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Age of Ultron #7 - Book Seven Review

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Last issue Wolverine made a decision to try to fix things on his own. This is where we find out the repercussions.

The Good

Wolverine has straddled the line between being a hero and a killer. Lately he's been determined not to kill if possible. But rather than tip toe around things, Brian Michael Bendis is showing us just how desperate things have become. We're talking about the near full destruction of everyone on Earth. Wolverine knew the others wouldn't approve of his plan and now is the time to see what happens next.

With a series already pulling out all the stops, it's nice to see the unexpected happen. In comics, we know there are some things that can and cannot happen. That isn't the case here. It's almost as if we're reading a giant WHAT IF…? story.

With Wolverine's actions, we get to see some variety with the characters. The idea of time travel is often used in different ways but we don't always see the effects of it. The series is now headed in another direction and there's no telling how it can end, especially since we're all assuming everything will be put back to normal.

The Invisible Woman is an often underused and under-appreciated character. I have to applaud Bendis on having him include her to tag along with Wolverine. It's great to see a non-typical Marvel character get some time in the spotlight next to Wolverine.

The Bad

This is like the third or fourth direction the series has taken in seven issues. It may add to the feeling of suspense in not knowing what's going on but there's a chaotic feeling taking over. Seeing other versions of familiar characters is always fun but, as I mentioned, it does give it a WHAT IF…? feel. And with that, there's the feeling that the story won't stick.

Wolverine's plan is a mess. He's not a rocket scientist but he should know that messing about in time isn't always the best solution. As an X-Man, he should know this first hand. Yes, he is desperate over everything that has happened and may figure whatever the results are will be better than nothing but it's just an extreme departure from the Wolverine that's been trying not to kill lately.

The Verdict

There's only a few more issue and there's no telling what will happen next. This series has been taking turns left and right. This gives the story a feeling of anything goes but it's also making it feel like it's just all over the place. Some of the actions feel too out of character but you have to try to remember that this is a desperate time for the survivors of the attack against the Marvel Universe. Despite the ups and downs of this series, there is a deep feeling of wanting to know and see how everything will be wrapped up. Bendis is showing that he's not afraid to shake up the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Soon we will see the results.

42 Comments
Edited by noj

Theres still 3 issues left of Age of Ultron. Its a 10 issue series not an 8. I would have SERIOUS issues if there was only one issue left to wrap up everything. I do agree that this series has gone in way too many directions though. The series is almost over and we havent even actually SEEN Ultron!

Posted by KryptonSabbath

I jumped ship after the 3rd issue, I hate how fast Marvel is spitting these out.

Posted by Revendawn

I'm a big proponent of "If you don't like a book you should just walk away", but I'm having trouble here. I actively disliked this issue. I just felt like nothing really mattered, the characters just acted irrationally so they could fight, the plot didn't really move, and then there was a "reveal" at the end that seemed telegraphed and not surprising as all.

That said I'm seven issues in and I feel compelled to keep going with it. It's kind of irrational, but I feel like I have to. Maybe next issue will be different. Right? ...right?

Posted by SavageDragon

This was alright, I agree with the review. I usually would like this story but I want to see Ultron already! But it seems a certain Hero might have taken his place, and I dont mean Vision. Ive stuck it out this long, now I'm just waiting to find out the end.

Posted by DH69

Is it a bad thing that i've only seen it once and prefer wasps captain marvel suit 1000x more that ms marvels current look.

Posted by Trevel8182

@dh69 said:

Is it a bad thing that i've only seen it once and prefer wasps captain marvel suit 1000x more that ms marvels current look.

Posted by hart7668

So what timeline is this all happening in? How do these events compare with New Avengers, Superior Spiderman, and Uncanny X-men? Is this all way after or during? Timelines in comics confuse me....

Posted by momo111191

question is seems as though something is keeping this series from getting a good review. What is it???

Edited by agitatedandroid

@hart7668: You really need to just stop worrying about what dimension/timeline/reality/etc story-lines take place in. That road only leads to madness. Just read the book and enjoy (or not) and stop worrying about how this story affects another. If this story affects another story the guy writing that next story will say so. Otherwise, it's just a story.

I read every comic story as though the title started out "a story of...." Seriously, trying to work out continuity in comics is the dumbest thing comic book readers every started doing.

Posted by Danial79

@hart7668 said:

So what timeline is this all happening in? How do these events compare with New Avengers, Superior Spiderman, and Uncanny X-men? Is this all way after or during? Timelines in comics confuse me....

It has to be happening before because Moon Knight and Black Widow mention just being on a black ops mission. That had to have been in Secret Avengers, which Moon Knight hasn't been in since March last year. There's also the fact that we're clearly seeing Peter Parker as Spider-Man and not Otto (despite what his AU issue showed).

Posted by kid Apollo

so heres a question for all you smart cookies out there, if this is an alternate universe from our main 616, why is the Avengers AI book spinning out of this story line?

i understand the characters featured in the book play big roles in this universe (well Vision and Victor Mancha), but what does it have to do with 616 teams? does this mean that there are repercussions from this book that will ACTUALLY MATTER?

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

what I want to know is why "Scott" is being referred to as Cable

Posted by Madame_Mist

I tried the first couple of issues but I didn't get the whole point of this event. I will however pick up the issues with Angela.

Posted by Goochmiester

I've got to say, I've been reading since issue one and between them changing the artist (I love Hitch's work), the issues dragging their feet up until this point, the fact that this is yet ANOTHER Marvel event (give regular series the opportunity to breath) and now all we're getting is cheesy re-imaginings of the characters (let's start taking bets on which ones are going to make it back into the regular Marvel Universe) I've decided to give this series a miss, it looked good but is really just not anywhere near as exciting as it could have been.

And that's a real pity.

Edited by leokearon

@victorcheenoanleu: The same reason Wasp is Captain Marvel and the team is called the Defenders it's an alternate reality.

Also anyone got a good pic of Jan as Captain marvel?

Posted by TommytheHitman

Only 3 more issues then I won't have to lie to my friends about not getting this book.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

hulks characterization was terrible, honestly, What the Hell?

Edited by Agent_Prince

This series is rubbish.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

@g_man said:

The Invisible Woman is an often underused and under-appreciated character. I have to applaud Bendis on having him include her to tag along with Wolverine. It's great to see a non-typical Marvel character get some time in the spotlight next to Wolverine.

Yeah, that's how to treat the first Marvel superheroine, turn her into a sidekick.

Posted by KryptonSabbath

I'm a big proponent of "If you don't like a book you should just walk away", but I'm having trouble here. I actively disliked this issue. I just felt like nothing really mattered, the characters just acted irrationally so they could fight, the plot didn't really move, and then there was a "reveal" at the end that seemed telegraphed and not surprising as all.

That said I'm seven issues in and I feel compelled to keep going with it. It's kind of irrational, but I feel like I have to. Maybe next issue will be different. Right? ...right?

That's exactly how I felt about Grant Morrison while reading Action but I jumped ship two issues before he made his exit from the series. Now I feel that I need pick up those two issues just so I can say I have the complete run of Grant on Action.

Posted by The Mast

@hart7668: You really need to just stop worrying about what dimension/timeline/reality/etc story-lines take place in. That road only leads to madness. Just read the book and enjoy (or not) and stop worrying about how this story affects another. If this story affects another story the guy writing that next story will say so. Otherwise, it's just a story.

I read every comic story as though the title started out "a story of...." Seriously, trying to work out continuity in comics is the dumbest thing comic book readers every started doing.

Why should we be ignorant because they wanna play fast and loose with continuity?

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

@agitatedandroid: if this was a 30 tv show where each episode is self contained then fine, But I don't think that will apply to monthly comics as easily. You need basic framework for what is past,present and future.

Posted by Gotham331

All of this looks vaguely familiar. I think I've read this story somewhere before.

Edited by TheNax

This isn't an event. It's a ten issue story to introduce Angela into the Marvel Universe and whatever other change is going to happen at the end of issue 10. It doesn't even feel like a Marvel event. None of the other books are even acknowledging it, just having meaningless AU issues in between release of the actual books. It's not necessarily a bad story (except where it ignores how time travel has always worked in the Marvel Universe), but the suspense just isn't there. I know none of these characters are actually in danger because their "real" books are just chugging along perfectly fine.

Posted by fodigg

The whole thing doesn't matter because we know it'll get reverted. Oh sure, there will be some holdover effects, but there is for every alt-U/timeline story in Marvel. This is the same problem I have with the O5 x-Men coming forward it time, it doesn't matter. We know it won't matter.

Chaotic describes this story perfectly. How can we be asked to care about these characters if we have to keep getting reintroduced to new versions of them? It's just poorly done.

Posted by mjbiebs

While in many ways I didn't like AvX having all of the tie in issues, mostly because of the money, it did give a much deeper insight into all of the various events which were happening, and the main comic could not go into deep enough detail, I really think Age of Ultron needs more tie-in-issues, and they actually need to relate to the story. Most of the ties ins for this event have been weak and not answered any really questions. This story has way too much going on as Tony pointed out and needs to give closure to all of the various side stories occurring.

Posted by Dernman

@dh69 said:

Is it a bad thing that i've only seen it once and prefer wasps captain marvel suit 1000x more that ms marvels current look.

That's not saying much because the one Ms Marvel (that's right I still say Ms Marvel) has now is soooo bad.

Posted by Chaos Burn

anyone mind spoiling what the twist at the end is concerning the ruler of the new universe Wolverine and Sue entered?

Edited by Master_Thief

anyone mind spoiling what the twist at the end is concerning the ruler of the new universe Wolverine and Sue entered?

same

Posted by vPuik

I actually like it because you don't have to read last 2 years worth of titles or 50 spin off books to get what is going on. It could be better, but I'm a sucker for a terminator/fringe story. (In small quantities)

Posted by Kerrigan

I always find it fun to see alternate Marvel U's, so that was nice. Seems a bit pointless with just 3 books left, however: we know it's not going to be around for long.

I'm willing to put up with a bit of timeline chicanery if it's necessary for one particular book, but AoU has almost made itself redundant: some but not all books had an AoU interlude, but then immediately went back to the regular continuity. Marvel are still hyping AoU as having a dramatic, universe-shifting conclusion, but if it did the effects would already be in the other books. It only makes sense if this is a parallel, non-616 reality created by the events of AoU, something Marvel have previously denied.

Painted themselves into a corner, I think.

AoU is kind of fun in isolation, however.

Edited by Kerrigan

anyone mind spoiling what the twist at the end is concerning the ruler of the new universe Wolverine and Sue entered?

Seems to be Stark.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Another lackluster event...ANYONE SURPRISED?

Posted by Teerack

I like how they wrote in the little Scott Summers and Wasp romance. It makes so much sense because around the time Wolverine killed Hank was also around the time Jean died.

Posted by TheBlackHood

While I wasn't crazy about the first couple issues, I was at least happy to see a nice mix of characters. But behold, like every other Marvel story it becomes all about Wolverine. Most overused character in comics, period.

Posted by Sammo21

I am fine with it taking different directions but I feel it took 5 issues to do anything, really. That's my biggest complaint. Since Hickman is supposed to be in charge of Infinity, I am hoping it is handled a lot better.

Edited by QuantumVertex

This series has gotten better with each book, the beginning kind of dragged on it felt like the first couple of books were dated, written long ago and Bendis changed the ending currently. The last two book have felt current. Im just waiting for the big Pym is Ultron and he survived reveal! Its funny seeing Nick Fury as Cap though lol!

Edited by Crowingaboutcomics

One of the biggest thing that annoys me while reading these responses, is all the whining about "it will all be changed back" especially in light of events and deaths, "Oh, what does it matter because it's not going to stick!" Let me spell it out to you boys (and girls): It's called: Story-telling. Comics, like all other entertainment mediums is about that very thing: entertainment. Are you entertained throughout the journey? After returning to comics from a hiatus, I have been impressed with the way Marvel has shifted ever so slightly after each "event" and while yes, I agree there should be more time for the changes to sink in, and become "cannon" before rushing to the next one, ultimately, they've been incredibly thought-out, moving from House of M to AvX, and everything in between. Whining about it not staying the same, is like whining that you can't have pizza for every dinner. I mean come on, wouldn't you eventually get tired of pizza? ENJOY THE RIDE! Enjoy the story telling...all things change, evolve and cycle back, THAT'S the way life works.

Posted by catfightfan

@g_man said:

The Invisible Woman is an often underused and under-appreciated character. I have to applaud Bendis on having him include her to tag along with Wolverine. It's great to see a non-typical Marvel character get some time in the spotlight next to Wolverine.

Yeah, that's how to treat the first Marvel superheroine, turn her into a sidekick.

Now even I have to admit that the above response is the best I have seen in sometime.

Posted by Teerack

I really want Invisible Woman and Wolverine to bang so when the timeline gets fixed she'll have to deal with sorta cheating.

Posted by laabitres

cant wait to read this issue its been a good series so far