April 17, 2024

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Bento Review: Avengers Rage Of Ultron

Ultron, Hank Pym, and the Vision collide over a twisted family tree in this original graphic novel from Marvel.

Rick Remender had a decent run on a Marvel book called Uncanny Avengers where longstanding Avengers and longstanding X-Men joined forces on the same team to fight evil and try to promote mutant rights.  The original graphic novel Avengers: Rage of Ultron takes place somewhere between volumes given the Avengers present.

It was also rather good.

Taking place over two time periods, the book starts with Ultron attacking the Avengers in the past.  Thanks to a trick from Ultron creator Hank Pym, Ultron was blasted into space.

And then, years later, he came back and took over Saturn’s moon of Titan, with the only survivor/escapee being former Avengers Starfox.  Ultron has a plan to take over the universe with special spores that turn all lifeforms into extensions of Ultron himself, and only Hank Pym and a handful of Avengers from two different teams have a chance to stop him.

Remender has a few bits from his own Avengers work, like how the Wasp apparently had a relationship with former X-Man Havoc (that never clicked with me for some reason), and has a now good-guy Sabertooth on the team, but most of this story deals with the conflict between Hank, Ultron, and the Vision, with folks like Sam Wilson’s Captain America and Spider-Man along for the ride.  Hank and Ultron have more in common than they might appear to, and the ending of the book is a tragic fall for a hero as he sacrifices all to learn something about himself.  Nine out of ten Avenger drones.

NEXT MONTH:  That does it for the March box.  April’s theme is “artifacts,” so that should mean something.