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Uncanny Avengers #18: Review

Mar 2014
Rick Remender, Daniel Acuna

Story Name:

Avenge the Earth part one

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #18 Review by (April 5, 2014)
Wasp can change her own size due to the Pym particles in her body, but I think she needs an external supply of Pym particles to change others. I believe hubby Hank Pym doesn't need such external help. But she obviously wasn't as depleted of external Pym particles as she said, because she has enough to restore Havok to full size. Havok says that Beast has sent people through time before. Maybe he's referring to Hank bringing the young X-Men to this era in All-New X-Men #1. Wasp seems to refer to Magneto as her ex-boyfriend here. I think this can only be a joking reference all the way back to Secret Wars I where she fancied him, or pretended to for tactical reasons. Kang's forces are the characters he rescued in #14 from various alternate futures that were voided by the destruction of Earth last issue:- Stryfe from 3806. The female Venom/Spider-Girl from 2033 Earth X. Dr Doom from 2099. Iron Man from 2020. Ahab from the mutant concentration camps of 2014 (reclaiming his servant but leaving Red Skull behind). Magistrate Braddock from 2043. A Deathlok from 2055. These last 2 are from futures shown in Rick Remender's run on Uncanny X-Force. Kang didn't rescue a Thor in that issue. But Thor wasn't destroyed with Earth and so this is presumably Thor from the preceding issues of this series. Which in itself may be an alternate timeline. This raises the question of whether Asgardians are outside the multiverse of parallel timelines. But we have seen alternate reality Thor's before:- Eg in Avengers (1963) Annual #2 and various What If's.

Daniel Acuna returns as penciller for this story arc called Avenge the Earth. The blurb for this issue mentions the 'No more humans' campaign (just to get rid of Wasp!) - I know wasps can be annoying! I believe this has nothing to do with April's X-Men: No More Humans graphic novel. Blob was depowered after House of M, but here he says his X-gene has been 'reignited'. Since the mutant population was drastically reduced then but appears to be quite large now, maybe the Rapture brought ex-mutants as well as active ones to the Ark, and Eimin had a way to 'reignite' them all. I don't know if the guy identified as Pyro by ComicBookDB really *is* him. He's supposedly not just depowered but dead. He died of the Legacy Virus and temporary heroism in Cable (1993) #87. Since then he's been seen as dead, especially as 1 of the temporarily resurrected in the Necrosha event. But all those resurrectees went back to being dead. Toad wasn't depowered by the Decimation event. Magneto was, but had his powers restored during Manifest Destiny.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #18 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In the opening page we get the disembodied voice of Havok talking to his daughter Katie again. It's a message left for her 16th birthday, but she's obviously much younger than that when we see her inside the comic. We learn that she's not a mutant. And that Hank (McCoy - Beast) is helping to hide her existence from Eimin and the mutants.

As Earth was destroyed last issue the surviving Apocalypse Twin Eimin ferried all mutants to safety in her space ark, to their new home Planet X. Wasp, now Katie's mother, was the only non-mutant on the Ark. Havok and Wasp are trying to find a way to change history and get Earth and humanity back. Havok leaves the message because they might not survive.

Now Havok is on the run from Blob and Pyro through a crowded mall. To get away he leaps through a window very high up in the air. Blob follows and they continue to fight as they fall. But then the flying Wasp rescues her husband. But shrinking him out of Blob's grasp has used up her remaining external Pym particles.

Blob is saved from hitting the ground by Magneto. Accompanied by Toad in an aircar. Magneto refers to them as his X-Force, as they fly after the fugitives.

The duo are expecting Beast to be able to send them back in time. Meanwhile they are intending to break into the Apocalypse Ark.

Magneto turns a building in front of them into amorphous arms to grab them. But Havok gets Wasp to restore him to full size in mid-air, and he destroys the arms with a blast of cosmic energy. Then he angles himself to land on Toad's aircar, and throws the enemy out of it. But Magneto has been towing Blob, and throws him at the car like a missile.

When the car hits the ground they're almost at the Ark. Havok and Wasp intend to blow up the Tachyon Dam that stops time travel into and out of this era. (When Wasp failed to kill Grim Reaper to achieve that goal last issue, Earth got destroyed and Reaper killed Captain America. She doesn't know that since then Havok took revenge by killing Reaper.)

Havok goes to use his cosmic blast on the Dam while Wasp stays behind to hold off Blob. Jan defeats Blob with the old stinger-inside-the-ear trick. But Magneto catches up with Havok and leaves him dangling from the edge of a roof. Until Wasp's sting knocks him down and she helps Alex up.

Then Havok does destroy the Tachyon Dam. The blast sends him flying, so he's not there to prevent Magneto capturing Jan in a small metal cage.

Alex returns to Beast's lab, and little Katie playing with her toys.

The purpose of breaking the Dam was to allow Immortus to send his promised help from the future. And to allow travel back in time to prevent the destruction of Earth (and the preceding deaths). But Henry McCoy reports that the Dam still exists in the past, so they can't go back there!

And Immortus doesn't show up. But instead Kang arrives with the characters he gathered from dying timelines in #14. And accompanied by Thor.


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Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.
Editor: Daniel Ketchum.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Ahab, Deathlok (Abomination), Doctor Doom 2099, Grim Reaper, Havok, Iron Man 2020, Magistrate Braddock, Pyro, Stryfe, Toad, Venom (Earth X), X-Force.