It's a special Wednesday night review tonight! X here with the first issue of Marvel's latest event, the Age of Ultron. So a few facts before we get started. My all-time favorite comic storyline was the Age of Apocalypse. One of my favorite villains in all of comics is Ultron. In theory, blending the AOA with Ultron SHOULD be a dream storyline for me... Here's hoping that's exactly what we get here.
Age of Ultron #1(of 10):
Summary: This issue gets started right in the thick of a decimated Manhattan, with Hawkeye killing his way through a rundown building being run by some thugs whose numbers include the Owl and Hammerhead. After a mess of arrows through the throats of goons, Hawkeye comes across what he was looking for, Spider-Man. Hawkeye goes to rescue Spidey, but is pinned down by Owl and Hammerhead. To make matters worse, a battalion of Ultrons arrive on the scene and prepare to purge it of all human life. Owl goes outside to rant to the Ultrons that they had a deal, while Hawkeye and Spidey get as far away from the building as they can. Ultron blows the building and it's inhabitants up, while Hawkeye and Spidey use the cover to slink back to the downed SHIELD helicarrier. Once inside the two are attacked by Luke Cage and She-Hulk, while Tony Stark analyzes them to make sure Ultron hadn't infected them with any nanites or the like. Once the two are proven clean, Hawkeye rants about how the heroes had quit and let Ultron win. Iron Man says that's because they didn't have a plan yet, but that their leader was coming up with one. Their leader? Captain America, who was sitting slumped and defeated in the corner.
Thoughts: Ehhh... As I said in the intro, I really, REALLY want to like this storyline... This issue was okay, but not great. And I'm REALLY want great here. The heroes who were here were a bunch of Bendis's favorites(Luke Cage, Spider-Man) and I can't stand the way Bendis writes those characters... So yeah, that bugged me. On top of that, Bendis broke out his patented inane dialogue for this one. You know, when a bunch of characters are talking but not really saying anything at all. I was hoping we'd get the good Bendis who has been killing it with the X-books, but instead we got the Bendis who made the Avengers books such a chore to read. Again, I have to stress that I have very high hopes for this series, so I'm going to be a bit more nit-picky than usual. No explanation from anybody about how Ultron won, no appearance by a main Ultron Prime, no real Ultron action at all, which was a bit of a letdown. This was an okay start to this series, but I can't help but want better...
Score: 7 out of 10.
Since I'm not near my scanner yet, I don't have a picture ready to go... But I WILL have one in a few hours!