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Uncanny Avengers #1 by Ammar Al Subahi

Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: John Cassaday
Colors: Laura Martin

Rating: 3/5

Premise: The Avengers and the X-Men unite!

This is a pretty big first issue, as it marks a union of brands: The Avengers and the X-Men, together for the first time in a joint venture sort of thing. In other words, this is neither an X- book nor is it an Avengers book; it's BOTH. I also get the feeling that this is somewhat of a flagship title for the whole Marvel Now thing. And as far as marketing gimmicks go, I can live with this. It makes sense that a merger like this would happen in the Marvel Universe, especially now with the aggressive “expansion” of the Avengers.

Anyhow, let's discuss the issue.

So the dust has settled after the big confrontation between the X-men and the Avengers in the aptly named "Avengers vs X-Men" crossover event. This issue follows the aftermath of said event: Charles Xavier is dead, and Cyclops now sits behind bars in a maximum security prison. After Wolverine holds a euology for poor old Charles, Captain America and Thor come to takes Alex Summers a.k.a. Havok for a cup of coffee.

Yeah, no kidding. A cup of coffee. Thor prefers latte, though.

Of course this wasn't just a social visit, Cap wants to unite the X-Men and the Avengers for the greater good, and he wants Havok to lead this team. Havok plays hard to get (good girls don't put out on the first date), but their little date is quickly interrupted by a raving Avalanche (a bad mutant) wrecking shit up. Naturally, the trio feel inclined to stop him.

Some other stuff happens as well, but I don't want to spoil the issue for you.

I've never been a big fan of Remender, to be honest. And this issue hasn't succeeded to turn me over. The overall plotting of the events in this issue could probably be handled better, in my opinion. It's all "first this happens, then this, then this" and so on. Technically, the "Uncanny Avengers" don't even form in this issue. I believe this issue would have been better of if we focused on Havok's meeting with Thor and Captain America. Introduce the other characters in the next issue. But that's just my opinion.

BUT, I really dig the concept here. And I thought this issue was overall pretty okay, actually. I like the idea of Havok, of all people, leading a joint team of Avengers and X-Men when the more obvious choice would be Captain America or maybe Iron Man. That's pretty ballsy.

But mostly, I think the joint effort by Cassaday and Martin is what saves this book for me. The art is really great, and very fitting for this type of high concept action approach.

And I hope the book stays this way: big concepts, big action, then at least it will make for a cool and hopefully crazy team action book. The potential is there.

However, total newcomers to Marvel might have some trouble relating to this book because it relies so much on recent history (the AvX event) and even earlier history. Such as previous knowledge of Havok, for instance, who is not that well known outside X-circles. This is why I thought it would be better to focus on Havok in this issue. But even new readers should easily recognize the “surprise” villain behind it all. And all I can say is that it's due time we see this villain interact with the X-Men.

Okay, issue. I'm actually excited to see how this develops.

But Havok's old school costume! UGH! I HATE IT!