Things begin to wrap for the Uncanny Avengers/Avengers Unity Squad as the team members square away unspoken things between one another. Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch put away their romantic flame once and for all. Wanda also has a similar if opposite conversation with Doctor Voodoo. Rogue and the Human Torch continue their romantic pursuits as Johnny lets her know that Avengers Mansion will be fixed up and given back to the Avengers. Rogue also goes to court to testify on behalf of the Shocker. Synapse awakens to a letter from Quicksilver.
Finally, the team is visited by a longtime Avenger with a proposition.
Firstly, I have to gripe about what is happening to the Avengers titles. Weekly books are almost universally a bad idea. I add the “almost” qualifier mostly for 2000 AD, which makes the format work due to its status as an anthology book.
Whenever the Big Two try something like that, it just looks over-ambitious and more than a little greedy. 52, Countdown, Batman Eternal, Future’s End, and that stint of Amazing-Spider-Man issues were all such big turnoffs for me. Unless you’re going to kick down the price to one or two-dollars, you shouldn’t even approach your audience with that request. Avengers doing the same is a little infuriating. I even kind of dug the first issue of “No Surrender,” but I’m not going to be spending $16 a month (not counting the $4.99 opener) to keep up with the Avengers when there are plenty of other comics asking for less than half of that. Yes, it’s “more content,” but it also puts a burden on the reader to keep up by stumping out extra cash. I’m not even that big of a fan that DC still does twice-a-month for a good portion of their books still, and they at least have the decency to kick down the price to $2.99 on those.
Apologies for that bout of frustration, but, in my defense, Uncanny Avengers #30 doesn’t provide that much to talk about. It’s not a bad comic, and appreciate Jim Zub’s inclination to close out the series by cementing where the members stand with one another. It shows the importance of the characters in these team books, and it is a sweet and fairly satisfying ending.
It is interminably slow as a result, and a little bit of action would have been nice. Plus, “Stars and Garters” had me hoping for more from the Bouncing Beast and Wonder Man than a couple of conversations.
Sean Izaakse does some more good work here, even if it seems a little flatter and lighter on detail than what most would be accustomed to from this usually stellar artist. It feels a little lacking compared to even the previous few issues of Uncanny Avengers. Tamra Bonvillain does some more great work in the color department, doing some great things with the lighting throughout the comic.
Uncanny Avengers #30 is a decent read. There’s no real reason to read it unless you’ve been following the series, as it only really closes the book on the interpersonal relationships that have been cultivated over the series’ runs. However, if you love these characters and this book, than you should do yourself the favor of seeing how the series ends.
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