Avengers vs. Uncanny Avengers

29 Jan

Ex-nihilo

Piled through Avengers #3 and Uncanny Avengers #3 with much anticipated excitement.  Both have quite different tones…

Avengers #3

Hickman is on form as per usual!  When you crack open the book the opening pages just scream classic Hickman.  Actually it is kind of surreal for a moment.  You almost feel like you are reading a Fantastic Four book.  Which isn’t a bad thing!

The opening arch has been wrapped up nicely.  I really like the sci-fi vibe he is bringing to the Avengers with out losing the core of what makes the Avengers great.  Ex-Nihilo may have looked like a yellow version of the Noid (if that reference is lost on you, Google ‘Domino’s the Noid’, you won’t be let down!), but was quite a cool character.  Hickman has also introduced us to an expanded list of Avengers related to the cosmic universe.  This book will be exciting to watch what he does with characters like Captain Universe and Hyperion.  The book also ends with them bringing ‘Adam’ back from Mars…could this be a new Adam Warlock?  Time will tell!

Opena’s art work is fantastic as well…he really brought the worlds to life.  Just simply a beautiful book to look at!

Uncanny Avengers #3

I am a little more on the fence with Uncanny Avengers #3.  I was excited when Remender brought Red Skull into the picture.  He has to be one of the best villians of all time.  The use of Xavier’s brain seems a bit of an old hat.

Actually, I think that is the reason I am on the fence with this book in general.  It felt like an old hat.  The narrative instantly reminded me of the first time I read Claremont’s reboot of the X-Men series.  Which I can’t decide is a good thing or a bad thing right now.  I also don’t feel the risk are being taken in this book like they are in some of the other Marvel Now titles.

I am still on-board for this ride, but less excited than I originally was with an Avengers/X-Men combo.  The really bright spot is Remender returning to the conflict of humans and mutants out in the open.  Some of the best X-Men comics were when they had to balance helping humanity and protecting themselves.

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