A zombie Hulk resurrected by The Hand is about to take out a nuclear power plant in Japan and the Deadpool/Rogue-led Avengers are all that stand in his way. Dang, is it good?
Uncanny Avengers #17 (Marvel Comics)
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Why does this book matter?
Gerry Duggan has written a great Deadpool in an even better team book with plenty of stakes and a good lineup too. Pepe Larraz has drawn one hell of a slick book to with great colors by David Curiel. And, this is the big climactic battle!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Elektra is a fun addition to this issue.
The biggest win in this fight comic is Electra and how she interacts with the team. There are a few moments where she gets to react or show off and they’re great fun. Duggan mixes things up on a fighting standpoint too, with Human Torch standing out and reminding us how god damn powerful he is while other characters show their wherewithal. Deadpool gets a few jokes in (and continues to be good at being a human punching bag against the likes of Hulk) serving more as the team’s cheerleader. Surprisingly, Quicksilver has one of the funniest moments in the issue as Duggan reminds us you can’t run as fast as him and not eat.
The most badass moment in this issue belongs to Doctor Voodoo and it’s nice to see Duggan giving the lesser known characters time to shine. I gained a lot more respect for him after what he does in this issue and he also gets a quieter and more meaningful scene with a key dead Avenger. These scenes lift this issue up and make it more than a fight comic.
Larraz once again will blow you away. From a full page splash of Hulk freaking out to a touching full page splash moment between two Avengers near the end of the book, the guy can do it all. There are also some fantastic layouts to be had in this issue which lift up the action and make it feel like a primo title.
It can’t be perfect can it?
There’s some time spent essentially setting up where the characters go from here and a tease that are somewhat underwhelming. I certainly wasn’t pumped up for what comes next and instead these scenes will make you shrug your shoulders. The fact that these scenes take up a good three pages somewhat reduces the value of the book as a whole.
Is It Good?
A fine conclusion to the Hulk storyline with big action and key emotionally charged moments. Once again, Duggan does well with the team format with good pace and fun action.