Mind Capsules – Uncanny Avengers #5 and Aquaman #41

Uncanny Avengers #5
Uncanny Avengers #5

Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Daniel Acuna

The second volume of Uncanny Avengers comes to an end and does so with a bit of a bang courtesy of Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna. This entire series has been about family, as well as dealing with the fallout from Marvel’s AXIS event, specifically the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. As it has been told in earlier issues, Magneto is not their father and the revelation that it was The High Evolutionary who created them was a bit of a shock. The two of course did not take it too well and while it could have been left at that, they soon find themselves in battle with The High Evolutionary over his practice of murdering his creations when they displease him. There is also a secondary plotline involving the Vision who is also trying to discover the meaning of family and though for a time he thinks he has found it with Eve and their soon to be children, he realizes that it has only ever been with the Avengers and with Wanda in particular. She might love another, but she will always own a piece of his heart. Rick Remender wraps things up nice and neat, a little quickly perhaps, but still quite satisfying and it was good to see him focus upon three members of the Avengers who have not received as much love or care as they should have over the last decade. Daniel Acuna does an impeccable job on the artwork as he always does and without him on board, you cannot say that it would be as exciting a book had he been absent. It is a shame that this second volume had to end so soon, especially as it had just found its footing about halfway through the series. Not only had it become a very interesting book, but it featured a fairly eclectic mix of heroes that did not have as much time to gel as a team before Secret Wars entered the picture. Hopefully come the end of the latest big event, this book returns with everything and everyone still intact.

4 out of 5

Aquaman #41
Aquaman #41

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Trevor McCarthy
Colours – Guy Major

Cullen Bunn and Trevor McCarthy take over the adventures of the sea-king with this issue and they do so with an exceptionally strong start as Aquaman finds himself on the outs with his people, a criminal on the run. With Jeff Parker leaving the book, it was hard to say just how one could follow up on his run as by the end of it, it had become increasingly strong with each issue that passed and so it is good to say that Bunn and McCarthy have exceeded all expectations. The book finds our hero with a new mission and facing a new threat. He has some new powers, a new costume and even a new haircut. When last we saw Arthur, he had just found his mom and things were looking bright for the future. Now, a mysterious force from another realm is essentially invading and it wants to not only destroy Atlantis, but also the Earth. To that effect, Aquaman has vowed to protect his kingdom at all costs, much to the objections of Mera who wants to see him safe. Though it is not specifically told as of yet how Mera and Arthur have split and how he finds himself a criminal, the story entwines the reader throughout its length with the mystery of it and hooks you right in. The artwork is different than any that has been seen on the title thus far and is quite refreshing because of it. McCarthy adds an energy to the book as well as a bit of grandeur that has not been seen previously. What is really great about having him come on board is that it finally separates the book from the ‘house’ style that DC has been employing for the last few years and gives the title its own identity. With a truly engaging story and some fantastic artwork, Aquaman has come roaring back with a vengeance.

4.5 out of 5

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