Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sins Of The Father: A Review of Avengers Rage of Ultron

Sins Of The Father 
A Review of Avengers Rage of Ultron
By: Mr. J's Comic Reviews

Well I guess it’s time for me to ride the Age of Ultron hype train. I loved the movie so I thought now would be the perfect time to review the latest Ultron story to come out of Marvel. Avengers Rage Of Ultron. It’s written by Rick Remender with art by Jerome Openia and Pepe Larraz. Before I get started I want to give a quick self-plug. If you want to hear my thoughts on the Avengers Age of Ultron you can check it out at the bottom of this review.

Alright let’s get this review started. I’m going to break it down into three sections. The good, the bad, and my overall thoughts. Here’s your last chance to avoid spoilers for Avengers Rage Of Ultron. First let’s discuss the plot.

The Plot

The beginning of the story takes places years ago during one of the Avengers’ early encounters with Ultron. The psychotic A.I. proclaims that all he truly seeks is the love of his father and creator Hank Pym aka Ant Man. He intends to destroy the world as a way of tainting Hank’s legacy making him Hank Pym the genius that killed us all. The team manages to subdue Ultron and send him into space. The second part of the story takes place years later. The team now consists of Sam Wilson, Captain America, The Vision, Scarlet Witch, The Wasp, Sabertooth, Spider-Man, Hank Pym, and the female Thor

This new team of Avengers faces the one threat Hank has been dredging. The return of Ultron. He is back and stronger than ever. Hank has created a device to turn the Ulton bots off. This sparks a debate among the team whether or not Hank had the right to shut down those machines. Vision is enraged. He claims that those machines were just as alive as he was and that Hank was essentially killing them. Hank fires back that they are only machines. They aren’t alive. The tension is interrupted by the return of Ultron

Ultron has created a virus and begins to infect the Avengers. It comes down to Hank, Vision, and Captain America to defeat Ulton. The Vision tries to phase through Ultron and fuses with him. Vision is put in extreme agony and Ultron uses this opportunity to fuse with Hank Pym. This new Ultron begins to devastate the remaining Avengers. Vison attempts to get through to Hank by proclaiming that he is not his. Ultron laughs saying that Hank likes being merged with him because they are one and the same. They are Ultron. Eros manages to hit Ultron with the power of love giving Hank clarity. He begins to feel extreme guilt and remorse. He reverses the effects of the virus and cures the team. He then goes off into space to prevent himself from causing any more damage. After recovering the team builds a statue to honor Hank. Janet reflects on what a true hero and that maybe someday they can save their friend.

Well that’s it for the plot, now it’s time to talk about the good in this story.

The Good
  • Ultron’s dialogue was great. This story added a lot more depth to Ultron. He’s normally just depicted as a killer rogue A.I., but in this story he is a much more complex character.
  • The story also helped to flush out Hank Pym’s character. You really get a lot of insight into why he does what he does and how he thinks. Also his relationship with Ultron is really fascinating here.
  • The art was fantastic. I also really appreciated how Ultron’s look evolved from the beginning time period to modern day.
  • The dysfunctional family dynamic between Hank, Ultron, and Vison made for a really interesting almost soap opera level.

The Bad
  • I’m not really a fan of the Pym-Tron design
  • I was confused on when in present day this takes place so I have no idea if this is a post Secret Wars story or if it’s just a standalone.

Final Thoughts

Ultron has always been a really cool villain. This story adds even more to his character. It also gives you more insight into the minds of both Hank and Ultron which helps readers connect with both characters. The story was well paced, and the art was great. If this story really is canon it could be a huge game changer. I only had minor nitpicks about the new Ultron design and being a little confused on when the story takes place, but other than that I really enjoyed Avengers Rage Of Ulton. It’s one of the best Ultron stories I’ve read in a while. I definitely say you should pick it up if you’re looking for a good Ultron/Hank Pym character story.

Have you read Avengers: Rage Of Ultron? What did you think of it? What’s your favorite Ultron story? Tell me in the comments below. Here is my Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review as promoised!

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