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Uncanny Avengers #17: Review

Feb 2014
Rick Remender, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

Ragnarok

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Uncanny Avengers #17 Review by (March 9, 2014)
A suitably cataclysmic end to this part of the storyline. The destruction of the Earth confirms the theory that this is an alternate timeline. So the X-Men fans can stop worrying about Rogue being dead. The story will continue into Planet X starting next issue, when we'll see where the ark is taking all the mutants. Wasp may well be the only non-mutant there. Some of his comments plus the symbol preceding his speech suggest that the opening speaker is Havok. And next issue's blurb means his wife is Wasp. Havok plays no part in this issue, and his speech is presumably set in the future that we will see unfold from next issue. Later issues will see Kang back in the story. And from there presumably some way to restore the 'real' timeline.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #17 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
We start with a prologue where an unidentified voice is talking to his
daughter Katie. He tells her that he and her mother are going on a
deadly-dangerous mission to put things right. (There was a similar
opening to #14.)

Henry Pym, Iron Man and Vision are working with Dr Doom to expand Doom's forcefield to encompass the whole Earth, as Iron Fist and the Doc Ock Spider-Man try to calm the local population. The scheme needs Hulk to keep a pair of electromagnetic 'anchors' in position. Meanwhile Dr Strange leads a troop of superbeings (including Captain Britain, Hyperion, Iron Patriot and Machine Man) to try to delay the approach of Exitar the Celestial Executioner, here to destroy Earth for the death of some Celestials.

Meanwhile Thor battles the Apocalypse Twin Eimin in space for the axe Jarnbjorn which has the power to kill Celestials. He has already slain her brother Uriel for it last issue. Eimin claims she foresaw Uriel's
death, but her hatred of Kang and humans drove her to continue with
their plan. They crash into the space ark which is taking all mutants
to safety.

On that ark Wasp is trying to shut down the Tachyon Dam which is
stopping Immortus from sending his forces through time to help them.
But Grim Reaper is preventing her. The Twins brought him back from death, and he wants to return there. If Wasp kills him then she can reach the Dam. But he taunts her that thus would make her no better than Wolverine, whose involvement in the death of Archangel split the Unity Team during this storyline.

Dr Doom's forcefield is keeping Exitar out as Hulk strains to keep 2
electrodes in place. Thor buries Eimin under rubble and takes
Jarnbjorn. He hopes to use it to persuade Exitar to spare Earth
because it was the Twins who used it to kill Celestials. But if not
then he is prepared to kill Exitar himself. Doom's machinery suddenly
explodes, and the forcefield starts to fail.

Grim Reaper tells Wasp what is happening, and that she's now the only
hope - she *must* kill him. But then Captain America bursts onto the
scene to resolve her dilemma. He'll hold Reaper off while Jan destroys
the Dam. But her Stingers are depleted after fighting Sentry in #15.
And Reaper kills Cap before she can succeed.

Thor's rhetoric has no effect on Exitar. And then Eimin returns to the
fight. She regains Jarnbjorn which wounds even the Thunder God. And Exitar destroys the Earth, as the Watcher watches on. And in the ark Eimin gloats that Kang now has no future planet to rule.

As the ark leaves, Thor uses Mjolnir to create a spacewarp to take him
to Asgard where Odin awaits him. Thor blames himself for having made Jarnbjorn capable of killing Celestials (#6). Odin lays the blame more on squabbling humanity. If the Unity Team hadn't split they would have been able to save the day. (He makes a bigger point that mankind would only achieve their place among the Galactic civilisations if they could put aside their petty differences.)

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Steve McNiven
Jay Leisten
Laura Martin
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Steve McNiven (Cover Inker)
Dave McCaig (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)
Watcher
Watcher

(Uatu)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Apocalypse Twins, Archangel, Captain Britain, Exitar (Exitar the Executioner), Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Grim Reaper, Hyperion, Iron Patriot (James Rhodes), Spider-Man (Otto Octavius).