I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, especially since we’ll likely run full reviews of the issues in question later on. But if you want to get an honest-to-goodness idea of where the next two Marvel events begin and what they entail, you should buy Uncanny Avengers #23 and Avengers #34, both on sale today.
We’ll start with Uncanny Avengers since the event it kicks off, Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, will be upon us in about five weeks. Writer Rick Remender established the Red Skull as an even bigger threat than usual in the opening issues of this series, having him … um, acquire the brain of the late Professor X. The Avengers Unity Squad had its hands full with another reality-threatening crisis in the meantime, but it doesn’t appear the team will even get to lick its significant amount of wounds before plunging into AXIS. The Skull sets his plans into motion in the final pages, giving us a chilling look at another famous Marvel story set in the future but inspiring him in the present.
Avengers #34, meanwhile, is going to be the poster boy for people who don’t like how modern super hero comics just cruise from one event to the next. That’s because it’s an Original Sin tie-in — also known as the Marvel event that isn’t quite finished yet — but it ends with a clear path set toward “Time Runs Out,” if that is indeed what Jonathan Hickman is calling the conclusion to the Incursion saga that began in New Avengers but crashes hard into the adjectiveless book as of today. And yes, there’s a very clear reason why Original Sin helped set up the very large and ominous battle that looms next spring. Even if you’ve got event fatigue already, you’ve got to appreciate the logic on display here. As an added bonus, this is also the end to an arc that was entertaining in its own right.
So there you go. If you want a peek into what’s coming, buy these two books, read them to the end, and you’re off and running.