Who is Captain Krakoa? Captain America and his Unity Squad race against time to stop Captain Krakoa and his nuke in Uncanny Avengers #4 by Marvel Comics!
UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 (OF 5)
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Javier Garron
Colorist: Morry Hollowell
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2023
Previously in Uncanny Avengers: Captain America reformed the Avengers Unity Squad, recruiting members of the X-Men and the Avengers. They battle the mysterious Captain Krakoa, who formed a new iteration of the terrorist Mutant Liberation Front, funded secretly by Orchis. Quicksilver and Penance planted a tracker on the Fenris twins to find their base. Meanwhile, Ben Ulrich plans to expose Orchis and recently met with the sole human witness of the Hellfire Gala Massacre, Wilson Fisk!
Uncanny Avengers #4 starts with Ben Ulrich cornering Doctor Stasis at an Empire State University lecture, revealing that he has a witness to the Hellfire Gala. Meanwhile, the Unity Squad targets the Mutant Liberation Front HQ at Camp Lehigh. They quickly can take out Wildside; Psylocke cuts out an arm on each of the Fenris twins, and Rogue convinces the Blob that he is on the wrong side. Captain America then realizes the true identity of Captain Krakoa and heads to intercept him while Rogue and Quicksilver head to Empire State University.
Quicksilver and Rogue interrupt Doctor Stasis’s lecture to reveal that the nuke is under the stage, surprising even Doctor Stasis. Meanwhile, Captain America finds Captain Krakoa attacking Ben Ulrich and rescues him. When Captain America throws his shield against Captain Krakoa, he catches the shield and throws it, nearly stopping the Unity Squad in their tracks. He then reveals his identity, Steven Rogers, the Hydra agent from another universe!
When I picked up Uncanny Avengers #4, I was slightly disappointed that we lost momentum on some smaller character plots here. There is a hyper-focus on Ben Ulrich and Captain America that I was somewhat upset other characters didn’t get much development. I understand that is the risk of having such a long cast, but I wanted a little more space to be taken for the relationship between Penance and Quicksilver or Rogue’s place in this plot. The next issue is the final one for this miniseries, so I think I will be disappointed in those minor plotlines. However, I was happy with the interpretation of Blob in this issue. While rushed, I liked that he considered Captain America’s words enough to stop fighting.
The art is vital in this book, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed. When the twins were recovering from getting their hands cut off, so much was happening on the small panels that I couldn’t interpret every detail in one read-through. And most comic readers are only reading an issue once. Still, the art was good overall.
I really like the direction this comic is going. I think the miniseries needs one more issue to make everything work perfectly. But that isn’t the creative team’s fault, as they are moving within their assigned constraints. With that in mind, Uncanny Avengers #4 is a 3.5 out of 5, and I’ll be looking forward to the finale next issue.
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Uncanny Avengers #4
Uncanny Avengers #4 did not give the time to the subplots I wanted, but that doesn't diminish the book's strong writing.