Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Brian Hitch
Inker: Paul Neary
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Release Date: March 6, 2013
Age of Ultron is a 10-issue limited series involving the Marvel universe in a dystopian future. Ultron has used his ability to learn and adapt towards placing humanity on the verge of extinction. The world finds that the heroes of this event have been defeated and demoralized while Ultron has conquered the world. The heroes still left to fight must do so from the shadows and keep hope alive in the face of destruction.
As we progress through this story, we find that the world has changed into a wasteland of the old and new world. Hawkeye goes on a rescue mission while equipping himself with a crossbow instead of his trademark bow and arrows. Hawkeye is no-nonsense as he plows through a building full of street thugs in order to find his target. In the meantime, the Ultrons take notice of Hawkeye’s presence and proceed to demolish the building with everyone in it. Hawkeye is able to escape and he falls back to the heroes’ base where we find who is left of the resistance.
The remaining heroes are extremely cautious as Tony Stark uses a scanner to insure their own safety. Some of the Avengers and X-Men are left, but it remains to be seen how many of the heroes have survived. Hawkeye is obviously upset at the state of the world and looks for answers from their leader. Of course, the leader of the Marvel heroes is Captain America, but a clearly defeated one at that.
According to interviews with Bendis, the Age of Ultron event occurs within Marvel continuity. Hopefully, this is better integrated and has more impact on the Marvel universe than the previous “Age of X” event in 2011. From this issue, we can’t gather much but it sets the tone for the future issues. It’s unwise to bet against Bendis, so chances are this storyline will be entertaining at the least and could possibly be a gem. The artwork by Hitch is great and the story greatly utilizes his action-packed style.
Overall, not much here but could be an important issue in the future.