Review: Uncanny Avengers #2
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Daniel Acuña
Something went wrong when the Avengers Unity Squad tried to teleport to Counter-Earth to find Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Now the entire team is spread out all over Counter-Earth and in dire straights because the High Evolutionary has genocide on his mind. So has Remender’s Uncanny Avengers epic risen from it Axis ashes to reclaim the glory it once had or is it an unfocused mess like the last issue?
Daniel Acuña’s art is gorgeous. Some people may not like the fact that this title is taking place on Counter-Earth, but the locale does give Acuña a big opportunity to stretch his artistic legs. There are a lot of weird stuff on Counter-Earth from animal peaople, strange science stuff, to even the High Evolutionary himself and Acuña renders it all marvelously. The art alone is almost worth the price of admission. Almost.
Remender’s story this month does have a bit more focus than last month. The Unity Squad is still spread out all over the place, but at least a villain in the form of the High Evolutionary appeared to twirl his mustache a bit. While the plot honestly barely moved forward, at least now I feel like the plot has somewhere to move forward to. I guess that’s something.
Remender’s decision to spread the Unity Squad out all over Counter-Earth was a bad one. There is too much going on in too many different places and not enough space to fit it all in. In fact, almost half of the Unity Squad was missing in this issue. Rogue only had a little one panel cameo while Captain America and the Vision don’t appear at all which is especially odd considering that both are new members of the team. This issue is squarely about the High Evolutionary and his evil deeds which, while not bad, unfortunately took the Avengers out of the Avengers book. Hopefully Remender can give this title some focus going forward because I really do like the idea behind this story for the most part.
On a side note, I’m still not a fan of Scarlet Witch’s and Quicksilver’s new origins. Not everything has been revealed yet so final judgement is still pending on this topic, but at the moment things are not looking too great. I wonder how much of this is Remender’s doing and how much is just Marvel editorial.
Daniel Acuña’s art is Uncanny Avengers #2 is amazing and almost worth the price of admission all on its own. Unfortunately, Remender’s unfocused and almost Avengers free script do not live up to Acuña’s work. At least the High Evolutionary had a pretty nice speech.