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Age of Ultron #5 - Book Five Review

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Now that the surviving heroes have some answers, they must make a tough decision as to what they'll do next to try to stop Ultron.

The Good

When this series started, we didn't know exactly how it started. Ultron had unleashed his attack and the world had gone to hell. We slowly discovered that many heroes were dead and the surviving ones had to figure out a way to fight back.

As we are now in the fifth issue, we do have some more answers. We know how Ultron started things and the possible way the heroes could maybe fix the entire Marvel Universe. Of course it won't be easy.

Brian Bendis doesn't just have the heroes rush into what they believe may be their only option. There is some debate over what they should do and what they have to do. This serves to drive the story and show that everyone won't necessarily be on the same page, regardless of the circumstances. Of course in a typical Bendis fashion, he manages to throw in a monkey wrench to ensure some shake up in the coming issues.

As this is an 'event' story, we do get some moments where fans can geek out a little. Some interesting options are being laid out and we can only hope they are used in a cool fashion when the team embarks on their journey.

We may be a little weary of crossovers but you can't deny the charm in seeing our favorite heroes together, even if it's in an extremely dire situation.

The Bad

There is that feeling of slowness in the execution. We've had a slightly slow build in the story. It has been important to see where the heroes are and how they got here but after five issues, they still haven't actually confronted Ultron. It could be that with the fight coming up and with everything at stake, there will only be one true major battle. It just feels like it's taking a while to get there, even if we've had some cool sights along the way.

I'm a fan of Bryan Hitch's art but there were a couple moments when I wasn't sure if we were looking at Spider-Man or Moon Knight since they both had their masks off and were wearing a brown jacket.

Speaking of Spider-Man, there's still the odd sensation of seeing what we know is the SUPERIOR Spider-Man (Doc Ock) talking and behaving like Peter Parker would.

The Verdict

The story is continuing to unfold. It is fun to see the heroes getting together, ready to face the unknown dangers that await them. It would be nice to have the action pick up a bit. We're bound to see it amp up in the coming issues but that doesn't negate the fact that it has been five issues already. With what is being set up here, we should be in for some great action in the next issue. It'll be interesting to see how the next portion of this story plays out and how the repercussions of their decision will affect the overall story.

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Edited by DrellAssassin

Haven't picked mine up yet, but did they do any damage control on Luke Cage's crazy survival i in issue #4?

Edited by Z3RO180

How many issues are left ?

Edited by ShadowSwordmaster

Five I think .

Posted by RedX9

another 5 issues to go and im telling you im getting very annoyed with the pacing of this whole story. and really the world is really gone and these guys want to debate on whats morally right? give me a break

Posted by GrumpyBear74

@drellassassin: No damage control or explanation of Cage's seemingly increased power set, only that he survived long enough to deliver his information to the remaining heroes.

Posted by kriminal

even though its been slow, the issues havent been bad in my opinion. if the conclusion is good that will make the series worth it. but if its bad i wont feel great about spend 40$ collecting the series.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Man Bendis is one inconsistant writer. He kills it on things like Daredevil End of Days and, I think, Uncanny X-Men/ All New X-Men, and yet this slop gets released. They should have just scraped the whole thing if you ask me, which nobody did.

Posted by Kerrigan

Haven't picked mine up yet, but did they do any damage control on Luke Cage's crazy survival i in issue #4?

No, ignored it. I'm enjoying this series, but it's not really detail oriented...

Posted by SavageDragon

This was pretty good. Not great by a long shot but a fun read, and great to see a certain character back in the fray. The Art isnt doing it for me like it was in the first few issues, but overall id agree with Tony's review maybe a 3.5 for me because of the bland facial expressions in a lot of panels.

My feelings on AOU so far is since Ive come this far I might as well see it through till the end. Im sure there are a few more surprises up Bendis's sweaty sleeve.

Edited by Jacobin_Wisdom

I remember how Wolverine in All New X-Men, would suggest killing the young cyclops in order to save Professor X but was not thinking through the ramifications of changing the past which could radically change the present/future. He suggests going back in time to kill Henry Pym in order to prevent Ultron from ever existing, and destroying the world. I thought that was a nice characterization connecting from an ongoing series to an event.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@jacobin_wisdom:

Same writer for both. Bendis. Terrible characterization for Logan if you ask me. I prefer the Wolverine with a sense of honor ... Wolverine the "rough around the edges" Samurai ... the Wolverine who used to be the moral backbone of the X-Men, yet not afraid to make the tough decisions - decisions that were not so obviously the wrong ones (kill young Scott ... really Logan??) during the Claremont days.

I think Bendis handles Wolverine terribly personally. It shows that he doesn't think much of the character in general and often uses him for comic relief (put the big, bad old Wolverine in as many humiliating situations and positions as possible ... ha ha ... right. Gets old).

Bendis does good work but yeah, he's hit and miss with me. It's clear which characters he fancies and which he simply doesn't.

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Posted by Cap10nate

I think this issue was a step in the right direction. I do have spoilery question though.

Is there something special about Doom's time platform that allows them to go back in time and effect the present timeline? Anything they have shown about time travel with Kang and Immortus is that going back in time creates a divergent timeline and doesn't change the current timeline.

Edited by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

I hope this "event" doesn't end up being like Kaine where he wiped everybody out only for 90 percent of the people he killed ended up coming back anyways. (remember Doc Ock's first "death"? Yeah, that level of crud.)

Posted by leokearon

@cap10nate: That;s Marvel's idea, make this an alernate reality and then continue with on as it never happened, at the same time release an Age of Ultron series

Posted by leokearon

@necrotic_lycanthrope: They are going to make Age of Ultron an alternate Reality thanks to time travel, so everyone who died will only be dead in an alternate reality and not the proper Earth 616

Edited by kid Apollo

how many issues(main not tie-ins) is AoU supposed to be again?

i dont know if anyone noticed this, and i appologize if its already been talked about, but in issues 3 the collected heroes are all talking about the dead heroes they wish were still around and Sue Storm says "Benjamin", yet if you look at issue 1 you can see the Thing's big 'ol head when Hawkeye and Spiderman first walk thru the sleeping area of the underground base. im not normally one to call out people on continuity but this one actually bummed me out. if you look at the remaining heroes there isnt really 'powerhouse' character like Thor/Hulk/Thing aside from Red Hulk still around. i woulda loved to see the Thing smash up some robots

Edit: jus remembered She-Hulk and apparently Luke Cage but it doesnt look like theyll be much more help

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

@necrotic_lycanthrope: They are going to make Age of Ultron an alternate Reality thanks to time travel, so everyone who died will only be dead in an alternate reality and not the proper Earth 616

Only way to describe my reaction to that is by quoting Dave the Barbarian.

"Wait, I lost track. Is this is where I say 'That's a relief' or 'Bejabbers'?" (actual quote)

Posted by leokearon
Posted by TDK_1997

This issue was indeed an improvement compared to the last 4 issues but it still doesn't deserve a four star rating.I am giving maximun 2/5.

Posted by Bokkie

It was a nice read, and there was a funny Spider-man in the story. This was so written before the whole doc ock story line :) Eventhough they did the superior UA story, I dont buy it that this is doc ock spidey :)

Posted by shriekinmagician

I think some of the art is terrible. Wolverine looks like Mole Man when he is side on. I also agree that Moon Knight and spidey look the same.

Posted by Gambit1024

I don't appreciate how Hank Pym is being treated. He always took full responsibility for Ultron, and here, Bendis is having him make up excuses. Screw this.

Posted by shriekinmagician

@gambit1024: It was a Stark flash back. Maybe he was drunk at the time and thats how he remembers it. I thought the same as you though, he's always felt guilty about creating Ultron.

Posted by lmothander

Anyone else notice there was a tie in with Avengers Assemble which is NOT part of the 616 universe?

Posted by Gonzo33

I enjoyed this issue but where did Cap, Iron man and that team go? Back or forward in time? It wasn't quite clear...

Edited by LordRequiem

I don't like this storyline at all, it seems it's just another one that can be easily fixed which gives the writer freedom to kill off a lot of heroes then bring them back.

Edited by dscythe

Even though the bendis run of moon knight gets a lot of hate I couldn't help but chuckle at the spider/moon knight reference

Posted by Danial79

@kid_apollo said:

i dont know if anyone noticed this, and i appologize if its already been talked about, but in issues 3 the collected heroes are all talking about the dead heroes they wish were still around and Sue Storm says "Benjamin", yet if you look at issue 1 you can see the Thing's big 'ol head when Hawkeye and Spiderman first walk thru the sleeping area of the underground base. im not normally one to call out people on continuity but this one actually bummed me out.

Yeah, I noticed that too. I'm not really enjoying the story though, so I thought it was funny more than annoying :)

Edited by Almighty1Azel

@gonzo33

Captain America n his team went into the future to face ultron...

Wolverine n his team went into the past to stop pym from creating ultron

Edited by Owie

@jacobin_wisdom:

Same writer for both. Bendis. Terrible characterization for Logan if you ask me. I prefer the Wolverine with a sense of honor ... Wolverine the "rough around the edges" Samurai ... the Wolverine who used to be the moral backbone of the X-Men, yet not afraid to make the tough decisions - decisions that were not so obviously the wrong ones (kill young Scott ... really Logan??) during the Claremont days.

I totally agree with this. He's talking about Pym like he's done nothing worthy of survival. It seems like Logan's new philosophy is "go to the past and kill everyone who ever did anything wrong." Although somehow I don't think he would go back to kill Jean Grey, even though her Phoenix avatar destroyed a populated planet.

I liked Stark's puppy love for his old suit though. I agree with G-man that Moon Knight and Pete look a lot alike here. Overall though, I think this has been a decent series.

Posted by Saren

@owie said:

@super_soldierxii said:

@jacobin_wisdom:

Same writer for both. Bendis. Terrible characterization for Logan if you ask me. I prefer the Wolverine with a sense of honor ... Wolverine the "rough around the edges" Samurai ... the Wolverine who used to be the moral backbone of the X-Men, yet not afraid to make the tough decisions - decisions that were not so obviously the wrong ones (kill young Scott ... really Logan??) during the Claremont days.

I totally agree with this. He's talking about Pym like he's done nothing worthy of survival. It seems like Logan's new philosophy is "go to the past and kill everyone who ever did anything wrong." Although somehow I don't think he would go back to kill Jean Grey, even though her Phoenix avatar destroyed a populated planet.

I liked Stark's puppy love for his old suit though. I agree with G-man that Moon Knight and Pete look a lot alike here. Overall though, I think this has been a decent series.

Logan's been written like this for some time now. Wanda comes back? Stab her in the face. Hope in danger of becoming the Phoenix? Stab her in the face. Scott kills Xavier, becomes the Phoenix? Stab him in the face. Young Scott comes to the present? Stab him in the face. Legion is out of control and running around without supervision? Stab him in the face. Remender and Rucka are the only writers of late that I can think of who bucked the trend.

I'm kind of bored by the pace of this story as it is, and now I'm a little irritated that Bendis' whole go-back-in-time-and-kill-Pym plan will likely disregard Kang's third law. Marvel themselves stated that going back in time wouldn't change the future not long ago, I'd prefer they stick to that paradigm.

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Posted by tigerkaya

Well since this is a Bendis Avengers title I think it's obvious what quality it is, Junk.

As to Pym possibly dying I am not worried he'll be in his own team book and he'll be Cap's tech man in Captain America.

Posted by Galactoseintolerant

I know it's (just) a comic, and so we are asked as readers to suspend our disbelief and just go with it, but I can't get over the simple fact that if Ultron's goal was to eradicate humanity and superheros, and it has nukes, and it's killed off the likes of Thor and the Hulk (don't get me started on how Bendis has practically reduced Thor to sub-Luke Cage power levels - I bet we'll learn that Thor was just zapped with a drone finger like She-Hulk) - what has stopped Ultron from already wiping out all human life on earth? The whole idea of there being stragglers left to hunt down and trade in superheros for a free pass doesn't hold water. It would be far more believable and dark if the great majority of all humanity had already been wiped out given all the weapons Ultron has at its disposal, and with Ultron's level of intelligence, it would have been simple to concoct a weaponized virus or bacteria that would have at least killed off the great majority of humanity. The reason superheroes (mutant and non-mutant) would be left at all is because they are many orders of magnitude more durable and powerful than your average stock broker. Perhaps there's a reason for Utron having spared what humans are still around, but there is really too much disbelief across the board in this series that I would have to suspend for it to be really enjoyable.