Uncanny Avengers 9 CoverThings are not looking good the Uncanny Avengers (the team), which means that things are absolutely looking good for Uncanny Avengers (the series). Last issue, the Apocalypse Twins blew up an entire city of their own acolytes, nearly destroying the team in the process. Wolverine is still recovering, and having some profoundly disturbing dreams in the process. Maria Hill and Abigail Brand are too busy dealing with moles in their organizations to effectively deal with the Twins, and cede control of the matter to the Avengers. Speaking of the Apocalypse Twins, they’ve taken refuge in a distant – and miniaturized – galaxy, and have effectively quarantined the whole era against time travelers.

Meanwhile in Sudan, Captain America gets caught up by Immortus – or at least a hologram of him. He learns that this universe (apparently a Prime Universe, whatever that means), is about to be split into seven Prime Universes – all seven of which are endangered by the Twins. Back at the Mansion, Wolverine finally tells Rogue to shut up and stop being such a tool, and the team gets in some Danger Room practice. Which almost immediately dissolves into extremely wordy debates about what it means to be a mutant (or doesn’t mean, according to Wanda). Finally, Captain America returns and exposes Wolverine’s less-than-savory actions during Uncanny X-Force, and the team begins to take sides: some defending Wolverine’s actions, others refusing to work with him ever again.

Also, the new Horsemen are revealed, and there are some very interesting – and almost impossible – choices. But no spoilers on them.

Frankly put, this was a fantastic issue of Uncanny Avengers. From Wolverine’s very creepy dream about Daken, Archangel, and the original Apocalypse clone, to the concept of shrinking an entire nebula with Pym Particles and Tachyon Dams, to Wonder Man’s pacifism, and the X-Men levels of bickering within the team. Wanda’s argument that mutants aren’t a culture, because they only have one X-gene in common is interesting, and speaks to the idea that no one should define themselves by a single factor – be it race, religion, or sexual orientation. Furthermore, it was interesting to see which team members sided with Wolverine.

Daniel Acuna’s art was also impressive. While a little muddy at times, it certainly captured the moodiness of the issue. His work especially shone when given bigger panels, including a very impressive two-page spread. His colors were also an excellent blend of vivid and subtle.

Ultimately this series has really hit its stride lately. The more it ties into Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, the better it gets. And while it would be nice to see the team actually come together and get something done, it is certainly interesting and fun to see them fight each other in the meantime.

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