I think it is fairly obvious to everyone who knows me what my feelings are on Age of Ultron. The less said about that event, the better. However, out of that darkness comes a new, shiny prospect for Marvel Comics. As the tagline tells us, “the Age of Ultron is over...the Age of A.I is now!”
Avengers A.I could have been an awful book under a different writer, but Avengers A.I #1 by Sam Humphries is a breath of fresh air. Three months ago the idea of robots teaming up to fight crime made me roll my eyes, but this book has me excited for next month’s issue.
In the first issue alone, Humphries demonstrates that he has a good handle on this new team of old characters. Humphries writes an amazing Hank Pym who is suave and cool enough to lead his own Avengers team. As a long time Runaways fan, it was cool to see Victor Mancha in the forefront of another Marvel Comic. A new element that Humphries brings to the table is the fresh dynamic between Victor and his “brother,” the Vision. The sibling dynamic between the two characters is only made quirkier by the fact that they are both robots! Honestly, just the bizarre nature of their dialogue brought a smile to my face. The new addition to the team is a Doombot that Pym hopes to rehabilitate and has on a very short leash. Doombot’s dialogue is 100% pure Dr. Doom arrogance that is a lot of fun to read while the team is in the middle of a mission.
Andre Lima Araujo’s art take a little getting used to. I do not think that anyone else in Marvel’s artist pool has quite the same style as Araujo; his artwork feels like something that you would see at Image rather than Marvel. It is great seeing art like this on an Avengers book, and it fits the off beat tone of the book.
Something that struck me from the first page of the book is the similarity it has to Warren Ellis’s NEXTWAVE. The first page declares that this book will be a “Bigger, Better, Faster, Stranger” team of Avengers, and it looks like it will make good on that promise. Seriously, I can not recommend this book enough. Go buy it! I want more of this book now!
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