Friday, April 5, 2013

Age of Ultron #4 (mini review)

(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Bryan Hitch


So...Age of Ultron is starting to get a

Not bad, mind you. Just 'eh'. Much like the super-sized Avengers vs. X-Men, Brian Michael Bendis' Age of Ultron is starting to drag. The saving grace is that this series is coming out on such a quick schedule -- what took AvX seven months is taking AoU only three.

Age of Ultron #4 picks up right where last issue left off, with Luke Cage facing down the Vision, who seems to be in control of the Ultron army subjugating the planet. That was a big deal. Unfortunately, that plot twist kind of goes out the window when everyone's favorite android Avenger blurts out that it is, indeed, Ultron running the show, only from the future, using Vision's operating system as a conduit. Whoa! It's neat, but it also cheapens the effect of Vision's reappearance. Now we know he's just under Ultron's control.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Flashpoint up in this piece. Not only because I heard that theory before the event started, but because time travel is at the core of this story's conflict. Obviously, the surviving heroes of Ultron's rampage are going to have to jump through time and space to save their present. And as we all know, messing with the space-time continuum always has side effects.

Of course I'm going to keep reading Age of Ultron, it's just this particular issue isn't particularly interesting.


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