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Uncanny Avengers #11: Review

Aug 2013
Rick Remender, Daniel Acuna

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4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #11 Review by (September 4, 2013)
In Dark Avengers #12 Sentry discovered that he could rebuild himself even after being molecularly demolished by Molecule Man. I believe he also once attempted suicide by diving in the Sun, so it's no wonder he's returned from his 'death' in Siege. Sentry has often hidden away and refused to help in a fight. During World War Hulk he claimed to have agoraphobia. But he's also paranoid about his dark side the Void taking over. There have been many explanations of the relationship between Sentry and Void. The simplest is that Robert Reynolds has a split personality. But during Siege it was claimed that the Void was the Angel of Death. This seems to tie in more with him leaving and going to the White Hot Room. The White Hot Room is intimately connected to the Phoenix Force, but also to Death. The cameos of other teams doesn't help establish where this arc fits vis-a-vis other things such as Infinity. The presence of the original X-Men, and a friendly Bishop in the Uncanny X-Force just places it in current continuity. Spider-man being with the Avengers might indicate this is before Infinity, if as it seems he will switch to the Mighty Avengers during that event. maybe the guest appearance by the Uncanny Avengers in the Infinity tie-in Avengers Assemble #20 will clarify things. Or maybe not.

The Tabula Rasa stuff comes from Rick Remender's run on Uncanny X-Force (2010). Archangel used Genocide to destroy Tucker Creek in #14. In #15 he and Dark Beast used a Celestial Life Seed and the miniaturised Weapon Plus facility previously called the World to create Tabula Rasa, wherein evolution is massively accelerated. The area was enclosed in a dome in Uncanny X-Men (2011) #8. When Red Onslaught is mentioned we see a visual of Red Skull's head atop the armour of Onslaught. The original Onslaught was a fusing of the minds of Prof X and Magneto. Red Onslaught presumably arises from Red Skull incorporating Prof X's brain in #2. Of course the Mutant rapture plan is flawed. On Earth humans will still give birth to new mutants. And I don't believe mutants are guaranteed not to produce normal humans. Wonder Man opposed the Avengers during the Heroic Age series, culminating in the Avengers and New Avengers Annuals of that run. He claimed that the Avengers caused more problems than they solved. Since then he has realised the error of his ways, and won his way back into their ranks, but only in a non-fighting role. The ionic energy that forms his body is presumably the power source the Twins speak of. The Sunfire and Rogue entanglement happened in Rogue (2004) #10-11, and he was turned into Horseman Famine in X-Men (1991) #183.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #11 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
After being kidnapped last issue by Banshee, 1 of the 4 dead Apocalypse Horsemen, Scarlet Witch wakes up facing the Apocalypse Twins Eimin and Uriel. After allowing her to discover she can't harm them, the Twins show her Tucker Creek, Montana, and how Archangel and Genocide destroyed the towm. Then how Archangel created the hidden region of Tabula Rasa on the site. These events are a well-kept secret, but the Twins claim that in the future the Red Skull will learn this secret, and use it to turn mankind against mutants and put themn in concentration camps.

They also say that Red Skull will become Red Onslaught, and will use Wanda herself to alter reality for him. (Skull already tried to take her over in #2.)

The Twins also explain that Kang had raised them to derail this future by coming to this earlier time to enact the Mutant Rapture, where all mutants will be taken away to a new planet. The Twins have rebelled against Kang, but still intend to carry out the plan. Kang wanted mutants out of the way so he could more easily conquer a future Earth. But the Twins see it as the perfect resolution to the human/mutant conflict.

They remind Wanda how other approaches to the 'mutant problem' haven't worked, including nthe current efforts by Cyclops and Havok. The Twins also try a bit of bonding by comparing their domination by Kang with that of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch by Magneto. And finally they appeal to her prode and desire to help her fellow mutants.

They too need the Witch, to cast a spell to do the actual Rapture. Wanda says she's not powerful enough. But the Twins say they have a power source to use.

Cut to Wonder Man (presumably the power source). He too has been captured, by his dead brother Grim Reaper. Simon Williams' ionic body is somehow restrained, as Eric taunts him for his current pacifist stance after actively opposing the Avengers.

Elsewhere on the Twins' spaceship in the pocket galaxy they have created, Rogue and Sunfire reminisce. How Shiro lost his legs defending Anna Marie, and she temporarily absorbed his personality. And how that led to him becoming a Horseman of Apocalypse. Rogue now absorbs his powers again (but not his personality this time), the better to fight the Twins.

In another part of the ship Wolverine faces the son he killed, Daken. Logan is convinced he's facing a corpse, not really his son. But still it is Daken who buries his blades in father's body, with seemingly dire effect.

The 4th Horseman is Sentry, who last issue flew Thor to a planet on the other side of the shrunken galaxy. The Twins wanted Thor dead, but Sentry just wants to keep him out of the way. A voice within him wants to keep the thunder god alive as insurance in case Sentry needs to oppose the Twins later.

Sentry in fact *thanks* Thor for killing him during Siege, and throwing him into the Sun, where he was reborn and died multiple times. During this cycle his evil half, the Void, got bored and left him. Sentry says the Void is now in the White Hot Room. Robert Reynolds says he's cured of his madness (including his frequent agoraphobia). But he still sounds unhinged to me.

It seems that Sentry isn't dead, whatever the state of the other 3 Horsemen.

Captain America, Havok and Wasp are planning to go to Socotra Island, where they have correctly deduced the Apocalypse Twins' base is hidden. (Although if I didn't know better I'd get the impression it was in New York Bay.)

But just then the Twins appear holographically, seen by many such as the main Avengers team, Cyclops' gang, the X-men (including the originals brought forward in time) and Uncanny X-Force. They announce the Mutant Rapture is here.

Then they turn to Scarlet Witch, who agrees to help them.

Preview Pages
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Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Sean Cassidy)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Scott Summers)

(Alex Summers)

(Pietro Maximoff)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


(Janet Van Dyne)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Apocalypse Twins, Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Sunfire.

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