Uncanny Avengers #22 – Comic Review

It’s the end: Kang the Conquerer concludes his long plot. Using the Uncanny Avengers, he has gained god-like powers from a dying Celestial.

Brought together in 2012, a new team of Avengers and X-men began working toward their goal: show unity and solidarity in the face of mutant discrimination.

The battle to stop the giant Kang begins now.

Uncanny Avengers #20 offers:

  • Fiery artwork, with colourful superheroes fighting across rubble coated streets
  • A battle between Havok and Kang at the core of the story
  • Themes of good vs evil, and the consequences of power
  • These themes are suitable for high school and college students investigating ethics in popular culture.

Orange blasts of energy and flames pervade the panels of this comic book. On a ruined city street, the Uncanny Avengers face Kangs assembled monsters from various, adandoned, damaged, or spent timelines.

Fire flares up and burns across this comic, much of it from the dying Celestial. Orange energy blasts flung from the hands of the mechanical Arno Stark take down Tony Stark in the opening panels. The art shows off the damage done by Kang’s assembled characters from across various damaged or spent timelines. A ruined city street is coated in rubble. The colourful Avengers fight off Kang’s monster collection.

Another great moment in the art: a new look for Sunfire, who dubs himself an atomic knight.

Kang might have absorbed the powers of a Celestial being, but his true power is the leverage he has taken over The Wasp and Havok. The villain has captured their daughter.

The key conflict pushes aside all the other characters except for Havok and Kang. The fight between this man – a husband and father – and a titanically arrogant time traveller makes up the centre of the comic book. The Uncanny Avengers are there, in the periphery, doing their best to hobble Kang’s now god-tier power.

Kang is powerful. A celestial died, and he absorbed the leftover energy pouring from its body. But that’s not his real power in this issue. At the heart of the story is Havok and Wasp’s daughter. Kang has effectively stolen her away from the new parents, and leverages her life to prevent Havok stopping him.

Considering Kang’s theft of the Apocalypse twins from their mother at the beginning of this long running story arc, the villain has built a plan on attacking children.

A theme of good vs evil, with a discussion of the consequences of absolute power, appear in this comic book finale.

A theme of good vs evil stems from Kang’s actions. He claims to be above definitions of good and evil: ” Concepts such as good and evil hold no value to a being of my prominence”.

Such an empty statement to make. Kang would leverage anything to gain a personal advantage. Kang chides Havok – who attempts to fight back, knowing that his daughter will be in danger if he assualts Kang – saying ” is this how a hero would behave?”

There’s no doubt Kang’s actions could be called evil. The value here is that using children is an evil act carried out by villains – arrogant men like Kang, who want power and control. The theme of good and evil here leads into a discussion of how power can blind characters from seeing the consequences of their actions. The Uncanny Avengers remind Kang of consequences here as the Avenger Earth story arc concludes.

A popular culture reference – more like a reference back to Marvel Comics own mythos – is the Sentry mentioning the “White Hot Room”, which is a higher dimension occupied by Celestials and the Phoenix Force. Coincidentally, an alternate reality version of the Vision appears in this comic empowered by the Phoenix force.

Uncanny Avengers #22 is published by Marvel comics ($3.99 USD). Rick Remender (W.) Daniel Acuna (A.)  VC’s Clayton Cowles (L.) Cover artwork by Daniel Acuna.


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