Another year, another relaunch for a Marvel Comics title. This time it is a relaunch of the “unity team”, the “Uncanny Avengers”, as written by Rick Remender and artist Daniel Acuna. Today (December 23rd), Marvel Comics released a teaser (via Comic Book Resources) for the new volume of the team book for launch on January 28th, 2015 which features a new costume design for one of the team members,Quicksilver. The new team will apparently feature a mix of mutants and non-mutant heroes alongside him: Scarlet Witch, Vision, Sam Wilson, Brother Voodoo, Rogue, and Sabretooth.
This relaunch will occur after the finale of Marvel’s latest crossover event, “Avengers & X-Men: Axis”, which is also written by Rick Remender and is an extension of his “Uncanny Avengers” run. In the seventh and latest issue, it was conveniently revealed that the Maximoff twins (Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) were no longer considered the children of Magneto at a time when Magneto’s film rights is owned by Fox Studios while the rights of the Inhumans (whom Quicksilver is considered a part of due to marriage) are owned by Disney and Marvel Studios. Introduced in “X-Men #4” by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1964, the Maximoff twins were mutants and members of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, although their true parentage was unknown for some time. At one point, Marvel claimed that Golden Age heroes Miss America and the Whizzer were their parents. It was only in 1983’s “Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4” where Magneto being their true father was revealed. Regardless, undoing such a critical plot point now (less than a decade after it was a key component of crossovers such as “House of M”) is at best a naked attempt at corporate synergy with the film division. Regardless, at least Quicksilver gets a new costume out of it.