By Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse and Tamara Bonvillain
It’s insane to think that this is the last issue of Uncanny Avengers. The difference between what Jim Zub has done with this title compared to what Rick Remender did, is very drastic. As we wrap up the series, possibly for good, Jim Zub ties up many loose ends and tries to give the gang a worthy send off.
As mentioned above, the difference in tone between this issue, and series in general, under the pen of Jim Zub is very different from where this title started. Zub gives this book a much lighter tone, and there is some hope in the air with him. Remender’s run was amazing, but it was dark. It almost feels like we’re reading two completely different series. One thing that sticks out this issue is that Zub takes the time to touch base with every character and storyline. Zub gives us a film noir type of interaction between Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch. It may not be the conclusion we want for both of these characters, but it is a necessary one. Another interaction that will stand out is one between Jericho and Wanda. It may be hard to realize, but these characters are very similar. Their powers allow them to get lost in a different world, and Wanda points that out. Sometimes we just need an anchor to ground us in reality. There are some good cameos in this issue as well, from Captain America to Hellion, but the most interesting one involves the Shocker. Zub gives us a nice little piece of continuity regarding him, and it would be nice to see how this plays out in other books if it’s used.
The pencils this issue are handled by Sean Izaakse with colors by Tamara Bonvillain. The pencils give this book an old school feel to it. The first few pages featuring Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch should definitely remind you of a Sunday paper comic strip. The colors by Bonvillain are light and match the tone of a comic strip too. Izaakse excels in his scenery. Whether it’s Quicksilver running over the ocean or Wanda meeting Jericho in the park, the background in this issue are almost as interesting as the characters in front of them. Tamara Bonvillain really stands out this issue. Her colors are light but engaging. As mentioned above, the background pencils are great, but equally as good are the colors by Bonvillain. Light blues, reds and a gorgeous pink sky as Pietro races across the ocean make this issue wonderful. The pencils and colors are so great in the panel of Pietro racing over the ocean that it could honestly be framed in someone’s house.
The Uncanny Avengers unity squad is no more, but we can take solace in the fact that Jim Zub sent them off on a high note. This was a fitting ending that should give readers and fans hope for the future of these characters. The art this issue was amazing. The colors by Tamara Bonvillain really stick out and will have you thinking about the images long after you put the book down. This was a great send off to an excellent series.