This was a strange issue of Uncanny Avengers. There were parts of it I really loved, like the truth of X-Force coming out, Daniel Acuna’s art, the insane cosmic scale of the Apocalypse Twins, Wonder Man being a pacifist bad-ass, the split of the team and the reveal of just who the new Horsemen are, but there was one scene here I really didn’t like.
Most of this issue is taken up with a big conversation between most of the team in the Danger Room about Havok’s big speech in #5. About how Havok was wrong, about how he shouldn’t have told mutants to assimilate. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s exactly what many fans and comics bloggers said. This whole comic felt like a big rebuttal to Comics Alliance and it really took me out of the story. Now, maybe I’m wrong and Remender always planned to address this stuff even without Tumblr outrage, but I dunno. I just feel like doing something like this within a comic is only going to fuel the constantly outraged contingent amongst comics fans and cause them to piss and moan even more than before because they’ve seen it can be effective. I just want Remender to tell his story and not care about what the critics think. Mutantdom is a metaphor, he should not be pilloried for interpreting it differently from someone else.
But whatever, let’s talk about the good stuff. I mentioned Wonder Man already, but let’s do it again, he was great in this issue, first in the return of his friendship with Beast, and then in his pacifist way of defeating Hydra, that was a truly great moment. Perhaps my only real problem with Bendis’ Avengers was how he treated Wonder Man, so I’m very pleased to see Remender bring him back to being a great hero. The exposition-dump that Captain America got from Immortus was also very interesting, seven timelines? What?
And finally, the new Horsemen, who are Grim Reaper, Banshee, Daken and The Sentry. The fucking Sentry! He’s been gone since Siege and now he’s back as a Horseman! This is the coolest. Bringing back Grim Reaper and Daken is also excellent and means the Horsemen have a real connection to the team. Daken is Wolverine’s son and was killed by him, Grim Reaper is Wonder Man’s brother and was killed by Rogue. Banshee is the only one I’m unsure of, is Remender going to bring Siryn into the book? Or is it because Havok’s brother Vulcan killed him? Now that I think about it, Thor was the one who struck the fatal blow on Sentry wasn’t he? Each of these Horsemen have a vendetta, it’s going to be awesome to see it play out.