Age of Ultron #4(of 10):
Summary: This issue gets started with Vision telling Luke Cage that Ultron wasn't actually around, that he was controlling Vision(and his Ultron droids) from the future. For spilling the beans, Vision is jolted as punishment. She-Hulk, who was conscious the whole time, hops off of Luke's shoulders and chucks Luke out of Ultron's ship, telling him to inform the others of what he had learned. She-Hulk is soon killed by a blast in the ear. As for Luke, a horde of Ultron droids follow him and detonate in a nuclear explosion. Meanwhile, Black Widow and Moon Knight learn of Nick Fury's top secret, "What to do if the world ends due to Ultron" plans... The plans apparently say to head to the Savage Land. Rulk kills Taskmaster and takes the Ultron tech Tasky had gotten, and also heads to the Savage Land... For some reason... As for the main group of heroes, they too head for the Savage Land. Upon arriving, Cap's group is met by Ka-zar, who takes them to his village. When they get there, Emma senses Luke Cage(really?!), and Luke mentally informs Emma of what he was told by Vision. Luke then dies. From there, Cap's group meets up with Widow, Moon Knight and Rulk, and they begin to talk strategy.
Thoughts: Wow, this was pretty bad! For me, this was a HUGE step back from the last issue. I mean, come on, She-Hulk dies from a blast to the ear, but Luke Cage survives a NUCLEAR EXPLOSION, flies from New York to the Savage Land(in a Quinjet!), and hangs on to life until Cap's group arrives? And THEN he dies!? I know Bendis has always had a soft spot for Luke, but this was all sorts of ridiculous. From there, Widow and MK find Nick Fury's "In case of the end of the world!" plans, which seem to be, "Go back in time and obliterate the threat!" If Nick dreamed up these plans, and had a way of enacting them(which it seems, or why else would Widow and MK head to the Savage Land), then why wouldn't Nick himself have done this himself years ago?! And why the hell did Rulk head to the Savage Land?? I'll even overlook how Rulk got to the Savage Land, but why would he go there? And if three separate groups of heroes figured to go to the Savage Land, why wouldn't Ultron be keeping an eye on that place? Especially if he's hanging out in the future? Yeah, I didn't like this issue at all. I'm going to hope this was a one issue blip, and things go back to normal next issue.
Score: 4 1/2 out of 10.
If Luke Cage was blasted like that, you know he would have shrugged it off!