The New Marvel: 'Age of Ultron'

The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.

The most anticipated Marvel Comics event (since the last one) has arrived. Earth’s most dangerous machine, the Avengers’ most cunning and unstoppable enemy, returns to wage a final war against humanity the likes of which only the mutant extinction could be compared to. Heroes from all over battle against this foe, only to discover that they cannot win, cannot turn the tide of battle, and have to find other means to claim victory. The age of humanity is over; now is the Age of Ultron.


Covering Issues #1-10

While not a direct result of the AvX event, this limited series helps to set the stage for the further developing future of the Marvel Comics’ main 616 universe (as well as some others we’re familiar with). The one great invention of a great man and hero, Hank Pym’s Ultron has come back to dispel humanity from the world one final time. I would like to think that this is the final solution to the ever-present Ultron problem, but given the history of comics in which people keep coming back—even after being dead—I won’t count the big metal guy out just yet.

There really isn’t much to the event that has any real, turbulent effects on the rest of the Marvel universe, and all it really seems to do is continue to underscore the fact that the past should not be toyed with even in the best of times (as though that hasn’t been made clear any number of times throughout history). I actually have to say that I’m disappointed in the direction this series took; dispelling the same used lines of trying to fix what’s already been done as a way to “cheat” the outcome. It has been done so much that it no longer is surprising, or even entertaining, so I’m not at all affected by the majority of the series until the very last one, in which the solution creates a new situation that the future will have to deal with.

And, what of that future, I ask Marvel; what will become of the new situation that the comic giant has created for the Marvel NOW! world. A new series is already going to be released as a result of this event, a group never before brought together, but is it really for the best, or is it just another way to pad the comic store racks? I look forward to trying to answer that question, as much as I am sure you look forward to reading it.




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