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Review: Age Of Ultron Book 1

aouDid I buy this comic because I’m interested in the new Age of Ultron story arc that Marvel has going on?  Well, yes and no.  I have to admit, I’m a fan of Ultron, but with the Avengers vs X-Men and Superior Spiderman stories recently, I’m not sure that there is room for another major story.  I am a big Ultron fan though.  What made me buy it is that I’m a sucker for first issues.  Since this had a nice special edition cover, I figured I’d fork the few bucks for the comic, and pass it down to my son when he’s old enough.

This review will be brief, and will have Minor SPOILERS.  Let’s first address the artwork.  Detail and design in this issue are very well done.  I was impressed by the realism it portrays, though it seems to detract from the Avengers I like to see.  This combined with the setting and story seem more like a post apocalyptic Mad Max type of story.

Nit picking aside, I am intruiged by what we are given.  I want to know how Spiderman is put in the predicament he is, and why he is unable to break free of his bindings.  Hawkeye coming to the rescue is a welcome highlight on a great character, but the Owl and Hammerhead seem a little misplaced.  That battle that feels like it should have been fought by the Punisher or Daredevil is executed well despite the misplacement.

Ultron is already in control of the area based on his duplicate drones and cyber city built in New York.  Even with characters such as: Luke Cage, She-Hulk, Ironman, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Beast, Sue Storm and Captain America, it looks like this will be an extremely difficult uphill battle for the heroes.  It also appears by Tony Stark scanning Hawkeye, that Ultron is placing nanomachines or some other form of control into humans.

I am captured.  I want to know what will happen, and although this wasn’t that great of an issue and read more like a prologue, it did what it was supposed to.  By the way, I HATE She-Hulk’s butch look.  It is definitely not fit for a character I always found underrated.  I give it 5 out of 10 arrows out of Hawkeye’s quiver.

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