“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s a commonly used saying in today’s world, and the saying couldn’t ring more true for the latest iteration of the Marvel Comics “Unity Squad.” It’s eight months later, and the team is doing what they do best: fight a villain. In this case it’s Super-Adaptoid, and there is a lot of banter between each other in the process.
The team, made up of Steve (Old but kicking ass) Rogers, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Quicksilver, Johnny Storm, Rogue, Brother Voodoo, Deadpool, and a new Inhuman called Synapse are all in play to take down the wildly flimsy emerald colored Adaptoid drawn by Ryan Stegman. We’re given a teaser of Synapse’s abilities in the short battle, and she’s definitely one of the more interesting characters to come out of All-New, All-Different already. Deadpool wins the battle with his recklessness and Peter wants nothing to do with the Merc with a Mouth. Maybe it’s a testament to Peter’s new found place in the world and the global company he runs that he ends up quitting the team because of Deadpool and his annoyances.
Stegman excels at giving each and every character a specific emotional face given whatever is happening in the scene. There’s Brother Voodoo’s curiosity as he analyzes the Super-Adaptoid mid battle, Peter’s anger exploding from his somewhat glowing mask, and Johnny attempting to be uplifting (in a brand new costume!.) This iteration of the team is still concerned heavily with the PR aspect of what the Avengers Unity Squad means. Steve trying to collect everyone before the press arrives is a highlight, and there is also signs of the strain between the mutant and Inhuman members of the team given what the Terrigen Mist has proven to do to mutants all over the world.
The rest of the issue plays out as various members regroup at different locations such as Deadpool’s Gift Shop of Merchandise aka their headquarters. If you like the idea of Deadpool as a celebrity, then this book will be a favorite of yours. Brother Voodoo has an enlightening conversation with a ghost owner of the basement speakeasy, and we finally see Quicksilver in three different places having dates all on the same page. The final act of the issue involves the Team headed to a beastly version of Boston thanks in part to the first arc’s Big Bad, who is an all-new creation.
All throughout the issue, readers are granted a great example of colors from Richard Isanove, and how they blend to make each character look distinct. Every member of the Team has colors that render them dynamic and lets them exude a personality all on their own. If this issue is anything to go by, the Uncanny Avengers will be in good hands under Gerry Duggan’s dialogue, character portrayals as well Ryan Stegman and the rest of the art team making the Unity Squad a team to look out for.