In March, Marvel release the latest crossover series Age of Ultron which to me sounded really awesome but as the acts went by I was getting rather disappointed but my reasons will come later.
The first five issues for me I thought were the best. The first you see the first apocalyptic scene in New York (like that’s never happened before) and we see Hawkeye rescuing another Avenger (i think at that point still) Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) from Hammerhead and Owl. They managed to get out during a Ultron bot patrol when they blew up the building. They managed to get back to a group of heroes trying to come up with a plan. Then after that issue it heads over to San Francisco where Black Widow is where she has discovered one of Nick Fury secret hideouts where she and Moon Knight were looking for where Fury could be. Back in New York Spidey is telling them what happened to him before he was captured and then Captain America comes up with a idea. Issue 3 starts out with Luke Cage and She-Hulk beating each other up and then it flashbacks to a hour earlier where Cap is discussing what the plan is. Then they get into a argument on who would go. Cage then goes to Ultrons front door with a unconscious She-Hulk. It then takes us to Chicago where Red Hulk Taskmaster and Black Panther (don’t know if its T’Challa or not) and they had a plan to get some Ultron tech to help them. Then the biggest twist I read happened at the end of the issue where it turns out that its Vision that is in the universe and Ultron is not there. Issue 4 start out with She-Hulk awakening and beating the hell out a few Ultron bots and manages to throw Cage to safety but gets killed in the end. Cage then gets caught by a few bots and goes absolutely Hulk but also gets killed by a nuke reaction of the bots. Widow and Knight find a base located in the Savage Land and head there. Also the reaming Avengers head down to the Savage Land as well. Red Hulk catches up with Taskmaster and kills him. Eight days later the reaming Avengers arrive at the Savage Land and meet up with Ka-Zar where they find that Cage is at his village and is dying from the nuke. With Emma Frost telepath ability found out that Ultron wasn’t in the time line. Red Hulk, Black Widow and Moon Knight also arrive in the Savage Land. Issue 5, starts out months before after what I think was Avengers vs X-Men when Hank Pym, Tony Stark and Reed Richards are around The Visions body turning him back on. In the Savage Land the Avengers have stumbled on Nick Fury’s secret bunker and first send in Sue Storm to recon the entrance of the base and then get Red Hulk to rip off the door and is met by a hail of shots by Nick Fury. Fury arranges a meeting and he comes up with a plan to go back by three days before the fall of the world. They squabble on who is going and staying. Fury then gives them a look at his armoury where he had collected a different array of weapons from superheroes including a Iron Man suit and web shooters. Where as one team heads to stop Ultron, Wolverine being the crazy Canadian he is decides to go even further back in time to put an end to Ultron.
The next issue focuses on Wolverine going back in time to kill Hank Pym. He is also followed by Sue Storm who tries to convince him not to kill Hank but he does anyway. Where as in the other time the Avengers team assaults on Ultrons fortresses. But with Wolverine killing Pym the future had changed with a new history and no Avengers around but now the Defenders led by Colonel America. There is also a new Tony Stark who has a new robotic body. Next it leads up to the capture of Wolverine and Sue by the Defenders. But the Defenders decide to do the right thing and break out Sue and Wolverine. But it then came at a bad time when Morgana Le Fey decided to launch he attack on Stark and the Defenders.
The final two issues confused me even more, after Le Fey crashed the heli-carriers Tony gave the time travelling Wolverine advice to go back in time and stop himself from killing Pym. Wolverine returns (with his old costume) and confronts himself and Pym saying that he still needs to build Ultron. Sue manages to then convince Pym to build Ultron and to create a programme to put a end to Ultron once and for all. The two Wolverines and Sue return to the Savage Land where one of the Wolverines gets killed by the other because of the paradoxes. And the final issue Hank Pym gets a package from Sue with a disc with him from the future saying he has the programme to stop Ultron. During a battle with the Intelligenica they had Ultron there where he was rebooted. The Avengers decided that this was the perfect time to use the code and distracted Ultron when Pym uploaded the code. When Wolverine and Sue got back to there time it turns out that Wolverine had broke the time space continuum which caused Glalctus to be transported to the Ultimate Universe.
Over all I liked the beginning of the story but I think it could have been better if it featured more about Ultron.
The tie in issues also made the series better by having good stories to go along with it.
My over all score 7/10