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Another View: Age of Ultron #10 Part 07

Random Thought! Age of Ultron #10 is the only comic that I own. It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited!

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Random Thought! Is that supposed to be Hank Pym at the bottom of the cover? With the white hair? I’ve always thought it looks more like Noh-Varr, but it’s got to be Pym, right?

Random Thought! Can you CGC a comic in a Polybag? Does that require a weird CGC specialisation that no all graders possess?

Random Thought! Age of Ultron #10 is the best final event issue of any Bendis event.

Random Thought! How does one top this when Ultron eventually returns? He’s conquered the world from the future, killed almost every superhero, and, then, was defeated thanks to a secret flaw installed at his creation and hidden from his creator until the exact right time? This is one of those rare instances where you might argue that a writer ‘broke’ a character.

Random Thought! I don’t know how much of this issue was known/planned when Avengers #12.1 was done, but Cory Petit lettered both and does a fantastic job on adding the new dialogue/captions to those eight pages. At no time do they look slapped on in an awkward manner. If you didn’t know certain word balloons and captions were new already, there’s no way to really tell.

Random Thought! If we can’t blame Hank Pym for Ultron killing folks every year or so anymore, what can we blame him for?

Random Thought! In the Bryan Hitch-drawn issues of Age of Ultron, I got a Alex Maleev feel from a lot of his work and, here, Maleev provides some art. I kind of wish he drew the whole thing, acting as the Doug Mahnke of this event.

Random Thought! The best part of Angela’s debut is the seeming randomness of the giant head she’s standing on. Sure, it was later explained, but, here, it’s just so fucking weird. I love it.

Random Thought! Bryan Hitch draws Wolverine weirdly. I’ve always thought that.

Random Thought! Who would have thought Wolverine and Susan Richards would make an entertaining duo?

Random Thought! “You won’t be part of either team” seems like one of the more important lines in Age of Ultron #10. It says a lot about Hank Pym: he could be an Avengers or a part of the Intelligencia. But neither group wants him, really. Not heroic enough for the Avengers, not evil enough for the Intelligencia. He is the man without a home. Too crazy, too ‘moral,’ too self-absorbed… The periodic attempts to make Pym a heroic leader of a group seems to somehow miss the potential of the character. He sits in a weird grey zone that could be explored more fully, I imagine.

Random Thought! I actually find Ultron to be a pretty dull villain. Evil robot wants to kill humanity. Granted, the introduction of the Vision definitely gave Ultron an added depth that wasn’t there before (or, I’d argue, it gave him depth period). Still he’s rather limited, don’t you think? Robot turns evil, wants to kill humanity, wants to kill his creator… ho hum. That he’s one of the Avengers’ top villains says nothing good about the Avengers. The most interesting parts of Age of Ultron has little to do with Ultron. He’s a plot point. A means to an end.

Random Thought! “I know what I have to do.” Hank Pym never learns. I guess we can blame him for that.

Random Thought! I think an opportunity for the Exiles to show up and set things right was missed.

Random Thought! The Bendis/Maleev Moon Knight takes place in a post-Age of Ultron #10 reality it seems, but the final issue of Moon Knight promotes Age of Ultron. That is what’s known as a time paradox. (Not really.)

Random Thought! What happened to alternate future Wolverine and Susan Richards? The easy explanation is that they ceased to exist as a result of time ‘breaking’ and their future never happening. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if, after laying low, they both pop up seemingly out of nowhere in a Bendis comic. Or, this is how Wolverine is in so many comics.

Random Thought! Noh-Varr does dick all against Ultron. This is also his final appearance as the Protector. Thank god.

Random Thought! There’s something significant about Butch Guice as the artist to replace Bryan Hitch when time is altered. I don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Probably.

Random Thought! While clever, is the end of Age of Ultron a heroic triumph? Does it feel like the good guys managed to overcome the odds and defeat Ultron? Or does it seem like a puzzle that’s solved — how do you travel back in time to alter history, but not too much? It’s somewhat mechanical. Intellectually satisfying, but lacking emotion.

Random Thought! Age of Ultron #10 gave birth to Marvel Now nine months later.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Later.

14 Comments

Random thought: how many articles can you wring out of this turd monkey of a series?

Apparently 7 going by the name of the article. I always enjoy his thoughts on Bendis’ work.

This is only happening because time is broken.

Random Thoughts! I got excited.

I miss Random Thoughts.

I thought Dan Slott did a good job with Hank Pym in “Mighty Avengers” and I liked what Steve Englehart was doing with him way back in “West Coast Avengers”, but on the whole, I agree that he’s a character that many people don’t explore.

Interesting point about Ultron being broken.

There are a few characters that Bryan Hitch draws weirdly. Wolverine is one. Thor on the Ultimates was another one. Something about unusual hairstyles, maybe?

Is the end of the series a heroic triumph? That’s kind of my problem with a lot of the event series in the past ten to fifteen years. Too many of them end on a “Well, we succeeded… but look what we screwed up in the process.”

“The introduction of the Vision gave Ultron a lot of depth that wasn’t there before.”

So you disliked the character from his first appearance in Avengers #54, but finally started to warm up to him in #57?

Random thought: “Age of Voltron” would be an awesome name for a series.

Just repeating what was already well said: you spent way more time thinking about this than Bendis did.

Derek, Pym has been a pearl in the storm all these years, ever since the Quesada era began. Slott’s Mighty Avengers was awesome, and he and Christos Gage did great work with Pym in Avengers Initiative and Avengers Academy as well. A couple of the brightest books in a very dark period.

If there’s one thing I can praise about Age of Ultron, it’s the uniform Hitch designed for AoU Wolverine. Possibly the best look for the character yet, short of the second Ultimate uniform (which has a similar aesthetic, black bodysuit with yellow tiger stripes)

” How does one top this when Ultron eventually returns? He’s conquered the world from the future, killed almost every superhero, and, then, was defeated thanks to a secret flaw installed at his creation and hidden from his creator until the exact right time? This is one of those rare instances where you might argue that a writer ‘broke’ a character.”

I think it’s a law of comics that once you turn a character into the “ultimate” villain, he/she can never be used to that degree again. The character can show up again, sure, but it’s always to a lesser degree than their “top” appearance. Onslaught is a good example–after his original 1996 crossover, his few subsequent appearances were always less notable or impressive. Doomsday, too–once he killed Superman, he couldn’t bloody well kill him again, so he just sort of became an occasional nuisance character.

I don’t know. I think any character can be made to sound boring if you describe them dismissively enough. Batman, detective who dresses like a bat. Ho hum. Galactus, dude who eats planets, yawn. Ultron is creepy for all sorts of reasons. Yes, he is an evil robot who wants to destroy humanity, but there is (or should be, anyway), a particularly unwholesome attachment to Hank Pym permeating the character. He is obsessed with his “father,” in terms of trying to surpass him, make him suffer, and yet also prove himself. Ultron isn’t as above humanity as he thinks he is, yet he guises his actions in the typical place of the evil robot out to destroy humanity. He’s basically an evil robot who cares, if evilly, about the concept of family. If done well, I think that’s an interesting dynamic. I certainly don’t see how it shows the Avengers to suck or be a broken concept.

Random thought: Chad, give up and admit to yourself Bendis, when it came to the Avengers, just wasn’t a very good writer, and likely cared about what he was doing far less than you do. He’s bad, and you should feel bad.

Other Chris, you’re right of course. The “Avengers Academy” work on Hank Pym was also good and it built on what Dan Slott had done with him.

I didn’t think of “Avengers Initiative” either! I must’ve been really off-form when commenting.

The only way Ultron can top what he did in AoU is by fighting Hank Pym, download his consciousness into Pym, erase Pym’s own consciousness in the process and become The Superior Hank Pym!

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