Uncanny Avengers #1

by F.D. White on January 29, 2015

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Daniel Acuña

Following Axis (AKA The Uncanny Avengers Event Book, Because Why Not?), we find outselves at a brand new Uncanny Avengers #1. Literally spinning out of Axis and wasting no time getting to the point we see a new team on a hunt to find the missing Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver before they do something awful they might regret. What is so great about this first issue is that it is stated in no uncertain terms that this is not an "official Avengers/X-Men team" like the Unity Squad was.. They are hobbled together by Rogue whoever she thought who cared enough to help her find Wanda.

This dynamic changes the feel of the book into something a little more interesting. Before they were a group trying to work under a broad theme of "uniting humanity and mutants." It's a big challenge for such a small group, and because of that they consistently failed. This time around you have a group of people who are united under a single purpose of finding their friends. This is doubly interesting because of the fact that even though they might all care for Wanda and Pietro, they are not necessarily entirely close themselves. Falcon, Sabertooth, Vision, Rogue, Brother Voodoo: they may have fought togther or against one another in the past, but that is about it. On top of all of this, each of these characters is going through a transitionary period in their lives. It's all very tumultous, which Remender seems to revel in writing.

I feel like a broken record when it comes to the art, but Daniel Acuña is creating some absolutely stunning art here. His painted pages have been some of the best looking in comics. Sometimes the figures look a little stiff, but when he hits his mark it's incredible.

Uncanny Avengers gets off to a strong, but slow start. Remender tends to play the long game with his stories. Eventually this will all culminate in a major cathartic moment.

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