Uncanny Avengers #26 Review- Return of Scarlet Witch

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Cover to Uncanny Avengers #26
Uncanny Avengers #26

Secret Empire is over (thank goodness), and the Uncanny Avengers must figure out where that leaves them. Steve Rogers disbanded the team, but they stuck together regardless. They have landed in Avengers Mansion for now, and Quicksilver wants his sister, the Scarlet Witch, to rejoin the team.

However, Rogue does not trust Wanda Maximoff. Responsible for the near-extinction of mutants that was M-Day and recently working for Hydra while under the possession of the chaos god, Chthon, Wanda has been tied to a lot of bad things for Rogue. However, Quicksilver and Doctor Voodoo are adamant about the Scarlet Witch staying.

Meanwhile, things get turned upside down for the team.

This feels like the first real issue of Jim Zub's Uncanny Avengers. It's no longer under the dominion of Secret Empire and is now able to tell its own story.

And hey, it works. It's compelling. The character conflicts keep things spicy and interesting. The characters are great. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch make for an interesting duo. Quicksilver's dominating and arrogant demeanor becoming softened in the presence of his sister and closest friend is a fascinating character trait to watch in action, and it gives Pietro depth.

Art from Uncanny Avengers #26 by Sean Izaakse
Uncanny Avengers #26 Artwork by Sean Izaakse

Meanwhile, watching Rogue just try to hold everything together while struggling with her abject hatred of Rogue is cool.

Also, I really like Doctor Voodoo. He was one of my initial interests in the comic, and when Zub, hot off the heels of his incredible run on Thunderbolts, took over the comic, that was enough for me to jump in, even during Secret Empire. And, in fairness, Uncanny Avenger's Secret Empire tie-in was pretty decent.

Sean Izaakse is a good artist, and it's nice to see him on this title. Admittedly, he has issues with facial expressions, especially when the big bad shows up towards the end and is hard to take seriously because of looking like he is about to sneeze in a couple of panels. Other than that, Izaakse makes a really appealing book with Uncanny Avengers #26.

The color art of Tamra Bonvillain is vibrant and eye-catching as well. She backs up the talent of Izaakse with a fantastic color pallet.

Uncanny Avengers comes out on the other side of this transition with flying colors. #26 is a solid read with great character conflict and skilled artwork. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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