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Uncanny Avengers #14: Review

Nov 2013
Rick Remender, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

The day nor the hour

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Uncanny Avengers #14 Review by (April 5, 2014)
Rogue and Sunfire race down a corridor lined with statues. Rick Remender has said that these are all Apocalypses. We recognise En Sabah Nur and Archangel. We can see 2 other names, and Remender has claimed that Gorsvil was a Neanderthal Apocalypse and Kelby Tak is from the era of the Eternals and Deviants. Rogue gets bone claws from Wolverine not metal ones because only the bone claws are his power, the metal ones are grafted on. Wonder Man died at the beginning of the Force Works series, his ionic energy body blown apart. But his love for Scarlet Witch caused him to reintegrate in the early part of the 1998 Avengers series.

Be that as it may, the characters Kang saves all come from futures we know about. Stryfe is an evil clone of Cable who was initially based in the future in The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix. 3806 was the end of his time there, after which he travelled back to the current era to become a general X-villain in New Mutants #86. He is seen here with Sumo, Tempo, Wildside and Zero, members of the Mutant Liberation Front he formed when he arrived in our time. Unfortunately I don't think they were ever with him in the future. This Dr Doom had his own series Doom 2099 as well as many apps in other titles in the 2099 set. He arrived in 2099 via time travel, but it is questionable whether he is really the current Dr Doom. Ahab is taken from the future of Red Skull's mutant concentration camps, as seen in #8, #8AU and #12. He is presumably a variant of the Ahab seen in the camps in the Days of Future Present crossover, which didn't involve Red Skull. This is the 1st time Kang has claimed that Ahab was his agent. Iron Man 2020 is named Arno Stark like the brother Tony Stark recently discovered he has. But this future Arno was the son of Tony's cousin Morgan, in a future in Machine Man (1984) and his own Graphic Novel. It would be difficult for this timeline to be a future diverging from now because Morgan Stark doesn't *have* a son. Destroying this future may also simplify the existence of the current Arno Stark. In Earth X May Parker, daughter of Spider-Man, became Venom rather than Spider-Girl (as in another alternate universe). But Earth X can't really be a future of the main Marvel timeline because too much of its past is different. Magistrate Braddock is an alternate future Betsy Braddock (Psylocke) from Rick Remender's run on Uncanny X-Force (the Final Execution story arc). I'm guessing the Deathlok future is from earlier in the same series (Deathlok Nation), s future where all(?) superhumans have been turned into cyborgs. Allegedly this particular 'Deat

I've tried to shove too much into 1 comment box. The last sentences of the next box should be:- Allegedly this particular 'Deathlok' is a cyborged Abomination.

We see 7 disintegrating futures, and I guess these tie back to some references in previous issues. In #6 we had Kang's cryptic comment "The 7 must be 1". In #9 Immortus said that a mysterious event at this time would split the prime reality into 7 equally prime ones. However the Apocalypse Twins will destroy the Earth and all 7 timelines. Also in #9 Uriel said that these 7 timelines determined the choice of the 4 Horsemen (Banshee, Daken, Grim Reaper and Sentry). Presumably the 7 futures we see are are the 7 prime timelines. It is difficult to connect what's going on here with the other multiverse-shaking events going on elsewhere in Avengers-land. Is the destruction of timelines related to the incursions in New Avengers? Is the critical event the White Event in Avengers #7? Or is it the fracturing of spacetime in Age of Ultron which connected the main timeline to some others, including the 2099 one?

Steve McNiven takes over as penciller for the remaining 4 issues of the Ragnarok Now story arc. This is a dramatic high point of the storyline, with the carefully choreographed mayhem leading to multiple deaths. But of course those deaths of important characters suggest that this whole thing will be wiped out by temporal manipulation in the end (by Kang and/or Immortus), relegating it to an alternate timeline.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #14 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The issue opens with a disembodied voice talking to his daughter Katie. A symbol attached to the word balloons suggests it's Havok. He says that he and his wife are going on a potentially fatal mission. And the day that the world now celebrates was really a disaster that was their fault. (This of course is foreshadowing, and we'll learn more about this situation in future issues.)

Next we have a series of cameos as Kang rescues super-characters from various disintegrating futures:- Stryfe from 3806. The female Venom/Spider-Girl from 2033 Earth X. Dr Doom from 2099. Iron Man from 2020. Ahab from 2014 (reclaiming his servant but leaving Red Skull behind). Magistrate Braddock from 2043. A Deathlok from 2055.

Now, in the Apocalypse Twins' spaceship in the Akkaba Nebula, Rogue and Sunfire are hunting for Scarlet Witch to stop her from helping the Twins. Last issue Wolverine made Rogue swear not to kill her - there's been too much death lately. But Rogue thinks she knows what he really wants.

The Twins expect Wanda to cast a spell that will use the power of Wonder Man to Rapture all mutants away to a new world, where they'll be safe from humans forever. The Witch asks the Twins to leave her and Simon alone, because she needs absolute peace for the spell. Really she intends to bring the mutants here, to fight the Twins. The Twins agree, but only because Eimin has foreseen what will actually happen.

Rogue and Sunfire arrive in mid-spell, but have to get through Daken and Grim Reaper, 2 of the 4 resurrected Horsemen. Rogue is initially wounded by Daken's claws, and then Reaper goes after her leaving Daken to face Sunfire. But Rogue has absorbed Wolverine's powers, including his healing ability and bone claws. So she sets out to kill Reaper (again, after #5).

Meanwhile Wolverine turns up, recovering from last issue's torture by his dead son Daken. Father and son face off again, freeing Sunfire to go to stop Wanda.

Sunfire takes away the power source for the spell, Wonder Man. Rogue, still bitterly blaming Scarlet Witch for the decimation of mutantkind after House of M, runs forward. And Daken forces Logan to watch as Rogue skewers Wanda with his claws. Then Grim Reaper kills Rogue with his scythe. And Daken goads Wolverine that it's all his fault, until Logan kills him (again).

Meanwhile Wonder Man has told Sunfire that the Witch was trying to bring mutants here to oppose the Twins. Simon rushes to the side of dying Wanda. Together they finish the spell, and WM's ionic body dissipates, returning to the energy from which she restored him (in the post-Heroes Reborn Avengers). And Wanda sinks to death as she calls the mutants to her.


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Steve McNiven
John Dell
Laura Martin
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Steve McNiven (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Ahab, Apocalypse Twins, Deathlok (Abomination), Doctor Doom 2099, Grim Reaper, Iron Man 2020, Magistrate Braddock, Stryfe, Sunfire, Venom (Earth X).