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Comic Review: Age of Ultron #7

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Brian Michael Bendis is mucking with continuity and the time-space continuum in Age of Ultron #7, and it’s producing some of the most interesting scenarios yet for this crossover event. Alternate realities are giving him the chance to kill, resurrect, or twist any character he chooses, making this series feel like a joyride through a constantly changing Marvel theme park.

Bendis uses Wolverine and Sue Richards as his new starting point for the story and drops them into a world that never knew Hank Pym, Ultron, or the Vision.

The result takes a page out of It’s a Wonderful Life: the Avengers are now called the Defenders, and while many of the faces are familiar, the team is a few eyeballs short of the norm.

Battle-ravaged Colonel America leads a motley crew of heroes from all corners of the Marvel universe, including Thing, Star-Lord, and Janet Van Dyne as Captain Marvel.

Iron Man also plays a role in this world, though he’s a little more egomaniacal than we’re used to seeing him. If you’ve seen the television show Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, just recall the episode with Purple Man running Tony and you’ll get the idea.

Wolverine is with the Defenders too, and while he’s clearly the in for our Logan and Sue, seeing two of the same guy running around gets the Defenders worried about Skrulls in a hurry.

This huge status quo shift is refreshing and keeps this series on its toes. Our heroes now were not our main heroes to start, and they may well not be our heroes to end, but that’s okay. Bendis will find a way to put his toys back where he found them, so if you’re a continuity stickler, take your hand off the panic button and play along.

The only real issue with this comic is the art, which shows a marked drop off from the last outing. The divide between Carlos Pacheco and Brandon Peterson is less pronounced this time out, and since they’re using Wolverine and Invisible Woman throughout, it’s obvious when one artist takes over for the other.

Wolverine and most of the Defenders look good, but Sue looks overly haggard in a few shots and the Savage Land spread with pterodactyls flying past looks extraordinarily flat and stiff.

Nevertheless, the story and the fight scene with the Defenders make this worth the price of admission.

Brian Michael Bendis has found his footing with Age of Ultron #7. So long as Pacheco and Peterson – or whoever else takes on the art – can keep up, this event is only going to get better.

8 out of 10

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