Avengers: Rage Of Ul­tron

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Marvel Comics Writer: Rick Re­mender Artist: Jerome Opeña

As Kurt Busiek notes in his intro, Ul­tron has al­ways been in the top two of Earth’s Might­i­est He­roes’ most mem­o­rable arch­en­e­mies. With his fa­mil­ial con­nec­tions through his fa­ther and cre­ator, Hank Pym, and so- called son, the Vi­sion, there’s al­ways been some­thing per­sonal about the metal­lic mega­lo­ma­niac’s ri­valry with the Avengers.

Those – ahem – blood ties are at the heart of this graphic novel, with the Wasp also play­ing a cru­cial role. Be­gin­ning in the past be­fore mov­ing to the present, Rick Re­mender’s script isn’t as con­vo­luted as much of his regular Marvel out­put. And with Sam Wil­son re­plac­ing Steve Rogers as Cap and the mys­te­ri­ous fe­male Thor tak­ing the place of her male coun­ter­part, Re­mender strikes an in­trigu­ing con­trast be­tween the clas­sic “Avengers Then” and the more di­verse “Avengers Now”.

Af­ter forg­ing a de­vice that “turns off ” all AIs, Pym’s moral­ity is ques­tioned, lead­ing to a de­bate about what ex­actly con­sti­tutes life. Re­sem­bling a more ki­netic Jae Lee, Jerome Opeña’s art – as­sisted by Pepe Lar­raz and Mark Mo­rales – just about jus­ti­fies the price, with the su­pe­rior pa­per stock en­hanc­ing the lav­ish de­tail and vi­brant colours. With a dev­as­tat­ing end­ing that has sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions go­ing for­ward, Rage Of Ul­tron is rec­om­mended read­ing for all True Believ­ers. Stephen Jewell

This new hair­dresser was rub­bish.

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