We’re at the half-way point of Age Of Ultron, and it feels like this is where the story really starts. This event has been decompressed a lot, but as I said last week, the quick release schedule has meant it doesn’t really matter. In this issue, the ragtag group of heroes makes it’s way into the heart of the Savage Land and meet up with Nick Fury at his safehouse. Nick’s plan is simple, travel to the future with Doctor Doom’s time-platform and stop Ultron there. He gathers a bunch of people and does just that. But Wolverine has other ideas, his plan is to travel back in time and kill Hank Pym before he even has the chance to create Ultron.
I think this is a great development, it means we’ve got 2 interesting storylines happening in parallel and it means we don’t really know what to expect. Will Wolverine succeed? Or will Nick Fury? In amongst all of this there’s a flashback to when the Vision came back from the dead towards the end of Bendis’ Avengers, and we see that it kind of happened out of the blue. It’s cool that Bendis was planting seeds for this event, and whilst it’s mostly been a continuity mess, at least it does make some sense. Now that we are in phase 2 of this series and that we’ve moved beyond the stuff Hitch drew 2 years ago, I’m sure things will start making a lot more sense. I hope.