The mysterious man from the last issue of Uncanny Avengers turns out to be an attorney who took care of the estate of Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. As such, he has money owed to the heir of the Richards’ estate, the Human Torch. Johnny must decide what to do with this information.
Meanwhile, the Beast and Wonder Man meet at a bar not too far from Avengers Mansion to catch up and decide what to do with their life next.
As a longtime Avengers’ fan, it delights me to no end to see classics like the Beast and Wonder Man potentially return to the team with other classics like Wasp, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.
The Human Torch plot seems intended to phase him out of the team so that he can join up with the Thing for Marvel Two-in-One. That’s fine, if a bit disappointing. The Human Torch never quite fit in with the Avengers for me, but he is a great character nonetheless.
One of the best parts of Uncanny Avengers #28 is Beast and Wonder Man owning up to some of the bad decisions they made in recent years. Beast having to cope with aiding the Inhumans instead of the X-Men as well as becoming Steve Rogers’ patsy was sad yet a bit satisfying. You feel bad for Beast, but the comic is also implicitly admitting how terrible those decisions were and even how out-of-character they seemed, especially the aiding a fascist part.
Wonder Man’s crimes are relatively lesser. His fights with the Avengers were bad, but they’re not quite aiding a fascist bad.
It’s also a bit funny in how this seems to criticize some of the writing decisions with these characters.
Later in the comic, the two attempt to stop a heist being performed by some armed-thugs, Whirlwind being among them. This is one of the most upbeat and peppy Avengers moments I’ve seen in recent years. There is a repartee between the two heroes, and they’re both just excited to be alive. It’s great.
Quicksilver is especially irritable in this comic, and it’s pretty entertaining too.
Scarlet Witch and Doctor Voodoo summon mystical Cytorrak construction workers to rebuild the mansion, and they are the most strangely adorable creatures. It made me laugh out loud a lot.
Sean Izaakse’s work remains quite good here, and Tamra Bonvillain’s color work adds a lot of depth and atmosphere to these events. The color in the Beast and Wonder Man scenes is delightfully bright and saturated.
Uncanny Avengers #28 promises a lot of fun and adventure in the near-future. Wonder Man and Beast are back, and writer Jim Zub is firing on all cylinders. This is my favorite Avenger book right now, and it gets a strong recommendation. Give this one a try.
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