The time is NOW! Marvel NOW! is finally upon us, and we’ll get at least one new issue a week for the foreseeable future. Uncanny Avengers is supposed to be the new status quo team of the Marvel Universe, being the leading member of MN!’s trinity (Hickman’s Avengers, and Bendis’ X-Men make up the other two). In concept, this would work well. The team of Remender, Hickman, and Bendis have enough credibility to write a universe alone, but combined, it they’d be a force to be reckoned with. Well, at least they should have…. Here’s what I did like:
1. When Xavier appears in the flashback sequences, all I hear is Patrick Stewart. Which is a very good thing.
2. We get a teaser for All-New X-Men.
3. Havok is important now.
Rating before reading: 6
Rating after reading: 5
I have to admit I was anticipating this title, I was worried about its quality would blow me away, and I’d struggle to add it to my pull list. What we got was a comic not worthy of most people’s pull list, and this is for a variety of reasons.
1. Everyone makes a huge deal out of Xavier’s death. While I’m sure in continuity it’s quite traumatic, the reality is he’s been AFK for so long that few readers could really care. I honestly thought he was dead until they killed him off. Also, these are comic books. No one stays dead (Xavier sure didn’t). Especially given the publicity Human Torch got upon his death, and he was back in action not 6 months later. It’s hard for me to believe in a story, that we as readers know will not be worth it in a years time. Though I guess this lends itself to the “NOW” part. Marvel isn’t concerned with later. They are only trying to carry on some sense of momentum AvX got them.
2. It doesn’t end there. Scott’s being blamed as the bad guy on almost all sides, when in reality shouldn’t the Phoenix be to blame? Granted I didn’t read AvX, but I sure as hell followed along. I didn’t get the same reaction to Scott everyone in the Marvel Universe did.
3. Everyone whines. Havok doesn’t want to be leader. Rogue’s being dramatic, and Scarlett Witch is being overzealous. The only people who I can’t find fault with were Cap and Thor, and that might be because they didn’t add any personality to the story whatsoever.
Ultimately Uncanny Avengers starts off to a very rocky start. The ideas are there, and the art is fabulous, but the concept and the execution still need work. This team feels more like Avengers + 1 rather than a mix of both teams. Multiple X-Men have not been Avengers, and they overlooked almost all of them. This sudden interest in Alex Summers was refreshing for a fan such as myself, but very out-of-place within the story. Uncanny Avengers failed to deliver the wow that it needed too to impress me into believing Marvel NOW! was a good idea. This leaves MN! with 3 more chances to sway me. However I have to imagine Marvel’s fleet will have a hard time with its flagship barely managing to float.
Until the next time, the future is NOW!