Age of Ultron #9 (Marvel)

Age of Ultron #9

Rating: 2/5 – Boring, Repetitive, and Uninspired

I am not a Bendis hater. In fact I pretty much love everything he has written from Powers to Secret Invasion. I have even “doubled dipped” and purchased the issues and the hardcovers for All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. Generally speaking, I love everything he has done.   Please trust me on this.  It’s my first review here at Comic Spectrum and reading what comes next will make it seem like I’m not a fan, but I am.

In this particular issue, the opening scene was a continuation from last issue and went on for 5 pages. While the art was very good in places, it was totally unnecessary and superfluous. I felt like these were pages tacked on to allow Marvel to pump up the page count.

Then Tony Stark, arguably the smartest person in the Age of Ultron world, says that Time “lives and breathes and every time you travel through it, you rip it…”

Really?

There have been hundreds (if not thousands) of time travel stories in the Marvel Universe, but now because Age of Ultron is an “event” we are going to ramp up the time travel stakes and say traveling in time damages time itself?

The next several pages are essentially a Harry Potter riff with claws instead of a stone. The proposed solution to the Age of Ultron crisis makes no sense to me.

Even worse is the fact the Sue Storm suggests to visit her husband (now alive in this time) but Wolverine says “I think it’s best we keep this simple and amongst ourselves” and Sue offers no further objection.  Sue Storm is a SMART strong female character and yet is being diminished to a simple add on.

Marvel editor Tom Brevoort insists that Age of Ultron is “happening now” in the Marvel Universe. If so then why have no other books touched the topic (save for those cleverly marked and marketed as AU issues)? It seems like a complete waste of time and more importantly money. For $3.99, I wish I had passed.

Reviewed by: Hank Johnson – hank@comicspectrum.com
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