Uncanny Avengers #24

by F.D. White on September 18, 2014

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Paul Renaud

With the threat of the Apocalypse Twins over, I was expecting a small arc of quiet reflection. This would be the time since AXIS begins soon and I doubt we'll get it then. So it comes to my surprise that this issue of Uncanny Avengers is fitful, not just in plot but in content as well.

The best parts of this issue are, without a doubt, the moments of contemplation. Alex Summers monologue after his grim "Two-Face" reveal is both devastating and hopeful at the same time. Scarlet Witch, Rogue, and Wolverine have a much needed discussion on the nature of themselves and their relationships that was poignant and revelatory especially knowing The Death of Wolverine is happening now. These are the moments that shine in this issue.

But, Remender needs to set up AXIS and Uncanny is the most fitting book so Red Skull and his lackeys show up and it just doesn't feel appropriate yet. Not only does it not feel like wrong time, it just feels wrong period. It's hard to stay in one space to contemplate while marching forward ahead and the book suffers for it.

Luckily, the book has consistently stellar art from the wonderfully gruesome reveal of Alex Summers to the awesome villain splash pages. Paul Renaud brings his A game to this book and elevates it.

It's not perfect, but it's got more than enough great moments to warrant a buy.

F.D. White is a writer working on his first comic mini-series, "The Fourth Sun." You can follow him on Twitter @fdwhite19

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