Uncanny Avengers, Vol. 1: The Red Shadow by Rick Remender
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
1 - The X-Men bury Professor X. Captain America asks Havoc to lead a joint X-Men/Avengers team.
Uncanny Avengers is off to a good start. The battle with Avalanche was good and I liked the Scarlet Witch-Rogue confrontation. Red Skull stealing Professor X's brain was a little hokey, though.
2 - Rogue and Scarlet Witch try to escape the Red Skull.
Okay, this issue was mostly talk. So Red Skull used Xavier's brain to give himself super powers somehow? Okay...
On a side note, how powerful is this team shaping up to be? Captain America, Havoc, Wolverine, Thor, Rogue, and the Scarlet Witch. Why is Cap on the team if Havoc is supposed to be the leader? I guess I'll find out.
3 - The Red Skull uses his mental powers to set the human populace of NYC into a murderous rage against mutants!
This issue was one long fight scene. It also illustrates why having Cap on a team he's not leading is illogical. Thor taking out Wolverine was oddly satisfying, though.
4 - The chaos the Red Skull has sown comes to something of a conclusion.
Some brutal shit happens. Order is restored but not in a satisfying way. I like that the team is finally coming together but nothing was really resolved. The chilling vision of things to come makes me think I'll probably be reading the next volume despite my original intentions just to dip into this title.
5 - Wonder Man and Wasp join the team for PR purposes and Wolverine recruits Sunfire.
The fight with the Grim Reaper was pretty great. Wonder Man refusing to fight was an interesting moment. Havoc unmasking and his subsequent speech made him seem like the leader of the team for the first time in the series so far. I've been interested in Sunfire since I saw him on an episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends so it was cool to see him here. I'm a little more interested in this team than I want to admit.
Closing Thoughts: I tried not to be impressed by this but I was anyway. Rick Remender and John Cassady did a great job on the first five issues. I'm not a fan of their being 147 different teams of Avengers but this one was damn good. I'm in for one more volume at least. Four out of five stars.
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