|Uncanny Avengers #25 cover by Paul Renaud|
Prepare for an Onslaught.
We have been indoctrinated for many months with the message. Finally we have reached that pivotal point where AXIS will begin. We are at the last step, do not falter now, the march must continue.
Uncanny Avengers is the drummer to our step. It has set the pace and musters us forward. Like a well timed beat, we are oblivious to the end result until we get there.
Uncanny Avengers #25 is not surprising in the plot details. Why should it be, we know it will lead into AXIS next week. It has the task of transforming the Red Skull from the overpowered megalomaniac character that was set up from he beginning of the series to the zealous supervillian soaked by power and hate, Onslaught.
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long rambling dialogue is mandatory.
Hatred, racism, and bigotry are key themes for writer Rick Remender in this issue. Given the saturation we have had with the pending arrival of Onslaught, the focus of Uncanny Avengers #25 really centers on Magneto. It is the hatred and oppression that Magneto has felt throughout his lifetime that fuels the rise of Onslaught. His crazed actions to quell the Red Skull, while sympathetic in such a plight, are misguided, and we get to see this from the perspective of those characters who have been close to Magnus.
Rogue provides some support action and commentary during the narrative. She puts up a good fight, but the driving force to try and stay Magneto's hand is that of his daughter, Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch. At the end, these members of the Unity Squad, who have been so divided, are united by the need to stop Magneto and the desire to be better for the sake of justice. They fail, and to this end we move to AXIS.
|Assemble on their Asses!!!?|
We get a sense of the grand scale of the camps on Genosha with well established high shots, we see action from low angles and intense close ups during crucial moments in the story. Acuna brings a matte finish to the art and instills a dirty quality to reinforce the conditions the that the story is set in.
Uncanny Avengers #25 does all the right things to set us up for AXIS, ticking off the final boxes. Remender has done enough to tease the story out and set up the pieces, and we are ready to march to the final destination.
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