I love old radio comedy. I also have a very good friend who works for the Kentucky Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The two merged in Uncanny Avengers #13 in a great bit of levity writer Rick Remender adds to an otherwise stark and sober book.

Cap’s hearing goes awry, and he is constantly shouting at his teammates at the worst of times. Old yes, but that does not mean it is not funny, which it is. I can see some readers seeing this as sacrilege: humor in one of our dark comics?! It didn’t used to be called a “funny book” for nothing! Hear … er uh, here, the humor works.

What is not so funny is being Wolverine in a Remender book. It is not that he writes the character badly, quite to the contrary. But what life is tossing at Logan here is not the best of times. Indeed, former Dark Avengers/dead son/new Horseman Daken fairly beats the absolute $#@& out of Daddy Dearest, and this forms – as in Uncanny X-Force – the emotional linchpin about which the rest of the characters and their adventures revolve. Logan is shredded body and soul, as his legendary resilience and resolve shatters. Remender is totally taking the mutant apart, hopefully to build him back stronger than ever? We’ll see; no spoilers here.

Long-time Avengers fans may or may not like what happens with Simon and Wanda this issue. The Scarlet Witch is supposed to be at the heart of solving the problem of the Apocalypse Twins, but she and Wonder Man are definitely NOT spell-building in part of this tale. Whatever happened to passionate embraces or warm, romantic looks? No copy, just eyes?

Daniel Acuna takes a brilliant bow here as we prepare for a new artist, and he does so in style. He has set the tone for this book for awhile, and will be sorely missed by this reviewer.

What about the coming artist? All I can remember is he was touted as the “new look” of a certain Marvel Cosmic team returning to publication and barely did a full issue when all was said and done. What will we see here?

As you will read elsewhere on the web, almost nothing solicited about this issue by Marvel months ago happened. The good news is that Remender and Acuna deliver one hell of an issue, as has been the standard for this Marvel NOW flagship mag.

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #10

Our Avengers Unity Team has split, Captain America being upset for Wolverine’s X-Force being involved in the death of Kid Apocalypse.
 
So now we have Logan leading former X-Men Rogue and Sunfire along with Thor, while Havok’s team (still the official team, I guess) has Alex and Wanda together and old-timers Cap and Jan out in the field while Simon is being a pacifist back at the Mansion.
 
It is to writer Rick Remender’s credit that he not only takes his own X-Force continuity but that of other Marvel writers for these characters and weaves it into a tapestry that brings back fond X-Men memories but with that classic Avengers feel. Incredible!
 
In #10, four fallen friends from the past –ones with grudges — take a turn as the new Four Horsemen.
 
It’s painful to see  Banshee risen and taking vengeance on the brother (Havok) of the man who killed him. Sean was a big part of the “All-New, All-Different” and his death at the hands of Vulcan still hurts.
 
More welcome was the return of Sentry. Not that I have any love for the character, but I relish the rematch from Siege between he and Thor.
 
Anyone who has read Avengers for awhile know the deep history between Simon and brother Grim Reaper (and sometimes the Vision). This also was a welcome return, and I wonder how long Wonder Man will remain pacifist with scythe energy blasting him.
 
And sins of the father: Wolverine comes eye to eye with the fourth Horseman, his own son!
 
Great angst, super action and king continuity that gives this book great weight are all present in this Remender’s adventure.
 
Matching this greatness is the wonderfully powerful art of Daniel Acuna, who handles inks and colors as well. A wonderful palette and great character moments visualized between Rogue and Thor, Alex and Wanda, and Cap and Jan. Bonus points for him showing many of Simon’s old costumes in the Mansion.
 
All that was missing is Jarvis. Come home!
 
Although the unity team is no longer united, Uncanny Avengers is still the best book on the shelves for either franchise. Superb!
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Review: Uncanny Avengers #9

This is one of those stories that you love to read, that bring back memories of great comics summer annuals and worrying about your fave Marvel characters that things actually happened to.

Rick Remender must remember (wow, try to type that fast) those times, because, reader of his brilliant X-Force or not, you immediately get the feel from Wolverine’s delusion of heavy guilt and doom to come.

Remender does my favorite thing in Uncanny Avengers #9: he uses continuity not as a crutch or as a burden of limitation but as the natural order of things it should be, as a springboard for new stories. And that is just what these threads from his X-Force days are becoming here, much to my delight.

But don’t worry, Avengerophiles, we have the great juggler Remender not only tossing the X-ball up and down right from its great Claremont lineage, but also the Thomas/Stern/Busiek A-ball of the classic “classic” Avengers as Jan and Cap, Thor and Cap, Rogue and Wanda, and Logan and everybody argue to the point that it seems the team is split! (Anyone remember this is the Unity Squad??)

Then we have the great M-Word debate continuing in the training room as Wanda and Rogue go hot and heavy over what Alex said or didn’t say, meant or didn’t mean. Classic Claremont X-Men.

And this is the time Wonder Man fans have awaited! Pacifist or not, Simon’s arrival to “save” Cap at the hands of HYDRA and also his brief but very welcome discourse with the Beast are the best things to happen to the character since the Englehart/Milgrom West Coast Avengers days! Wonder-ful!

All writing signs are go! Did Marvel let some weak artist mess up the perfect comic? Nope! Daniel Acuna delivers on all fronts: masses of characters, facial expressions, busy backgrounds, cosmic scope, vile villains, powerful heroes, wondrous color palettes … All this and I haven’t even touched on Kang (always in the background) and the Apocalypse Twins.  (whew!)

I rarely do this, but however you want to say it – 5 stars, 10 out of 10 – Uncanny Avengers is THE perfect comic and, for me and many others, the new flagship of Marvel NOW!

Buy it!

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C2E2: The Sentry Returns: Will see Rematch With Thor

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7276:]]Today at the C2E2, Marvel Comics announced the return of The Sentry.

Coming to Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers, The Sentry will return as an Apocalypse Horseman of Death along with Banshee, the Grim Reaper and Daken in the “Four Deaths” storyline.

And it’s said we will see a rematch between the man with the power of a million suns and the Asgardian thunder god.

In addition, Daken will take on Wolverine, Banshee vs. Alex Summers and Grim Reaper vs. Rogue.

Series writer Rick Remender stated:

We’re trying to grow the Apocalypse mythology. Uncanny Avengers is the big world-shaking threats. The Apocalypse Twins, the children of Warren Worthington and Pestilence, grown up in the future, raised by Kang, and they’re doing things differently.

They have taken 4 death seeds from 4 celestials, and they are tough characters. You have the Sentry, you’ll have a big Sentry – Thor rematch.

We have Grim Reaper vs. Rogue. We have Daken vs. Wolverine. We have Banshee vs. Alex Summers

There’s probably bad blood between Daken and his dad, since he drowned him in a puddle.

What the Apocalypse twins have done is create the Four Horsemen of Death…this sounds like I’m sitting in my house playing D&D by myself. Each one of them have context with our cast. You’re going to see a big Sentry/Thor knockdown fight.

Last we saw of The Sentry, The Void and Robert Reynolds, was during Siege when Thor was forced to strike him down with a lightning bolt

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #7

 

I can truly say I have not enjoyed Avengers so much since Black Panther and the Vision were the “new guys.”

Uncanny Avengers professes to be the blended result of Avengers vs. X-Men, but under continuity king Rick Remender issue #7 shows how this book has risen way, way above that “event” mish-mash.

While Jonathan Hickman is playing his long game with sci-fi plots and a toy chest of tin soldiers who barely acknowledge each other, Remender takes a taught group of Avengers (some of whom happen to be Homo Superior) and is as cosmic as you can get in #7’s opening pages while then handling the minutia of characters and continuity in the familiar confines of Avengers Mansion.

As Jan said in #5, it might not have Jarvis any longer, but it IS home.

The scenes between the characters, the inclusion of Starcore and SWORD and the beautiful connection to Aaron’s Thor make longtime readers feel comfort in the adventures while those often-sought commodities, “new readers,” should still be able to catch up and hang on.

The Avengers were battling Kang when I first started reading the Roy Thomas-written comic and I did not know much of what was going on … but I liked it!. And here I am, all these decades later, still a Merry Marching Marvelite, a QNS and delighted when writers like Remender use history as a tool and not see it as so much baggage.

These characters have lived! Let them have memories of their lives, even if we kind of sideswipe time’s passage a tad.

What can I say about the beautiful art work of Daniel Acuna? Welcome, sir, and please stay as long as possible.

Character. Cosmic. Continuity. Mr. Remender certainly passes my Three-C test.

How about yours?

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #6

 

If you have been reading the Marvel NOWThor, you will get additional enjoyment out of this time-traveling issue of Uncanny Avengers.

If not, you’re still bound to love it!

For a hero who could have been portrayed by a cardboard cutout last issue, the God of Thunder (even without his Uru hammer) comes on mightily here in a younger incarnation wherein humility (and Don Blake) were yet to be discovered.

The initial battle between Apocalypse and young Thor was a brief one, but after Thor utilizes a weapon very seldom used by Asgardians — a book! — he is able to transform his ax into apparently THE mightiest weapon in the Nine Worlds and parts of Britain!

Once again, Rick Remender proves to be the Kontinuity King and deserves nothing but praise as All-Father Odin tells Thor about the pact between the Skyfathers and Celestials from the beautiful issue of Thor by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Maccio which ended Roy Thomas’ brilliant arc “Celestials Saga.” Smart!

The manoeuvres of Loki (?), Kang, his younger self Rama-Tut and Apocalypse fill this Thor-centric adventure with a sophistication reminiscent of classic Avengers tales.

And welcome to new artist Daniel Acuna, whose images and colors brought Remender’s great action to life, from long-ago Scandinaviato a breath-taking view of Asgard and  Bifrost ( and Heimdall!). Hope your stay is a long one, sir.

Uncanny Avengersis quickly becoming the book carrying on the classic voices of Lee/Kirby, Thomas/Buscema, Stern/Milgrom etc., mutants (sorry, Alex) regardless.

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Uncanny Avengers #5: Call Me Alex: The Controversy Of Being Human

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I was surprised. Really.

I thought sure the internet scuttlebutt on the forums after the release of Uncanny Avengers #5 would be about either Jan’s dispute with Rogue over the placement of Professor X’s portrait in Avengers Mansion vs. a picture of the original Avengers, or (more likely) Rogue’s killing of longtime Avengers villain (and Wonder Man’s brother) the Grim Reaper– and on TV, in public if you will.

So what to my wondering eyes did appear on the boards but diverse opinions on diversity, on Alex’s press conference speech about the derogatory (in Havok’s opinion) term “mutant,” of more especially how the label seems to remove those with the X-gene from the human race.

Now anyone who has read any X-book for any length of time (and especially during the golden Chris Claremont years with stories like “Days of Future Past”) knows how the mutants (sorry, Alex) have suffered as a separate society in America and all over the globe, although I do agree with Wolverine’s earlier statement that there is no such thing as a mutant “community” in the Marvel Universe.

Xavier’s Dream is for “mutants” to live peacefully alongside the other diverse forms of humanity in peace.

And yet, on the boards, Alex’s statements have taken him from Scott’s poor (maybe obscure) little brother to being termed everything from Superman to Hitler.

As a fellow reviewer said, I cannot speak to individual readers’ opinions on diversity because I am a straight male Caucasian, but I can speak to what Havok was saying because I have known the character since he was created.

In our world, most “minorities” (another offending M word, IMO) have been looked down upon by the extant majority, whether it be in the modern day U.S.or in Africa, where indeed those humans of dark skin also made slaves of neighboring tribesmen of the same skin hue.

In the Marvel Universe, those humans with the X-gene have really not been looked “down upon” so much as looked “up” to, feared and hated because those without said gene may be, like the Kree, at evolution’s end, on the way out as a species.

Or just plain feared and hated.

I think really only Magneto (and maybe the Toad in the early days, lol) believed that “Homo superior” was indeed a separate, superior species. And it may have been just propaganda to Eric himself.

What Alex was saying to the public at large is that he is human and you are human, no matter your genetics, your skin hue or if you open your egg from the bottom or the top.

I am human. You are human.

Don’t call me a straight male Caucasian.

Hey, call me Byron.

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #5

With the threat of the Red Skull and his S-Men at least temporarily driven from the public eye, scribe Rick Remender turns in a very effective “Roy Thomas issue” in Uncanny Avengers #5, one that at times pulls on the heartstrings of longtime X-Men readers … and also raises a bit of unexpected controversy.

The group really comes to life as a team this issue as things are settled — the picture of the original Avengers still belongs in the main lobby, Professor X goes in the entry hall — and three new teammates (Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire) arrive, bringing dozens of potential future story threads with them.

Alex, even nervous as he is at manning the helm of such a public entity as the Avengers Unity Division, makes it clear at the obligatory “large table” team meeting and at a later press conference (see an upcoming What the D’ast? column on CBN about this) that he’s team leader.

Rogue is correct when she whispers to Alex that the Prof would be proud of him.

Unlike other writers who shun continuity to attract new readers without needless life-luggage to their characters, Remender embraces the pasts of his characters, reminding us who they are and how they got here. This issue, it is not only true with Wolverine and Sunfire but Alex and Rogue as well.

And speaking of Thomas, his Avengers feel was surely here during scenes with Cap and Wanda as well as Roy’s old Simon/Grim Reaper brothers plotline.

Remender takes these items and others unmentioned (you as a reader should have some fun of discovery!) and brews one hell of an Avengers tale that is also a great reflection of Xavier’s Dream.

I really loved the Coipel/Morales art this time around and, while the action was great, the clear lines, character work and especially facial expressions were perfect for this kind of set-up issue. Havok meeting Wasp and Wonder Man was hilarious, and Logan’s heartfelt discussion with Sunfire was gut-wrenching because of the art as well as the script. Bravo!

The book that launched Marvel NOWis keeping its place as the flagship mag in a very appreciated Marvel manner.

Other NOWseries creators could learn a few things from Remender & Co.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Gets Omar Sy As?? How about Deathlok?

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The director once again let the info be known through his Twitter, and once again it’s up to all of us to play the guessing game.

As there is an element of time travel to X-Men: Days of Future Past it’s thought that Omar Sy might be portraying the mutant from the future with Bishop.

Of course, there are other contenders and one could be Forge.

I’ll throw one out there for fun — Deathlok?

There was a Deathlok from an alternate future that was featured in Rick Remender’s recent run of Uncanny X-Force

I think the “Days of Future Past” comic book story was only like two issues, so there is a lot Singer could do and go with.

Omar Sy is a French actor known for the Intouchables and Micmacs.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

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Uncanny Avengers #4 Reveals the Deaths of The Future! And More!

While all the hype this week might be surrounding Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated #8, there just may be another issue that might top it.

Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers is becoming a huge fan-favorite.

As we saw at the end of issue #1, the Red Skull had aquired Professor Xavier’s brain!

Now check out some pics from today’s Uncanny Avengers #4 which features a possible future that takes place three months from now!

We see that not only has Red Skull become Onslaught as he melds with Xavier’s brain, but the deaths of a bunch of Marvel heroes are teased as well!

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Review: Uncanny X-Force #35

Earlier today at the CBN offices….

     Me: “Hey Matt, it’s Brian…I’m gonna write up X-Force #35″‘…

          Matt: “Say wha?! *face palm*”…..

               Matt: “Doc..Brian’s gonna cover a street level book…X-Force..”

                    Doc: *thud*…*silence*

                         Me:  Um…is he bleeding?

                              Matt: “He’ll be fine…that stack of Marvel NOW variant covers broke his fall.”

That’s right CBN readers. I’m not just some comic hipster who just reads small press, creator owned, Indies. When something comes up that catches my eye in the mainstream,  I’ll take a peek. Usually don’t get past the first couple of issues, but none the less….I try…

One series that I picked and have never stopped reading is Rick Remender’s X-Force.  This series consistently delivered month over month with very few exceptions. The writing was spot on and the art, although sometimes inconsistent, fit the tone of the stories well.  

Remender brought the perfect blend of characters (old and new), action, romance and above all consequences that will continue to echo with these characters from here on in. His “Dark Angel Saga” stands out as one of the best stories in recent history.  

I was also happy to see this book for the most part stay separate from the big AvX crossover and movie driven schlock that we typically see from Marvel as of late.  I will miss many things from his run, but mostly, I will miss the best written version of Deadpool in the history of that characters existence…period.

Issue #35 wraps up the “Final Execution” story arc and closes Volume 1 on this X-Force run as the team has decided to disband.  With this issue we get a glimpse into how each of the characters are dealing with the fallout of their decisions and actions. With one exception…Angel.  Although he’s left out, I think it’s appropriate as the Angel who was part of this team is no more.  

We see Logan, a character who rarely says ‘What if?”…second guessing himself with deep regret..

We see Betsy, regretting her decisions, but ultimately forgiven and in a better place at the end..

We experience a surprisingly tender and fatherly moment between Deadpool and Evan (the cloned Apocalypse) concluding with a truly laugh out loud moment..

We finally find out what old future Logan whispered into Wolverine’s ear…

And finally…without spoilers…we find out the true fate…err fates…. of Fantomex…something that foreshadows things to come in Volume 2.

Wrapping up a story run is never an easy thing for a writer and frequently done bad (I’m looking at you Lost), but this ending felt right for the book and I couldn’t be more satisfied. 

If this book isn’t in your reading stack, I highly recommend you pick it up. If you haven’t been on board this ride, do yourself a favor and pick up the trades. You won’t regret it.

This is a series that I soon will not forget….just Remender…

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #2

 

Rick Remender and John Cassady keep hitting old X-Men fans like myself in the emotional gut as they create a brave, new world and dedication to Xavier’s Dream.

Anyone who has followed the career of Rogue as a character since her first appearance in Avengers Annual #10 (1981, and as a villain yet!) will be undoubtedly rewarded with the saga presented in Uncanny Avengers #2 as the Southern belle helps free Wanda from the clutches of the mad Red Skull, now new and improved with Professor X’s brain.

Even imagining writing this kind of tale has this old-school fanboy shaking and quaking in his Merry Marvel Marching boots, much less seeing same on the printed page! Anyone who does not feel some type of emotion when Rogue and the Scarlet Witch find the lobotomized remains of Charles Xavier on a cold steel table was never a True Believer in the first place.

Remender has said the “X” portion of the first few issues (when and if they arrive at my LCS) would be heavy, but he would also be offering up the great Roger Stern feel of Avengers eventually and that in itself is reason enough to stick around at least until another few of the old gang (Wonder Man and the return of the Winsome Wasp!) comes about in #5.

The artwork on this issue is — what can I say? — uncanny. Cassady really has the feel for what makes a book look good and what makes characters feel the emotions Remender wants them to feel. Again, I return to the scene with Rogue and Wanda, certainly one that will be an X-classic for years to come. I also liked the way Cassady visually and Remender storywise handled Rogue’s escape. And the convo between Logan and Cap regarding Havok and his new role was the cherry on top of the sundae.

I know this book is not everyone’s cup of tea. Avengers fans like classic, X-Men fans love complications. But at least we have a team, independent of the U.S. government, living in Avengers Mansion again. So the big question now: Who gets Jarvis?

Get on board this rock-solid foundation of Marvel NOW while you can. And if you aren’t a True Believer or Quite Nuff Sayer … well, you soon will be.

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Uncanny X-Force #34 Major Spoiler; Forget Amazing Spider-Man #698

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Amazing Spider-Man #698 is not the only comic book that you might want to pick up this week where something “big” takes place, don’t let that overshadow the events of Uncanny X-Force #34.

The issue is the second last of writer Rick Remender who has gone on to the likes of Uncanny Avengers.

The issue happens to see — the death of Daken at the hands of his father, Wolverine?!

Check it out below, this just might be another Uncanny X-Force issue that will become hard to get with early issues of the series fetching a high price as well as the Hard Cover trades.

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Wasp, Wonder Man & Sunfire Join Uncanny Avengers; #5 Cover Revealed

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Marvel held a Next Big Thing conference call today with writer Rick Remender and editor Tom Brevoort where it was revealed that new members would be joining the Uncanny Avengers.

Wasp, Wonder Man and Sunfire are new additions as seen on the John Cassaday cover to Uncanny Avengers #5.

The new team will debut in #5 with artist Olivier Coipel coming on board for the issue as Cassaday catches up with the rest of the series.

During the call Remender offered some info on each of the characters (via CBR):

…there will be a natural reason for Sunfire to join, though he will have some “business” with Wolverine. “I don’t think there’s any character I can write that’s as surly as Sunfire…and he’s a classic X-Man. He’s one of the guys Charles Xavier wanted on the squad in ‘Giant-Size’ and #94.”

Wonder Man would be more of a pacifist this time out and will serve as the publicist for the team with his Hollywood experience, and the Wasp will be the heroine who funds the team as these Avengers will live in the Avengers Mansion and take no government funding for their activities. “Beyond that, Wasp has a few interesting things she’ll be doing as well to help the mutants reputation…not all of that will go well.”

There was no mention of the delays surrounding the series.

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Spoiler Last Page For Uncanny Avengers #1

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Yesterday we told you about what an angry fan sent in from Uncanny Avengers #1.

Now with the issue officially out and in stores we can take a look for ourselves.

Yep, we see the Red Skull holding Xavier’s brain, using it to take out all those darn dirty muties.

We also posted an advanced review where the DOC had just about only good things to say. 

“Smart and intriguing with just a hint of Remender’s patented craziness — this one’s a solid read that will leave fans wanting more!”

Other than the goofy ending (below) and the less than stellar new costume for Captain America it was an overall good issue.

The DOC also brings up another point. The Marvel NOW! teaser cover features some sort of robot (right) – is that Xavier’s brain?!

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Advanced Review: Uncanny Avengers #1

Welcome to the most pre-ordered book of all time! The “Revolution” has begun and Marvel Now! is officially underway! 

Fan favorites, Rick Remender and John Cassady, have laid the groundwork for the future of the Marvel U. with a book that changes the status quo! Former heroes are behind bars, a classic X villain re-emerges with more than a little angst and a mass murderer gives a eulogy! Cyclops’ Extinction team is on the run and the mutant race is more hated than ever! Wait, how is this different? Because “big blue,” Captain America, has a plan to introduce the world to how heroic the X -Men have been over the years.

Everything tastes better when Cap’s got your back!

But seriously, Remender brings a voice to these characters – X-Men especially – that is just not found in their regular books. He brings a depth to them, a richness seldom found and it makes the debut issue of this series that much better. This book will sell no matter what, but it is the pitch perfect characterization by Remender that will keep the fans returning. From Xavier’s eulogy to the completely off-the-wall ending, you will be enthralled by every page. If this is the type of tales we can expect from the rest of the Marvel Now! books, we are in for a resurgence of the Marvel books of old!

Smart and intriguing with just a hint of Remender’s patented craziness — this one’s a solid read that will leave fans wanting more!

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