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Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

Written by Arion on Monday, January 21 2013 and posted in Reviews

Charles Xavier, the founding father of the X-Men has been slain at the hands of his most beloved pupil, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Now it’s time for Havoc (Alex Summers) to assume leadership of a group comprised of mutants and humans. 

After the disastrous events that took place in the previous issue, a new anti-mutant agenda starts spreading in every major TV network in the US. The Red Skull is behind all of this, but besides inciting hatred and bigotry, he has also desecrated the corpse of Professor X. By removing Xavier’s brain he’s now in control of the world’s most powerful weapon. And he’s already using those enormous telepathic talents to brainwash Scarlet Witch.

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
X-Men & Avengers

Both Rogue and Scarlet Witch were captured, but the Southern mutant manages to escape, in part thanks to her mutant powers which allow her to absorb other people’s abilities and memories, and also in part thanks to “Remy LeBeau and all those kinky bondage drinking games” (who said sexual experimentation wouldn’t come in handy for superheroines?).


The most shocking moment, however, takes place right after Rogue has escaped and has found Wanda Maximoff. Together, the two women witness a horrifying spectacle: the body of Charles Xavier, which has been mutilated: his skull has been opened, and his brain has been removed. 

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
Red Skull & Scarlet Witch

John Cassaday has some truly memorable pages here. For instance, in the partial double page spread, the superior half is a wide panel that shows the Avengers and the X-Men rescuing the victims after Avalanche’s attack. We can see Spider-Man, Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Daredevil. I’ve also enjoyed the design of the Red Skull’s secret headquarters, and the initial confrontation between Scarlet Witch and the villain. When Cassaday shows the body of Xavier he also includes a flashback that recounts Rogue’s first experiences with the X-Men. Laura Martin, one of the best colorists of the industry, gives us cold and pale tones in the first frames (Xavier’s corpse) and warm and soothing tones in the last frames (Rogue’s memory of Xavier’s altruism).

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
the body of Professor X / el cadáver del Profesor X

Charles Xavier, el padre fundador de los X-Men ha sido asesinado a manos de su bienhadado pupilo, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Ahora le toca a Havoc (Alex Summers) asumir el liderazgo de un grupo compuesto por mutantes y humanos.

Después de los desastrosos eventos que sucedieron en el capítulo anterior, una nueva agenda anti-mutante empieza a extenderse en las grandes cadenas de televisión en USA. Red Skull está detrás de todo esto, pero además de incitar el odio y el racismo, también ha corrompido el cuerpo del Profesor X. Al extirpar el cerebro de Xavier, ahora controla el arma más poderosa del mundo. Y ya está usando estos enormes talentos telepáticos para lavarle el cerebro a Scarlet Witch.

Tanto Rogue como Scarlet Witch fueron capturadas, pero la mutante sureña logra escapar, en parte gracias a sus poderes mutantes que le permiten absorber las habilidades y memorias de otras personas, y también en parte gracias a “Remy LeBeau y todos esos mañosos juegos de bondage y de beber” (¿quién dijo que la experimentación sexual no sería útil para las súper-heroínas?).

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
Red Skull and his minions / Cráneo Rojo y sus secuaces

El momento más impactante, sin embargo, sucede justo después que Rogue ha escapado y ha encontrado a Wanda Maximoff. Juntas, las dos mujeres atestiguan un horrendo espectáculo: el cuerpo de Charles Xavier, que ha sido mutilado: su cráneo está abierto, y su cerebro ha sido extirpado.

John Cassaday tiene algunas páginas realmente memorables. Por ejemplo, en la página doble parcial, la mitad superior es un panel ancho que muestra a los Vengadores y a los X-Men rescatando a las víctimas después el ataque de Avalancha. Podemos ver a Spider-Man,  Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man y Daredevil. También he disfrutado con el diseño de los cuarteles secretos de Red Skull, y la confrontación inicial entre Scarlet Witch y el villano. Cuando Cassaday muestra el cuerpo de Xavier también incluye un flashback que recuenta las primeras experiencias de Rogue con los X-Men. Laura Martin, una de las mejores coloristas de la industria, nos da tonos fríos y pálidos en las primeras viñetas (el cadáver de Xavier) y tonos cálidos y apacibles en las últimas (allí Rogue recuerda el altruismo de Xavier).

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