Uncanny Avengers #17 (Marvel)

Uncanny Avengers 17

Rating: 4.5/5 – An epic story that is event worthy.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Hank Johnson.

One of the best things to come out of the Avengers vs. X-Men event was the creation of Uncanny Avengers. While the title may say Avengers, in my opinion it is really an X-Universe themed book. If you are an X-Men fan, or a fan of Remender’s run on Uncanny X-Force, you need to be reading this book.  This book feels epic in scope, like it should be an event on par with Secret Invasion and Civil War. Writer Rick Remender consistently delivers amazing story beats and tremendous pacing throughout the arc. After reading each issue I can’t wait for the next one.

This issue is the conclusion of the Ragnarok Now story. This issue brings together several threads that began several years ago during Remender’s run on Uncanny X-Force. Remender’s Claremontian approach to storytelling really makes this series something special and really unique in today’s marketplace. It seems every panel is critical and will be revisited later in the series.  Even though several things are happening in the story, Remender gives us the perfect amount of time with each event. These flashes to other parts of the narrative are done beautifully and in the hands of a lesser writer could have been disastrous.

I love how this book seemingly breaks the rules of continuity so that literally anything can happen. There have been the ‘deaths’ of a few major characters throughout the series. The cynic in me knows that these deaths will be reversed, but I love the road Remender is taking to get us there. It feels like Remender has created himself his own pocket universe within the Earth-616 framework.   There are so many moments in this issue that take on a larger meaning, it is hard to share them without spoiling the events of the issue.

What is great about these moments is that they occur naturally in the story without being over the top, distracting, or unnecessary. Remender wields his words like a surgeon, carefully cutting just deep enough into the readers mind to have the desired effect without going overboard. At the same time artist Steve McNiven creates powerful imagery to bring each of Remender’s points home.  McNiven’s art makes this story feel epic and world changing. The action scenes throughout this book are stunning and the last few pages were nothing short of breathtaking. McNiven is certainly a master craftsmen and the work in this issue is amongst the best I have seen from him.

Overall, since issue #6, this series has been nothing short of superb. Remender and McNiven deliver a powerful story that is both creative and intelligent. Being an avid comic reader for over 20 years, this issue has one of the best payoffs I have ever had the pleasure to read. Will the events in this issue and series be undone? The bottom line is they have to be. However, when I read this issue, those thoughts did not even enter my mind because of Remender’s incredible storytelling and McNiven’s magnificent art. This book is one of my favorite ongoing series being published today and this issue is a true high water mark for the series.

Reviewed by: Hank Johnson
(hank@comicspectrum.com
)
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2 Responses to Uncanny Avengers #17 (Marvel)

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  2. kevynknox says:

    Great review. I have really been enjoying this series, and yes, the ramifications for the future are multifold here. Can’t wait for what Remender has coming up next. Oh, and great use (and creation) of the term Claremontian.

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