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Ritten RUview: Age Of Ultron #1

Written by GHERU on Thursday, March 07 2013 and posted in Reviews
Ritten RUview: Age Of Ultron #1

I’m not saying that I left work early so I could read this today, if I had, and I’m not saying I did, but if I had – I’d be pretty disappointed with my decision.

Source: 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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