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This is the dawning of the Age of Ultron.

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On Wednesday March 6th, the Age of Ultron begins.

Age of Ultron is a 10 issue Marvel NOW event taking place in March, April, May, and June of 2013. The series will follow an accelerated shipping schedule.

Marvel has said the event been designed to be very focused, with a minimal amount of tie-ins. And the tie-ins will be specially marked AU issues of participating series, not interrupting the flow of their currently ongoing stories.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson, and Carlos Pacheco. It tells the story of Ultron's ultimate victory over Earth, when issue one begins - the war is already over, Ultron has won, and the few heroes that have survived are offering a scattered and token resistance (Wolverine, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Beast, Emma Frost, Taskmaster, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, and Invisible Woman have been mentioned thus far). It builds upon elements Bendis introduced way back in back in the first arc of his Avengers run with John Romita Jr, as well as his Moon Knight book with Alex Maleev. There was also a prologue issue of Avengers drawn by Bryan Hitch, which you can currently read for free on Comixology.

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March
AGE OF ULTRON #1-3 (of 10)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • BRYAN HITCH (A/C)

For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth -- that day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.

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FANTASTIC FOUR #5AU
Matt Fraction (W) • Andre Aruajo (A)
Cover by MARK BAGLEY

An AGE OF ULTRON tie-in!
Will the rise of the artificial intelligence Ultron cause the premature end of the Fantastic Four’s sojourn across time and space?


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Superior Spider-Man #6AU
CHRISTOS GAGE (W) • Dexter Soy (A)
Cover by Marco Checchetto

The Superior Spider-Man enters the Age of Ultron!

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April
AGE OF ULTRON #4 (of 10)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • BRYAN HITCH (A/C)

• The impossible has happened!
• The Earth has been taken by Ultron...what few super hero survivors there are try desperately to stay alive.
• And it is Luke Cage who discovers the secret behind Ultron's victory over all of mankind.
• A secret that will have fans of Marvel comics arguing for years to come!


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AGE OF ULTRON #5
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W)
BRYAN HITCH (A/C)

• The super hero survivors of the Ultron devastation follow a trail to the Savage Land in the hopes of finding a way to survive or turn the tide of the Ultron apocalypse.
• But with half the Marvel heroes dead, what chance do any of the survivors have?
• The choice that will forever change the course of Marvel history...!


[img]http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/marvelcomics/201304/AGEULTRON2013005_cov_col.jpg[/i] AGE OF ULTRON #6 BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) BRANDON PETERSON & CARLOS PACHECO (A/C) Cover by BRANDON PETERSON[/img]• The heroes take the fight to Ultron...with a near-broken Captain America taking the lead!
• Meanwhile, Wolverine takes it upon himself to make one of the most controversial decisions in the history of Marvel comics...
...and you'll never believe who goes along with him!


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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #14AU
AL EWING (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A)
Cover by NIC KLEIN

AGE OF ULTRON TIE-IN
• Black Widow heads back to her old stomping ground of San Francisco for coffee, old friends...
...and the end of the world as we know it.
• The Age of Ultron is here -- and nobody's getting out in one piece...


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ULTRON #1AU
Kathryn Immomen (W) • AMILCAR PINNA (A)
Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY

• Ultron took over the world.
• Ultron killed the heroes.
• Ultron...is your father.
• When you're Victor Mancha, android teen Runaway, "daddy issues" doesn't quite cover it


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WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #27AU
MATT KINDT (W) • PACO MEDINA (A)
COVER BY MIKE DEODATO

• An AGE OF ULTRON tie-in (make sure you read #6 first!)
• Wolverine and the Invisible Woman find themselves in the Avengers' past!


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May

AGE OF ULTRON #7 (of 10)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W)
BRANDON PETERSON & CARLOS PACHECO (A/C)
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

In an attempt to defeat Ultron two Marvel Heroes take it upon themselves to create an all-new Marvel Universe. But is the one they have created better or worse than the one they left behind?

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AGE OF ULTRON #8 (OF 10)
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W)
BRANDON PETERSON & CARLOS PACHECO (A/C)
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

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.

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FEARLESS DEFENDERS #4AU
CULLEN BUNN (W) • PHIL JIMENEZ (A/C)

AGE OF ULTRON TIE IN!
• In a world where some villains became heroes instead Warrior Woman teams up with...Caroline LeFay?
• The connection between the Fearless Defenders greatest foe and Morgan LeFay is finally revealed!
• (And it’s true in our world too!)


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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #15AU
AL EWING (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A)
Cover by NIC KLEIN

AGE OF ULTRON TIE-IN
ULTRON RULES OK! The AGE OF ULTRON hits Britain, and Captain Britain hits back with a little help from his friends - including a vacationing Captain Marvel! Fighting a guerilla war in the ruins of London, AGGRO! is a way of life for Avengers UK - but when they might just be the last super heroes left alive, can there still be hope? Or is England dreaming?


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UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU
RICK REMENDER & GERRY DUGGAN (W) • Adam Kubert (A)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

• Kang and the The Apocalypse Twins enter the Age of Ultron, but what do they want?
• Havok and Rogue, leaders of the Morlocks, must fight to save the man who condemned their people!
• What secret will Rogue unearth about the Twins hidden past?


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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    With a one shot issue centered around Victor Mancha, I wonder if they're planning on bigger things for him later on.

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Dammit Bale, that song is in my head now, what'd I ever do to you!

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    Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    I really don't see the point of this AU event, other than to potentially fuck up the smooth output of books I like.

    Colour me paranoid and not comfortable with change.

    (This better not start the MU version of DCs New 52)

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    It is extremely unlikely that Marvel would do their huge brand wide rejiggering and then do any sort of major reboot not six months later.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    I really don't see the point of this AU event, other than to potentially fuck up the smooth output of books I like.

    Colour me paranoid and not comfortable with change.

    (This better not start the MU version of DCs New 52)

    I find it highly doubtful they would do their own reset considering how one of the core tenants of the NOW marketing was how Marvel dosen't do reboots.

    And the way the tie-ins are structured (i.e. in March, there is both a Fantastic Four #5 and a Fantastic Four #5AU the former of which continues the regular narrative of the book leaving the later to do tie in-stuff) means it should not disrupt any other books at least during the course of the event.

    Obviously there will be some sort of status quo shift at the end but those have tended to be the best parts of Marvel events during this modern era, so I'm not super worried about what that will be either. (Unless it's a crisis style reboot, and then yes I'll be furious)

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    jkylefultonjkylefulton Squid...or Kid? NNID - majpellRegistered User regular
    I can't imagine Marvel ever doing a Crisis-style clean sweep (which DC really didn't do either, post-Crisis). Part of Marvel's charm is that it keeps dragging some of the kookier shit from the past along with everything else.



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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    seems like they're not doing any Infinite issues for this event, are they?

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    With a one shot issue centered around Victor Mancha, I wonder if they're planning on bigger things for him later on.

    One can only hope.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    While I didn't find Dexter Soy's work really fit with Captain Marvel when the title launched, it looks fucking fantastic for Superior Spider-Man there

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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    Dexter Soy didn't do that cover, that's Marco Checchetto. Soy is doing the interior for that issue.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Also a lot of those covers look awful.

    Especially that post card one

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    Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    Here's the plot summary for Avengers 42:
    The Wasp and Goliath are held captive by Diablo, and The Avengers are pondering their rescue. Hawkeye accuses Hercules of showing no initiative and `freeloading` at the plight of his fellow Avengers.

    They contact the Fantastic Four and Reed Richards provides Quicksilver with the co-ordinates for the location of Diablo`s castle stronghold in Transylvania...

    Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Hercules promptly jet over to Romania...

    In the castle, Diablo tells the captive Goliath that he intends to create an army of Dragon-Men. Using Wasp as a hostage, he threatens Goliath with her safety unless the scientist will help Diablo create the life-giving serum he needs to activate his Dragon-Men clones...

    Hercules has gained entrance to the castle dungeons through an opening in the mountainside. The Avengers enter through the main door, which Hawkeye blows away with a grenade-arrow.

    They are confronted by Goliath, who, fearing for the safety of his wife holds his fellow Avengers at bay...

    In underground chambers, Hercules finds Wasp chained, gaurded by Dragon-Man. The two titans clash!

    Meanwhile, thousands of miles distant in the Far East...

    In the secret base of Colonel Ling, The Black Widow is revived after being tested with the Psychotron weapon. She tricks her captors, takes out some gaurds, but is soon overcome again by sleeping gas...

    Back in Diablo`s castle, the Scarlet Witch has managed to convince Goliath to join his fellow team-mates against Diablo. The villain holds the Avengers back with a force-shield and he prepares to destroy the caves holding Wasp with explosives...

    Enter Captain America! Cap has tracked the Avengers using the homing beacon in the Aero-Car. He fells Diablo using his shield...

    Meanwhile, Hercules has overcome Dragon-Man who falls into a pool of molten lava. Wasp is freed, and they join the Avengers. Cap rigs explosives in the castle and, with a captive Diablo, the group jet away as the castle explodes.

    Back in Avenger`s Mansion, the heroes learn Black Widow is a prisoner, a distraught Hawkeye vows vengeance!

    I wonder if Hank Pym's life-giving serum is important to the story or if Bendis just picked a random point in time.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Dexter Soy didn't do that cover, that's Marco Checchetto. Soy is doing the interior for that issue.

    oh

    I still think he'll be really good for this

    his style seemed a bit dark for CM

    should be just right for AoU Spock though

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    Hawkeye is a bro

    That is all

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    CadeCade Eppur si muove.Registered User regular
    They repeat how this will affect things for years to come......yeah we've seen them say that before.

    Doesn't affect a year most of the time.

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    wirehead26wirehead26 Registered User regular
    Cade wrote: »
    They repeat how this will affect things for years to come......yeah we've seen them say that before.

    Doesn't affect a year most of the time.

    Fully agreed they should just stop saying stuff like that.

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    MattitudeMattitude Paste Pot Pete Kicking The BucketRegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    I'm puzzled as to how this will affect the status quo seeing as
    The current status quo doesn't seem to be affecting this book. Biggest issue is that Spider-Man doesn't seem to be Superior Spidey, and Emma also seems to have her telepathy back. I know this story was written and ready to go ages ago but... man, if you were gonna delay it, at least make sure it fits. Especially if it's going to change things to come.

    Also, I'm pretty sure many of you have already called it but
    This is basically a Alternate Universe story, no matter how Bendis and Marvel are trying to spin it. Wolverine and Sue Storm are gonna go back in time and kill Hank Pym before he creates Ultron, which will return the timeline to normal and explain why Hank is in precisely zero Marvel NOW! books whilst also completely contradicting the established rules of time travel in the Marvel Universe.

    Oh god, I've become a whining Fanboy...

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    I figured the "Age of" name pretty much stated that it would be something like Age of Apocalypse.

    I'm assuming at some point we'll find that someone went back in time and fucked something up and that's why things are so bad.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    also Bendis has a track record of not letting pesky continuity get in his way

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    I figured the "Age of" name pretty much stated that it would be something like Age of Apocalypse.

    I'm assuming at some point we'll find that someone went back in time and fucked something up and that's why things are so bad.

    I think it's the opposite, that this shit happened but someone will go back in time to fix it.

    And then probably make shit worse

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    MattitudeMattitude Paste Pot Pete Kicking The BucketRegistered User regular
    I can definitely get behind the idea of Age of Ultron as Age of Apocalypse but with Avengers.

    It's just that Marvel keep trumpeting "THIS IS TOTALLY IN MAINSTREAM CONTINUITY YOU GUYS"

    Until it isn't.

    I think it could be a pretty cool story once I stop worrying about continuity. The only things I don't like about #1 are the moments it breaks with continuity, and the majority of Brian Hitch's art.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Balefuego wrote: »
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    I figured the "Age of" name pretty much stated that it would be something like Age of Apocalypse.

    I'm assuming at some point we'll find that someone went back in time and fucked something up and that's why things are so bad.

    I think it's the opposite, that this shit happened but someone will go back in time to fix it.

    And then probably make shit worse
    Yeah this is what every solicit we have is saying.

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    I feel it's more apt to compare this to age of X than age of apocalypse

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    MattitudeMattitude Paste Pot Pete Kicking The BucketRegistered User regular
    binary code on the Marvel.com storefront translates as
    He Wins Ultron

    Which is terrible grammar and not terribly interesting.

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    Just saying, AoA had a similar start, everything's fine and then all of a sudden the event launches and everything is horrible, while other books are fine
    Weaver wrote: »
    I feel it's more apt to compare this to age of X than age of apocalypse

    Possibly, I didn't read Age of X but as far as I know AoA started the naming scheme and AoX was a nod to it, as this is.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    So it looks like the Superior Spider-Man tie-in is going to serve to explain why Spidey is very much Peter in Age of Ultron. Looks like Otto either is "killed" or thrown in the back seat. At least for the event.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Mattitude wrote: »
    I can definitely get behind the idea of Age of Ultron as Age of Apocalypse but with Avengers.

    It's just that Marvel keep trumpeting "THIS IS TOTALLY IN MAINSTREAM CONTINUITY YOU GUYS"

    Until it isn't.

    I think it could be a pretty cool story once I stop worrying about continuity. The only things I don't like about #1 are the moments it breaks with continuity, and the majority of Brian Hitch's art.

    All of this takes place years in the future.

    I'm not sure why you're worrying about why its Peter and not Spock.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Mattitude wrote: »
    I can definitely get behind the idea of Age of Ultron as Age of Apocalypse but with Avengers.

    It's just that Marvel keep trumpeting "THIS IS TOTALLY IN MAINSTREAM CONTINUITY YOU GUYS"

    Until it isn't.

    I think it could be a pretty cool story once I stop worrying about continuity. The only things I don't like about #1 are the moments it breaks with continuity, and the majority of Brian Hitch's art.

    All of this takes place years in the future.

    I'm not sure why you're worrying about why its Peter and not Spock.
    What? No it doesnt. It is shortly after Marvel Now started, dude. A few months at most.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Mattitude wrote: »
    I can definitely get behind the idea of Age of Ultron as Age of Apocalypse but with Avengers.

    It's just that Marvel keep trumpeting "THIS IS TOTALLY IN MAINSTREAM CONTINUITY YOU GUYS"

    Until it isn't.

    I think it could be a pretty cool story once I stop worrying about continuity. The only things I don't like about #1 are the moments it breaks with continuity, and the majority of Brian Hitch's art.

    All of this takes place years in the future.

    I'm not sure why you're worrying about why its Peter and not Spock.
    What? No it doesnt. It is shortly after Marvel Now started, dude. A few months at most.

    Ok it takes place in an alternate(maybe original) version of the present where Ultron has taken over everything*. Which still means that the whole Spock thing needn't have happened so I don't get the confusion. There are a lot of ways to deal with it.

    *And if not someone please explain where the first issue is supposed to be taking place in.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    It is the present day.

    It is like every other Marvel event.

    Everything that has been out so far, and everything until it ends takes place before AoU. Except tie ins of course.

    Just like Fear Itself or AvX etc.

    They have stated it is the present day and not an alt timeline or reality many times.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    But

    But

    Ultron's not in control in the Marvel universe right now. And like everybody is dead. How can that possibly be?

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Yes he is. Age of Ultron is the present.

    It goes Marvel Now -> Ultron Wins -(A Few Months/Weeks Pass)-> Age of Ultron

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    I think he's referring to the fact that other titles are happening in a clearly not Ultron ruled Marvel Earth.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Yes he is. Age of Ultron is the present.

    It goes Marvel Now -> Ultron Wins -(A Few Months/Weeks Pass)-> Age of Ultron

    Oh ok.

    A few months is still the future. I didn't mean it was far in the future. Just that time has passed and there are plenty of ways for Peter to get back to where he belongs.

    I mean its not even a changed anybody expects to stick.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Yes he is. Age of Ultron is the present.

    It goes Marvel Now -> Ultron Wins -(A Few Months/Weeks Pass)-> Age of Ultron

    Oh ok.

    A few months is still the future. I didn't mean it was far in the future. Just that time has passed and there are plenty of ways for Peter to get back to where he belongs.

    I mean its not even a changed anybody expects to stick.

    But you said
    All of this takes place years in the future.

    and yeah AoU feels a little alt-reality ish because there are a fairly small amount of tie-ins and they are all optional titles that aren't "actually" part of ongoing series.

    My guess for the whole thing is:
    Wolverine and Sue go back to kill Hank Pym, and Wolverine seems to "succeed" but Pym manages to transfer his mind to a prototypical Ultron.

    They arrive in the present, and see that Hank Pym-as-Ultron has become a one-man world police and that teaser of the alt costume Avengers is the resistance against him. It keeps both the theme and title of the series applicable, while still being a big twist.

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    nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Yeah yeah I did.

    Fair enough.

    Ultrons already
    Taken a different tact then usual right? My understanding is that normal Ultron wouldn't bother leaving humanity alive at all. Even if just pockets of pathetic weasels paying him protection money in the form of Dead Avengers.

    I wonder what's up with that.

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    TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    Yeah yeah I did.

    Fair enough.

    Ultrons already
    Taken a different tact then usual right? My understanding is that normal Ultron wouldn't bother leaving humanity alive at all. Even if just pockets of pathetic weasels paying him protection money in the form of Dead Avengers.

    I wonder what's up with that.
    Could be Hank showing "mercy"

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Yes he is. Age of Ultron is the present.

    It goes Marvel Now -> Ultron Wins -(A Few Months/Weeks Pass)-> Age of Ultron

    Oh ok.

    A few months is still the future. I didn't mean it was far in the future. Just that time has passed and there are plenty of ways for Peter to get back to where he belongs.

    I mean its not even a changed anybody expects to stick.

    comics don't happen in real time, a single issue can take place over a month or a 6 issue story arc can take place over a matter of hours despite lasting half a year in publishing time. Age of Ultron is happening in the current Marvel U but that dosent mean every other series is going to instantly sync up with it the moment the first issue comes out, no one wants that.

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    ArmorocArmoroc Registered User regular
    Art in this issue was actually pretty good! Recently his work has had small little nitpicky things in it like big faces, big noses or other things that were really distracting.

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    edited March 2013
    I liked this issue and am exited by the idea of the event as a whole, but man I am not a fan of how forced those solicits sound. "it will change how you see things forever!" Ugh

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