After last issue’s shocking ending (well, shocking to me at least) where Wolverine killed Hank Pym, it’s a whole new world for Age Of Ultron, and since I’m a sucker for alternate universes, I enjoyed seeing how things have turned out differently for the world without Ant-Man.
It’s a simple pleasure, I know, but it’s one thing I can’t shake, parallel universes are just fun. We only get a little bit of info about this one, but it’s tantalising stuff. The biggest change seems to be that Iron Man is in charge of the world, but there’s more to it than that. Instead of the Avengers, the Defenders are the biggest team around, and they are made up of very different versions of familiar faces. Captain America only has 1 eye and is now a Colonel, Cyclops is similarly impaired and is called Cable. Janet Van Dyne is Captain Marvel (and seems to be in a relationship with Cable, which is interesting, especially since last week in Uncanny Avengers she was flirting with his brother, I guess even across universes, Janet has a thing for the Summers boys). The Thing has holes in his body and he seems to be the only member of the FF still around, and there’s more changes than that.
Your enjoyment of this issue will probably depend on your appreciation for parallel universes, and since we all know that this reality is not long for this world, you may not have the patience for it, but I personally dig it. Age Of Ultron has certainly not turned out how I expected it to, and that’s probably a good thing. Just like with last issue, I really liked how Pacheco and Peterson were used to draw the different time-periods, they are both doing excellent work here, and whilst it’s a simple technique, it’s always effective. Also, Pacheco draws a great T-Rex.