Marvel revealed more information about the upcoming Age of Ultron event from "The Great One" Brian Bendis!
Source: Marvel Liveblog
Marvel held another Next Big Thing conference call today, part of a series of calls to which The Outhouse is never invited. However, for those of us who are not ass-kissing corporate megasites, Marvel helpfully let's us follow along with their live blogs. The subject of today's call: Age of Ultron, which was teased last week with an image containing binary code which translated to "Age of Ultron."
The event will be a 10 issue limited series running from March to June of next year, which means we will get at least two issues every month. "The Great One" Brian Bendis will be writing, and art will be handled by Brian Hitch, at least for five issues, at which point the strain of producing comics on time will be too much to handle, and Carlos Pacheco and Brandon Peterson will join the art team. Bendis actually "blamed" Hitch for the fact that the series was first teased over a year ago but not solicited until now, saying that they wanted to wait until Hitch was finished drawing his parts. Hitch is reportedly recovering from drawing the five issues in a resort hospital in Bermuda, where topless island girls are massaging his hands.
According to Bendis, the series will feature Ultron taking over the Earth from the first issue, and will star the entire Marvel Universe. Though the series began in Bendis' Avengers book, The Great One says that he always intended the book to be a "massive, line-wide event that disrupts the stories in every other book while forcing readers to purchase a minimum of sevety-three tie-in issues of books they would never normally read, such as She-Hulk." (paraphrased)
The story takes place in the current, present-time Marvel Universe, and some heroes will not survive Ultron's initial assault. There is no word yet on whether all of the heroes to bite it will be minorities, as is usually the case in Marvel's books, but Luke Cage, The Falcon, and Northstar have all reportedly taken out big life insurance policies.
Bendis also teased that only he knows how the event will end, and that he has kept this information from even the artists. "Na na na na na," he said, reportedly. Meanwhile, Bendis's new personal assistant, Rich Johnston in a Fake Mustache, has been missing since this morning, and, coincidentally, Bleeding Cool is promising a big scoop this afternoon.
The first issue of Age of Ultron will hit comic stores in March 2013.