Uncanny Avengers #19

by F.D. White on April 23, 2014

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Daniel Acuna


Uncanny Avengers was one of my favorite Marvel books almost exclusively because of its wide-ranging cast. From Thor to Havok to Arno Stark, this cast is incredibly diverse. That being said, I think it’s starting to become the series downfall. There’s so many moving pieces to the story that following it monthly is becoming quite difficult. It’s a series that might be best read once all is said and done. It feels like the “Avenge The Earth” arc is moving along at a breakneck pace, much faster than the rest of the series has moved, especially considering how much time had been devoted solely to character interaction and development in earlier issues.

Ever since Earth-616 exploded and many of the main cast had died, it feels like nothing is at stake anymore when it should feel like everything is at stake. Initially, I found Havok compelling when trying to bring his Unity team together, but now that he is almost the sole character left I find him less interesting than ever. The story feels like it’s in the right spot, but for some reason I’m not getting the same emotional resonance that I was previously. The Remender’s writing is still strong, and Acuna’s art is still sharp, but it seems like something is missing. Maybe it’s the unbridled wackiness of the earlier arcs (I’m still waiting for The Red Skull to make a comeback) or maybe it’s because I’m still a little mad that Captain America is dead. Either way, I don’t know. It just leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth.

Now, don't get me wrong. I’m in no way saying that this is a bad book though. It’s still one of the better pulls I get each month. It’s still interesting, just not as interesting as it used to be. I’m hoping that once the “Avenge The Earth” arc then I can find some renewed interest. I’m also hoping it’ll somehow tie into Remender’s “Captain America” run in the same way that “Winter Soldier: The Bitter March” does.

Side note: I’m pretty sure Thor gets all the best moments in this book.

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