After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Uncanny Avengers, Vol 5: AXIS Prelude by Rick Remender, illustrated by Sanford Greene, Salvador Larroca, Paul Renaud, & Daniel Acuna

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by Rick Remender, illustrated by Sanford Greene, Salvador Larroca, Paul Renaud, & Daniel Acuna
Published by Marvel, January 20, 2015
144 Pages • ISBN 978-0785154259 • Hardcover

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Book description:
The march to AXIS begins here as the Uncanny Avengers are reunited! The threat of Kang is over, but what are the repercussions? A dark secret is revealed in Genosha, Havok and his team are defeated at the hands of the sinister S-Men...and the Red Skull's revenge is now unstoppable. The great vanishing has begun, the Uncanny Avengers are too late...and Havok witnesses the Skull's greatest atrocity yet! Meanwhile, Magneto discovers the Skull's possession of his dead friend Charles Xavier's brain and powers and becomes determined to shut the villain's scheme down! Prepare for a Magneto vs. Red Skull blood match that will result in a terribly altered Marvel Universe! Plus: the Mojoverse gathers an all-new, all-creepy Avengers! It's the shocking debut of the Avengers of the Supernatural!

COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 23-25, Magneto 9-10, Uncanny Avengers Annual 1

This lead up to the AXIS crossover event does a fair enough job of laying the groundwork for the subsequent story, but there are still things about the overall story that bug me: Why does the Red Skull hate mutants so much (other than needing him to in order for the AXIS storyline to work...)? If he hates mutants so much, why fuse the brain of a mutant to his own? Why have mutants as part of his S-Men if he hates them so much? Why does it take "killing" him to release Red Onslaught? There is quite a bit of suspension of disbelief and just accepting things as they are written required for this storyline to work, and I feel that's a bit of sloppy writing and planning, right there.

The other thing that really bugged me about this collection is if you are going to have parts of the story branch off into other series (part of the overall story plays out in Magneto, make sure that everybody is on the same page with how the characters look and how the story is working in the other issues. When the story transitions from Magneto back to Uncanny Avengers, and the story picks up right from one issue to the next, it's incredibly tacky that the characters are not wearing the same costumes, nor to the stories line up with the action that takes place from the last pages of Magneto to the first pages of Uncanny Avengers. Continuity may not seem that important, but it is.

Overall, I'm hoping that the AXIS storyline is actually handled a little better than the setup was.

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