Uncanny Avengers gets a much needed restart after the events of AXIS and while the premiere issue doesn’t do much in notifying readers what the overall plan for this relaunch is, it makes it clear that Rick Remender intends for it to be a thrilling ride.
While the first volume of Uncanny Avengers had the momentum and developments of Avengers Vs. X-Men to build off of, this volume has the chore of following the rather dismal AXIS crossover, namely the revelation that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are not in fact, Magneto’s children. The fact that the biggest outcome of the crossover is a retcon that had nothing to do with the main plot of AXIS is very telling of that particular story and what Remender has given himself and readers to work with in this new volume. And yet it works, mainly because the characters react similarly to readers, asking the obvious question, “Why?” While the real world reasoning is clear as day and rather foolish, the least Remender could do is try to get a good story out of it. With absolutely no set-up, this issue throws us right into the action as we join Pietro and Wanda on Counter-Earth, searching for answers about their true parentage. The answers they find may seem silly but it may be worth it to see the Maximoff twins teaming up in their prime. Beautifully drawn by Acuña, the issue opens up to a high-octane fight of the two heroes battling all sorts of animal-human hybrids with designs that only Acuña could pull off so wonderfully. A futuristic city filled with odd creatures is such a perfect fit for Acuña that when the issue switches over to the rest of the cast, readers will eagerly want to return to Counter-Earth.
Luckily, Remender already has them on their way and they’re less of a team and more of a group of heroes Rogue put together to find Wanda. Before we can gauge whether this team has chemistry, they’re split up and thrown into separate situations, each more dire and random than the one before. It makes for a fast-paced read and an opening that’s quite different from your average team book. While I’m eager to see how they deal with their current situations, I’m more eager to learn what makes this team stay together after this initial mission. Right now, it feels like a random grouping that random things are happening to, exciting but completely directionless.
Uncanny Avengers #1 is one of the better Marvel launches in recent memory. While it remains to be seen what the point of this particular title is and how well this cast of characters will gel together, Remender sets up a slew of interesting plot threads and Acuña manages to create a world that readers will be eager to return to next issue.
The Verdict: 7.0/10