Rating: 4.5/5 – Don’t Overlook this Avengers Series!
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
This past week was a big one when it comes to Avengers titles, not only in stories but also in quantity. We got the the gorgeous Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN hardcover, the forty-third issue of Avengers that continues the countdown to Secret Wars, the third issue of Uncanny Avengers and finally the book reviewed here, Avengers: Ultron Forever. This is by far the easiest of the four to read as it’s the opening chapter to a stand alone mini series that requires little to know prior knowledge of previous Avengers history. This first issue does a fantastic job of welcoming the new reader, while also giving nods to the past and creating some mysteries that look to be revealed in subsequent issues.
Writer Al Ewing is given the freedom to create his own Avengers team which he pulls from different timelines throughout Marvel’s history. We get a pre-Avengers Hulk, a Jim Rhodes Iron Man, and two versions of Thor including the current female version. These characters are pulled together by Dr. Doom to stop Ultron from wiping out humanity. It’s not the most original of ideas, but it works and works well. Ewing gets the characters right and isn’t afraid to embrace some of the more quirky ideas of the past. At the same time there’s plenty of violence in this issue and not everyone is safe which has me guessing on just who’s going to make it out alive as we head into the next issue.
The story works so well with the characters involved not only because of the writing, but from the art as well. Long time penciller Alan Davis and of course collaborating inker Mark Farmer handle the art chores and it looks amazing. Although the design of the Captain America character looks a bit strange, he renders each of the other characters brilliantly and is wonderfully dynamic with his pencils. The colors by Rachelle Rosenberg are bright and pop on the page, feeling classic and modern all at the same time.
There’s a lot to like with Avengers: Ultron Forever. Hopefully with so many different Avengers titles on sale this past week this one doesn’t get overlooked. This has a modern master with Alan Davis on the pencils, an exciting writer with Al Ewing and a diverse cast of Avengers that I can’t wait to read more about. Don’t overlook this title if you’re an Avengers fan, you’ll be sorry you did.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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