Marvel Comics released an original graphic novel this week, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, with Pepe Larraz, and additional inks by Mark Morales. Supposedly in continuity the story pits the Avengers of today and yesterday against the threat of Ultron, ending with mind-boggling circumstances and an insubstantial cliffhanger. The title nails it – rage, which is what I felt while reading it. Be prepared for spoilers, and meet me after the time jump for my angry thoughts about Rage of Ultron.
As we left things in the last episode, the first of this season – the Red Skull has returned to Earth from space with the Power Gem, but in fear of Thanos the Mad Titan who is after it. Iron Man has found a new play-buddy in H.E.R.B.I.E. the Robot, um, I mean Arsenal, and unbeknownst to the Avengers, Thanos is on Earth, and not happy. Believe me, except for Arsenal, it was much much better than it sounds. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Thanos Rising.”
For even the Avengers, sometimes when you can’t beat them, you have to join them. That’s the plan in the newest episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” as Captain America and Iron Man go deep undercover to join the Red Skull’s Cabal, and soon find themselves facing the deadly villains alone. Join me after the jump for my thoughts on “In Deep.”
In the third episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” we get more of the Falcon’s rookie perspective, and the appearance of one (some) of my favorite of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ rogues gallery – the Space Phantom(s). The Avengers assemble, after the jump.
Age of Ultron is writer Brian Michael Bendis’ swan song on the Avengers franchise. Ultron is the ultimate archenemy of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Beside their destruction all it wants is the eradication of mankind and the coming of a machine age. The story so far – Ultron has won. We all woke up one morning and everything was different – we were living, dying, or worse, in the Age of Ultron.