Uncanny Avengers #3 Review (Marvel Now) – Rick Remender, John Cassaday
Uncanny Avengers #3 Review Short Version: Rick Remender pretty much just slammed down on the gas when he started Uncanny Avengers a few months back. I’ll admit, it gave me whiplash now, but now I see he was setting up a new status quo. The Red Skull’s ascent is an unstoppable force of nature despite the Avengers’ best efforts. Remender does a great job narrating the story in Uncanny Avengers #3, which shows the series going in a very dark direciton.
Uncanny Avengers #3 Writer: Rick Remender
Uncanny Avengers #3 Artist: John Cassaday
Uncanny Avengers #3 Review
Uncanny Avengers #3 picks off basically right where the previous issue left off: With the Red Skull turning the entire human populace of New York City against the mutants. Remender’s Red Skull is a man driven by pure hatred, the Avengers’ answer to the Joker. A psychopath, although one with a cause. And now he has the power to do whatever he wants if the Avengers can’t stop him. During the first couple of issues, I was off-kilter. I had trouble with Remender’s pacing. The Red Skull’s plan seemed to move so fast, but that was because I was used to other comics, where issues are so frequently resolved in six issues. That does not appear to be the case after Uncanny Avengers #3. Indeed, that status quo is going to see a pretty big shake up for a good, long time if this issue is any indication. Remender does some very nice work writing a narrator voice as the comic progresses, not too heavy handed, which lets him move the plot forward quickly without slowing down for a lot of dialogue. It works. Uncanny Avengers #3 is another issue of the series that just seems to keep getting better.
Uncanny Avengers #3 Review – Spoilers below here, so be careful
This really is a very dark take on the Avengers from Remender. I feel comfortable saying that Wolverine won’t be disappearing out of continuity forever, but I hope that Remender at least has him disappear for a while after he got smashed by Thor - ostensibly among the most powerful Marvel heroes – with his healing factor turned off. Otherwise, I’m not sure there was any point in it besides shock value (which I guess is its own point). I also like that the Red Skull’s team is really built as a team. A group of villains whose complementary powers make them a steamroller. Oh, yeah, and Wolverine cutting off Red Skull’s hand was freakin’ rad. It may be the only strike the good guys got in this issue, which looks to be setting up a Marvel Universe where the Red Skull is very much in charge for the time being now that he is at once the most evil man on the planet and its most powerful telepath. Remender also hinted, by having him lose his telepathic powers briefly, that the Red Skull is not invincible, but he is very powerful even if he did lose control of the Scarlet Witch and Rogue. So, did you read Uncanny Avengers #3? What did you think?