Rick Remender and John Cassady keep hitting old X-Men fans like myself in the emotional gut as they create a brave, new world and dedication to Xavier’s Dream.
Anyone who has followed the career of Rogue as a character since her first appearance in Avengers Annual #10 (1981, and as a villain yet!) will be undoubtedly rewarded with the saga presented in Uncanny Avengers #2 as the Southern belle helps free Wanda from the clutches of the mad Red Skull, now new and improved with Professor X’s brain.
Even imagining writing this kind of tale has this old-school fanboy shaking and quaking in his Merry Marvel Marching boots, much less seeing same on the printed page! Anyone who does not feel some type of emotion when Rogue and the Scarlet Witch find the lobotomized remains of Charles Xavier on a cold steel table was never a True Believer in the first place.
Remender has said the “X” portion of the first few issues (when and if they arrive at my LCS) would be heavy, but he would also be offering up the great Roger Stern feel of Avengers eventually and that in itself is reason enough to stick around at least until another few of the old gang (Wonder Man and the return of the Winsome Wasp!) comes about in #5.
The artwork on this issue is -- what can I say? -- uncanny. Cassady really has the feel for what makes a book look good and what makes characters feel the emotions Remender wants them to feel. Again, I return to the scene with Rogue and Wanda, certainly one that will be an X-classic for years to come. I also liked the way Cassady visually and Remender storywise handled Rogue’s escape. And the convo between Logan and Cap regarding Havok and his new role was the cherry on top of the sundae.
I know this book is not everyone’s cup of tea. Avengers fans like classic, X-Men fans love complications. But at least we have a team, independent of the U.S. government, living in Avengers Mansion again. So the big question now: Who gets Jarvis?
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