Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Uncanny Avengers #11
Remender & Acuna
The finale to the next phase of Uncanny Avengers hits with this issue as Remender finally reveals the thoughts that brought Kang to raise the twins in the first place; as well as letting the reader in on the intentions of the twins. The issue dances around a lot but does so in a very systematic way. The bulk of the issue is spent with the twins trying to sell their idea to a certain Avenger. This is a good issue and pushes the ball forward to the next phase very nicely.
With the Avengers divided up dealing with the various Horseman of the Apocalypse, the twins (Uriel and Eimin) isolate the Avenger that they need to carry out their plan. We come to find out that Kang gets stopped in the future by the mutants, so he naturally wants the mutants out of the way. To achieve this he raises the Apocalypse twins to help get the mutants off the board. The twins being mutants and being extremely powerful are natural for this duty.
However, the reasoning and the endgame are quite unique. The twins sell their idea by taking this particular Avenger down memory lane of how previous mutants attempted to deal with the human-mutant cohabitation issue. They cover Xavier, Cyclops, Magneto and many others. Their approach is not unlike the concept of a mutant haven only this is on a bigger scale. This idea seems to make sense except it is basically a mutant retreat, which seems to be a reach. The Avenger seems agreeable to this crazy plan.
The rest of the issue is spent giving tiny snippets of what the Horseman are up to and how they might fit in to the greater plan. From the looks of it they simply exist to distract key Avengers but based on some of the dialogue it appears there might be more here than it seems.
The comic is a good one. Remender has a very deep and complex plot cooking. His cast does seem to be simply too large but when broken out in this manner the cast seems a lot more manageable. However, it is very difficult to keep track of where characters were from one issue to the next. It's a good book now that the focus seems to be turning to the complex plot instead of the relationship establishment.
Acuna is at the top of his game. The issue is loaded with drama and emotionally charged dialogue and Acuna presents visuals that are on par with the comic's story. The book has a little action but the main focus is on the character's reactions to each other's words and Acuna punctuates that very well. This is a good visual comic book.
Remender's Uncanny Avengers is not Remender's Uncanny X-Force. I know the comparisons are made and this is an epic story but it is a very different one. This one focuses a lot on how the characters view the mutant/human debate whereas the X-Force theme was clearly about how character's deal with the consequences of their actions and how they react to the potential scope of a problem rather than the actual scope of a problem. Still, this is a book that isn't a dime a dozen and it is worth a look. The deeper this book goes the harder it will be to follow. I suggest jumping on now, especially with the ending of this issue basically setting the direction for the issues to come. I recommend checking this out.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles