Uncanny Avengers #3

With a gorgeous cover from interior artist Ryan Stegman and colorist Richard Isanove, Gerry Duggan's "Uncanny Avengers" #3 heralds the arrival of Cable; the character's debut has all the punch expected from the character, with two full-page spreads in a row to let him mow down the most opponents in the least time possible. The layouts are simple and do not include a lot of panel-breaking images or anything similar to what Stegman has done in the past. The interiors start to hew close to the Joe Quesada school of detail, which it great, with lots of emoting. Shredded Man also gives Stegman the chance to show off some gross detail as well.

Duggan's dialogue is good through most of the issue, and he shows newer readers the potential of teaming up Cable and Deadpool. Though the plot of the story really requires readers to buy into the idea of the Inhumans as a major impact point in the Marvel Universe, it seems not even the characters do. Synapse, the Inhuman on the team, is the most useless member and not in a way that makes her sympathetic; she lacks a distinct point of view, she has hindered her team along the way and her powers are unclear. I held my feelings on it for a couple issues, but she's starting to really drag the book down. As a villain, the Shredded Man has vague motivation and the "Hail Mary" attempt at the end of the issue -- which is intended to create a personal connection between his heinous actions and the team -- was anticlimactic.

"Uncanny Avengers" #3 tries new directions, stretching out and attempting to include new people. Though the series stresses the importance of the Inhumans, nothing in the story proves they are; if "Uncanny Avengers" had some time to build to its Inhuman threat, the story might not feel as rushed.

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