Comicbook: Uncanny Avengers
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Part of Marvel Comics
' Marvel NOW!
initiative, Uncanny Avengers
is a team book set in the Marvel Universe
that features a mix of characters from two of Marvel's biggest franchises; The Avengers
and the X-Men
Launched in the wake of the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover
, the book follows the efforts of Captain America
to assemble a team of both humans and X-Men in order to help improve the public perception of Mutants. In addition to Captain America, the team features Wolverine
, Havok, The Wasp
, Rogue, Scarlet Witch
, Wonder Man
, and Sunfire.
The title is written by Rick Remender, and featured art from John Cassaday in its first arc. John Cassaday was replaced by Daniel Acuna starting with the second arc.
The title lasted for 25 issues (December, 2012-December, 2014). The title is being relaunched following the events of AXIS
, with the new Captain America
, The Vision
, Sabretooth, and Brother Voodoo joining the cast.
Tropes used in Uncanny Avengers include:
- Actual Pacifist: Wonder Man
- The Alcoholic: Sunfire
- Apocalypse How: Exitar the Executioner succeeds in destroying the Earth and everyone on at the time in Issue #17.
- The Atoner: Wanda for her role in House of M and Sunfire for his Face-Heel Turn around the time of Messiah Complex.
- Author Filibuster: Havok in issue #5 and Wanda in issue #9 most prominently about the existence of a mutant culture and intersectionality, but Remender has been using his characters to quote lines he's said himself in interviews since issue one of this book.
- Bad Future: One is teased in the fourth issue, apparently caused by Red Skull merging with Onslaught.
- The Apocalypse Twins themselves come from one where Red Skull revealed events from the Dark Angel Saga that led to mutant concentration camps.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The Twins blow-up the earth and get Planet X, however it gets undone by issues 20 & 21.
- Sunfire Can Breathe In Space
- Big Bad: Red Skull. Virtually everyone hates this man including the Unity Squad, the Apocalypse Twins, and the X-Men (Magneto and Cyclops group included), and he's the cause of all the problems in the series so far, either directly or indirectly. It's surprising that none of them have put off their differences long enough to work together and take him down...
- Big Bad Ensemble: As of issue 21, Kang has predictably betrayed Earth's heroes in a bid to take Exitar's power and become conqueror of the universe.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Nine issues in and they're already splitting up with some help from the Apocalypse twins.
- Break Them by Talking: Daken to Wolverine and the Twins to Wanda.
- Broken Aesop: This is the first real attempt at a team book that has the Avengers forming an alliance with the X-Men in the name of promoting diversity and tolerance for the mutant condition — and in some eyes, it's fallen flat on its ass. Issue #5 has Havok give a speech that could be taken to say, "I want to be seen as more than just 'that mutant'"; however, given the wording, many have taken it as saying, "Merely adopting a cultural identifier such as 'mutant' is a divisive gesture that separates us from others." It's not helped by Issue #9, which features such greatest hits as "Members of the majority don't understand why minority puts so much stock in cultural identity" and "Being born with a certain condition isn't a real cultural identity."
- Heroes shouldn't kill and giving into revenge can cause you to become a monster. Considering the "you're as bad as him" moment was in response to Magneto, a Holocaust survivor and person who takes pride in being a mutant, killing the Red Skull, a literal Nazi who was running a mutant concentration camp where he had imprisoned Magneto it looks more than a little tone deaf.
- Caught on Tape: Sabertooth apparently taped Wolverine killing Daken and Red Skull made copies, with intent on showing it everywhere.
- The Chessmaster: Kang and his various alternate selves. The things you can plan for when you can travel through time...
- Compelling Voice: The Red Skull's henchman Honest John is an incredibly powerful variant of this. Not only can he make people do the things he says, but to make extra sure his victims don't rebel he also appears to them in the form they're most likely to trust (thus, he looks different to every person).
- Curbstomp Battle: Thor vs Uriel. Uriel didn't stand a chance.
- Dirty Coward: Honest John has no problem with manipulating others to wipe out mutants, but when Red Skull orders him to kill one himself, he balks at the idea.
- Divided We Fall: The Apocalypse Twins goal against the Avengers Unity Squad. It didn't take much to get to the Breaking the Fellowship moment.
- A House Divided: Even when not actively fighting against each other, former X-Men side with their own while the Avengers do the same, hiding secrets from one another and such that are important.
- We ARE Struggling Together: There's a reason why X-Men and Avengers don't usually work together in long-term collaborations and it's shown here. Even though Havok is classified as the team leader, Captain America calls the shots most of the time and leaves him as little more than a figure head. When it comes to threats they handle things differently as well, with Wolverine doing what needs to be done, including executing them, while the Avengers don't condone it and Wasp flat-out refusing to work with him.
- Somewhat subverted. While Wolverine is more traditionally associated with the X-Men, he has been an Avenger for a very long time. Captain America's stance on Wolverine's killing seems to vary wildly from moment to moment based on the needs of the story, a fact that he even somewhat acknowledges when he admits he didn't react properly. Thor also tends to side with the X-Men over his fellow Avengers, with Havok doing the opposite.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Earth is destroyed in the #17 Issue.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Sunfire a.k.a "Hot Sake", given to him by the people of Japan according to Daken.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Red Skull, of all people, has expanded his organization to include mutant-haters of all races and creeds. He himself is still as much a bigot as ever, though, so this is simply Pragmatic Villainy.
- Evil Costume Switch: Daken, Banshee, and The Sentry after they join the Apocalypse Twins' Horsemen of Death. Grim Reaper gets a snazzy new outfit too, but he's worn black since the beginning.
- Expy: Mzee is a very lazy one from the Juggernaut.
- Eye Scream
- Daken impales Woverine through the eyes with his claws...from behind.
- Uriel blinds Eimin to avoid having her killed in a Sadistic Choice.
- Final Solution: Red Skull's plans for mutants.
- Freudian Excuse: All of the S-Men's lives were ruined by mutants in some way; one of them watched as his entire village was massacred by the Acolytes, for instance.
- Godzilla Threshold: Thor decides to team up with Kang and his team of hand-picked heroes to undo the damage the Apocalypse Twins have done by traveling back in time. Havok, Wasp, and Beast do so as well.
- Headbutting Heroes: Rogue and Scarlet Witch are not fond of one another most of the time, given one wiped out a species with a sentence fragment and the other was dating her father.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Most of the Mutant members of the team, thanks to the actions of the Phoenix Five.
- Informed Wrongness: Magneto is lambasted for trying to kill the Red Skull. As in a clone of the unrepentant Nazi war-criminal and mass-murdering bastard, the Red Skull. Never mind that Magneto was just tortured by one of his flunkies, or that the Skull violated his best friend's corpse, or that he's set up all-new concentration camps, apparently killing him is a no-no (well, it does release Onslaught again, but Magneto had no way of knowing that).
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The identities of the team's final three members was initially kept secret, but were revealed to be Wonder Man, Wasp, and Sunfire by the cover to issue #5.
- Living Battery: Wonder Man
- Monochrome Casting: A complaint about the initial line-up of the team, and one which Remender himself jokingly acknowledged by calling the team "Crackerfest 2012" at Comic Con. Possibly the reason behind Sunfire's inclusion.
- Mood Swing: In Vol. 1 #13, Cap suffers extensive hearing damage after taking Banshee's sonic scream at point blank range. This leads to him yelling "WHAT?!", repeating Havok's own words, and generally talking louder than he should during their otherwise serious infiltration of the Apocalypse Twins' base.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- After being freed from Red Skull's influence in Issue #4, a lot of people have this reaction since they were being used as a part of his Final Solution on the mutants.
- Wolverine gets one when he finds out that his killing of Daken had been videotaped and will be spread around. This increases anti-mutant hysteria as mutants become depicted as killers of their own children and so a bad future begins...
- Never Trust a Trailer: The solicitation for #13 promised that the Sentry would kill an Avenger, a scene that appears nowhere in the actual comic.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
- Thor enchanting that Axe to kill Apocalypse came back to bite the world when the Twins used it to gather the Life and Death Seeds, dooming the earth to be destroyed.
- Wanda summoning all the mutants on Earth. She thought she was betraying them, but the twins planned accordingly and she did exactly what they needed her to do.
- Magneto killing the Red Skull creates the Red Onslaught.
- Noble Bigot: Sentry. He doesn't hold Thor being responsible for his death against him and unlike the other Horsemen, is quite fixated on protecting mankind from outside threats (unfortunately, mutants count). Best displayed when he helps Rogue delay the Celestial Executioner long enough for Thor to slay it and then volunteering to take its corpse into deep space so that it can dissolve safely.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The Red Skull, naturally. Though he's focusing on mutants, he still makes it clear he's an all around racist and sexist bigot.
- Poor Communication Kills: At the climax of the "Ragnarok Now" arc, Rogue kills Scarlet Witch for betraying the Avengers, without realizing that Wanda had only feigned defection, and was actually planning to take down the Apocalypse Twins herself. Not that it mattered since things went Just as Planned by them.
- Status Quo Is God: After several years of being able to control her powers just fine, Rogue goes back to her usual inability to touch people.
- Super Team
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Just about every mission has come down to this so far.
- Third-Person Person: Sunfire
- Villain Team-Up and Composite Character: In an overlapping example, all of the antagonists combine elements of Avengers and X-Men villains, such as the Red Skull with Xavier's telepathy becoming a new Onslaught or Kang raising the twin heirs of Apocalypse, who in turn create a team that's a cross between X-Men and Avengers Legions of Doom the Horsemen of Apocalypse (Apocalypse's henchmen) and the Legion of the Unliving (occasional Kang/Immortus henchmen).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The twins' ultimate goal is to separate the mutants from humans to stop from the Bad Future caused by Red Skull. Which they intended to enforce by setting the Earth up to be destroyed after they got all the mutants on the Ark. Really it could be seen as simple revenge against Kang, as there is no longer an Earth for him to conquer.
- West Coast Team: Sort of. The team still operates in New York, but they're stationed in Avengers Mansion rather than Stark Tower, where the main Avengers team resides.
- Wolverine Publicity: In addition to this book, Captain America is in three other Avengers titles, while Thor is in two. Trope Namer Wolverine is also a member of another Avengers team as well as the X-Men. All three of them also have solo books.
- World Sundering: The twins' ultimate goal, to create a world for mutants to stop their persecution. And then destroy the earth.
- You Are Too Late: Happens twice in the same comic. The cavalry in the form of Rogue and Sunfire charge in to stop Wonderman and Scarlet Witch from casting a spell that'll bring a mutant army, but Daken and Grim Reaper end up skunking them. When Rogue finally gets close enough to gut Wanda, it's too little and late to stop the spell from finishing. Then Wolverine charges in, he manages to save Sunfire from Daken but he's too late to stop Rogue killing Wanda and too late to stop the Grim Reaper from killing Rogue in return. Big Damn Heroes failure.