Monday, March 20, 2017

Uncanny Avengers #21 Review

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Kevin Libranda, Dono Sanchez-Almara and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Gerry Duggan has been on fire lately. This book has been one of the most fun books being put out by Marvel, and even though not much happens to advance the narrative in most issues, the entertainment factor has been enough to keep me coming back month after month. So let’s check it out and see if the trend continues.

The Red Skull is feeling pretty victorious as he sits around enjoying some ice cream. After having captured the minds of everyone in the Unity Squad except Deadpool, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hope for our team to come out on top. That is, until Deadpool has had a plan all along. Yeah, that’s right, Wade Wilson came up with a coherent plan that’s better laid out that Batman’s “plan” in “I Am Suicide.”

During his time recruiting Spidey and Wong, Deadpool made a trip to see the X-Men, and even though they weren’t around he managed to find the key to freeing Rogue from Skull’s control: Magneto’s helmet. As Rogue is absolutely going to town on Deadpool’s face, he slips the helmet on her head and it is game over for Red Skull. Rogue doesn’t waste any time busting through the walls and taking him out of the picture with a quick choke. Before the rest of the team shows up, she flies off with the Skull to “finish the plan.”

With Red Skull defeated, the rest of the squad comes to their senses and ends the battle with Spider-Man and Wong. As they start to deal with the damages, Synapse reveals that Cable’s mind has been erased. They decide to take him to the most powerful telepath they know, Jean Grey. While they’re working on getting everything in order with the team, we see that Rogue’s plan is to have Beast perform brain surgery on Red Skull to extract Xavier’s mind.

This is yet another fast-paced, enjoyable issue that showcases the art while also giving some good interactions between the characters. While I didn’t love Kevin Libranda’s art as much Pepe Larraz (especially how he drew Beast), It was still really well done. My only real issue with the story is that Rogue took Red Skull to Beast without letting Doctor Strange, a neurosurgeon, in on it to help, but I suppose I can look past that. All in all, I thought this was another solid issue that I had a ton of fun with, which is pretty much par for the course with this series at this point.

Bits and Pieces:

While I had a couple of minor problems with this issue, they were very minor. This was another really quick read that sets up even more fun for the coming issues. If you want to have fun reading a comic book, this is the one for you.


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