• Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire join the team just in time for Grim Reaper’s revenge!

• Tension between the team builds as Havok’s leadership is questioned!

• The death of a major character at the hands of an Avenger in broad daylight!

Story by Rick Remender
Art by John Cassaday
Cover by John Cassaday & Olivier Coipel

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  1. Looking forward to this. Giving Rick Remender the keys to this car was a great idea.

  2. Grim Reaper. Interesting. Cool cover. Can’t express how perfect I think the Red Skull is as a mutant nemesis. Looking forward to Wonder Man and sibling rivalry.

  3. Can’t wait till Coipel and Acuna join the book. Cassaday has been slipping in his art quality lately. Hopefully he’s brought his A game for the last issue he’s doing.

    • Is this his last issue?

    • Yes. Olivier Coipel does next one or two, then Daniel Acuña becomes the new lead (regular?) artist.

      I like John Cassaday, but I will be very happy to see this book finally get some momentum going. When so many other Marvel books are double-shipping, the fact that this has barely gotten 4 issues out in 5 months has diminished it’s impact (which is a shame because I’m enjoying it a lot!).

    • I like Coipel, not a huge Acuna fan. His Wolverine stuff is alright. Hopefully his UA will be superior.

  4. I’ll read this arc when it ends.

    Some cool characters. Still trusting Rememnder.

  5. Welp I didn’t see that last page coming at all.

  6. I can’t put my finger on it, but something seems off about this book. I want to like it, but I come away from every issue feeling disappointed…

  7. Remender’s script in this is awesome from start to finish. The retelling of the Summers parachute drop was awesome. Some great Cap scenes as well. And the ending… I don’t have very fond memories of the 90’s comics but I’m certainly intrigued.

    I will echo sentiments about Cassaday, however. In addition to the late shipping (which has totally derailed any momentum this initially had going for it as the flagship NOW! title), I feel like he was very much in cruise-control in this issue. There were many scenes that called for creative visual storytelling, especially Skull’s mind-control powers. As the book played out, I even found myself getting confused about what was real and what wasn’t. It’s not bad at all, just really generic in comparison to the quality of books out today like Aja’s Hawkeye.

    This arc will likely read much better in trade. I’m still on board for Remender and Coipel.

  8. Ummm…did any of these things actually happen?

    • Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire join the team just in time for Grim Reaper’s revenge!

    • Tension between the team builds as Havok’s leadership is questioned!

    • The death of a major character at the hands of an Avenger in broad daylight!

    That must all be in issue 5, right?

    Anywho, this issue was a gut punch…Not in terms of emotional resonance with a character, but just Remenders evisceration of America…DAMN! was all I could say. Although it is getting played out, I find I’m actually looking forward to the “days of future past” revisiting…It will be interesting to see what Prof. X’s death, and subsequent formation of the Uncanny Avengers, would mean for Claremont’s vision of the future of mutantkind.

    And Cassaday can’t leave soon enough.

  9. I was excited for this series after the first book, but with the constant delays because of Cassaday, well let’s just say I kind of forgot about this book. I’m glad for one he is off this title. I did enjoy some of the dialogue from The Red Skull. Between talking about the America Captain America is fighting for and his banter with Rogue, there were some laughs even. As for the ending, very intrigued to see how that all plays out.

  10. I really enjoyed this issue. Remender does a wonderful job with Skull’s dialog here. Even as the reader, I found myself losing hope along with Cap towards the end there. It really felt like the team barely pulled out a win, and from a dramatic storytelling perspective that’s terrific. This teams has serious issues, but they don’t feel forced and obvious like they can often feel in a team book.

    Cassaday had a few nice panels in this one, but at the end of the day his current work just isn’t worth waiting for. I’m a big Coipel fan so I’m really excited to see him take over, however briefly.

  11. The Skull raised a lot of interesting points about American culture and Cap’s place in it(however misconstrued). The bit about antibiotics and cow flesh made me laugh.

  12. I’m really diggin’ this book but Cassady’s art looks weird. Cap and Havok look out of shape.

  13. Don’t care for the art. It seemed very crowded to me. This storyline started our great but is losing steam I hope it picks up with better writing and art in Issue 5 and beyond.

  14. My pick of the week. Wasn’t too sure of the first two issues but the last two have been good fun. And I personally really like Cassaday’s art.

  15. I like this title, but the delays are a killer. Cassaday is a good artist, but not that good to justify the long waits. This issue is really good; lots of action character development. The epilogue is CRAZY!

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  16. Loved this issue, I thought it was the perfect way to wrap up the arc. I’m going to go back and read all four issues in one sitting too, as I’m sure that’ll enhance it some more.

    As with most people on here, can’t wait for Coipel.

  17. I’ve never really read X-Men before, can someone explain the significance of the last couple pages for me?

    • Alright, short answer:

      Trust that Remender will make it all clear and don’t worry about it.

      Because the long answer might be super-confusing (or even entirely wrong — it was a long time ago, and it might not even be what Remender is going for here):

      Way back in like 1993, Magneto went on a big rampage and Professor Xavier went into Magneto’s head and shut down his brain. However, in the process part of Magneto’s psyche set up shop in Xavier’s brain. But no one really knew that until later. Anyway, then Xavier was “killed” and the whole Age of Apocalypse thing went down (wikipedia it). When the universe was set right after AoA, the shadowy Onslaught began getting up to no good. This was when I checked out of the X-books, but if I’ve heard correctly it turned out that Onslaught was Xavier — at least the Magneto-part of Xavier’s psyche given full form. It caused a whole bunch of problems, and threatened the fabric of reality, blah blah blah. The Avengers and the FF ultimately stopped Onslaught, but were basically obliterated from the Marvel Universe. Turns out they were just “reborn” in another Universe (the Heroes Reborn event where Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld returned to Marvel to revamp Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers and Fantastic Four). I think Onslaught popped up maybe one more time, but I don’t anything about that.

      Ooooooh, the 90s. Seriously.

      Anyway, it looks like Remender is doing something that involves some time travel/alternate universe type stuff. Somehow Red Skull and Onslaught are combined? I assume it has something to do with Red Skull still having Xavier’s brain, but who knows.

      Don’t you wish you’d just stopped reading after the short answer?! 😉

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