Review: Uncanny #5

Review of: Uncanny #5
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Andy Diggle

Uncanny #5

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On December 11, 2013
Last modified:December 11, 2013


Uncanny continues to live up to its name.

Weaver discovers he’s just a tiny cog in a big machine as he unlocks the secrets of Maggie’s past and Deacon Styles’ true agenda. But what does it have to do with the shadowy organization known only as Cadre, and what is their connection to the world of the Specials?

The mystery deepens this week as Uncanny #5 hits the stands. The story is written by Andy Diggle with art by Aaron Campbell. Bill Crabtree handles colors with Simon Bowland providing letters. Uncanny has been living up to its name so far, but how does the fifth outing fare?

It’s been three weeks since Weaver and Maggie’s failed heist. They’ve been taken to a remote location somewhere in South America and Cadre is experimenting on them. Weaver’s powers are explored a little more as these scientists in this mysterious organization push Weaver to his limits. Maggie has it a little harder since her skillset involves recovering from injuries. Weaver has given up any hope of escaping, and he finds the whole hopelessness oddly comforting compared to the act he’s been trying to sell to everyone. Meanwhile Deacon and his powered assistant are trying to track down Weaver and Maggie. They have a lead but they’re up against the seeming juggernaut that is Cadre. Is there any hope of escape for Maggie and Weaver? Why are they being experimented on?

Diggle writes a darker and more psychological issue this month. He really strips Weaver down to basics and explores what makes him tick and how he truly feels about everything. The mystery gets deeper every month, but Diggle keeps you turning the page waiting to see what happens next. This feels like a more grown up version of Heroes (when it was good, not that whole last few years deal). Campbell’s art is a perfect fit for the series. He’s able to make things dramatic and compelling even when it’s just weaver lying in a bed. He has a great eye for storytelling with the way he moves the ‘camera’ and lays out his panels. There’s a lot of detail in the artwork and some great character work. Crabtree’s colors are a great compliment to the art. The story is largely contained in a compound, so everything is very clean and sterile looking. There’s a lot of reflecting metal and the like.

Bottom Line: Uncanny continues to live up to its name. This is a complex and layered story featuring some weird and wonderful powers. We don’t know what the larger picture is, but you can’t wait to find out. 4/5

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