Friday, May 24, 2013


 

Age of Ultron is Marvel's current large 10 issue mini-series affecting the entire Marvel Universe.  The series is nearing an end in a few months.  Here's a review of the first six issues of the series.  The premise of the series is that Ultron has taken over the world, with humans subservient to him and super heroes being hunted down.  The below contains certain spoilers.

Issue 1
The first issue is always one of the most important issues as it is your first impression on the series.  Unfortunately writer Brian Michael Bendis opted not show his hand in this issue.  The issue is a fast forward point to wherethe world is already devastated with no clues to as to the how and why.  The focus is largely on Hawkeye and Superior Spider-man two of the more popular Marvel characters as of late due to their solo issues.  But to be honest not much happens and despite decent pencils by reliable Bryan Hitch this issue gets a...

Rating: 1.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Issue 2
The second issue gives us a little insight to the struggles of humanities in the age of Ultron.  The issue split its focuses on the Black Widow and Moon Knight discussing using Fury's secret resources to go down fighting and Superior Spider-Man torn with what has happened while he was out.  Like the first issue we are only given tidbits of the current situation.  A lot of talking without much happening.

Rating: 2.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Issue 3
As far as action, this issue definitely picks it up a notch.  But as far as coherent meaningful plot, it sadly fails.  This issue again follows two separate subplots.  In one, the Red Hulk, Black Panther (T'Challa) and the Taskmaster confronts an Ultron Sentinel to obtain the head of that unit to get information.  One of the three doesn't make it, which would be your guess? Back in the main superheroes camp, Captain America comes up with a plan of sacrificing two strong heroes to get inside of Ultron's fortress to do some damage.  As the cover shows, the duo is Luke Cage and She Hulk with a surprising reveal inside of Ultron's fortress.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Issue 4
The duo from the last issue learns that Ultron is actually in the future controlling things in the present time through a certain Avenger member.  She Hulk sacrifices herself so Luke can escape with the info.  He reveals through Emma Frost his findings before succumbing to injuries to the rest of the Heroes now in the Savage Land.  They're soon joined by the Red Hulk, Black Widow and Moon Knight with a plan to end Ultron's reign courtesy of Nick Fury's set of contingencies in case of scenarios like this.  The story is starting to come together but there are still way too many pieces missing from the story.  The gradual improvement is welcome, but still much too slow at this point.

Rating2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Issue 5
The story starts off with a flashback of Tony Stark, Reed Richards and Henry Pym discussing about What If scenarios while trying to fix Vision.  It gives us a glimpse as to things to come.  Meanwhile, back in the Savage Land, the heroes find Nick Fury's hideout, with who else in it, but Nick Fury!  Nick Fury arms up most of the group to journey to the future to take on Ultron.  Meanwhile, Wolverine has ideas of his own.  Meaning to take out the creator of Ultron in the past, Henry Pym.  For a series with such a big villain like Ultron and so many super heroes remaining, the series sure lacks action.  There is zero confrontations in this issue and just a lot of planning, leading into the next issue.

Rating2.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Issue 6
Wolverine and a stowaway Sue Storm arrives in the past in the Savage Land.  In one of the lighter moments of the series they "borrow" past Nick Fury's hover car to go take out Henry Pym.  Meanwhile the rest of the heroes led by present Nicky Fury are in the future to attack Ultron.  The action is a nice change of pace from the last issue.  With the confrontation between Wolverine and Henry Pym the highlight of the series thus far.  Bryan Hitch takes off this issue with the artistic duties split between Carlos Pacheco (Past) and Brandon Peterson (Present).  Both are very similar and good but I give a slight preference to Carlos.  

Rating3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Thus far, the series have been very disappointing.  The story is starting to pick up, but so many issues are wasted without any plot advancement.  Through the first six issues, not once do you see Ultron himself in either the past, present, or future.  We still do not see how Ultron so easily took over.  Everything that has happened thus far, has been a slow plod leading nowhere.  With only four issues left, and so many questions, I have very low expectations.

Average Rating through Six Issues: 2.25 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

What do you think of the series thus far?

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