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Another View: Age of Ultron #10 Part 28

The only Age of Ultron tie-in comic that I’ve put any stock in (I guess besides Avengers #12.1) is Guardians of the Galaxy #5. While the consequences of time ‘breaking’ were felt in other comics, this was the only one written by Brian Michael Bendis that shows the ‘timequake’ scene from Age of Ultron #10 (er, unless the Ultimate Spider-Man panel from those two pages was reproduced elsewhere…). It’s the closest thing we get to an explanation about what happens, courtesy of everyone’s favourite Mad Titan… (Or, clone thereof!)

Guardians of the Galaxy is actually a follow-up to Age of Ultron #10, not an issue that actually overlaps. By this point, Peter Quill has gone in search of Mantis to help explain the ‘timequake’ effect that he experienced in Age of Ultron #10. That part of the comic is worth is more Sara Pichelli’s expanded version of the Quill ‘timequake’ panel that adds extra background detail, like foreshadowing “The Trial of Jean Grey,” which began last week in All-New X-Men and continues in tomorrow’s issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. Mantis isn’t much help in explaining what happened, so Quill seeks out someone who can explain it: Thanos. He comes closest to explaining what happened and its scale. He explains that it was an aftershock of the damage caused by Logan and Susan Richard’s time travelling ‘breaking’ time, creating tears and that Quill was lucky to have survived, because “[s]ome disappeared and will never be seen or heard from again.”

That part in particular stands out for me, because we’ve seen a form of this in Galactus dropped in the Ultimate Universe (or even Angela dropped into the Marvel Universe, which is shown in more detail in the same Guardians of the Galaxy issue), but it also raises a lot of possibilities. Since the tears involve time, if a being were to fall into it, would it be like they never existed? Do people remember Galactus? Will this be an excuse for a Sentry- or Triumph-esque character to ‘return’ at some point to a world that has forgotten them? And, if characters could disappear, could others appear? Angela does, but could this be used to bring characters back ala Hawkeye’s resurrection at the end of House of M?

Unfortunately, Thanos’s explanation is vague and not a real explanation. If there’s a weakness of time ‘breaking’ at the end of Age of Ultron #10, it’s that it is such a vague concept, one whose consequences and parameters are never truly defined. Given the time travel stuff that Bendis is dealing with in the X-titles, that seems very purposeful and something that will most likely pay off at some point in the future. But, it also leaves the end of Age of Ultron in a weird place where something big has happened with no explanation, no sense of what it means, and, in the follow-up that offers an explanation, there still isn’t an explanation really. All there is is a freaked out Peter Quill looking to Thanos for answers and finding the destruction of Earth.

Like Avengers Assemble, part of Age Ultron seems set at acting like a bridge between Bendis’s Avengers work and Guardians of the Galaxy (aka Space Avengers!). It is both finale and prelude in one. Strange that the bridge would be something so conceptually obtuse.


Wait a second…this one was more about a different comic than AoU 10! How are we supposed to complain that you’re overthinking one issue of a comic book if you have the temerity to discuss a different comic?





hee hee

I wonder — in the Ultimate U (and maybe it’s been explained), do they remember Gah Lak Tus and wonder why the giant dude in the skirt is stealing the name? (C’mon, you can’t tell me that Galactus isn’t way better in the skirt!)

Is there a Marvel character that’s like Sentry named Damage, or are you confusing the DC character Damage with the time lost DC character Triumph (the comic insult superhero)? (Ok, not the comic insult hero, the dude that came back during Zero Hour and then was on JL Task Force.) Can’t you keep your lame ’90s DC heroes straight, Chad?

Hopefully this has all been a roundabout way for Marvel to bring back Obnoxio the Clown.

(Actually, we’ll probably eventually get Marvelman out of it, but whatevs.)

I think he’s confused Dc character Damage with DC character Triumph; Damage never had a time-lost/”forgotten hero” gimmick, but Triumph did.

Yes, my mistake. It’s been corrected, thanks.

So for the Ultimate Universe/Hunger/Cataclysm stuff.

1) Yes they remember Gah Lak Tus. The big story concept is that the two world eaters have merged. So all the weapons Earth has against the swarm are ineffective against Purple min-skirted Swarm.

2) As for the main-line universe, yes they also remember Galactus, as one of the plot points involves sending Miles and Ultimate Reed to 616 to get information about that world’s Galactus.

3) I hate that I think they’re killing all the characters I like in the Ultimate-verse, but on the other hand it’s being done a lot better than the Ultimatum snuff-film they threw out there a few years ago.

Remember in Disassembled where Vision spit up a bunch of Ultrons? I wonder if there is any connective tissue between that and the stuff with the Vision in AoU?

I never thought about that. I always interpretted the Vision scene in Disassembled to be as a result of Wanda’s reality-altering powers. If there is any connection, it would probably be a vauge idea that Bendis had that happened to play out years later.

The Vision as a Trojan Horse for Ultron is one of those good and simple ideas. The Ultron story where it turns Tony Stark into a woman Ultron that looks like the Wasp (when written out like that it’s no wonder why that story is one of Bendis’ worst) –that could’ve been The Vision easily if there hadn’t been the Young Avengers version running around at the time.

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