Sunday, March 31, 2013

Uncanny Avengers #5

I've been amazed to find that I haven't enjoyed the Uncanny Avengers series.

The art has been excellent, with John Cassaday managing the first four issues and the cover for this issue, and Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales providing this issue's art.

But writer Rick Remender seems to be missing the mark completely. I'd recommend that he watch The Avengers movie to see a great blend of interesting characters, exciting action sequences and (this may be the most important bit) a great sense of humor.

Those three things are missing here. We have a team that was intended to show solidarity between the mainstream heroes and the Earth's mutants, and instead it seems like an odd mix of characters who don't like each other - and they keep adding more unlikeable characters!

In this issue we bring aboard Sunfire (who is self-loathing and nearly suicidal), Wonder Man (who recently waged war against the Avengers for some silly reason) and the Wasp (a lighthearted character who is immediately shoved to the back).

Perhaps the silliest bit has Havok leading a press conference and talking about the fact that he finds the term "mutant" offensive. After 50 years of being called mutants, and now it's vulgar? Seems like a heck of a reach to me.

Throw in some story elements dating back to Remeder's run of X-Force and you have a story that, for those who haven't read those stories, makes little sense.

And I won't even get into the big fight sequence at the end of the issue, which seems to have most of the team standing around doing nothing.

I had high hopes for this series, but unless you're just buying it for the art, I'd recommend giving it a pass.

Grade: C+


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