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Uncanny Avengers #9: Review

May 2016
Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz

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The man who fell to Earth Chapter 1

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4 stars

Uncanny Avengers #9 Review by (May 28, 2016)
Pepe Larraz takes over the art chores from Ryan Stegman for the 4 issues of this story. Stegman will be back for the Civil War II tie-in.

The title is obviously taken from the film starring David Bowie, or from the book by Walter S Tevis on which that was based.

In the Rage Of Ultron GN Henry Pym merged with his creation Ultron, but it was actually the robot that initiated the merger. And the robot was dominant, at least until Starfox turned his love power on the metal monster. Then Ultron felt remorse and fled into space, where we saw he had the heart of the human. Now (and in #4) we see that there is more of Pym inside the robot, but only his head and upper torso.
Since the ROU GN Wasp has retired from superheroing, as seen in All-New Wolverine #5.

Captain America was rejuvenated in the Avengers Standoff event. Now he's taking a more active role in the team. His triangular shield is reminiscent of the 1 he had in the very 1st issue of Captain America Comics in 1941. We've already seen him using it in an epilogue in Av Standoff Omega, but we still haven't seen the debut issue of his new series.

We learned in ANAD Avengers #1 that Tony Stark had to sell Avengers Tower because his company had money problems. And in #6 of this series we discovered Avengers Mansion was also presumably sold, and converted to a theme park (where Red Skull has a secret base).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny Avengers #9 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
We open in New Orleans as Rogue resolves a nagging suspicion. She interrupts Gambit waiting to steal a painting from an auction house. Anna Marie wants to know if Remy was in Bagalia recently. When he says no she has no option but to accept that it was Red Skull in telepathic disguise that she almost kissed in #5. Gambit offers to help if they get a lead on the Skull, because of what he did to Charles Xavier's dead body to steal his abilities. On the way out Rogue sets off an alarm to ruin his chances of doing the robbery.

Captain America contacts her to intercept a Soyuz capsule that's having problems with re-entry to the atmosphere, after hitting something. But someone else slows the capsule down before she reaches it. When Rogue reaches the landing site she finds the saviour (and the cause of the accident?) is Henry Pym's head atop the body of Ultron. Hank says he's in charge of the merger, but Rogue isn't totally convinced.

The newly-youthful Steve Rogers is back in action as Cap (but with a triangular shield). He and Deadpool are rooting out some anti-Inhuman terrorists who have taken over a wildlife sanctuary. They've finished when Rogue calls to say she's joining them. She uses a code to indicate trouble, so Cap calls in the rest of the Unity Squad.

When Rogue and Pym/Ultron arrive and Dr Voodoo teleports the rest of the team in, Cable in particular doesn't trust Pym's claim to be in control of the evil robot. Cap tells Hank to take the suit off so they can check it out. Henry shows that this is impossible - he unfurls the armour partially so the can see there's very little of his body left.

Pym restores the armour, this time enclosing even his head in an Ultron mask, and jets off to Avengers Mansion. Rogers sends Rogue to follow him, and Voodoo 'ports the others back to their HQ in an abandoned theatre.

Synapse could detect brain activity from the combo, but couldn't really say how human it was. Cap tells Cable to devise a way to stop Ultron without killing Pym. Jericho Drumm wonders if Hank could really have tamed the robot. He recalls how they merged in the Rage Of Ultron GN (despite the fact he wasn't there) - Ultron was in control then, but was affected. Cap just wants to be prepared for any eventuality.

1 of those preparations is to ring Janet Van Dyne to tell her that her ex-husband is back - sort of.

Ultrym (Pultron?) and Rogue have reached the Mansion, and he's disgusted to find that it's been turned into a theme park since they were forced to sell it. Rogue takes him to his own memorial statue. Hank is bitter that the Avengers didn't follow Ultron into space to try to rescue him. He destroys the monument because he isn't dead. Then declares that act stupid but fun. Rogue is starting to warm to him.

Pepe Larraz
Pepe Larraz
David Curiel
Mark Bagley (Cover Penciler)
Drew Hennessy (Cover Inker)
Richard Isanove (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)

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