Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brandon Peterson
Colors by Paul Mounts
Published by Marvel
And now here we are in the Age of…Tony Stark? What started off as a battle against a sentient A.I. has turned into a bit of a confusing mess. When this series first kicked off I was all-in as they say in poker. I loved the dark imagery and the bleak tone of the book. Seeing Captain America slumped over his shattered shield in hopelessness was a powerful image and one that I can’t get out of my head. All of that begs the question to be asked, how in the hell did we get from there to where we are at now? I mean, I know what events have taken place to get us here, but how does this story make any sense anymore.
When Wolverine and Sue Storm headed off to kill Hank Pym in the past I was on board. I was even excited to see how the present had changed due to their actions. Now that we are there all I can wonder is what does this have to do with Ultron anymore? Sure it was interesting to see how the Marvel Universe was affected without Pym being there to help stop some of the events he has been involved with, but I feel like we are wondering to far away from what the event started out as, a battle against Ultron.
Now that’s not to say the writing wasn’t good, in fact it was great. I loved how Tony was obsessed with the original timeline because I love stuff like that too and I would easily have been up for 48 hours straight taking in all the events of Wolverine and Sue’s timeline. I can appreciate stuff like that. I also love alternate reality versions of characters such as Cyclops now being Cable and Colonel America and such, but I feel like we have strayed so far from the original concept of the event that this shouldn’t even be called Age of Ultron anymore.
One thing I cannot complain about would be the art. Peterson, who does a great job not only with the subtle stuff like facial expressions (How creepy is this Tony Stark guys?), also brings the action to life superbly. Seeing those Helicarriers, I mean Starkcarriers or whatever, crashing into each other was pretty grand. The colors are on point here as well. We get a lot of beautiful pages. Though at some points it does feel a bit too much, like the art is being relied on too heavily here to tell the story, but if that’s going to be the case, at least the art does not disappoint here.
Overall, it’s a fairly good read; I am just wondering how this will all come back around to Ultron eventually? I can’t imagine that even though he has been dealt with for now, that the character who the event is named after would just bow out like that so we could get on to telling a hole different story. For now I am getting a bit disappointed, but if Bendis can bring it back around and connect the dots than this could still be one mind blowing event.
3 out of 5 nerds
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