Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Uncanny Avengers #11 Review - Marvel Mondays

Action Com… I mean Uncanny Avengers

Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Pepe Larraz, David Curiel and VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Review by: Vermillionaire

I’ll admit, the Uncanny Avengers make up a pretty weird team. I haven’t read any of this series, so I had no idea if this would be a good jumping-on point or not. But honestly, I didn’t care. As long as a team this odd proves to be a fun time, I’m all for it. I mean, how can Cable AND Captain America teaming up with Deadpool not be a good time? So let’s jump right in and see what’s going on.

The issue opens up with Deadpool shooting a Hank Pym/Ultron mash-up in the ear before Pymtron comes back from an EMP and inserts some kind of killer tech into him. Right away, I’m all in. Sure, I’m a little confused and I’m not entirely sure what’s happening. But Gerry Duggan keeps the action moving right along and didn’t give me much of a chance to stop and ask questions, which is perfectly fine with me.

After Pymtron takes down Deadpool, it turns into the fight I wish we could’ve seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron vs. The Vision. The Vision comes in and starts kicking ass and basically calling Ultron a bad villain that doesn’t get anything done. Sure Vision clearly has the upper hand, but Captain America clearly doesn’t think it’s going to be so easy, so he calls up Captain Marvel and activates the mysterious “Project Icarus.”

Back with the rest of the team, Pymtron’s tech is burrowing its way through Deadpool. They need Vision to bring Pymtron back so they can use the EMP on him again, but for some reason the tide has completely turned in the battle and instead of kicking ass, Vision is getting smacked upside the head with trees. Enter Quiksilver and Rogue. If you like a speedster talking about being late *cough Barry Allen cough* then you get a little nod from Pietro along with the official word of Weird Science: nonsense. If that’s not great speedster writing, I don’t know what is.

We get a whole one panel of fighting from Voodoo and Human Torch—who just so happens to be my favorite character on this team. But whatever, I get it, what’s some heat going to do to Ultron? Sorry for getting off topic. Anyway, they get Pymtron back to everyone else and use the EMP on him again. Cable rips the tech out of Deadpool, which naturally leads to some classic Wade Wilson humor. The team starts to move in on Pymtron, but clearly they didn’t learn the first time, because in no time he’s back up and attacking again.

For most of the issue, it seemed like Ultron doing most of the talking, but here it seems like it’s finally Hank Pym’s feelings influencing the words. Pym isn’t happy that the Avengers spent so much time looking for a dead Professor X and didn’t do anything to try and find him out in space. But just as he starts laying into the Avengers for being selfish and arrogant, Project Icarus shows up. What is Project Icarus you ask? Well, it’s none other than Iron Man in full Hulkbuster mode. That’s right, another Avengers: Age of Ulton call-out, this time in the form of the Hulkbuster armor.

The story in this issue is pretty thin, but I couldn’t care less. Duggan keeps the pace up with almost no down-time. That kind of writing might not work with a lesser art team, but Pepe Larraz and David Curiel pull it off beautifully. This is probably some of the best action art I’ve seen. This issue reminded me of a Michael Bay movie. Sure there isn’t much story progression, but it looks great and damn if I didn’t have a good time.

Bits and Pieces:

This book is non-stop action and that’s good enough for me. I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but this issue makes me want to catch up on the rest of the series. The cliffhanger promises even more action next issue and I can’t wait.


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