Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #1 and Batman Eternal #43

Uncanny Avengers #1
Uncanny Avengers #1

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Daniel Acuña

The new team consisting of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Captain America, The Vision, Sabretooth and Doctor Voodoo makes its first appearance here.  At the moment though, they are not together and not even really a team at the moment – merely a search party looking for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who are missing.  That search leads them to Wundagore Mountain, a logical place to start, and then to Counter-Earth – the planet of the High Evolutionary.  Rick Remender comes out of AXIS swinging and Uncanny Avengers is off to a great start.  The writing is strong and Daniel Acuña’s art has never looked better.  The Vision has a great new redesign, simple and staying true to the original costume and Doctor Voodoo looks fantastic as he is recently back from the dead.  The team dynamic is extremely interesting to watch with so many different personalities being involved.  The person who is most intriguing though, aside from a Wonder Man-infused Rogue, an inverted Sabretooth, a strangely quiet Cap and the aforementioned Doctor Voodoo is the Vision.  He is different here from when we saw him last.  His resentment of Wanda has come boiling to the surface and why it has done so now is strange and hopefully Remender will address it in an upcoming issue.  As it is, he is one of the strongest members of the team in more ways than one, but he is letting his anger cloud his mind and if it continues to do so, it will only get his teammates in trouble, more than what they currently find themselves in.  The High Evolutionary and his New Men are a good choice of villains for the first issue, though they are not always as such and if they actually are villains this go round, will be found out.  With a great team, an intriguing mystery – who are the real parents of Quicksilver and his sister? – and a cliff-hanger to keep you coming back for more all equals an excellent start for the latest volume of this book.

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #43
Batman Eternal #43

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – David LaFuente
Inker – Victor Olazaba, Scott Hanna
Colours – John Rauch

Batman Eternal finally comes around to featuring Spoiler, all Spoiler, with a little Batman, Catwoman and Bluebird on the side.  This is the big one, the one where Spoiler reveals who is behind everything that has been going down in Gotham, but when you finally read who it is, you will immediately doubt what she says and thus at the end of this issue, you realize the big mystery has yet to be solved and that another one has just started up.  Now if you have not read the issue just yet, you might be wondering who Bluebird is and she is not a new character, having been in multiple issues before this.  It is simply the codename that Harper Row now wants to be known as.  She also happens to tweak her costume from what it looked like last issue and gets herself quite a large gun to make up for the lack of training she has had in order to be a vigilante.  There are some really good moments in the book between Harper and everybody, and the issue was actually somewhat lighter in tone than many of the previous books, even injecting some humour which was nice to see.  Catwoman still remains her mischievous self and her new role as the head of the criminal underground in Gotham, as well as the head of its sole illegal gambling parlour, has added another level of interest and fun to her character.  She has always been the confidant woman but now, thanks to a little initiative, she is even more so and it has definitely made this title more exciting because of it.  New to the book is David LaFuente on pencils that look especially gorgeous and Batman Eternal clocks in as the winner for another round.

4 out of 5

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