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AGE OF ULTRON #8

• With the Marvel Universe turned inside out, who will take responsibility for breaking the world? And is there any way to put it back?

• Wait until you see who is in charge of the new world order and how they got there…!

• A reality-spanning choice is made this issue that will affect the Marvel Universe for years and years to come.

Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brandon Peterson
Colors by Paul Mounts
Cover by Brandon Peterson, 7th Orange, & Rock-He Kim

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.9%

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  1. I wonder when the heroes of the Marvel Universe are going to learn that you can’t really change the future by going to the past. All you do is create a different earth hence why two Wolverines are running around. This isn’t your future Sue it’s just a different world created by Wolverine due to him killing Hank.

  2. I have to say I am enjoying this. Let me be as bold as it is so far better than AvX. Maybe cuz It is just one writer.

  3. yeah I gotta concur, just when will the X-Men realize f’ing with the past only makes things worse? Maybe when the citizens of Gotham realize Bruce Wayne is Batman.

    Comics, gotta love’em. 😉

  4. Why is this book smell like a cheap retail scam?

    • That’s probably your store. Let the owner know they need to steam-clean the carpets to get the smell out and try sniffing the book at home. It actually smells like newsprint and sweet-@$$ storytelling.

      Don’t sniff too closely, though. You’ll get papercuts on your nose. Ow.

  5. Been enjoying the story so far, though I hope we get some kind of info dump on exactly what has been happening in this new universe since the Pym death.
    Quick publishing schedule, no Earth stopping effect on the rest of the books, tie-ins that have zero effect on their home series and are completely ancillary to the title, and a line-up that is so restrained that they will fit the entire series, tie-ins and all, into a single hardcover; basically this is the perfect event.

    • Except the part where it’s barely readable.

    • I love this event so far but I think its sales numbers are going to dissuade Marvel from using this model for their big summer events. 🙁

    • Barely readable?? What are you talking about muddi?

    • So muddi900, I’m curious, if you dislike the series so much, why are you still reading it? Every time this series comes up you seem to have to leave several messages about how its a “dirty retail trick” and how the story “meanders” and is “unreadable,” BUT THEN YOU KEEP PULLING IT WEEK AFTER WEEK!! Are you a hypocrite or a masochist? At the very least you are annoying. From now on, we get it, you don’t like it, you don’t need to remind us. (FYI its fun to check complainers pull lists and comment histories!)

    • The comment histories on ifanboy are messed up, it keeps showing the same comments. This is the first time I have commented on the Age of Ultron issue comments directly related to the series. This is the last issue I’ll check out before checking the spoilers on the release of the final issue. I wish Bendis would follow the advice of his own idol, David
      Mamet
      http://www.slashfilm.com/a-letter-from-david-mamet-to-the-writers-of-the-unit/

      Age of Ultron has all of the problems mentioned in the letter. All of them. I can list them if you would like.

      Another thing messed up with comments on ifanboy is the lack of reply notifications. A person like you can throw ad hominem whenever somebody disagrees with them, and not have a (1) badge on their profile title gnawing at their conscience for attacking a nameless faceless person’s character.

    • There is so much irony in muddi’s last paragraph that I just don’t even know where to begin.

      Look at your last handful of comments on this site and you will see why comic book fans have the reputation of being mindless, angry fanboys.

    • I’m just saying, what’s wrong with a little positity? What’s the need to be negative about everything? And if you don’t like something, why do you need to be snarky about it? There’s a world of difference between your comments in this section (and every other section you comment in) and simply saying something like, “this event isn’t working for me. I feel like the plot is moving too slowly. It just isn’t holding my interest”. plus, why harp on the fact that you hate this so much? Three consecutive, unprovoked, hateful, non-constructive comments? What’s the point in that? It’s okay to not like something, but say your piece, constructively, then be done with it. It’s not that hard not to be a jerk.

    • 1. It doesn’t count as ad hominem if you’re argument is one sentence and can be reduced to “Me no like.”
      2. I too wish they would start a system like that, as I would wear my “Troll Slayer” badge with pride.
      3. Everything Levi said, he’s awesome.

    • I don’t know where you guys live, but where I come from that’s how conversations work in the public sphere. This is public forum where people express their opinions and other people respond. Any malice in my comments you find is your own projection. Also, “I don’t like this broseph” is the antithesis of constructive criticism. That’s how discourse works.

      This whole conversation is symptomatic of the internet now. Everybody lives in their tiny bubbles so all disagreements are taken as affronts, all those who oppose labeled “haters”. The amount of negativity on the internet is vastly overestimated, because everyone is in a circlejerk, and all outside are subhumans. So, good for you guys, I guess.

      And here, kamillo, here’s a definition of ad hominem:
      http://bit.ly/12fnQa4

    • Muddi no one does what you do in a real public place (if they want to make any friends or keep them). You are rude. Maybe its a cultural issue but when you continuously post negative comments immediately after someone posts a positive one.. that is rude (or maybe ignorant at best). Why are 90 % of your posts negative. You come across as someone who feels themselves intellectually superior to everyone else. You do not come across as someone as someone who is trying to engage in debate. Its not discourse to treat everyone as if they are morons.

      and here, muddi is the definition of rude “Offensively impolite or ill-mannered”.

    • I have plenty of friends and I said Public Forum. Places where people discuss stuff. Again, any malice or delusions of superiority are projections of your anxieties, maybe. I can only speak for myself, so I don’t particularly know why you feel that way. I also don’t understand Negative/Positive dichotomy for something as esoteric as pop-culture discussion. If there is such a think, does it follow basic algebra rules? Is this talk of my *negative* attitude a net positive or net negative? Who gets to do these calculations? Is there an accountant? At this point, you guys have written more words about how much you dislike my opinion on this book than express your own. If you really feel I am being *Offensive*, and breaking the iFanboy Code of Conduct, the most *positive* action should be to report me over email:
      https://ifanboy.com/contact-us/

      Another feature ifanboy is missing.

      PS: The sentence should be, “The definition of muddi here would be rude, impolite, etc.”

    • Oh you did say “forum”.. thanks for teaching me.. and letting me know that it means “a place where people discuss stuff”.. i wasnt aware of that..(sarcasm… in case you dont understand sarcasm) You are now debating that you are not mostly negative?? Its not debatable its obvious. Ha.. teaching me again with the last sentence. This not an English class .. rude dude. After a while if everyone is always against you; the problem must be you. Is it ok that I used multiple periods and no apostrophes because i really want to impress you? Dont try to teach me English dude. Show some respect and maybe other people will as well. Nuff said.. oh i know that should be E N O U G H.,, thanks in advance,,

    • I love the Mamet letter. I wish it wasn’t written in the style of an eighth-grader, but once you get past the grammar issues and yelling case, he makes the same points every scriptwriting teacher everywhere makes, including Bendis himself.

      “1) WHO WANTS WHAT?
      2) WHAT HAPPENS IF HER DON’T GET IT?
      3) WHY NOW?”

      In Mametcase: WOLVERINE AND SUE STORM. IF HER DON’T GET IT, EVERYONE DIE. (I feel like Drunk Hulk, now.) NOW BECAUSE EVERYONE DEAD NOW.

      In fact, using these as a guide, there is tension in every single scene in this book. There isn’t a single scene where you can’t tell who wants what, what the stakes are and what the occasion is. Open to any scene in the last eight issues and ask these questions. Solid answers, every time.

      “ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.

      ANY TIME ANY CHARACTER IS SAYING TO ANOTHER “AS YOU KNOW”, THAT IS, TELLING ANOTHER CHARACTER WHAT YOU, THE WRITER, NEED THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT.”

      If anything, there isn’t enough talking in AoU. Issue 1: Hawkguy rescues a guy, but no one says anything about anything. Issue 2: Black Widow and Moon Knight do stuff, and spend just a little time talking about who Nick Fury is. I could go on. They don’t break Mamet’s rules, at all. The *only* place Mamet’s rules get broken is in this issue, when the characters are talking about Crappy Defenders’ World, and then only twice: when Frost reminds Stark about Latveria and when Captain Marvel gives Steve Fury crap about being there.

      I’ll grant you this: this issue would have been made *much* better by a tie-in that set the stage for Crappy Defenders’ World. That would have been cool. Otherwise, if you think this series breaks Mamet’s rules, you read a different series than I did.

  6. consafo80 consafo80 (@consafo80) says:

    I’m in till the end but at the moment feel like I’ve been duped. Now where did we leave the magic reset button. Ho Hum!

  7. I have only one question: Where the fuck is Ultron?

  8. I too would like to add a comment to this section that adds nothing to the conversation other than to troll.

    • tripleneck tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      Half the fun of the comments are these out of left field hijackings by comic nerds who think they are the final arbiter of good taste & intelligent analysis.

  9. Unlike Muddi900 I’ve been enjoying this read. I think it’s been fun, and I liked the last two issues focus on Wolverine and Sue Storm together. I don’t find that the story has been meandering at all. My one complaint would be that I don’t understand why you create a mini-series but can’t get a consistent art team for the whole works, I find the shifts in art annoying, and it is only worse when you collect these issues in the end.

    I don’t think the “cheap retail scam” is defensible. This is a straight-forward team-up event book by some of the most popular creators in the industry. Last time I checked, that is right down the middle of the road of the type of product that Marvel and DC are supposed to be serving up. There isn’t one gimmicky thing about the book.

    If you don’t like it, that on the other hand is a legitimate criticism/opinion.

  10. This was a great issue! I totally didn’t think of how Pym’s death would affect Latvarian/Asgard relations.

  11. I just want to see where it goes from here. I kept hoping that it would get better but, it is not. Now it is just a matter of getting though it since I have gone this far with it. This would have been a good discount buy in TPB off Amazon, used, on clearance.

  12. I know there are bad reviews, and maybe it’s not for everyone, but I’m so invested in this series that I read it in the car outside the store. Will all the major developments get reset at the end? Of course! If they didn’t, we’d have no more Marvel comics. They’d be down to one series, a buddy-cop drama across space-time starring Sue Richards and Wolverine.

    Actually, that would be kind of awesome. Still, that’s not going to happen, so (as with all comics) the question isn’t “will it get fixed” but “HOW will it get fixed.” The story of how is why we buy the second-act treadmill that it mainstream super-hero comics. If that’s not your thing, you have the wrong hobby. I hear knitting is nice, and you can trust that your threads will get resolved.

  13. I was excited about this in the beginning, always been an Ultron fan. But now it’s become a time travel Wolverine/Invisible Woman story. It definitely feels like it’s lost it’s way.

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