Age Of Ultron #8 (of 10)
With only two issues to go, I can now say I have no idea how Age Of Ultron is going to end. So much is introduced in this issue that I’m worried that the finale of the new Marvel event will be rushed to fit in with whatever’s coming next after it. Giving us a grander look at a world without Hank Pym, Brian Michael Bendis and Brandon Peterson’s 8th issue provides a lot of cool moments and variations from our favorite Marvel heroes, but there’s a looming worry about how this all ties in (and how it will wrap up) that overshadows the story.
Sue Storm and Wolverine have been kidnapped by Tony Stark, the high command of this Marvel Universe. From his interrogation of Wolverine, we learn that without Hank Pym and his inventions the magic of the Marvel universe took over. After the “Asgardian/Latverian Wars” , Thor disappeared and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are in constant fear of an attack from Morgana Le Fey, the evil witch who consistently battles “our” Avengers. The Defenders, consisting of AoU versions of Cable, Wolverine, the Thing, and others, decide they’re sick of waiting and charge into the helicarrier holding Wolvie and Sue Storm, but after Storm escapes, the unthinkable happens: Le Fey arrives with her army, and begins laying waste to the heroes.
That’s really all that happens in this issue. While I was entertained by the opening issues of Age Of Ultron, the series is now starting to wear thin, and this installment feels like it should’ve been issue 5 instead of 8. Bendis plants a ton of cool information on this new reality within Tony Stark’s dialogue, but I wish we could’ve seen some of it(the “Asgard/Latveria War” sounds like it would be a fantastic mini). It seems like Bendis is on a mission to prove just how important Hank Pym is to the Marvel universe, and more power to him. But, that doesn’t change the fact that this series feels like it’s taken it’s sweet time to get here.
Brandon Peterson’s art is great in this issue, and it’s nice to see him take over the book solo. His line work is impressive, and the designs of the heroes are pretty cool. It’s just a shame that the rest of this series couldn’t be up to what I was hoping for. There’s two issues left, and we haven’t even seen Ultron proper in this series. I’m definitely sticking this one out til the end, but I’m very wary of what’s to come.
Luther Strode finally returns to kick more ass and take names in the penultimate issue of The Legend Of Luther Strode. Picking up from last issue, Luther is beaten at the hands of Binder, another older gent with similar powers to Luther, and Petra is at the mercy of Jack the Ripper. What follows is another action packed issue of one of the best Image titles on the stands today.
There’s not a whole lot of dialogue in this issue, but just like the previous one, the action moves much of the plot along. This is one fast paced, kinetic ride of a book. The issue zips along at such a quick pace that I was nearly out of breath from it by issue’s end. Writer Justin Jordan has definitely raised the stakes with this series, and it’s great to see something good come to Luther after so much death and destruction in his life.
But that’s not to say there ISN’T any “death and destruction” in this issue. In fact, death and destruction has never looked quite as awesome as the way artist Tradd Moore depicts it. I’ve already championed his art before, but I’ll gladly do it again here, as he keeps up the intensity of Jordan’s plot, and many times enhances it. There’s only one issue left, and I can’t wait to see the big showdown next month.
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