Written by Rick Remender
Art by John Cassaday
The Red Skull starts manipulating the media against mutants. Captain America puts together a new team of Avengers that’s mixed with mutants to show the world mutants and humans working side by side. Red Skull has taken rogue, Scarlet Witch and Charles Xavier’s body.
So I’m picking this series up at issue #2, but after reading this issue I feel like I haven’t missed much there, maybe just some story set up, but I managed to not feel behind at all for missing #1. Based on this issue, I’m really glad I decided to give this series a try, as I am not a big Marvel reader. Remender’s story is downright fantastic, from the opening page right down to the very superbly played reveal at the end. I loved all the dialogue going on between Thor, Cap and Wolverine, especially from Thor, which was a big surprise to me since I am not a huge fan of his. The old man showing his appreciation to Havok was also a touching moment. Rogue also has a great moment, using the water girl’s powers against her to facilitate her escape was quite clever, even if she had to inhale the water girl a bit to establish a connection. I was also downright saddened when Rogue and Scarlet Witch discover Xavier’s mutilated body.
The pacing of the story felt just right, I didn’t feel so rushed along that I couldn’t keep up with what was happening where and when, but it also wasn’t so slow that I felt my eyes might fall out of my head trying to make it through to the next page. Remender hits every story beat perfectly to help create whole cinematic scenes, this was complete story telling at it’s finest. I don’t want to give away the big reveal at the end, but lets just say its definitely a ‘Holy F@$%!’ moment, my jaw literally dropped. Aside from that moment, watching people turned on their newly minted mutant family members was a powerful sight to behold.
Cassaday also delivers some beautiful art that meshes perfectly with Remender’s story. His facial expressions are top notch, I could really feel Rogue’s sadness come off the page when she discovers how the Red Skull has carved up poor Xavier’s body, I felt every gasp and tear as if the characters were actually acting out the panel right in front of me, that folks is not easy to do. My one gripe with the art was that Captain America’s costume looked a bit too fluffy for my taste, he sort of looked like his costume was made of feathers, but in light of everything else I was able to overlook that.
I was highly pleased with all aspects of Uncanny Avengers #2 and I am definitely recommending that you go out and jump onto this train, because it’s moving fast! Whether you are a fan of the Avengers or not, you will not be disappointed by this book. Everything here works and works well, from the story to the art. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, Remender and Cassaday are killing it people!
4.5 out of 5 nerds
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