Uncanny Avengers #1 out of a lot of ANAD Marvel was one I didn’t find myself that hyped about. I was hit or miss on Uncanny Avengers when it was under Remender’s hand though I loved the first arc, but I decided to give this a shot thanks to the Avengers #0 story. Deadpool as an official Avenger is enough to at least catch my eye. It’s something that you never saw happening ever yet here we are, Deadpool is part of the Avengers. With Steve Rogers at the helm along with Rogue, Johnny Storm, Quicksilver, Spider-Man, Doctor Voodoo, and Synapse we have our Uncanny Avengers. The team make up is called The Unity Squad which is Humans, Mutants, and now Inhumans working together to make the world better. Gerry Duggan who has spent a lot of time with Deadpool in his own series is writing this new team along with Ryan Stegman bringing his artistic talents to the squad. Put Richard Isanove on colors and wow, this comic really pops out at you. From a book I didn’t think I’d end up getting into as much to a series I could see myself reading more of, here’s my own journey through Uncanny Avengers #1. ANAD Marvel, you’re pulling out some surprises on me aren’t you?
Initially I titled this with a title referencing the Justice League International mostly because the team dynamic is one of the more stranger I’ve seen in awhile. It’s unconventional but enjoyable in a fun way. I like many types of team dynamics and this is one that I could see becoming a lot of fun in the issues to come. They’re based out of an old theater for goodness sake that has endless amounts of history to it. I’m excited to see where that leads as a theater as old as what the Uncanny Avengers are based out of has character in itself. In a very mild spoiler for the book but not a big deal as it has been shown in previews but Deadpool funds the team. Not a joke, not a lie, Deadpool funds the Uncanny Avengers through merchandise sold at the theater, that’s amazing. I love these little touches that Gerry Duggan has added to this series. Oh yes there is fighting but there is also so much character to this series that I can’t help but enjoy.
To me the state of the team in Uncanny Avengers makes sense considering that everything in the Marvel Universe is a little haywire. It’s honestly kind of exciting for me to see how this team plays out. I like Quicksilver in this series as him getting to have some fun and enjoying himself worked for me. I joke that Johnny Storm is the next Wolverine considering he’s on both Uncanny Avengers and Uncanny Inhumans. The new villain is still early in development and I’m not completely sold on it yet but it’s a first villain and a good way to build the team dynamics so I’m game to see where Duggan takes the idea. Even weirder we live in a concept where Deadpool can work well in an Avengers team, I never thought I’d say that but I like this world.
I get the feeling some people are going to be torn on Ryan Stegman’s look on this series. Personally I loved what I saw in the Avengers #0 intro story and it is only getting better in Uncanny Avengers. Steve Rogers has the best grizzled battle look ever, he might be an old man but he shows that this old man can do damage. Duggan’s characterization shows as much as Stegman’s art matches that. It’s also an action packed story which the initial battle with the Super Adaptoid shows off the massive amount of energy Stegman is putting into Duggan’s script. It’s so fast paced and it feels like a thrill ride. I like Stegman’s take on the Adaptoid and really loved how he handled the action of Spider-Man in the battle. Even more the theater pages were also favorites of mine as Doctor Voodoo’s conversations in there, and Steve Rogers giving us a mini tour of the place looked amazing, I love Stegman’s art in showing off the look of the new headquarters. I’m a sucker for cool old buildings and cool theaters and this hit the spot. A comic that has an off kilter style and a team to match it, I’m digging this.
Take note of Richard Isanove’s coloring on this comic too, it’s really spot on. Isanove is such a great colorist and every page of this really makes Ryan Stegman shine. I’m going to spotlight the theater though in my favorite bits of the coloring because it has these muted colors showing how run down the place is. Even better that when you go down further into the basement and see the dimly lit atmosphere of the theater and it creates so much atmosphere. Every bit of this book looks great but I especially want to rave about the theater scenes because it is in those quiet moments where a story can really shine.
I’m as surprised as you are as to how much I really dug Uncanny Avengers #1. This was one of those I bought as a pure curiosity and found myself getting into the concept. This is one of those moments where giving a comic a fair shake isn’t a bad idea. It’s a cool book and fun team story that has the sort of things that I enjoy in a superhero comic. We need more comic teams based in awesome old theaters anyway. I think a lot of you would get a kick out of it too so give it a shot and see what you think.
My buddy Matt Lune from The Awesome Source asked me my thoughts on Avengers #0. The funny part was my comic store didn’t get a box of comics and that box happened to contain Avengers #0. Sadly I couldn’t get my hands on it but I did manage to get it and now I can actually give my thoughts on it. Avengers #0 is Marvel’s way of spotlighting a lot of upcoming series and what will be going into a lot of the upcoming Avengers titles in the process. Marvel is definitely venturing into a lot of new ideas for their universe, redefining old ones, and doing a few things that even surprised me in the process. I read an early review of this book that didn’t say much and I’m glad because I could go into this blind for the most part. It’s cool to see that this actually merges together as a full story and building up more of the state of the All-New All-Different Marvel in the process. I can’t wait to see how this goes over with people as I actually find myself more interested in some books in the process thanks to this.
I love how the story is built around the Squadron Supreme and how they’re going to deal with the Avengers. James Robinson getting to be the one to write up this story around the rest of them is a major thing and show that the Squadron are going to be major players in the ANAD Marvel Universe. When I say they’re up to big things, I’m not even joking, this is going in directions I didn’t even fathom. This could be really cool. Through their conversations you start get your explanations for what will be to come in the lives of the different Avengers. There’s going to be a lot of crazy stuff about to go down here.
The Vision’s story is heartbreaking. I don’t care who you are but the Vision will break your heart. Mark Waid’s take on the Vision uses the history of the character and all the pain he’s gone through over the years. The way Waid had Vision interacting with his ex Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch are genuine and true. Mahmud Asrar’s emotive art for this rips out your heart and you can’t help but keep reading as Waid’s story is so good. Sonia Oback’s coloring here is top notch and gorgeous, the mood of what the Vision is going through is muted with dark colors. The only light is by the slight candlelight Oback uses in the story, which makes it that much more effective. It’s a great piece and makes you excited to see what Waid and Asrar will do with the Avengers team and what Tom King will do with The Vision in his upcoming series.
While the A-Force and Ultimates stories are both done by two teams, they both work together so we’ll cover both of them in the coming paragraphs. First off with the A-Force it is really about Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight, but setting up the basic idea of A-Force to come and the new Captain Marvel ongoing. We’re getting to see how Captain Marvel works with her satellite and Alpha Flight from what I can tell is her support staff which is awesome. G. Willow Wilson really knows how to set up a good story involving a certain character from A-Force in Secret Wars appearing and Captain Marvel wondering what is happening. Then we also get a new character in Tempest Bell working with her and the crew on the Satellite and Wilson has already made her a cool character, I’m excited to see where Tempest Bell goes in the Marvel Universe. I really enjoyed Victor Ibanez’s art as it captured the great action here and the scale of what is happening here in the story. With Laura Martin’s ever amazing coloring, especially with Captain Marvel in action in space with energy blasts flying everywhere and looking spectacular.
Now for the Ultimates, wow this book is going to be nuts. This is going to be a powerhouse team. Captain Marvel, Black Panther, The Blue Marvel, Spectrum, and Miss America, but no set up for Galactus yet. The story was about following up the events from the A-Force story but really letting it be known the level of villain the Ultimates will be dealing with. Al Ewing makes it clear that the scale he’s dreaming up for them is out of this world. It was also the chance for Miss America to shine and she’s a lot of fun. If you are unfamiliar with Miss America and don’t immediately dig the heck out of her, I will be shocked. Kenneth Rocafort’s art is not to some people’s liking but I like him more here than I did in Red Hood and The Outlaws. Much smoother layout wise and much improved all around. It gives me hope for the Ultimates and Dan Brown’s coloring is gorgeous, it’s got a lot of flash and dazzle to it that engage you to the large scope of the story ahead. Now I’m much more sold on The Ultimates.
Now for Deadpool’s piece here is really Garry Duggan setting up the idea that Deadpool is somehow going to be a freaking Avenger. How does this happen, why is this happening? Well that’s what Duggan does and he does it well. It actually somehow makes sense to see Deadpool as an Avenger. This is a strange place we are in seeing Deadpool in the Uncanny Avengers but hey, I like it. This is weird and Duggan shows the emotion behind Deadpool in the midst of this big thing. Steve Rogers is now having Deadpool run missions with him and it shows the level of respect Deadpool has for Steve Rogers. It’s really fun and a well done story, I now want to at least read the first issue of Uncanny Avengers to see where this goes. Ryan Stegman’s art is also a major selling point here, I’ve always liked his work and this was spot on. It’s fluid, action packed, and has a lot of great detail in capturing the world. Richard Isanove’s coloring is huge here as it is bright and gorgeous really letting Stegman’s art shine. I’m impressed that this worked as well as it did but I’m sold. Well done.
Now for New Avengers, this is the off the wall ideas book if I ever heard it. Al Ewing is using this squad to throw Sunspot as head of A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics) and go nuts. This is the issue as it revolves around setting up a major villain and the concept of New Avengers and what is to come. There really isn’t as much character work here but the new A.I.M. idea was so big that it didn’t need a ton of major character work. It explains what Sunspot is up to and shows the team and here we go. It has an American Kaiju coming up for goodness sake and other bits of madness, I’m pretty sold. The art here is going to be the real tough sell. Gerardo Sandoval is heavily stylized and I can already see the division right off the bat. It took me a minute but I’m digging it and it fits all the madness that Ewing is about to throw at us. High emotion faces, exaggerated action, and lots of imagination, this works to Sandoval’s art. Dono Sanchez Almara’s coloring is pretty solid here, it runs real dark at points and a little muddy but looks good for the most part. New Avengers #1 should be a good time, I’m definitely game to try the first issue out for sure.
As for the art on the framing sequences, Leonard Kirk is going to work well on Squadron Supreme and Paul Neary does an excellent job inking him. Frank Martin’s colors were a nice compliment to his art for this story. Believe me the Squadron Supreme are going to be big and if the rest of these books live up to what Avengers #0 set up, wow Marvel is going to have a formidable line up of titles on the way. I’m also impressed I got this large an article out of this but sometimes you have to let the words flow. All-New All-Different Marvel is trying a lot of exciting ideas here and sign me up for the fun ahead.
Sit down a spell, Wesley got a story for you all. On Rhymes With Geek I elected to review Uncanny Avengers Annual #1, I thought it would be fun. Now I highly recommend you read the review on the site before going forward. Click here, read on and you’ll get a full sense as to what I went through with the Uncanny Avengers Annual. Here’s a simple fact about me as a reviewer; I don’t score a comic low lightly. If I’m scoring a comic low that means ultimately the comic left me empty and wasted my time. Like most reviewers I enjoy comics, I like talking about them and enjoy looking over a book to find what I like or dislike about a book. After all reviews are opinion so why hold back if you like or dislike something? Love it or hate it with all your might no matter what your opinion may be. In reviewing the Uncanny Avengers Annual, I was not a happy camper. Any poor soul who caught me online during the period I was reviewing this comic got to hear me rant, a lot. In a way I was processing what to say about this comic, free thought ranting was the only way to get through it.
Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 was one of the worst comics I have ever read. As I said in the review, there are people who I’ve read reviews of this book who liked this. In my final edits of the review late last night I found reviews raving and just as angry as I was about this comic. I would say my rage was more primal in wanting to tell people to not waste their money on this comic. Editing through that review was one of the harder things to do because it is harder to write a bad review than a good one. My perspective on the good review being easier to write is that I’m excited, I’m happy, I cannot wait to tell to world to buy this comic. Even if I have some small problems with the comic or whatever it is I’m reviewing, it’s still worth your time to check this comic, book, tv show, or some such I’d review. Now for a bad one, in my mind I’m trying to find the words to say in a professional manner, this comic is not for me.
My dear friends that were online during my review of the annual got to hear my unfiltered thoughts. Yes to some of you out there when you read this review you may want to buy the annual, it’s intriguing to buy a book that infuriated and annoyed while enchanting other reviewers. Even my review only scratches the surface of how bad this Uncanny Avengers Annual is. Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 is one of those comics hit me at my core of what infuriates me about comics, a pointless and worthless story. That’s why it nearly broke me, that’s why it left me angry, and that’s why I will not be reading Uncanny Avengers for a long time. One comic is all it took to swear me off of Uncanny Avengers. This is my personal blog so I can be a bit more blunt here. The best way to finish this off is simply, Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 was a tidal wave of bad and if it did a number on me, imagine what it’ll do to you.