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Uncanny Avengers #12: Review

Sep 2013
Rick Remender, Salvador Larroca

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #12 Review by (October 6, 2013)
It is still unclear where this long story arc fits into current Avengers and X-Men continuity. Wolverine & the X-Men #12-13 were connected to #5 at the end of the previous arc. It says here that Wolverine warned Storm to be ready for war, before disappearing into this story. I don't know if that has actually been shown in an X-Men comic. Wonder Man repeats the idea from Children's Crusade #8 that it was Dr Doom's influence on Scarlet Witch that caused Avengers Disassembled, House of M and the Mutant Decimation. However it was a vengeful Doom that claimed that, and no-one really believed him. The Apocalypse Twins used the stolen Jarnbjorn in #9 to kill Celestials to get Death Seeds to resurrect superguys like Banshee and Grim Reaper as their current Four Horsemen. Is this what affects Kang's plan? I thought they also used the same means to get Life Seeds as well, to do the required terraforming, which Kang would have expected. Hopefully it will become clearer in the several issues still to come.

Rogue, Sunfire, Thor and Wolverine aren't in this issue. Salvador Larroca is the artist for this issue rather than Daniel Acuna. Acuna should be back next time, but only for 1 issue. The opening scene is set in an alternate version of the future from Days of Future Past in (Uncanny) X-Men #141-142. Rachel Summers was a mutant-tracking Hound in that story, before she came back in time to be Phoenix/Marvel Girl. Days of Future Present in 1990's Fantastic Four/X-Factor/New Mutants/Uncanny X-Men Annuals added Ahab to the mix, as the trainer of the Hounds.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #12 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The issue opens with a vignette of the young Apocalypse Twins in one of Red Skull's future Mutant Internment Camps, run by Ahab. They are trying to escape through a gate that Tony Stark has apparently promised them will be open. But it isn't. Kang put them in the camp to teach them about man's inhumanity to mutant. Now he appears to Uriel to hammer the lesson home.

The Twins are caught by Ahab and his human Hounds, including the telepathic Rachel. Ahab blames Uriel for the escape attempt, but his sister Eimin claims it was her idea, and she just saw the opportunity without planning. Ahab takes revenge by ordering Uriel to blind his sister, or see her killed. The boy chooses the lesser evil.

Kang tells Uriel he could have saved them but didn't. This should teach Uriel not to trust *any* human, even Kang.

Back in the present the Twins have just announced last issue the upcoming mutant rapture, where all mutants will be whisked away to safety away from Earth. Mutants continue to react to that. At the Jean Grey School Beast, Shadowcat and Storm are intent on keeping Angel and Genesis hidden from the Twins. At the New Charles Xavier School Cyclops, Emma Frost and Magik figure that only Scarlet Witch would have the power to do this.

In the Twins' base the Witch gets Grim Reaper to free his brother Wonder Man. Wanda tries to convince Simon to power her spell to cause the rapture. (The twins intend to terraform another planet of the Solar System to house the mutants. Strangely they've picked the gas-giant Jupiter!) She explains how Red Skull has used the telepathy he stole from Xavier's brain to compile a dossier of mutant crimes. He's going to start the worst anti-mutant conflict ever. The clincher is that Skull intends to use the Witch to start the war. Wanda doesn't trust herself to decide what to do, after House of M, and she wants Simon to choose for her.

Meanwhile Captain America, Havok and Wasp have invaded the island of Socoira where the Twins' base is hidden. Their aim is to shut off the Tachyon Dam which is keeping time-travellers from interfering, thus letting the forces of Immortus in to stop the Twins. They fight some of the new strangely-masked Clan Akkaba, and then the dead Banshee. (Along the way Havok and Wasp get to flirt.)

Eimin reminds Uriel she foresaw Wonder Man agreeing to help Scarlet Witch, before the Tachyon Dam cut off her predictive powers. The Twins are confidant.

In 4145 AD Marcus bursts in on his father Kang to tell him that the Twins have escaped. Kang is unfazed because he *planned* it that way. He expects them to get rid of mutants for him, paving the way for his future empire. But he is shocked when Marcus adds that they twins took the Celestial-killing axe Jarnbjorn with them. A holographic recording activates and the Twins say that they've set off a time-storm that will destroy Kang's reality. When Kang goes outside he sees the world crumbling away.

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Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
Frank Martin
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Ahab, Angel, Banshee, Emma Frost, Genesis, Grim Reaper, Havok, Magik, Rachel Summers, Shadow-Cat.