Uncanny Avengers #5

by Tori B. on March 27, 2013

As Havok tries to better step into his role as leader of the Avengers Unity Division, even if he does have a couple of petty reasons as to why he’s there in the first place, he makes a couple big statements politically but there’s more than just politics that plague this team of Uncanny Avengers.  
Writer: Rick Remender| Artists: Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, & Laura Martin
Cover: John Cassady & Laura Martin | Publisher: Marvel
 Uncanny Avengers has been interesting to say the least.
While it had a seemingly decent start, this issue renders it entirely questionable as to whether this series will be worth holding onto in the future. Personally I plan on continuing with it, just to see where it goes, and a good portion of these characters are some favourites, that don’t have a home in another series (mostly Scarlet Witch and Havok) and it’s tough to let go. But it kind of went a little downhill from here.
It’s hard to say, if the early delays that pushed it back to start has automatically doomed the series, but it’s hard to keep the plot in focus with all the other books that Marvel’s been pushing out, and pushing out with much more intriguing plotlines as well. Remender likely has something brewing for the longhaul, but there are a lot of introductions to many villainous faces we’ve seen before and none yet have come with any sort of conclusion in their defeat. Which is fine, but among every other book that readers are juggling, it’s just not captivating enough yet to justify every villain that’s showing up. Especially when they show up with a text heavy introduction like in this issue. While it was interesting, it cuts off from where we were last left off from the previous issue, and is slightly disorienting.
Remender’s writing for a majority of this issue is questionable at best and characterizations seemed to have its moments that are slightly off for the whole series so far, but it’s never been as wildly strange as when Alex comes to meet Janet and Simon. Rogue’s apparently comfortable enough to just start redecorating the entire Avengers mansion to her own liking and Alex is clearly in the middle of some sort of mid life crisis because I honestly have no idea what’s going on with him. (I’m not even going to touch on the entire political debacle that has arisen from Alex’s stirring speech against mutants) All I can say is that I hope Remender starts revealing a little more substance to the work and maybe some better direction for why some of these crazy cats are saying what they’re saying. And that’s not to say there aren’t some endearing moments either. Steve and Wanda, Simon and Wanda (not too much, but a lot of it is talked about), Rogue and Alex, and even just Alex and that little charming smirk he gives at the end of his speech.
On the plus side, we now have Coipel’s stunning pencils to distract from everyone’s odd behaviours. Coipel knows how to draw some pretty attractive faces, and coming from John Cassaday doing previous issues, this was incredibly easy on the eyes (especially that half a page of Cap doing his exercises).
I’m not saying I’m quite giving up on this series yet, I’m too much of a fan of the handful of characters that are on it, but it’s certainly not being quite written to expectations especially when Remender has a pretty good rapport and this was one of the biggest titles Marvel was pushing with Marvel Now!. I’ll keep holding out in hopes that Remender is actually going somewhere with all this and everyone’s crazy kind of gets explained but if anyone decided to drop UA from this issue I wouldn’t blame them / be surprised.

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