Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Uncanny Avengers #7
Remender & Acuna
Uncanny Avengers picks up the plot threads of the main team after spending an issue focusing on Thor. This comic dances around a number of character interactions while setting up the greater threat. The book is constructed well as Remender allows the reader to see the looming problem before the Avengers do which helps to build some tension within the issue. Unfortunately, the issue just doesn't connect the dots very well. There seems to be simply too many plates to juggle.
The issue begins with a confrontation among some of the offspring of Apocalypse. The issue about Thor and his mistakes comes back immediately in this opening. The opening is a great set up for what's to come but it feels somewhat hollow. The problem is that these threats all feel so similar and have very little background established to be treated as a valid threat. We are told how a celestial is all powerful but there is really nothing else to establish this idea.
The character snippets are good but they highlight the other problem with this book, which is the team is forced together. The idea that they would stick together for something as odd as "for Xavier!" just doesn't stick when the characters begin to bicker. With so many other super hero teams around why would a character hang around if they hate each other or have problems with others?
The part of the book that does work is the ending. Remender brings together the events of the previous issue and the overall threats very nicely providing a great individual moment. The next issue looks to be a good one.
Acuna helps to make this comic book a better story. Remender uses the narration boxes as if narrated from an overseeing ghost but this only works because Acuna's art shows us so much more. The character interactions read with little drama but the artwork helps bring them to life. Acuna is a huge asset in this issue.
Uncanny Avengers should be a great book. It seems like the better move would have been to form the team simply to deal with the threat rather than forming the team and then having a threat appear. The cast is so large and the problems are so deep it just doesn't make sense that they would stick around. The churning of the character's problems with each other comes at the expense of developing the villains further. Page and panel space is precious and too much is spent by the team trying to figure out why so-and-so is in charge or why so-and-so is asking so-and-so to do this or that. Hopefully next issue will get back to Remender's roots, which are oddness and science fiction. The character growth will come along during the process.
3 out of 5 Geek Goggles