Review Age of Ultron #8 “Still No Ultron”

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Synopsis

Wolverine and Susan Richards have violated the space-time continuum in order to prevent Ultron from ever existing. As a result, they have created a new reality. Under interrogation from Iron Man, they discover that the world has perhaps turned out just as badly. It appears that Morgana Le Fey is just one step closer to complete world domination with only Iron Man’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and Colonel America’s Defenders the only ones left who have a chance to stop her. And all of this is Wolverine’s fault by killing Hank Pym. What’s more, there’s still the question of whether or not the heroes of this time-line believe him and Susan are real.

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The more I read Age of Ultron, the more I wonder what the whole purpose to the series is. The book is called Age of Ultron and for two issues we’ve had no Ultron aside from being referenced and, in this issue, seen in imagery downloaded from Wolverine and Susan’s memories. I like Brian Michael Bendis, but I’m curious to know where he is going. The chaos and bewilderment of all that is going on is doing a lot more harm than good, even there are some wonderful moments here and there, such as the scene where the Iron Man of this time-line interrogates Wolverine. I suspect this is all merely a set up to how Angela ultimately gets placed into the Marvel Universe, but that is merely speculation.  Otherwise, I’m just trying to figure out why this book is being published.

aou08-pageThe artwork is just as much of a mixed bag as the story. Brandon Peterson has his moments of illustrating great pages, in particular the action sequences that take up the second half of the book and the interrogation scene. Everything else are not quite as impressive. He has improved a little on drawing Susan, but now he seems to have transferred the original design problems onto Emma Frost. Speaking of the interrogation scene, that brings up my concern with his ability to be consistent. The scene features an incredible use of inks to provide the right kind of shading to make the scene effective visually. But then I turn the page and the characters look rather flat with the lack of inks that provide shading, making me believe that he is relying on Paul Mounts to color them in. And for some reason, it just doesn’t seem to work all that well.

I can’t quite recommend Age of Ultron. This issue is a mixed bag of some good and some bad from Brian Michael Bendis and Brandon Peterson. The good is the interrogation scene, which is well written and just as well illustrated. Just about everything else is too chaotic for me to take and I’m sure a lot of other readers will feel the same way.

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