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Uncanny Avengers # 1 - Remender John Cassaday

Written by Arion on Wednesday, November 07 2012 and posted in Blog

When it comes to comic books, I have a tendency of avoiding death and embracing only the final farewell. Death has turned into a cliché, a hollow resource merely employed for shock value. So eventually, deaths have become irrelevant. Funerals, on the other hands, can be of crucial relevancy for those who remain alive.

For me the death of Batman or Green Arrow were devoid of meaning and any long-lasting impact. Their funerals, however, are unforgettable tales about the human condition. Neil Gaiman  in “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader” and Brad Meltzer in “The Archer’s Quest” have omitted the grisly details, the moment of the heroes demise and have focused their narrative talents in the aftermaths. 

In a similar venue, Rick Remender gets rid of unnecessary flashbacks about the death of Charles Xavier while concentrating on that which matters the most: the funeral. In the opening pages, brilliant artist John Cassaday reminds us the importance of Professor X. He was the founder of the X-Men, he was arguably the world’s most powerful mutant, he was a mentor for his students and, when necessary, a surrogate father for people like Logan. 
Uncanny Avengers # 1 - Remender John Cassaday
oblique planes / planos oblicuos

Relying on oblique planes, Cassaday tilts the horizon line. We see Logan’s silhouette leaning towards the right, and this visual patron will be reiterated on several other frames: when Rogue comes looking for him, when the two of them walk together, when they finally leave the mansion. Everything about the X-Men has changed, and so is impossible for Wolverine and Rogue to see things as straight as they are used to. There are no straight lines anymore, everything is unbalanced, and Cassaday makes sure we see it that way too.
Uncanny Avengers # 1 - Remender John Cassaday
Havoc, Captain America & Thor

Logan’s eulogy is more a confession than anything else. He admits his failure as an X-Man, but he also reaffirms his intention of fighting for Xavier’s dream. It’s especially difficult for the mutant community to come to terms with Xavier’s assassination keeping in mind that the murderer was Scott Summers (Cyclops). Now it’s up to Scott’s brother, Alex (Havoc) to be the leader of a new group of superheroes that will include members from the X-Men and the Avengers in equal quantities.    

During the past few years, Cassaday had devoted his time exclusively to drawing covers and I had really missed his interior art. When I sat down in my favorite couch to read Uncanny Avengers I was thrilled to see his amazing art. As usual, he manages to capture the iconic elements of established heroic figures such as Thor and Captain America (let’s not forget that Cassaday drew six extraordinary issues of Captain America in 2002). His fighting scenes are excellent, and whenever I see his heroes in action I can’t stop thinking about how much I loved his Astonishing X-Men. I recommend this title, especially if you are a fan of either the X-Men or the Avengers. I’ll keep buying it for as long as Cassaday is on board.

Uncanny Avengers # 1 - Remender John Cassaday
New York under attack / New York bajo ataque
Cuando de cómics se trata, tengo la tendencia de evitar la muerte y aceptar sólo la despedida final. La muerte se ha vuelto un cliché, un recurso vacío empleado meramente para espantar al lector. En conclusión, las muertes han pasado a ser irrelevantes. Los funerales, por otro lado, pueden ser de crucial relevancia para aquellos que siguen vivos.

Para mí la muerte de Batman o Green Arrow estaban desprovistas de significado y de impacto a largo plazo. Sus funerales, sin embargo, son inolvidables relatos sobre la condición humana. Neil Gaiman en "¿Qué le sucedió al cruzado enmascarado?" y Brad Meltzer en "La búsqueda del arquero" han omitido los detalles sangrientos, el momento del fallecimiento de los héroes y han enfocado sus talentos narrativos en las consecuencias.

De modo similar, Rick Remender se deshace de innecesarios flashbacks sobre la muerte de Charles Xavier mientras se concentra en lo que más importa: el funeral. En las páginas iniciales, el brillante artista John Cassaday nos recuerda la importancia del Profesor X. Él fue el fundador de los X-Men, y posiblemente el mutante más poderoso del mundo, fue un mentor para sus estudiantes y, cuando hizo falta, un padre putativo para personas como Logan.
Uncanny Avengers # 1 - Remender John Cassaday
Scarlet Witch & Rogue

Apoyándose en planos oblicuos, Cassaday desnivela la línea del horizonte. Vemos la silueta de Logan inclinada hacia la derecha, y este patrón visual será reiterado en varias viñetas más: cuando Rogue va a buscarlo, cuando los dos caminan juntos, luego cuando finalmente abandonan la mansión. Todo ha cambiado para los X-Men, así que es imposible para Wolverine y Rogue enderezar lo que ven. Ya no hay líneas rectas, todo está desbalanceado y Cassaday se asegura de que nosotros también lo veamos de este modo.

El discurso de Logan es más una confesión que otra cosa. Admite su fracaso como Hombre X, pero también reafirma su intención de luchar por el sueño de Xavier. Es especialmente difícil para la comunidad mutante procesar el asesinato de Xavier teniendo en cuenta que el asesino fue Scott Summers (Cyclops). Ahora le toca al hermano de Scott, Alex (Havoc) ser el líder de un nuevo grupo de súper-héroes que incluirá en igual proporción a miembros de los X-Men y los Avengers.

Durante los últimos años, Cassaday había dedicado su tiempo exclusivamente a dibujar portadas y yo realmente añoraba su arte interior. Cuando me senté en mi sofá favorito para leer "Uncanny Avengers", me emocionó ver su asombroso arte. Como siempre, logra capturar los elementos icónicos de figuras heroicas establecidas como Thor y Captain America (no olvidemos que Cassaday dibujó seis extraordinarios números de "Captain America" en el 2002). Sus escenas de lucha son excelentes, y cada vez que veo a sus héroes en acción no puedo dejar de pensar en lo mucho que me encantaba "Astonishing X-Men". Recomiendo este título, especialmente si son fans de los X-Men o de los Avengers. Yo lo seguiré comprando mientras Cassaday siga a bordo.

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/11/uncanny-avengers-1-remender-john.html


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