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Age of Ultron #2: Review

Mar 2013
Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Age of Ultron #2 Review by (March 16, 2013)
This issue still doesn't explain how the Marvel world got into this state. The Previews blurb for Fantastic Four #5AU may tell us how at least some of the FF get taken from their tour of the multiverse. And I'm still holding out for Superior Spider-Man #6AU to at least explain why we don't have Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body. Or do we? Nick Fury's safe house during Secret Invasion was seen in Mighty Avengers #12-13. We didn't see a barbershop with chair lift then, but that idea was used in SHIELD's New York base, as seen in Strange Tales #159, and maybe even earlier. Black Widow and Moon Knight were on a secret mission. Maybe for the Secret Avengers (old or new version). As well as Captain America and Spider-Man the cast we see in New York includes Beast, Emma Frost, Hawkeye, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, Luke Cage, She-Hulk and Wolverine from last issue, but not Thing. In addition we see Dr Strange, Iron Fist, Monica Rambeau, Quake, Quicksilver, Storm and Valkyrie. Next issue's cover shows Luke Cage holding She-Hulk's body in front of some Ultron robots. So maybe Cap's plan involves the pretend sale of a superheroine. The art team of Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts bring the same skill and polish to this series as they did to, say, the Ultimates. But with an appropriate added grittiness. If you can *have* gritty polish.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Age of Ultron #2 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue is split into 2 halves. 1st we'll visit ruined San Francisco. Then back to the even more ruined New York to pick up with the gang of heroes we saw there last time.

In San Fran a hooded woman is picking through the ruins, avoiding flying Ultron robots. She is accosted by a man with a gun, desperate for anything like food or transport. She turns out to be Black Widow with a shattered eye.

Suddenly the man is shot in the head by semi-costumed Moon Knight from a rooftop. Widow ruthlessly rifles the body for snack bars. Then signals to MK that they should return to their safe house. On the way she sees people randomly blasted to death by Ultrons.

The safe house is a barbershop with a special chair that takes you down to an underground lair, which belonged to (the original) Nick Fury. Notes on the wall suggest it was used during Secret Invasion. Widow thinks they're safe here because Fury never put places like this in the SHIELD database, so Ultron won't find out about it. And they 2 were on a secret mission, so it won't know where they are either.

They wonder what's happening in the rest of the world, especially New York.

Within the crashed SHIELD helicarrier in Central Park a bunch of surviving heroes are gathered.

Last issue Hawkeye rescued Spider-Man, captured by some villains. Maskless Spidey tells them his name is Peter Parker, and he doesn't even know how the world got in this mess. He woke up one morning and there it was (or at least an early stage of the devastation). (Others comment that that's how it happened with them too.) He was swinging through town when a floating figure in a cape hit him with a flash of white. Next thing he knew he was being tortured by Owl and Hammerhead's men, who said they were going to sell him to Ultron.

The other heroes can't understand why Ultron would want to buy Spider-Man. If it wanted him it could go get him itself. Spidey counters that the villains claimed they'd sold heroes to Ultron before.

The others tell Peter that while he was in captivity the whole world has gone incommunicado. And they specifically know that Washington DC is gone completely.

Spider-Man asks if they intend to do anything more than just try to survive. Captain America, with only a shard of his broken shield, finally stirs, and says he's got a plan.


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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)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

(Jennifer Walters)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Valkyrie
Valkyrie

(Brunnhilda)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Emma Frost, Photon (Monica Rambeau), Quake (Daisy Johnson).