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Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:25 pm

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This is the big event comic of the year (until some other comic pops up by year's end). Read or look like a dork for not buying a comic that will change things...........forever!

Age of Ultron #1

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BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • BRYAN HITCH (A/C)
Variant Cover (#1) by Mike Deodato
Sketch Variant (#1) by Bryan Hitch
Variant Cover (#1) by Marko Djurdjevic
Ultron Variant (#1-3) BY Rock-He Kim
Variant Cover (#2 & #3) by TBA
Young Variant Also Available (#1)
Blank Cover Also Available (#1)
For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth -- that day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ ...$3.99 (EACH)


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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Wed Mar 06, 2013 4:28 pm

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002. Exiles #77 - 6.29
003. Jonah Hex #5 - 6.26
004. American Virgin #1 - 7.7
005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
008. Aquaman: SoA #41 - 6.67
009. DMZ #6 - 7.65
010. Captain America #17 - 7.43
011. Thing #6 - 7.03
012. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8 - 7.68
013. Cable & Deadpool #28 - 7.45
014. Fell #5 - 8.81
015. X-Factor #7 - 7.84
016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
018. Green Lantern Corps #1 - 5.65
019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
020. New Avengers #21 - 6.12
021. Detective Comics #821 - 8.05
022. Ultimate Spider-Man #97 - 7.86
023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
024. Batman #655 - 7.69
025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
027. The Boys #1 - 7.3
028. Heroes for Hire #1 - 6.25
029. Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 - 5.75
030. Local #6 - 9.1
031. Thunderbolts #106 - 6.14
032. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8 - 8.34
033. True Story, Swear to God #1 - 7.69
034. Criminal #1 - 7.63
035. Fables #1/#54 - 8.83
036. WildCats #1 - 6.51
037. Action Comics #844 - 7.22
038. Incredible Hulk #100 - 7.5
039. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Happy Franksgiving - 4.32
040. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 - 4.34
041. Punisher War Journal #1 - 6.54
042. Immortal Iron Fist #1 - 7.35
043. Spider-Man: Reign #1 - 4.79
044. The Spirit #1 - 7.67
045. New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 7.33
046. Winter Soldier: Winter Kills - 8.27
047. Amazing Spider-Man #537 - 6.94
048. Thunderbolts #110 - 6.75
049. Red Menace #3 - 7.43
050. Moon Knight #7 - 5.86
051. Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis #1 - 6.21
052. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
052. Uncanny X-Men #483 - 6.47
053. Batman #663 - 3.83
054. Civil War #7 - 7.2
055. Runaways #24 - 9.01
056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
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058. Army@Love #1 - 6.38
059. Blue Beetle #13 - 6.4
060. Avengers: The Initiative #1 - 7.27
061. Nova #1 - 6.92
062. Cable & Deadpool #39 - 5.92
063. Catwoman #66 - 7.06
064. 52 Week Fifty-Two - 7.15
065. Countdown #51 - 6.8
066. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - 6.31
067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
068. Witchblade #106 - 5.81
069. Invincible #42 - 8.35
070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
071. Highwaymen #1 - 7.87
072. Superman/Batman #37 - 4.6
073. Dynamo 5 #5 - 6.28
074. Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 - 6.63
075. Lone Ranger #7 - 7.54
076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
077. Metal Men #1 - 6.18
078. Green Lantern #22 - 7.85
079. Pilot Season: Ripclaw - 5.89
080. X-Men: First Class #3 - 7.53
081. Teen Titans #50 - 8.02
082. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 6.96
083. Punisher War Journal #11 - 5.22
084. World War Hulk #4 - 6.96
085. All-Star Batman & Robin #7 - 6.43
086. Vinyl Underground #1 - 5.73
087. Green Arrow & Black Canary #1 - 8.27
088. The Sword #1 - 6.89
089. She-Hulk #22 - 7.38
090. Tales of the Fear Agent: Twelve Steps in One - 6.18
091. Annihilation: Conquest #1 - 6.93
092. Batman and the Outsiders #1 - 6.87
093. Flash #234 - 5.72
094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
095. Ultimates 3 #1 - 4.8
096. Amazing Spider-Girl #15 - 6
097. Birds of Prey #113 - 7.16
098. Pax Romana #1 - 8.59
099. Hack/Slash #7 - 6.97
100. HULK #1 - 7.19
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102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
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106. Loaded Bible 3: Communion - 8.68
107. Project Superpowers #1 - 5.93
108. Echo #1 - 8.34
109. Mighty Avengers #10 - 7.12
110. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 - 7.73
111. Proof #6 - 8.48
112. Secret Invasion #1 - 7.95
113. Titans #1 - 6
114. Noble Causes #32 - 7.26
115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
116. DC Universe 0 - 4.94
117. House of Mystery #1 - 7.77
118. Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 - 7.36
119. Checkmate #26 - 4.09
120. Final Crisis #1 - 6.91
121. The Boys #19 - 8.3
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123. Transformers Spotlight: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
125. Jonah Hex #33 - 8.7
126. I Kill Giants #1 - 7.55
127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
129. Wildcats #1 - 7.33
130. Venom: Dark Origin #1 - 7.16
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133. Runaways #1 - 7.34
134. Marvel Apes #1 - 6.15
135. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 - 6.22
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143. Final Crisis: Resist - 6.44
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145. Deadpool #4 - 6.57
146. Ms. Marvel #33 - 5.97
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148. Punisher: War Zone #1 - 7.17
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150. Immortal Iron Fist #21 - 8.21
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153. G.I. Joe #1 - 6.68
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159. Runaways #7 - 5.25
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161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.52
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174. Amazing Spider-Man #597 - 7.19
175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7
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180. Immortal Weapons #1 - 7.17
181. Mice Templar: Destiny #1 - 7.81
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183. Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 - 7.14
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186. Sweet Tooth #1 - 8.1
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188. Beasts of Burden #1 - 8.73
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195. Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 5.24
196. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 - 6.96
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225. Red Hood: The Lost Days #1 - 6.71
226. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 - 7.57
227. New Avengers #1 - 6.15
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229. Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2 - 4.2
230. Batman & Robin #13 - 6.24
231. Gorilla-Man #1 - 4.81
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235. Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 - 6.21
236. Tiny Titans #31 - 5.17
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313. Batwoman #6 - 3.88
314. Daredevil #9 - 7.33
315. The Sixth Gun #19 - 8
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby Sunless » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:54 pm

Welllllll okay then.

Is this the same BMB who wrote Guardians? Whose been writing the X-Men?

I'm not a BMB Avengers fan. I tried many times to get into it and just couldn't. This issue being a prime example. For now lets skip over the amount of wasted space and go on the story.

Sure it sets the scene, but its not all that good. For one thing where is this set in the 616 timeline? Some major resetting will be done at some point. The story seems very bare bones, its set after Ultron has taken over and not much happens.

The artwork is fine, but my problem is the over usage of panels to show the destruction of NYC. After a couple of pages I got the point. This issue could have told more story if pages weren't wasted on all the panels of rubble.

I'm not a BMB Avengers guy and I doubt I'll be picking up issue 2.

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GHERU » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:58 pm

from here
Ritten RUview: Age Of Ultron #1
Age Of Ultron #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Publisher: Marvel

To be blunt, Age Of Ultron #1 was a major let down. For five years we’ve been hearing about “Bendis’ Ultron” project, the coup d'état to his Avengers run, and this is how it starts off? What a disappointment.

To make matters worse, Age Of Ultron #1 felt almost exactly like House of M #2-3. The reader “wakes up” in the middle of a mystery where a villain has taken over the world and the characters are already used to the situation and the main focus of the book has to fight his way to meet up with Luke Cage.

The mystery is the same: What happened?
The reader is introduced the new status quo in the same manner.
Spider-Man, as in House Of M, is the most interesting character.
Oh, and we can’t forget Hawkeye rage! I’m no expert on the character, far from it in fact, but was he always this killy? I mean, wow, Clint was all kinds of “arrow through the throat” happy, even when not directly threatened. It was very off-putting.

One major difference between House Of M and Age of Ultron so far is that Marvel is doing a good enough job spoiling plot points on their own and don’t need Wizard to do it for them. If you do not want to know what’s coming up in Flashpoint Age Of Ultron, don’t read this month’s Previews Magazine or any upcoming Marvel advanced previews.

Bendis does a good job of not being too Bendis-y with his dialogue, and his Spider-Man reads the way I thought Doc Oct would sound as Spider-Man. Readers can feel the anger and frustration of all the heroes, and the fear of the villains, through out the issue, and there is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness that permeates the book. The problem is, that it is pretty obvious too early that the consequences here will only be temporary and, like House Of M, probably won’t be remembered by the majority of the Marvel Universe. This issue screams self-retcon.

Bryan Hitch’s art ranges from the beautiful – pages 1-5 and the final page especially – to the just plain horrid – the five pages before the last page, and it all seems to come down to size of the panels he has to work with; the smaller the image, the less attractive the art. But those splash pages sure are pretty.

I can’t remember being less interested in a #2 of a Marvel event ever. I think I even liked Fear Itself #1 more than Age Of Ultron. Here’s the thing though, I still have faith in Bendis and if this is something he’s planned out for a long time, I’m willing to give it a couple more issues before I write it off.

Age Of Ultron #1 just came off as lazy and half-assed – 4/10.
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:30 pm

Bumping this just to make sure that it doesn't get lost among their previous review threads. :P
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby The Beast » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:21 pm

Age of Ultron #1

The Age of Ultron is here!!!

Or is it? I can't tell because I'm not savvy on how the MU multiverse works. It looks like Ultimateverse but I assume it's 616 cause I don't know any better. Anyways, a splash page sets the scene and we're in the middle of the suck. Ultron rules over all of humanity or just New York? (Does the MU exist outside of NY?) I dunno I'm just nitpicking because the story didn't tell me.

Or maybe it did and I missed it.

If I channeled my inner Whedon, I'd say the set up was very Days of Future Past-y and the scoobies are all gone. Not a bad set up, kinda derivative but I'll give Marvel a pass cause they do alternate timelines like DC does alternate universes.

Meanwhile, Hawkeye is on a mission to see how many guys he can shoot in the eyes. His aim isn't as cracked up as it used to be, so he misses a lot and hits them in the neck instead. I'm reading Hawkeye's monthly and he doesn't seem to be so fast and loose with killing but these are hard times so I assume that's why he's upped his game. Hawkeye does a nice job of raiding the place and rescuing Spider-man before he's sold to Ultron by the bad guys.

Mission accomplished and the two return to the underground hideout the rest of the Avengers use in times of Crisis. It was a big risk and the other heroes aren't happy about it but Hawkeye would rather die on his feet than his knees for the greater good. Besides, Captain America has lost all hope now that his shield is broken. I've seen him make due with shield replacements before but I guess this was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak.

Not a bad issue per se but there's nothing really good about it either. The action sequence is engaging enough but the whole in medias res approach leaves more questions than answers and makes it difficult to engage the characters or sympathize to their plight because this technique makes everything seem formulaic. Other people have drawn parallels to House of M and I probably would too if I had access to those old floppy's of mine in storage.

I can fill in the blanks as to why Hawkeye is illin to kill and Captain America has abandoned his way but when I do that I realize how cliched the narrative is going to be. The heroes are defeated, their will is broken and now they have to overcome this crisis in confidence and their questionable new motivations. Will they be able to resolve their moral dilemma of whether or not the ends should justify the means in time?

The more I think about it, the more I hear Stewie Griffin asking about Brian's novel:



My last issue with this issue, is the price. $3.99 for 23 pages is fucking steep, especially when it's this decompressed with all those pretty splash pages. Am I using the term decompressed here properly? I'm not sure but I know that it's too rich for my blood. I would pay $3.99 for more pages, or denser storytelling but not this kind of pacing, even though Alan Davis is one of my favorite artists. :wink:

5/10

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:54 pm

What's next week's pick, Ntikrst?
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby The Beast » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:31 pm

How about The Manhattan Projects #10?

I feel bad for Hickman, the poor guy just doesn't get the exposure he deserves. :wink:

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:54 pm

Manhattan Projects is one of the best monthly comics. I think I see the writer trying to bring the same wild inventive energy to all these Marvel books he's writing, but you can still feel the constraints on him in them. In MP, everything down to the design and covers is just brilliant, not to mention the warp and weft of the alternate history itself.

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:05 pm

To be honest, I haven't been paying any attention to the Age Of Ultron promos, so I assumed Marvel would be smart and let Hickman write this event. For some reason, I assumed this even when I bought it on an impulse because I used to like a good Ultron story. Which this wasn't, and I was left thinking, "really, Jonathan Hickman?"

Then I glanced at the cover, which had blinded me in the comic shop under those dim fluorescent lights with its foil-y ugliness, and saw that Bendis had written this shit, and it was suddenly all so clear. More lousy, decompressed, largely unoriginal crap from Marvel. And here I was, having accidentally bought it under the naive and mistaken impression that I might be buying a real story.

So anyway, buy Manhattan Projects, don't buy this.

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GHERU » Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:08 pm

I can't wait to see how this conflicts with Hickman's New Avengers (re: this month's previews magazine for upcoming AoU spoilers)
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:30 pm

Ntikrst wrote:How about The Manhattan Projects #10?

I feel bad for Hickman, the poor guy just doesn't get the exposure he deserves. :wink:


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The Manhattan Projects #10

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story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art RYAN BROWN & JORDIE BELLAIRE
JANUARY 30

32 PAGES / FC / T+
$3.50
“FINITE OPPENHEIMERS”
An in-depth look at the first decade of the ongoing war inside Oppenheimer's brain. How far is too far behind enemy lines when the enemy is yourself?
MY GOD... IT'S FULL OF OPPENHEIMERS!
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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby Jubilee » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:05 pm

So this is the first Marvel comic I've bought in ages, probably since the end of Siege? Maybe, I can't remember. (Well I did buy two Daredevil end of Days comics and they sucked).

The complaints are still there for me. The story feels unoriginal. Alternate reality stories are the best stories in comics because they allow for actual change, but there doesn't seem much different. As an opening issue this leaves a lot to be desired, I guess it's just "world building" but however much you're meant to pay for this you get nowhere near enough.

I just want comics to offer me something more. Something less by the numbers.

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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby GLX » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:42 pm

Jubilee wrote:So this is the first Marvel comic I've bought in ages, probably since the end of Siege? Maybe, I can't remember. (Well I did buy two Daredevil end of Days comics and they sucked).

The complaints are still there for me. The story feels unoriginal. Alternate reality stories are the best stories in comics because they allow for actual change, but there doesn't seem much different. As an opening issue this leaves a lot to be desired, I guess it's just "world building" but however much you're meant to pay for this you get nowhere near enough.

I just want comics to offer me something more. Something less by the numbers.

3 out of 10.


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Re: Review Group #369 - Age of Ultron #1

Postby Jubilee » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:44 pm

I'll wait for the omnibus..

I have read Avengers Arena, not obtained it through purchase...
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