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Comic Review: Age of Ultron #1

Age of Ultron #1 Brian Hitch cover Marvel NOW

Come for the story. Stay for the art.

Age of Ultron #1 positively drips with ’80s sci fi cool, thanks in large part to the superlative talent of artist Bryan Hitch and made possible by the skilled Brian Michael Bendis.

Page one gives you everything you need to know about this title in a vast two-page spread that evokes memories of the opening scene from Blade Runner with a towering technological pyramid dwarfing the Statue of Liberty and lording over a ruined NYC cityscape. Two white bars run across the top and bottom with the book credits lettered in retro ’80s style by Cory Petit. It looks right out of Logan’s Run or Star Wars, and it’s positively brilliant.

Age of Ultron #1 title two page spread by Bryan Hitch Marvel Now

Gorgeous.

Flash forward to the down-and-dirty resistance movement you’d expect in a dystopia ruled by the android Ultron and you get a guerrilla warfare story that feels straight out of the future scenes in Terminator.

Bendis doesn’t try to explain the whole world in one go with the first installment of this story, instead choosing to focus on an episodic rescue mission for Hawkeye. There’s still bad guy humans for Hawkeye to pick off in this world, though they’re all cyberpunked out with mechanical enhancements and in league with Ultron.

Bendis lets us feel the world instead of telling us what it is, and that’s admirable in a story as ambitious as this one.

We only get a taste for what the resistance movement is and who is involved, but the most exciting and refreshing part of this story is easily the inclusion of one Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker, the wisecracking underdog we all love and miss.

Ultron himself is largely background noise, as this opening issue focuses more on the heroes fighting him than on his reign.

Age of Ultron #1 sets the tone without giving away the whole story and stands out thanks to Bryan Hitch’s unparallelled art and Brian Michael Bendis’ snappy dialogue.

Whether you’re a closet Avenger, a Spidey fan or a mutant lover, Age of Ultron #1 is a must read.

9 out of 10

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