Age of Ultron #7

by Tori B. on May 01, 2013

Wolverine’s done the deed. So what happens next? The resulting universe of offing Hank Pym may be free of Ultron but whether it’s a world better off is an entirely different matter.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artists: Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheo, & Roger Martinez
Cover: Peterson | Publisher: Marvel
If Age of Ultron has at any point caused you to feel confused, this issue isn’t going to help you, at all.
This issue shows us what the present is like without Hank Pym—without Ultron and admittedly, I’m totally lost. Naturally it’s taken with the same approach as the beginning of Age of Ultron as a whole in which you’re kind of submerged into present time without any sort of explanation or preamble. Actually in this case there’s a small preamble of knowing what Logan and Sue did in order to create this present time, but the actual results are confusing as hell.
There’s talk of Skrulls and Krees and Defenders (no Avengers). Some of them even have different hero names and it’s a lot to grasp in one go.  I don’t particularly like the results that they created and I don’t think Logan and Sue do either, so it should be interesting to see how they plan on fixing their world now.
A second or third read through goes a little bit better in terms of understanding what’s happening, but it does nothing for feeling better about the newly created present, and really, the confusion hasn’t left.
What I can say is that I love the art. I love the idea of using a different artist to separate the past from the present and both Peterson and Pacheco do so incredibly well. I adore the page when both Sue and Logan are travelling back to the present—as they stare at each other, wondering whether they did the right thing or not, while slowly being lowered into a plane of time-travelling designed by Nick Fury.
For all the confusion though, I’m entirely faithful to the notion that all will eventually (sort of) make sense and Bendis knows exactly what he’s doing. Unfortunately this issue didn’t carry as well as the first issue of AoU and it’s almost easier to throw my hands up in the air and give up at this point (it’s just another layer of ‘how the hell are they going to fix this, now?’) instead of being so intrigued that I’m dying to continue and can’t wait for the next issue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still incredibly interested in Age of Ultron and where it’s going, and I can’t wait to see how it affects the Marvel universe as a whole, but the new present time simply lacks something that grips my attention.
Too much time travelling hurts my brain.

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