Numbers next to each title are the cumulative ranking of the latest issue out of a total of 40. Numbers in parentheses indicate the previous issue’s rating. Blue indicates a raise in the chart from last issue; red indicates a drop; green indicates the book stayed put.
1. All-New X-Men: 37 (36)
2. Uncanny X-Men: 35 (31)
3. Cable & X-Force: 30 (29)
4. Wolverine and the X-Men: 30 (23)
5. Astonishing X-Men: 30 (10)
6. Savage Wolverine: 29 (28)
7. Uncanny Avengers: 28 (32)
8. Gambit: 25 (25)
9. X-Men: 21 (23)
10. Uncanny X-Force: 19 (26)
11. Wolverine : 19 (17)
12. X-Factor: 18 (23)
Writers: Rick Remender and Gerry Duggan
Artist: Adam KubertThe only reason to pick this issue up as opposed to all of the other Age of Ultron tie-ins is that Uncanny Avengers #8AU has nothing to do with the Age of Ultron. It really is much more relevant to the Kang the Conqueror/Apocalypse Twins storyline that is currently running in Uncanny Avengers. The only real reference to Age of Ultron here is the passing mention that Wolverine went back in time to kill Hank Pym before he could create Ultron & Vision.
Rick Remender and Gerry Duggan focus all of the story’s attention on the Apocalypse Twins and Kang’s molding of them. We all know that Kang is a time traveler, so it makes perfect sense that he would use the timeline as a training ground for his reluctant wards. The when and where is irrelevant. Kang just needed a timeline where mutants and humans lived in segregation to each other (for the most part). The twins’ task is to kill Colonel America (the Age of Ultron version of Captain America) since Steve Rogers is the one human, according to Kang, that opposes and helps defeat the twins in every possible reality.
The writing is very compelling. You really don’t have to have followed any of the Age of Ultron story to get drawn into this book. We get to learn a lot about the core of the twins’ character and personality. Uriel is the more compassionate of the duo while Eimin is less hesitant in killing; all while showing unbending loyalty toward her brother. You can bet that those traits will play into what’s to come in later issues of Uncanny Avengers. I especially enjoyed Steve Rogers’ assessment of his foes. I’m not sure which of the two writers scripted most of Steve’s interior monologue, but it was truly well done and very fitting to the character.
Adam Kubert’s artwork is as good as ever. I’ve always enjoyed the way he draws faces and everybody just looks great in this issue; Havok, Rogue, Colonel America and especially Kang. The scene in the sewers where Colonel America comes out of the water is especially chilling. The cover by Cheung, Morales and Ponsor shows some great detail and relevant to the story inside. That’s my kind of cover! –SG
Cover: 8/10 Writing: 7/10 Art: 8/10 Relevance: 5/10 TOTAL: 28/40