No matter how many times I see Alex and Scott Summers jumping out of the plane it never ceases to be a truly awe inspiring moment. Some heroes watch their parents get shot in front of them, some of them are sent to Earth from Krypton, and some have a very humane origin. We see two brothers jump out of a plane saying goodbye to their parents for the last time (or so they think). But the minute the parachute starts on fire we cut to Havok, the leader of the Uncanny Avengers, laying on the ground convulsing due to a concussion. This is not the story of Alex Summers. This is not the story of how Thor turned against his friends due to the Red Skull, this is the continuing journey of a group of people that are trying to find common ground to stop any threats. People that will have to find a way to call each other “teammate”.
Perhaps the best quality of Rick Remender,John Cassaday, and Laura Martin is how well they display pain. For every painful word that Remender puts on paper, Cassaday and Martin find a way to draw it even more disturbing than the description. Marvel should give all three props as they have truly defined what Marvel Now! means to me. It means that the stories are going to be more compelling, the characters are going to pushed further than ever, and there will be no prisoners. Cassaday has to be the best artist to ever draw Red Skull. In every panel you feel as if he could reach out and grab your face. But enough about the gorgeous artwork let’s get down to the characters.
Captain America will forever be the emblem of hero and Red Skull will be the icon of evil. The battle between the two of them is definitely the shining moment in a very bleak story. I use bleak in the most positive way I can. The concept of Red Skull having the ability to control minds (with the help of his S-Men of course) has been an awesome change-up on a typical run in with Red Skull. It brings the passion to the fight. Struggling to keep the thought of maybe not honesty, but righteousness, Captain America has never had to battle Red Skull like this. Another moment that I can’t help but talk about is how Steve Rogers has images of living with Sharon Carter and having two kids, even though he knows he can never have that, he makes that sacrifice to help us. And that makes Captain America the greatest hero there is. There is no one who would be a better father. Better husband. Better anything for that matter. That ultimate good that you can’t help but admire, even though he is getting old and getting tired, he just won’t quit! Even though America has become everything he hates he still defends it. Because he is just that admirable!
As the issue ends we see teammates finally trying to come around and try to find common ground with each other. But some team members still don’t fully trust each other. I wouldn’t read this book if everyone just got along. It is the best aspect of this series. It seems to be the only series that remembers that Avengers and X-Men were just beating each other mercilessly over their beliefs. Avengers did what they could to stop the X-Men from achieving their goal. X-Men bled sweat and tears for one last chance to save mutant kind after Wanda nearly made them extinct. Rogue is right Wanda is dangerous. And I don’t think we have seen the last of that. Especially with Kang and Apocalypse on the horizon. And right when we thought Red Skull was done we see this on the last page.
How do you end with that!?