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Uncanny Avengers #7: Review

Apr 2013
Rick Remender, Daniel Acuna

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4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #7 Review by (May 2, 2013)
I don't know how Starcore Station has the ability to transmit messages across the universe (much less beyond that). But there is a Shi'ar jumpgate in the Solar System, so conceivably it could make use of that. I believe this is a new Celestial that Marvel have invented just so they can kill him off. Celestials go by name and 'occupation', like Arishem the Judge, whom this one most resembles. We aren't given a name here, but the title appears to be Gardener. The Death Seed is another element from Remender's Uncanny X-Force. Apocalypse implanted one in Archangel, and after his death this marked Archangel as his heir. This is also why Archangel and Pestilence's children Eimin and Uriel are also heirs of Apocalypse. But after the conception the Death Seed in Archangel was counteracted by a Celestial Life Seed. This issue suggests to me that the Celestials gave Apocalypse a Death Seed long ago. Daniel Acuna draws Wanda like a sultry woman from the Spirit comics. The recent problems that Havok mentions are:- lost in space (after Uncanny X-Men #486, until X-Men Legacy #254); a messy breakup (with Polaris in X-Factor #245); brother Cyclops' actions (in Avengers vs X-Men and after). Wasp's recent problems are:- stranded in the microverse (from Secret Invasion #8 to Avengers (2010) #31); going to die and become a Deathlok in the future (Secret Avengers (2010) #22-34). Thor remembers last issue, and how against Odin's orders and warning he made Jarnbjorn capable of piercing Celestial armour. But what does Wolverine remember? Does he now have the memories of all his ancestors (such as last issue's Folkbern Logan)? Maybe we'll find out next time.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
After the abduction of the baby Apocalypse Twins in #5, Genocide son of Apocalypse wants to be anointed as successor to his father. He and the 3 existing Horsemen of Apocalypse (Death, Famine and Pestilence) take their Celestial spaceship to the Starcore Station, which is capable of broadcasting a message anywhere in the universe or beyond. A Celestial answers the call, and gives Genocide a Death Seed to empower him to continue Apocalypse's work pruning the genetic tree to produce the 'best' mutants.

Genocide is awaiting the gift of armour like Apocalypse's too, when the grown-up Apocalypse Twins Uriel and Eimin appear, Uriel brandishing the axe Jarnbjorn from last issue. And he uses the Asgardian weapon, empowered by an Odin-spell, to cleave the Celestial's armour. And for the 1st time in universal history a Celestial is killed.

Eimin rescues her mother Pestilence. Famine and War try to prevent her, but Eimin emits acid that burns through time and her enemies are trapped in an eternity of pain. Uriel offers to let Genocide serve him, but Genocide's response is a plasma blast which Uriel the chronomancer diverts to dissipate in a pocket of accelerated time. The Twins leave (with Pestilence?).

After Rogue accidentally killed Grim Reaper in #5, Havok is having a meeting in Avengers mansion with SHIELD Agents Maria Hill and Nick Fury Jr. They admit that Rogue killed Reaper in self-(or at least team-)defense. She won't face charges, and they'll do what they can to calm things down. But it has helped fuel the anti-mutant feelings begun by Red Skull (with Prof X's brain) and his S-Men in the 1st arc of this series.

Havok takes their message to a team meeting (Captain America, Sunfire and Wonder Man aren't there). They need to go after Skull. But they also need to keep Rogue out of the public eye for a while. Rogue never really wanted to be on the team, and she'll quit rather than sit idle. Thor reminds Havok of his declaration in #5 that no Avengers (Rogue and Scarlet Witch in particular) should have to hide. The argument splits along Avengers/X-Men lines, with Wasp supporting Scarlet Witch as a long-time Avenger. Havok ends the discussion by giving Rogue the job of investigating Magneto (ie presumably Cyclops' new team in Uncanny X-Men). Which Rogue isn't too happy about.

Then we have a sopa-opera interlude where Scarlet Witch consoles Wonder Man about the death of his brother Grim Reaper. Simon's also full of angst about the fact that Wanda brought him back from (sort-of) death, and he shouldn't really be alive. *He* says he came back from the dead for love of her. But *she* says she only loves him like a brother. (Despite the fact that they *have* been lovers.)

Meanwhile Wasp shows Havok the clothes she's designed based on mutant superhero costumes, to get the young to like them. And also it will make enough money to fund the team. (So maybe Janet *hasn't* got her fortune back, as I wondered about last time.) Jan and Alex compare recent problems in their lives. Then Jan hits on him, and Alex's attempt to turn her down graciously is interrupted by an Avengers alert.

Cap and Sunfire have been with Commander Brand on SWORD's satellite The Peak. They viewed the destruction of the Celestial, and now see the Apocalypse ship approaching them. They called the alert, and show the assembled team the video of the death of the Celestial. Both Uriel and the axe Jarnbjorn are unknows to Avengers records. But Thor and Wolverine both recognise something. And Thor rushes off.

Up in space the Celestial ship is on a collision course with The Peak. Agent Brand orders evacuation. Sunfire shoves Cap into the last available escape pod, and stays to face the collison. The impact sends a large chunk of the satellite falling towards Rio de Janeiro. Where Thor is ready to stop it, to make up for his mistake last issue of turning Jarnbjorn into such a deadly weapon.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Nick Fury Jr.
Nick Fury Jr.

(Marcus Johnson)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


(Janet Van Dyne)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Abigail Brand, Apocalypse Twins, Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Havok (Alex Summers), S.W.O.R.D., Sunfire.

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