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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at “The Bride of Ultron” from Avengers #161-162, by writer Jim Shooter and artist George Perez.
Okay, right off the bat, let me note that I’m not a big fan of the way Jim Shooter placed Hank Pym down the path that ultimately ended up with Pym slapping his wife, Janet, in the face because she thought an idea he had to avoid getting censured by the Avengers for blasting a surrendering villain in the back (the idea was to build a robot to fight the Avengers that he would stop and therefore make Cap and the gang like him again and not want to censure him or kick him off the team).
However, besides that aspect of his Avengers writing, Jim Shooter did a top notch job on the book (when he was the sole writer, at least).
He was so impressive that I’m actually picking a story that REVOLVES around Hank being a crazed nutjob!
The story opens with Hank attacking the Avengers, thinking that he is showing up for the very first Avengers meeting.
Perez does an awesome job on the action here, as Ant-Man surprisingly does pretty well…
Okay, so then Ultron shows up to attack the Avengers…
How awesome was that sequence?
The next issue has cool lines galore!
Check out Black Panther’s line in the last panel of the next issue here…
“Three Ultron MIGHT have killed, live to seek vengeance.”
Here’s another cool one as Thor gives a verbal smackdown on Wonder Man for doubting Hawkeye’s importance…
Gotta love how important Shooter makes T’Challa.
He also gives T’Challa a great badass entrance here, as he goes toe-to-toe with Ultron…
I won’t spoil the ending, but just note that it shows that even back then, Iron Man went about things a bit differently from his superhero teammates and even then conflict about his methods existed. He and Black Panther clash a bit. It’s strong stuff.
So great action, a lot of cool lines and great Perez artwork. No wonder this made The Greatest George Perez Stories Ever Told (it was #8)!
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