There have been a plethora of high-profile titles published by Marvel Comics that have found themselves within the confines of this particular column. Recently, it’s been the major event series, Infinity and the titles like Avengers and New Avengers that were the lead up and backbone to that amazing series.
Yep. The Avengers are the centre of the Marvel Universe. But there’s been one group of the world’s mightiest heroes that has only sporadically had a spotlight shone on them over the past year, even though it’s been one of the most enjoyable – and surprising – storylines on the comic book shelves.
That’s why Uncanny Avengers #16 is the main event today!
Written by: Rick Remender
Illustrated by: Steve McNiven
Published by: Marvel Comics
Over the last year, Rick Remender, alongside artists John Cassaday and Steve McNiven, has been crafting a tale of wonder that has showcased fan-favourite character Havok (Alex Summers, the brother of Scott Summers – otherwise known as Cyclops of the X-Men) leading a team of heroes made up of both Avengers and X-Men mutants.
After the events detailed in the Avengers vs. X-Men series a year and a bit ago, a team like this was needed. The world and the world’s heroes needed to see that heroes of all shapes and abilities could actually work together on the same page. Havok has been walking that line for the past year, desperately trying to keep relations within his group from tearing themselves apart. You could argue that he really hasn’t done that great of a job.
In the current storyline of “Ragnarok Now”, the evil Apocalypse twins have brought about the end of mutant-kind on earth. Here, there have been betrayals, deaths, and appearances by a number of characters (hero and otherwise) that have made Uncanny Avengers one of the most compelling superhero read available today. This issue begins to wrap that storyline up.
It’s main event time, with an incensed Thor battling Uriel, one of the Apocalypse twins, for life itself. We’re also told that the Wasp must make a decision that will curse her forever.
Uncanny Avengers has, to a certain degree, been quietly telling a story for the ages. Make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up issue #16. It’s a Norse God vs. the end of the world, it’s X-Man vs. Avenger, it’s a battle of morality and the future of the world hangs in the balance.
How could you miss that?
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!