Thursday, October 11, 2012

Uncanny Avengers #1

In the race to the "great comic" finish line, it's always a great idea to have John Cassaday providing the art - that gets you about 9/10s of the way there.

So Uncanny Avengers is in great shape without even opening the cover.

Cassaday is one of the best in the business right now, with a unique vision, great character designs (and characterizations), and fresh and powerful layouts.

He's done some tweaks to the costumes of the heroes involved, with an eye toward making them a bit more realistic - or more practical. The only one that's going to take some time to adjust to is the Scarlet Witch - instead of the bathing suit she's been wearing forever, her new outfit is more of a leather suit and overcoat look.

So the art is terrific. So the question is, how's the story?

The first issue of any team comic is generally devoted to putting the band together, and this one's no different. The twist is that Captain America is trying to build a team that's half (or slightly more than half) composed of mutants, in order to heal the wounds left by the Avengers vs. X-Men event.

So the Rick Remender story gives us lots of the recruiting thing, a eulogy for the hero lost in AvX, some random (and inexplicable) violence, and a shocking final page that's about as gruesome as anything I can remember seeing in a mainstream Marvel comic.

Which is a bit disappointing - to my mind, an Avengers comic should be accessible to all ages - but I can't recommend this one to young readers.

So a bit of a disappointing start for this series - it's nine-tenths of a good comic, but still doesn't manage to get to tha "great comic" mark.

Grade: B+


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