Thor is in da house in Uncanny Avengers #16, and so is the breathtaking art of Steve McNiven!
For a book that has blossomed on the strength of writer Rick Remender’s great storytelling ability, grasp of character voice and control of Marvel U.continuity, few examples of such are available in #16.
Nor are they needed.
No, the star of this issue is the cosmic-level action and the emotional closeness created by the lines of the fantastic McNiven. I have oft heard Remender talking about writing to artists’ strengths, and herein is certainly a textbook example (hate that phrase) of such as McNiven’s Thunder God takes it to the Apocalypse Twins while the dread danger of Exitar the Celestial Executioner looms.
Many measure the talent of a writer from his words (mention Stan Lee and his bombastic captions come up; say Brian Bendis and talking heads emerge), but that is not often the case. A writers’s lack of words, when used creatively via his own plot, also screams volumes with its silence. That is what we have here from Remender.
Who will ever forget the moment when Thor closes the eyes of his longtime Avengers associate, the dead Wanda Maximoff? So reverent, so painful. Instant classic.
This is definitely one of the best books each and every month, and the fact that it does not get even more recognition than it does is unfathomable. This is the All-New, All-Different X-Men of our time!