Review: Axis #1
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Adam Kubert, Laura Martin, and Matt Milla
Even though we just got finished with disappointing Original Sin and have barely explored its ramifications on the Marvel Universe, Marvel and Remender have decided to begin their next big event and here it is. Magneto has killed the Red Skull only for Red Onslaught to take his place and he is using his mental powers to fuel hate riots across the world! Can the Avengers and the X-Men stop being annoying long enough to band together and stop this threat, or will they let past issues become a wedge between them for Red Onslaught to manipulate?
Well, I’ve seen worse ideas for an event. If you have been following Uncanny Avengers then this event is probably epic stuff since it has been building to this since the very first story arc. All of the personal interactions in this issue with actual emotional weight were really well done. The highlight of this issue for me is the Havok, Cyclops, Magneto, and Genesis conversation. It put to rest, at least for now, a lot of the long standing problems that the X-Men have been having and was just really well written.
Adam Kuberts art was pretty on point for the most part. There were a few panels here and there that were a little wishy washy, especially for such a high profile of an event book, but the art was good. It has a slightly more sketchy and cartoony feel then what we have been seeing lately from Marvel so I have no problem with them doing something a little different.
I hope you have at least some passing knowledge of the events that have occurred in Remender’s Uncanny Avengers because you might have some problems understanding the plot if you don’t. This issue is weird because if feels like if is dropping you into the middle of an event right off the bat. Red Onslaught is just there already causing a ruckus with only really a passing explanation of how he came to be that is honestly so ridiculous that it could probably confuse some people even more. I’m all for building events off of story lines from ongoing books, but Remender and Marvel had to have known that Axis would be a major jumping on point for people so the lack of true explanations in favor of action was a little disappointing.
The other issue I had with this issue was an issue that I had with Remender’s latest Captain America. The Avengers are annoying and completely unfunny. I just wanted to bash my head against my desk the entire time I was reading the Plantman encounter. They are not all Spider-man. They don’t all need to be making incredibly terrible joke all of the time. It is just annoying, seems fake, and draws me out of the experience. Just stop it.
If you have been following Uncanny Avengers since its inception all the way at the beginning of Marvel Now! then Axis #1 is the epic you have been waiting for. If haven’t picked up a single Uncanny Avengers issue, then Axis #1 will totally confuse you due to its lack of explanation. Aside from that, Adam Kubert’s art is mostly on point and Remender’s writing is compelling when he is focusing on his Unity Squad. Unfortunately, it is also annoying when he focuses on everybody else.
Story: 3 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5