Combining the X-Men and Avengers into teams is a concept Marvel has been feeding us for a while now. Through many different lineups and tons of drama, these unity squads provide plenty of interesting plot and show no sign of stopping. This team in particular features Vision, Captain America, Sabretooth, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Rogue, and Doctor Voodoo, and throughout the previous four issues of Uncanny Avengers this team has been, for the most part, a pretty complimentary bunch.
The Maximoff twins and Vision have been getting the most attention, and deservedly so, given that the three were most recently introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Recently it was revealed that the Maximoff’s aren’t in fact Magneto’s children and they have been searching out their true origin. This search has led them to “Counter Earth” which is ruled by a very underrated Marvel madman: High Evolutionary – who’s just as evil and twisted as ever and it turns out played a huge role in the lives of Wanda and Pietro.
Regardless of how one feels about the changes to the twins’ more familiar backstory, Uncanny Avengers #5 packs a punch and there is plenty else going on. For instance, Sabretooth’s recent change of heart (in an attempt to supplement the death of Wolverine) has been surprisingly interesting. And Quicksilver ends up being MVP of this issue as his internal struggle of coming to terms with no longer being Magneto’s son addresses what readers have wanted out of the ordeal.
Overall, there is plenty to like about this team, but one member has yet to live up to the name he now bears: Sam Wilson. We’re still waiting for him to do something that will prove he’s Captain America and not just Falcon with a shield. His presence on this team in non-existent and all the excitement comes from the other members of Uncanny Avengers.
Family is a big theme throughout Uncanny Avengers #5, and Remender hits all the right notes as far as emotion goes with this well written issue. The pace of the book, as well, is as quick as it needs to be in order to push through to this team finally joining the rest of the universe in Secret Wars.
There is a certain old school vibe to the flow and portrayal in this story’s fifth installment. Both the plot and its characters are doused in classic Marvel strut of style. For a team of long-standing characters all thrown into new situations, there are no steps taken backward. Much like the antagonist of the book itself, readers welcome the evolution of these beloved Avengers.
For the most part, Acuña’s artwork throughout each page is vibrant and the members of this team provide plenty of reason for color. Quicksilver and High Evolutionary’s design are slick stand outs in this cast of characters. Occasionally, a few panels come off bland and the finishing looks rushed, missing an opportunity to push the book’s climax to that next level of fun, but overall it is a very visually pleasing comic book.
Readers will continue to find what they enjoyed about this team from the previous four issues well-represented here. Minor issues in art and a certain member of the team not living up to his name won’t stop Uncanny Avengers from being worthy of your time.