Marvel Now was announced halfway through Avengers vs. X-Men, or AvX, and is positioned as a jumping point for new readers. It could also be a direct response to DC’s New 52, but who knows. There are all new creative teams such as writer Matt Fraction and artist Mark Bagely working on Captain America and comedian Brian Posehn, writer Gerry Dugan and artist Tony Moore on Deadpool. All of this involves a post AvX world, which brings us to Uncanny Avengers #1, the first offering from Marvel Now.
The issue starts directly after the events of AvX #12, with Professor X being memorialized by the X-Men. The rest is a beautiful scene discussing who the X-Men were supposed to be and who they became. While this is going on, Alex Summers aka Havok visits his brother Cyclops, who has been incarcerated. The former leader of the X-Men has completed what he wanted, for everyone to fear mutants. While the Avengers have had mutants in their lineup, such as Wolverine, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, it’s only been one or two at one point. This new team is mostly comprised of mutants, with Thor and Cap bringing up the rear.
The issue is an industry standard first issue for a team. The classic we need to get a team together motif that has been passed down from the beginning of comics. Everyone has a motive to get together and form the team just as The Justice League from last year’s The New 52 did. This isn’t a bad thing to say the least. The motives for each of the members for joining will be shown most likely in the next issue, but it would have been nice to get that all out in the first issue.
Uncanny Avenger #1 is a promising first issue to a series that could either be a great read or something forgettable.
Uncanny Avengers #1
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by JOHN CASSADAY
THIS IS IT! The greatest era of the Marvel Universe starts here! From the ashes of AvX an all-new, all-different Avengers assemble!