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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 226

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Folks wanted to see what came next after yesterday’s Ultron Unlimited moment, so I’ll oblige today and tomorrow…

As last we left our heroes, they were surrounded by tons and tons of Ultrons (this was just after they used seemingly all of their strength to destroy ONE Ultron). What happens next?

“The” moment for me is probably the double-page spread (which you can click on to enlarge!).

Tomorrow we end our little look at Ultron Unlimited…


Tom Fitzpatrick

August 15, 2009 at 7:21 am

How long did the Perez/Busiak run last on this particular volume?

Thanks for posting this. This has to have been one of the biggest battles the Avengers ever fought.

Two big moments in here for me. Firestar getting her due, earning the quiet respect of Black Panther. And Iron Man single-handidly taking out a dozen-plus Ultrons. So impressive it made Thor exclaim “Zounds!” When has Thor ever said that!

I’m fond of the bottom panel with Cap in action with his suit in tatters. Also, I doubt Thor would tire in mire Hours of fighting.

You could show, on one of your next posts, the issue of JLI when Guy Gardner goes to an “Holiday on Ice” and has a pleasant surprise… and latter, when already at home, find something odd on his bed. That sure was a hell of an amazing comic book moment!

I think I’ve already featured that, Leonid. Check the archives!

Hours of fighting adamantium-laced Ultrons will do that to ya, djsweet! Note that he’s BARELY tired while the other Avengers are exhausted.

How long did the Perez/Busiak run last on this particular volume?

I believe it was for 34 issues, with a three-issue fill-in by Jerry Ordway (who wrote and drew his three-issue arc – but coordinated it with Busiek so that his fill-in story would actually serve Busiek’s overall story), an annual drawn by Carlos Pacheco and a one issue fill-in on art by Stuart Immonen.

By the way, where is Al Vey? Is he still active? He was probably the best inker George Pérez worked with.

By the way, could I suggest a moment here? Last issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic?

Not sure I buy Captain America calling Iron Man “shellhead”… I say thee nay to that.

American Hawkman

August 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

Cap’s called Iron Man Shellhead as far back as Avengers #170, and probably beyond. I suspect he hangs out with Hawkeye too much. :)

An army of Ultrons, even if some of them are made of ” Secondary Adamantium “, takes the Conservation of Ninjutsu principles to whole new levels. Though I am impressed by the amount of little variations between the Ultron-Clones Perez drew here…

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

August 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

To be precise, Busiek and Perez (with Al Vey and Tom Smith) were paired for Avengers v.3 #1-15, #19-25, and #27-34.

Also, among the variant Ultrons is a stubby little head-and-legs model, which Perez has numbered Ultron Π.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

August 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Sorry, that should be Ultron-π, not Π.

I’ve never even heard of this run. I’ve been so used to the Avengers being crappy with Bendis writing them, I never thought there was any good modern runs.


So, why does Ultron attack them all at once, when he just proved that the better strategy was to wear them down in waves?

As they note here, Ellis, some Ultrons are tougher than others. So he figured one of the toughest ones followed by hundreds of medium-to-high tough ones would be enough.

I’ve never even heard of this run. I’ve been so used to the Avengers being crappy with Bendis writing them, I never thought there was any good modern runs.

I’m not crazy about Bendis’s run but it’s a million times more readable than Busiek’s.

T., I’m wondering just what kind of Avengers story you do like. If you don’t like Bendis and you don’t like Busiek, what is it you do like? Chuck Austen? The Bob Harras X-jacket period? As I said yesterday, for my money Busiek’s run is the best Avengers era since Stern left the title 20 years ago, while Bendis has turned in some of the worst “Avengers” stories of all time. The best of Bendis is barely as good as the worst stuff Busiek did. I’m puzzled just why you dislike Busiek and what it is you do enjoy from Avengers.

This is probably my favorite Avengers story of all time. Good stuff.

Back in the 70’s Cap was called “winghead” about as often as Iron Man’s “shellhead” I believe. Besides Roger Stern’s defining run, I highly recommend both of Jim Shooter’s stints on the title.

Wow, you don’t see much use of the thought bubble anymore. That’s a nice throwback.

I disagree. The moment is when Iron Man goes all out with that molecular arranger, shocking even Thor and nearly frying Black Panther.

Technology RULES. Eat it, Thunder God.

You could tell Perez was having a blast during this entire run. He was given GOBS of stuff to draw in various scenes and he just ate it up. There was one arc though I would have loved to have seen his face when he saw what he’d have to draw – it was either complete horror or unmitigated glee (hint: It’s raining men (and women), hallelujah)

At one point, the letter column in the IRON MAN comic itself was called Sock it to Shellhead.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

August 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm

In the same period, Marvel also had Let’s Rap with Cap and Let’s Level with Daredevil as lettercol titles.

This run was fun all the way through, the opening medievel arc with every avenger fetured (even the dead ones were on panel). The introduction of Firestar and justice made sense, it came at the smae time as cannon ball was promoted in x-men, it showed that you could go from the jounior teams to the big leagues. the SS story was strong, then a nice legion of the unliving, then the first trion understanding arc, lead up to ultron with the high point in one avengers life that came a a redemption as you will see tomorrow. a kulan goth story, the 8th day, hulk island, and the the kang war, which was over long but had an epic feel and even made the triathlon usefull and tied up all the lose ends from the trion arc.

his only real failings were triathlon and silver claw, two of the worst avangers ever (not counting rage, d-man or deathcry)

i would have to agree with the double spread that and black panther seeing firestar proving her worth as an avenger knowing that time her powers were killing her yet she kept fighting on

The moment for me is Thor exclaiming ‘Zounds!’

This whole entry is one giant moment. To whit:

1) The double page spread
2) The page right after with Thor
3) Firestar earning the Black Panther’s repsect
4) The “Zounds!” panel
5) Thor inspiring the troops to fight on with his “For Mankind! For Midgard!” speech. A nice change of pace from Captain Cornball being the one to inspire them with his saintly presence.

Best line: “And we’ve got a chance of survival as long as Thor doesn’t get tired?”

This was an awesome run.

I’m a Busiek fan, so what I’m about to say should be read as the opposite of damning with faint praise (honoring with faint criticism?):

This Avengers run was just about his worst work in comics. It was good; nothing about it particularly offended me, and there were good moments. But in terms of Avengers runs, there are just so many stretches prior to Stern’s departure that even Busiek’s run doesn’t hold a candle to. My personal favorite Avengers run… well, let’s just say that if Avengers 181 doesn’t show up at some point in this series, Cronin and I are going to have words… ;)

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