Review: Age of Ultron #10
Since the beginning of Marvel‘s first major event since Marvel Now!, I’ve been a bit down on Age of Ultron. Overall, to me the pacing has been uneven and story predictable. It felt like write by numbers with certain beats being hit in a narrative weaved together to get us… someplace. And maybe that’s what bothered me throughout the nine issues leading up to Age of Ultron #10. I felt this was an event not to tell us a new and fresh story, but instead to get us from point A to point Z with little care that we saw anything new or interesting in between, just that it got us there. And with this, the last issue of the event, I was right. Age of Ultron #10 doesn’t wrap up the story, it just leaves lots of questions and leads in to what’s next. When I got to the end, I felt like the image to the left.
I thought it odd that Marvel NOW! introduced us to new teams and even new looks for characters and then we were thrust into an event that’d be unreadable for new readers. And in a way Age of Ultron gets us through Marvel NOW! to Marvel THEN!. Some of those more interesting changes are undone with new elements introduced leaving me as a reader frustrated. Marvel with this event moved into DC territory (events changing or erasing continuity) almost with a wink and nod about it all, making it all the more frustrating.
There is some good. Age of Ultron wraps up the Ultron part of the story and that ties into nicely with some comics that came before, much like Secret Invasion tied into New Avengers #1. But again, the fact that I can say that backs up my initial thought we’ve seen nothing new in this event. It’s cool having read issues that months ago I thought odd and a bit weak in story spun into something interesting. It’s nice planning and cool for veteran readers.
We know Angela enters the Marvel universe as well. Something huge is given just a few pages and then immediately pitches the next series to follow. Something that happens in another spot as well which is frustrating.
The art too is awesome. There’s a bunch of pages, I can’t say what they are without spoilers, that are beyond solid. A great testament to Marvel’s history and what’s come before. The visuals are generally great throughout the comic.
While Age of Ultron wraps up some things, it also sets up A LOT! And that might be my biggest issue with the comic. As the prologue kicks in, it’s interspersed with ads for what to read next. An interesting idea but it makes the event and story feel all the less wrapped up.
Age of Ultron is going to be important for a while as it sets up what’s to come, but that doesn’t make it good. And as a reader, and Marvel fan, that’s frustrating. When it was all done, I felt like I spent all this money to just be pitched more things to read instead of a complete story that begins with issue 1 and ends with issue 10.
Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Bryan Hitch, Carlos Pacheco, Brandon Peterson, Alex Maleev, Butch Guice, David Marquez, Joe Quesada
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read