Review – Age of Ultron #2

age of ultron #2 coverI described the first issue of the new Marvel event, Age of Ultron, as “sound and fury signifying nothing.” This second issue picks up on that, with lots more action and little else. In fact the whole issue is a bit mellow and quiet.

The second issue picks up on the left coast following Moon Knight and Black Widow and that gives us a bit more of a view as to what has happened and going on in the world. From there, we head back to New York where Spider-Man is recounting what he remembers and some discussion as to the events of the first issue is had.

While there’s some hints that what we’ve seen isn’t quite right, not a whole lot happens here. There’s a glimpse of a guy in a cape and then that discussion, something is clearly off. The world isn’t exactly what we think it is.

We’re waiting for the reveal, what exactly is going on, and while the first issue dove into the action like a pre-credits movie sequence, this issue dials it back almost too much. I feel like the events could have been condensed into a few pages into an issue, instead of this decompressed discussion. There might be more fun Easter eggs in the issue as the series pans out, but I felt myself getting to the end asking “this is it?”.

Again, I think the overall story will be much stronger than it’s individual parts, but for an event that’s been built up for so long, I can’t help but feel disappointed so far.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Bryan Hitch

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation Read