Uncanny Avengers #9
I do have to say Remender is definitely cranking up the heat. Both Avengers and the Apocalypse are preparing for what very well be the final confrontation. This has proven to be so much more than what’s on the surface and the inner turmoil from every character adds a certain intensity to this dire situation.
The one thing holing this issue back from reaching it’s full potential was too much time spent on dialogue. I found myself spending too much time wondering when they would stop talking and move on to the next scene. It’s okay to want to allow them room to express themselves but there is a point where it just draws you away from the story and you just feel bored. Aside from that it was great that things came back around to be aired out. Meaning Thor losing his axe which is now in the possession of the twins and Wolverine coming clean about his questionable acts with X-Force which causes a divide in the team because while half want to save their morality, the other half wants to do what has to be done regardless of the consequences. Both truths had to come out at some point and they couldn’t have happened at a better time.
The one thing that really grabs you is the argument over the use of the word mutant. While other X titles focus on the schism between them, this one has shown the political side of it all. Or to be specific the politically correct side of the argument and creates a believable argument on both sides.
As I said before, Remender consistently cranks that dial as this issue reaches it’s boiling point. It’s intense, leaves you in suspense, and certainly delivers on the action. Everyone in this book stands out on their own and it’s their own personal drive that supports the plot which continues to grow. We all knew from the start that this team wasn’t going to last together, and it was basically following that belief all the way to their breaking point which leads to anticipation for what comes next.