Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #3 and Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #11

Uncanny Avengers #3
Uncanny Avengers #3

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Daniel Acuna

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver take center stage this issue as they seek a way to defeat the High Evolutionary and save the remnants of the races he had previously created.  There might be a problem though as they meet a new adversary who has the same powers as they do.  She also wields them with more skill which is even worse.  Uncanny Avengers has been a good title so far, if a little slowly paced.  Still, Rick Remender always manages to make things interesting and it is no different with this issue as we see our heroes making their way around Counter-Earth.  The way High Evolutionary creates and destroys entire populations of beings is cruel to say the least and the Avengers mean to put a stop to him, yet for the moment, most of them are tied up and in the literal sense as well.  Rogue remains a prisoner of a mad scientist while Sabretooth has now become the newest hound for the High Evolutionary, the Vision thinks he might have just found a new home on the planet and might actually be in love and making babies while Captain America and Doctor Voodoo were not even seen in the book.  And though Quicksilver and his sister are seeking answers as to who their true parents might be, the answers they are looking for may not be to their liking.  Of course, anyone who reads this issue will try and make the logical jump that Remender is hinting at, but Remender is good at making you think one thing while in reality he has something else in mind.  As of this moment, the title has been a little light on the action front and that slow pace that was mentioned before comes into play because of that.  It would be nice if things picked up just a little because while it is great to see everyone having a good chat with each other, this is an Avengers book after all.  The one thing that has remained consistent from the last volume to the current one is the fantastic artwork by Daniel Acuna.  The man knows how to draw and the book looks spectacular.  Hopefully with that cliff-hanger ending, the next issue brings that promised excitement.

3.5 out of 5

Iron Fist The Living Weapon #11
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #11

Writer- Kaare Kyle Andrews
Artist – Kaare Kyle Andrews

Danny’s deceased father, now known as The One, has been causing trouble ever since the first issue of this series.  Now he has called forth Zhu-Rong from beyond the barriers of Heaven and Earth and things are not looking too good.  Iron Fist meanwhile has been beaten down by dear old dad and if he cannot get his act together, than things are going to go from bad to worse a lot faster than they already have.  Kaare Kyle Andrews continues to deliver the goods with this issue and for those that may or may not have noticed, he returns to the more traditional page format, abandoning the creased and worn look the book has sported for much of its run, which also looked amazing, as it is now no longer needed.  The book is frantic in its pace with a desperation in each of the characters who know that they face the end of everything.  Davos wants to run, much like he always does for Davos has always been a coward when it comes right down to it, while part of him also wants to save his people.  But that little part is selfish and for his own reasons to which end the people of K’un Lun refuse and stand their ground knowing it might be the last time they ever do so.  Danny Rand also realizes in this book that he is going to have to push himself farther than he ever has before and if he is going to do so, he will have to do it with the help of The One.  There is a moment in this book when all seems lost and what it means for the future of the Iron Fist and the mystical city and the rest of the people is anybody’s guess, but Andrews better have a way to fix everything or he might have some very angry fans on his hands.  As it is, he does leave the book on a cliff-hanger that may or may not work out for the best and for now, we will just have to wait and see what the next issue brings.  Iron Fist has been a consistently great read with every single issue and if you have not tried the book out yet, it is still not too late to do so.

4 out of 5

4 replies »

  1. I don’t read the Avengers comics as much as I used to (which wasn’t much at all); but I seem to remember that the X-Men were known as “Uncanny”. Why was that superlative given to the once “Mighty” Avengers?

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    • Marvel has been doing that over the last few years, mixing things up on different books and whatnot when they launch new titles.

      There is the Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Amazing X-Men, Uncanny Inhumans (they do like the word Uncanny), New Avengers, New X-Men, All-New Invaders, All-New Captain America and so on.

      Just something to differentiate new volumes from previous ones – like how they have had The Incredible Hulk then went to Hulk or The Might Thor to Thor. They always usually revert back at some point.

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