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Age of Ultron #1: Review

Mar 2013
Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Age of Ultron #1 Review by (March 10, 2013)
We don't yet know how the Marvel world got to this state. But next issue is supposed to feature Moon Knight, who has been seen with an Ultron head lately. So maybe we'll get some clues then. A future devastated by Ultron was seen in Avengers (2010) #1-6. Ultron returned from space in Av(2010)#12.1. But since then we've only seen an Ultron head throughout Moon Knight's 2011 series. And the Avengers didn't seem too worried about that one. Of course we also don't know how this situation fits in with the rest of current Marvel comics. But Previews of upcoming issues suggests that reality-manipulation will be involved. MGH is a drug that gives you super-powers. Though the dialogue here suggests it will only make the girl *feel* like she has them. Hammerhead and Owl are 2 super-powered(ish) crime bosses who usually bother Daredevil and Spider-Man (and are bothered by Punisher). This Spider-Man doesn't sound like the Dr Octopus version currently inhabiting Superior Spider-Man. Hopefully SSM#6AU will explain what's going on? These Ultrons must be inferior copies. Even non-adamantium Ultrons aren't that easy to destroy.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Age of Ultron #1 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue jumps into the middle of the story, with New York already ruined and built over. And maybe the rest of the world in no better state.

Hawkeye is staking out a surviving brownstone. He sees 2 men come out to invite a girl in. He takes them out with arrows and pushes through the open door. Inside he finds 2 more men offering Mutant Growth Hormone to another girl, here seeking safety. Hawkeye kills these 2 too, with a crossbow, and tells the girl to leave. But she turns on him with a dropped gun, so he wounds her and repeats his suggestion.

On a monitor screen Hawkeye sees a man being tortured.

Further in the house Hammerhead and the Owl have been alerted by gunfire. They come downstairs with their men. They fear an Avenger has found them. (But not Thor, who they believe has gone.) They also hope it's an Avenger, because they can get a big reward for one.

Hawkeye disposes of the troops with an incendiary grenade. Then he kills the 3 men with the prisoner, who we now see is Spider-Man.

Owl and Hammerhead are still alive, and have the heroes pinned down. But suddenly a piercing sound has all 4 clutching their ears. A group of Ultrons have the house surrounded.

Owl complains to the Ultrons that Hammerhead has paid them off. The Ultrons take no notice. Perhaps not coincidentally Hammerhead makes his escape with 2 suitcases full of money.

Hawkeye and Spider-Man crawl out of the building. The archer has taped several bombs to each of his arrows. With these he destroys the Ultrons.

The heroes stagger away until they reach the ruins of a crashed SHIELD helicarrier. Creeping into a secret entrance they are grabbed by Luke Cage and She-Hulk. Hawkeye shouts that he told them he was going to rescue Spidey. But Cage just says they'd warned Clint that if he left them he wouldn't be allowed back.

Tony Stark arrives with portable equipment to detect if the returnees have been infected by Ultron. They register clear. But Cage worries that Ultron may have found ways that Stark can't yet detect. And She-Hulk worries about them being followed.

Just then Emma Frost arrives to confirm that everything's OK. Beast and Wolverine are with her. Further inside, in a makeshift barracks, we see others including Invisible Woman and Thing.

Cage is still angry that Hawkeye risked their security to rescue Parker. Hawkeye basically says that Avengers risk everything for their own. And he'd rather die living up to that ideal, than live by betraying it.

Stark says they're lying low until they have a plan. Captain America is working on one. But the Cap we see just seems to have lost all hope.


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Bryan Hitch
Paul Neary
Paul Mounts
Bryan Hitch (Cover Penciler)
Paul Neary (Cover Inker)
Paul Mounts (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Lauren Sankovitch.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

(Jennifer Walters)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Emma Frost, Hammerhead, Owl.