Hank Pym is dead. Ultron will never be created. Wolverine sees this as a positive while Invisible Woman is still concerned of the consequences. They set about to return to the present and see for themselves just how different the world has become. They discover that it is standing and in one piece, but the effect of their actions make it clear that things may not be as pleasant as Wolverine wants to believe them to be. This becomes the case when they run into an incarnation of The Defenders totally different from any they had ever known before.
As good as a writer Brian Michael Bendis is, even he writes some hiccups. I don’t know if this is the direction he is going in or if this was a creative decision by Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso, I don’t know. All I know is that this issue creates one big hiccup for the series that just may doom it. Sorry if that sounds over-dramatic, but this issue halts the momentum that had been building over the last couple of issues and really turn things around in a whole different direction. It’s not necessarily a bad issue, Bendis creates a unique and interesting dynamic between Sue Richards and Logan that would not have existed otherwise, but the chaotic nature of the book, and probably for the series as a whole, is quickly becoming unappealing. And is there a point in calling this book Age of Ultron if Ultron seemingly won’t be around for a while?
Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco once again share art duties on this issue with Pacheco illustrating what’s left of the past and Peterson drawing the new present. Pacheco once again gives readers some nice, pleasant, and certainly clean drawings to look at. But I want to get to Peterson. Peterson seems to embrace the chaotic structure of the story, which in most cases is fine. But a lot of the facial expressions are just bizarre looking. The one that really gets me is a panel where Sue reacts to seeing The Thing. I’m sorry, but that looks so wrong. It’s actually one step closer to being one of the most horrifying visuals I have seen in comics all year. What’s more, I think Peterson just may have drawn one of the least attractive looking Sue Richards ever, which is the worst thing any one could ever illustrate.
Age of Ultron as a whole has been one giant mixed bag. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t. I’m kind of wondering what Brian Michael Bendis is trying to do structuring the story the way he is. Folks say that most of the time his stories tend to read better when collected, but I think this is a title that needs more than have all issues collected in order to understand coherently. The artwork is not much help either. Carlos Pacheco gives us a nice few pages before Brandon Peterson jumps in with visuals that are messy and confusing, highlighted by illustrations of Sue Richards that should be criminal. I hate to say it, but I can’t recommend this book the way it is going. I’m just hoping Bendis fixes this over the next few issues, which I know he is more than capable of.
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