From Avengers #162 on, every single time Ultron didn't kill multiple Avengers was a ridiculous outcome. I'm sorry, but that's just the truth.
I'm as fond of the Golden and Silver Ages as anyone -- I truly am. I was just re-reading the Iron Hand/Seven Soldiers of Victory stories from the JLA last week.
But for the life of me, I just don't understand this level of criticism. I just don't.
Tom Breevort, from the 'Rama: The trick with Ultron, too, is realizing that he really isn't the robot. Ultron is the code that runs the robot. Once you reconcile that, all the various individual flying drones that we see in the first five or six issues, all the little float-y head things that we see in #6, all of these things, in a sense, are extensions of Ultron in the same sort of way that the Internet goes infinitely in every direction, and it's on 10 million computers at the same time, all doing something slightly different.
I don't see how everyone doesn't get that. That's what makes Ultron so dangerous. You can't punch your way out of this. Ultron is a concept!
Also from Breevort: What he was interested in seeing is, in this sort of post-humanity, post-apocalyptic, burnt-down world, what characters survive, and what characters are able to thrive in these conditions, and what happens when you push these characters all the way to, and past, the breaking point? That's something that's interesting that we don't ordinarily do.
What did people expect to see? The Assault on Avengers Mansion and New York? You know what happened? Ultron robots killed a lot of superheroes. Did people expect to see Wolverine and Hawkeye playing poker in an air-conditioned Ready Room, waiting for Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan and Reed Richards and Tony Stark to come in and tell them, "Hey, guys. Got it. The invincible robot hasn't really won, or killed anything. We've got that unbeatable fucker right where we want him. Have another beer, you Lovable Old Killer Canuck. Because we talked about some spy shit and put some math equations on a whiteboard."
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*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity