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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.
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