Uncanny Avengers #2

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 28, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Marvel Now! continues with Cap’s newest Avengers! What are Red Skull’s new powers? Havok and Thor vs. Honest John, The Living Propaganda! Rogue and Scarlet Witch vs. Red Skull’s S-Men! Wolverine and Cap find the truth behind worldwide mutant murder!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Nick Furious Nov 30, 2012

    But the best part so far? This team hasn't even come together as a team. They have questioned each other, had doubts but only behind the scenes. Can't wait to see where this takes us. Add Wonder-Man to the mix and you have the craziest batch of good guy nut jobs out there. If this is what happens when Marvel shakes it up, they should shake it up more often. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 30, 2012

    This was a very, very good comic.  I can easily see it becoming my favorite monthly title if it keeps up like this.  We learned where the Skull came from(he was apparently another clone of the Red Skull who woke up recently), and found out that he had managed to steal Xavier's telepathy.  This issue pretty much did everything right.  It continued to slowly put together the Uncanny Avengers team, gave us some animosity between Wolverine and Havok going forwrd, gave us a sensible reason Cap chose Havok to lead the Uncanny Avengers, made Rogue likable(which is something I always found her lacking), and explained what the Red Skull was doing here.  All that was really missing was some explanation as to what the Skull's henchmen were.  So yeah, all in all, this was a nearly perfect comic.  Needless to say, I wish Rick Remender was writing all of the Avengers books! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Nov 30, 2012

    I was highly pleased with all aspects of Uncanny Avengers #2 and I am definitely recommending that you go out and jump onto this train, because it's moving fast! Whether you are a fan of the Avengers or not, you will not be disappointed by this book. Everything here works and works well, from the story to the art. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, Remender and Cassaday are killing it people! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Nov 29, 2012

    In the end, Uncanny Avengers #2 is a more compelling issue than the first, and that's extremely hard to do in the modern comic landscape. Red Skull has always been a rather menacing character, but it's usually at arms length -- he's generally reserved for flashback issues or as a totem for other villains. Fortunately, Rick Remender takes Red Skull to frightening new heights, making him not only one of the most formidable villains in years, but also one of the most powerful in the Marvel Universe. The team itself is slow to actually getting together, but that's what an opening arc is all about, right? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 6, 2012

    As impressed as I have been with many of the MarvelNow! titles thus far Uncanny Avengers continues to be one of the top comics of this relaunch. Rick Remender kicked all kinds of ass with Uncanny Avengers #2 as he quickly builds up the members of this team that consist of Avengers and X-Men. Though Captain America, Thor, Havok and Wolverine do make appearances it is Rogue and Scarlet Witch that steal the show. Their interaction with each other as well as Red Skull and his crew is an engrossing experience. Having John Cassaday on art is just the cherry on top for this wonderful series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Dec 6, 2012

    Uncanny Avengers has gotten off to a rather strong start, but this is just the beginning and it's certainly visible that there are bigger things to come. I'm sensing that this series is going to go down as one of the best Avengers stories of all time as well as one of the best X-Men stories of all time, alongside his Uncanny X-Force title. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Dec 8, 2012

    With all of the writing and artwork mentioned, this gets a 4/5. What hurt it the most was the pacing that I mentioned earlier. It just doesn't feel like there's a team here yet, which is really needed on a team book. That goes double for an Avengers team. Still, it's a good issue for the most part and there are some fantastic moments, both for the characters and visually. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Dec 2, 2012

    This was an issue that I went in to not too bothered about at all. I was planning on reading it and dropping the series. However, I have now had a massive turnaround of opinion. So much so that I am eagerly anticipating the next issue. I want to see more of the Red Skull for obvious reasons, however I am also wanting to see a lot more of Havoc as well. He was a character that I have not read much about before this series but I was impressed by him in issue #1, so I am hoping he features more in #3. This is turning into a nice little story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 29, 2012

    Not a bad series at all, but it's still not living up to its promise. Yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 27, 2012

    For all that Marvel has hyped Uncanny Avengers as the flagship of their relaunch, it's not really shaping up to be the high-octane, action-packed merging of their two biggest franchises. At least, not yet. But though the concept feels a bit underdeveloped in some respects, the more cerebral approach to exploring human.mutant relations in the Marvel NOW! era is appreciated. As with all Cassaday-drawn books, Uncanny Avengers' worst quality may simply turn out to be its sluggish shipping schedule. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 23, 2012

    This was a brilliant issue but the series hasn't quite hit the peek that some of the other Marvel NOW! series have, but it is still a very good series and I expect it to become one of the best Marvel NOW! series within the next few issues. I would highly recommend this issue and am looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 28, 2012

    I do like that Rick Remender is getting his weird on. Uncanny Avengers, one of the few silver linings in the overall mess that was Avengers vs. X-Men, starts off dark and then just gets weird. I'm hoping this tone follows the book for at least the first year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Dec 3, 2012

    Despite a couple of hang-ups here and there, Remender and artist John Cassaday still deliver some dark and disturbing images, as well as some heart-wrenching ones at the end of the book just as they did in the first issue. They don't pull the punches on what the Skull has done and they show you the full extent. The one panel in particular that I won't spoil by including it here (you gotta buy the book for that) is almost reminiscent of the death of Captain America back in 'Civil War' when you see Iron Man sitting next to Steve Rogers' body on a table. It's super unsettling, yet it's a sign of how many lines are going to be crossed in the story that's unfolding. I'm willing to come back to see what other lines Remender and Cassaday cross in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Dec 2, 2012

    I shouldn't even have to mention John Cassady's art, as he's distinguished himself so many times over the years, particularly with the X-Men. Cassady is a master of making the Marvel Universe live and breathe and makes me feel as if I'm watching news dispatches from this universe where gods walk among us and spectacular mutant powers hide behind the most seemingly innocuous eyes. Laura Martin's colors complete the illusion of realism and this book is a pleasure to look at. So, what I need to know is: is my favorite X-Men title in years technically an Avengers book? Or is my favorite Avengers title technically an X-Men book? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Nov 29, 2012

    Uncanny Avengers #2 is an excellent release that flexes its intellectual muscles while embracing some honestly dark themes that have long been the cornerstone of the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Dec 3, 2012

    I quite liked the first issue, but I definitely needed the second -- with its clever use of superpowers, snappy dialogue and widespread mutant murders -- to really keep me reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Dec 4, 2012

    This title's release was delayed for two weeks, but the it was worth the wait. With all these egos to control, it will be interesting how each hero will fill a role on the team. It is a great start to a series brought out of the last Marvel crossover events. In the next few months, it will be interesting who Rick Remender will bring on board to balance the power of these Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 26, 2012

    Uncanny Avengers isn't the widescreen union of two great teams like it was billed, and that may wear on people's patience too much to stay on to the next issue. That would also be a mistake. Like Cap and Havok, Rick Remender is giving a PR facelift to Marvel's merry mutants, adding in A-list characters, A-list threats and A-list twists. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Nov 29, 2012

    Uncanny Avengers continues on a strong note, as does all of the Marvel NOW! books (that I have read). Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Nov 29, 2012

    Overall this book has a strong concept with good pencils going for it, working on a more cerebral angle to approach human/mutant relations, which I really enjoy. As a flagship for the Marvel NOW line, its still sorting itself out, but I look forward to coming issues as the book as it moves through its first arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 29, 2012

    So far, I really like where this series is going. There is certainly great potential for it to have a good long run. I only hope the Avengers/X-Men ratio balances out, as far as exposure and characterizations go. I'm more than willing to stick around to give it a chance. There's just enough inventiveness to intrigue me, so I suppose it's working. As this was the first title published under the new Marvel NOW! imprint, I'd say it's a perfect representation of what that initiative is all about. I give this issue a solid 7.5/10. Now, bring on issue #3! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Nov 28, 2012

    I believe that Uncanny Avengers is in danger of losing the interest of a lot of potential readers. Part of the issue is that the character focus seems to be all over the place, I understand that these things take time, but people have so many great comics to buy that if you don't hook them on something early, you're going to lose them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 30, 2012

    The flagship book for Marvel Now! is still in the building up stages. This issue provides a terrific cliffhanger to an otherwise slow building story. While we are getting to know some of the characters in this issue we are doing so at perhaps too slow a pace. Maybe if Remender had thrown in some sort of evil concoction that he is known for that would have distracted me enough to get through the slower plot elements. This is still a worthwhile title to pick up, but this issue is definitely still in the world-building stages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Dec 1, 2012

    Uncanny Avengers # 2 was just okay. It could have been better but the way it was trying so hard to make itself the FLAGSHIP book for the Avengers book makes it stumble a bit. Also Cassaday's art albeit great looking flounders in some bits making the two women of the team look shorter. Still I'd give this book a whirl mainly because they book's twists and shocks just keeps rolling in. Plus Remender does pull out some great stories that needs time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo Nov 28, 2012

    At the end of the day, this sort of Marvel story lacks a certain appeal to me.  The war between humans and mutants will always be a huge factor in these story lines, but I just dont see the point of it when we came off a sizable mutant-on-mutant war.  Sometimes there is nothing wrong with going into a new story knowing that here is the villain, hes going to do something villainous, thats pretty cray.  I think people will definitely find things to enjoy here, but Im personally not interested in it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 1, 2012

    And here's a nitpicky question: why did the Red Skull lobotomize Avalanche and have him attack New York City? Clearly he's using Xavier's brain for mind control, so why not wait until after he'd secured the brain to then just mind control Avalanche? It's not like Avalanche's attack was a distraction in order to steal the brain and kidnap Wanda. Avalanche attacked outside Avengers Mansion. Xavier was buried at the Jean Grey School in Westchester, and the attack on the tomb took all of five minutes. Even if they had attacked the tomb without the distraction, there's no way that any Avengers would get there in time to stop them. I don't know. I guess I'm still just a little miffed at Remender using Avalanche as cannon fodder. The character deserved much better treatment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 26, 2012

    Overall, I'm down the middle on this one. I think there's a lot of potential here for greatness, and this issue features a lot of great stories within a larger one, but it really doesn't flow together. Everything feels a tad disjointed. I really hope and believe this will all come together nicely because it's a dynamite set-up for Red Skull.I gave X-Men: Legacy 1 the same score, but if you have to choose between those two, you should definitely go with this one. Uncanny Avengers has much more potential for greatness here. There's a lot of good here, but there's just as much bad. I give this a mild recommendation, but I wouldn't say the average person should pick this up on a whim. I'm a bit disappointed, since I am a fan of Cassaday's and Remender's work in the past. We'll just have to see how this plays out in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 27, 2012

    "Uncanny Avengers" #2 isn't a book that's going to convince anyone to change their minds about reading it. If you're the book's target audience, you'll almost certainly stick around for issue #3. But if you were already on the fence, or not thrilled with the first issue, this isn't going to pull you back into the fold. I like the little ideas that Remender peppers the book with, and for me it's that inventiveness that makes me want to stick around through the first storyline. But so far, the book isn't hitting the heights that Remender showed readers in "Uncanny X-Force." Hopefully that larger-than-life feel will show up before long. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Nov 30, 2012

    This comic continues to be a wonderful train-wreck of an attempt to merge the X-Men and Avengers. The characterizations are inept, the story is lame and nothing in the issue comes across as authentic or interesting. Read Full Review

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