Following the devastation caused by The Phoenix Force during the events of Avengers/X-Men war, humanity has grown more fearful of mutants than ever before. In order to alleviate their fear Captain America forms a new faction of the Avengers. Teaming up former members of the X-men with other human superhero’s to show the world mutants are not to dread. Enhancing the citizens of New York city’s terror is a re-embodied Red Skull. His mind melded with the unchecked power of Charles Xavier’s telepathy. Preaching his abhorrence of all mutant kind and abetted by the newly acquired ability, The Red Skull incites a riot. The Uncanny Avengers are put to the test when they are faced with a mob murdering innocent people in the streets, all the while under The Red Skull’s malevolent telepathic stimulus.
Uncanny Avengers issue 3 was unexpectedly astounding. The choices writer Rick Remender makes throughout this issue are methodical. He brings us not new vision of The Red Skull but a rendering of all incarnations, showing the reader the culmination of The Red Skulls entire history. “The last Nazi bomb, launched from the past to win a war long mistaken to be over” is one of the finest lines of dialogue I have ever read. In one sentence Rick Remender summarizes over 70 years of Red Skull lore. I sometimes forget that The Red Skull’s end game is the “Reich Eternal” not just world domination. This is the mindset that Rick Remender reiterates throughout the issue; The Red Skull is evil with a purpose. I love that The Red Skull has had Charles Xavior’s brain grafted on to his by Armin Zola. The Red Skull and Armin Zola dabbling in the dark sciences is nothing new. Yet he has never sunk so far or been more of a threat.
Rick Remenders dialogue is deliberate and haunting. There are moments when I feel The Red Skull is Adolf Hitler incarnate; spewing propaganda like it is WWII all over again. Every character in this issue is written with purpose and their whole histories in mind. It is very rare to find that kind of detail in a comic book. This shows Rick Remenders commitment to perfecting his craft.
Though I was not a fan of the art as a whole, when John Cassaday decided to show details he really shined. Unfortunately though out the majority of the issue there weren’t many details to see. Choosing to show the clear detail of a hero and no detail in the background or the contrary. This concept is use to affect perception causing the reader to see what Cassaday choses. Although this is not my favorite artistic style it does not hinder issue too much.
Rick Remender’s writing is sharp and refined, delivering a perfect blend of narrative and dialogue. The art could be crisper but it doesn’t obstruct the message delivered. I give Uncanny Avenger #3 a 9 out of 10. Red Skull with powers, trust me you got to see it for yourself.