The Weekly Pull (1/23/13) – UNCANNY AVENGERS #3

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After significant delays, UNCANNY AVENGERS #3 finally rears its head. Was it worth the wait?

In an effort to foster better human-mutant relations in the wake of Avengers Vs X-Men, Captain America formed a sub group of the Avengers staffed by both Avengers and X-Men mainstays. And in an additional show of good faith, he put Havoc, the brother of Scott Summers, in charge of the team.

Everything was going great until the Red Skull stole Professor Xavior’s brain. Yes, they saved Prof X’s brain.

Let me tell you something: I love this storyline. Sure, it was kind of gross to show the Red Skull removing the brain itself from Professor X’s corpse, but this is some of the most compelling stuff I’ve seen in a while. Normal villains, when given access to the brain of the world’s most powerful telepath, would just use it to mind control the heroes in an effort to make them kill each other. Despite the fact that this does happen in UNCANNY AVENGERS #3, the Red Skull is also using his new telepathic powers to induce an anti-mutant riot among the citizens of New York City. We’re talking major Nazi shit.

And it’s amazing!

We’ve got a battle royale up in New York. Angry people beating up random mutants (or those who genetically could become mutants), the Uncanny Avengers splitting up to fight isolated battles against the villain’s minions and the creeping influence of a super Nazi, and the Red Skull standing around like a giant, hateful ham.

And in all this, how much of these random people’s violence is a product of true mind control, and how much is simple suggestion? I said this is major Nazi shit, and I meant every word of it. The Red Skull uses classic political tactics to whip a crowd into a frenzy. The fact that he’s using a telepathic mind is only an aid to the real force behind it: people will be willing to commit any atrocity if their hatred is directed and justified.

Because as science has proven, hatred gets you high. I’m not joking.

Was this issue worth the wait? You’re damn right it was! Why aren’t you reading this book already?

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