Monday, August 22, 2016

Uncanny Avengers #12 Review - Marvel Monday

Don’t Worry I’m Sure Everything’s Fine

Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Pepe Larraz, David Curiel and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Much like this book doesn’t waste time getting to the fights, I’m not going to waste your time with some catchy intro about the series or the characters or what I was expecting from this issue. Instead, let’s just get right to it.

This issue picks up right where the last one left off: with Project Icarus coming in to take on Pymtron. For those of you that don’t know what Project Icarus is, it’s Iron Man. But not just any Iron Man, the Hulkbuster armor. A Pymtron vs. Hulkbuster fight sounds pretty cool, right? Wrong! After the suit lands on Ultron, we get exactly one page of fighting between the two. One page! The two mega robots each get a single hit in before Hulkbuster grabs Ulton and forces him inside the armor. I know that sounds sexy, but it’s a little anti-climactic if you ask me.

Part of the team takes off with Ultron inside the Hulkbuster armor and hop inside a spaceship. Unfortunately for them, Ultron is already busting out of the armor, so Doctor Voodoo takes him on a magical adventure to, and I quote, “The Swamps of Ogun! A lower plane of existence belonging to the dead.” In this plane, Pymtron is forced to face the souls of the beings he’s killed. They arrive to find entire planets’ worth of alien souls. It’s all too much for Doctor Voodoo to take, so they come down off their trip prematurely.

After swatting Wasp aside and destroying the only thing that’s proved effective against him, the EMP, Pymtron discovers the ship is headed into the sun. Rogue destroys the navigation system, trapping them all inside the ship. Ultron tells Vision how he went to planets and murdered nearly every living thing, but left the strongest of these alien races to come to Earth is search of the Avengers. Vision isn’t too happy about the revelation and snaps. He finally gains the upper hand on Pymtron and pins him down.

Meanwhile, the Human Torch has been absorbing the heat and radiation from flying so close to the sun and he’s about to his limit. He uses some of the energy to mold Ultron to the deck of the ship. Captain Marvel shows up just in time and Doctor Voodoo teleports the team onto the Alpha Flight Rescue Jet as Ultron hurtles towards the sun. Rogue wants to stay and watch just to make sure he’s dead, but Captain Marvel doesn’t think that’s necessary.

Lol silly Carol. As Ultron monologues his way towards his death, he actually doesn’t die. He finds safety in a neutrino, whatever that is. Apparently time doesn’t matter inside it and one day it will be expelled from the sun and Ultron will be free. I don’t know about any of that, but it sounds good. The issue ends with Ultron vowing to return to Earth and make Vision the last Avenger to die.

The best thing about this book for me is the art of Pepe Larraz and David Curiel. They do a fantastic job on the fight sequences. In a book with almost no panels without some kind of movement, Larraz doesn’t waste any of them. No panel looks rushed or any less detailed than any other panel.

I would love to have enjoyed this issue as much as I did the last one, but it all seemed rushed to get Ultron into his little neutrino. If this would’ve taken place over multiple issues where we could’ve gotten more Hulkbuster, more story about Pymtron on the alien planets, and more buildup on the ship, I think it would’ve been a much better payoff. It looks like the next issue is a Civil War II tie-in, so I’m going to blame that for this rushed ending.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue didn’t follow through on the action that was promised at the end of the last issue. It all felt rushed to get to the reveal of the next villains. The art was awesome and made up for the story a little bit, but I’m ready to get back to the original team.


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