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Uncanny Avengers # 4 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

Written by Arion on Sunday, April 21 2013 and posted in Reviews

The Red Skull in unrelenting in his attack, and not even Earth’s mightiest heroes can withstand the telepathic commands of the lifeless brain of Professor Charles Xavier. In a moment of despair, Havoc remembers his past, the moment in which his mother dies and also the moment in which he’s separated from his brother (AKA Cyclops).

With the Odinson under his control, the Red Skull has nothing to fear. And so he slowly tries to break down Captain America’s mind, by showing him that he stands for a doomed nation. Instead of the nostalgic American Dream of the past, the reality is a complete nightmare. 

There is a moment here in which Rick Remender portrays the Red Skull as the voice of reason. After all, what is the United States of America nowadays? Is it the land of freedom and opportunity that it once was? Or, as the villains puts it, a country inhabited by “an uneducated population fixated on competition, material wealth and voyeurism. Violent monsters doused in antibiotics to offset their diet of sugary sweet drink and mounds of carcinogenic cow flesh”. Certainly, ignorance, obesity and consumerism seem to be the new colors of the American flag, but very rarely do we get to see the nemesis of a superhero talking so lucidly and accurately. 

Uncanny Avengers # 4 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
The Summers brothers / los hermanos Summers

There is however one thing that Red Skull forgets. The reality rarely resembles the dream, but that doesn’t mean the dream isn’t worth fighting for. Steve Rogers is the embodiment of an ideal, and ideals never die. This is why despite all the power wielded by the Nazi, Captain America soldiers on.

Perhaps as a way of saying goodbye John Cassaday includes many wonderful tributes in this fourth issue, which also happens to be his last. Maybe my favorite is the one that shows Havoc and Scarlet Witch being hunted down by Nazi Sentinels, this is a great homage to John Byrne’s legendary “Days of Future Past” cover, a cover so famous that has been re-elaborated and reimagined dozens of times by some of the most popular Marvel artists.

The image of a ruined America, overrun by drugs and delinquency fiercely contrasts with that of the Norman Rockwell picture of happiness and decency that should be Steve Rogers ideal. And of course, the panel of obese people buying things in the neighborhood mall is priceless. The shocking final page shows the brainless corpse of Charles Xavier and behind him a Red Skull that has turned into Onslaught. 

Uncanny Avengers # 4 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
Days of Future Past / Días del futuro pasado


Uncanny Avengers # 4 - Rick Remender John Cassaday
The perversion of the American Dream /
la perversión del sueño americano

Red Skull es despiadado en su ataque, y ni siquiera los héroes más poderosos de la Tierra pueden resistir las órdenes telepáticas del cerebro sin vida del profesor Charles Xavier. En un momento de desesperación, Havoc recuerda su pasado, el momento en el que muere su madre y también el momento en el que se separa de su hermano (Cyclops).
Con el hijo de Odín bajo su control, Red Skull no tiene nada que temer. Y lentamente intenta destrozar la mente de Captain America, al mostrarle que él defiende una nación condenada. En vez del nostálgico Sueño Americano del pasado, la realidad es una pesadilla total. 

Hay un momento aquí en el que Rick Remender retrata a Red Skull como la voz de la razón. Después de todo, ¿qué es Estados Unidos hoy en día? ¿Es la tierra de la libertad y la oportunidad que alguna vez fue? O, como explica el villano, es un país habitado por "una población sin educación obsesionada con la competencia, la riqueza material y el voyerismo. Monstruos violentos con dosis de antibióticos con las que compensan su dieta de dulces bebidas azucaradas y montones de carne de vaca carcinógena". Ciertamente, la ignorancia, la obesidad y el consumismo parecen ser los nuevos colores de la bandera de USA, pero es muy raro ver al némesis de un súper-héroe hablando con tanta lucidez y acierto.

Uncanny Avengers # 4 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

Sin embargo, hay algo que Red Skull olvida. La realidad rara vez se asemeja al sueño, pero eso no significa que no vale la pena pelear por ese sueño. Steve Rogers es la encarnación de un ideal, y los ideales nunca mueren. Es por eso que, a pesar de todo el poder desplegado por el nazi, el Capitán América sigue combatiendo.
Tal vez a modo de despedida, John Cassaday incluye muchos tributos maravillosos en este cuarto número, que también es su último. Quizás mi favorito es el que muestra a Havoc y Scarlet Witch siendo cazados por centinelas nazi, este es un gran homenaje a la legendaria portada de "Días del futuro pasado" de John Byrne, una portada tan famosa que ha sido reelaborada y re-imaginada docenas de veces por algunos de los artistas más populares de Marvel.
La imagen de una Norteamérica arruinada, inundada de drogas y delincuencia contrasta ferozmente con esa imagen de felicidad y decencia a lo Norman Rockwell que debería ser el ideal de Steve Rogers. Y por supuesto, la viñeta de gente obesa que compra de todo en el mall del vecindario no tiene precio. La impactante página final muestra el cadáver descerebrado de Charles Xavier y tras él a un Red Skull transformado en Onslaught.


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