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Uncanny Avengers #12: Review

Aug 2016
Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz

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Rage against the machine

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4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #12 Review by (August 26, 2016)
This issue doesn't have Captain America and half the rest of the team. But Tony Stark gets it into the Iron Man Library.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #12 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark is beating on Ultron with the Hulkbuster armour. But suddenly the armour opens up to reveal there's no-one inside - Stark is running it by remote. And he stuffs the robot inside the armour. Ultron tries to stop the armour from closing but Cable blasts him inside with his big gun.

This plan is part of Project Icarus, designed by Bruce Banner as 1 of the ways to get rid of Hulk if necessary. We'll get to the Icarus bit soon.

Tony hands over external control of the suit to Vision. Dr Voodoo, Human Torch, Rogue and Wasp accompany him as he takes it up to a waiting spaceship. By the time Ultron starts to break his way out they're heading into space.

Dr Voodoo plays for time by transporting himself and Ultron to the Swamps of Oguni, a land of the dead where the robot will face all the beings he has killed. But it is Voodoo who is taken aback by the hordes of aliens that rise up. Ultron says that he's spent his time in space slaughtering the inhabitants of alien worlds until only the fittest survived. And he did in the name of Earth and the Avengers.

Voodoo's control slips, and they are back in the spaceship. And Ultron breaks out of the Hulkbuster suit. He takes the miniature EMP device (still charging up) from Wasp and destroys it to ensure she can't use it against him again. Vision orders everyone into escape pods, but Ultron takes control of the ship and jettisons the pods. And then the robot discovers they are flying him into the Sun.

Rogue smashes the navigation system so the course can't be changed. Torch absorbs some of the heat because they're getting near the Sun. The ship's hull is breaking up but the Avengers are determined to keep Ultron here even if it means they die with him. But Wasp sends out a mayday - actually the original plan was for Captain Marvel to pick them up.

Ultron and his creator Henry Pym left Earth merged together in the Rage of Ultron GN. When he returned in #9 he claimed to be Hank in control. But since then he has admitted that he's really Ultron, but claims that he is still half Pym. The Avengers don't really believe him. But he keeps using Henry's voice to make them feel guilty for letting Pym go off into space and never trying to find him.

Vision repeats a psychological attack he already tried last issue. He maintains that Ultron pretended to be Pym because he wanted to be an Avenger. And that's why he's never succeeded in killing the Avengers - because he needs them to be his family.

Ultron replies by expanding on his space journey. He's been converting aliens into Ultrons and letting them loose on their own planets. Each time he has told the inhabitants that the Avengers of Earth have decided they need killing. And made sure they know where Earth is. Now hordes of aliens are on their way for revenge. In fact he saw an alien drone in New York earlier.

Vision attacks him and goads him again - praising Pym and comparing Ultron to him in a very bad light. He repeats that Ultron has never succeeded in killing an Avenger. The robot spits back that he killed Henry Pym!

Vision is satisfied. They are now sure that there's no Pym left in Ultron. He slams the robot to the deck and Torch melts him in place.

And Capt Marvel arrives in an Alpha Flight spaceship in time for Dr Voodoo to teleport them across. They watch the other ship enter the Sun.

As the ship burns up Ultron talks to himself and still replies in Hank Pym's voice. They claim to have taken refuge in a neutrino! Which will eventually be emitted back into space.

Pepe Larraz
Pepe Larraz
David Curiel
Ryan Stegman (Cover Penciler)
Ryan Stegman (Cover Inker)
Richard Isanove (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)

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