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Product Details

  • Series: Avengers
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785155651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785155652
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics today. He has helmed a renaissance for Marvel's popular Avengers franchise, writing every issue of New Avengers and launching Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers. He has also written the event projects House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion and Siege. Bendis is one of the architects of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics, having written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man since its launch in 1999, as well as Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Ultimate Origin, Ultimate Six and the Ultimate Enemy trilogy. The introduction of multiracial Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales made USA Today's front page and went on to become a hotbed topic on Fox News, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Howard Stern Show and more. Bendis' creator-owned projects include Scarlet with Alex Maleev, Brilliant with Mark Bagley, the Eisner Award-winning Powers with Mike Oeming and the Hollywood tell-all Fortune and Glory. Bendis is also the creator of Image Comics' Jinx line of crime comics, which has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx and Torso with Marc Andreyko, and Total Sell Out. Sony and FX have completed principal photography on the pilot for Powers with Bendis as executive producer, and he's adapting Fire for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron. Bendis is also a writer and consulting producer for the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man. As a member of Marvel Studios' Creative Committee, he has consulted on the films Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Marvel's The Avengers. He is head writer of the massive multiplayer online game Marvel Universe for Marvel and Gazillion games.

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The story makes very little sense.
A Forest Fan
A hardcover collection should start and end a story, not make me go buy more books to figure out what's going on or go online to complain like I'm doing now.
Kevin S
I've seen a lot of negatives about this book, but overall I personally enjoyed it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By CyclingGuy on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book starts off with the awesome concept that Ultron has won and the heroes have lost badly. Many are dead and many others are scattered and in hiding. For some reason, villains are selling captured heroes to Ultron. It's one of the best setups I can remember in a long time.

Then the time travel starts. The heroes try to stop it all from every happening but they mess it up and try again. And again. It becomes a convoluted mess with each time travel trip making matters worse to the point that you lose track of which version of a hero is doing something.

The ending is just downright silly and makes no sense at all. It's just to set up another story line, not bring this one to a satisfying conclusion.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Martin Kilroy on September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a difficult review to write because Age of Ultron is a comic book story, marketed as one thing that turns out to be another. So while it is not bad for what it is, if you bought this hopping for an old school Avengers versus Ultron story, you may be a little disappointed. This is not an Ultron story; it is a time travel story that happens to feature Ultron as a vague threat. The story is not about defeating him, but the collateral damage that occurs in the way he is defeated. Once you realize this, the time travel story that Brian Michael Bendis crafts is quite good, well the written parts anyway.

The main factor that holds this book back is the artwork. It is not artistically bad, as much as it is uneven. The story is told in three different time periods with each period being rendered by a different artist. Unfortunately, the three styles are not compatible and are jarring when more than one appears on the same page. The best of the styles is the one that takes place in the past drawn by Carlos Pacheco. Although, I think this has more to do with the coloring by Jose Villarrubia than anything else. The worst is Bryan Hitch; his work has not been the same since he started Captain America Reborn.

The story provides an interesting look at the paradoxes found within most time travel stories, mainly what happens when you go back in time and kill a threat before it's a threat. It is action packed and moves along at a quick pace, albeit one lacking in the way of emotional character depth. One thing that I wished had been developed more is the conflict that should have occurred when one group went to the future and one went to the past. Instead, Bendis just opts to have the future group wiped out in a battle.

The story works and it's entertaining though.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful By B. Green on September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Age of Ultron, one of Marvels big events this year begins with the world in utter ruins, Ultron has come back and has unleashed hell, many of earths greatest heroes are dead, those that are still alive have retreated under ground to lick their wounds and prepare to strike back. Such a great opening right? i was really excited about this event, with all the great changes (though some would argue not so great) Marvel has made in the last year since the launch of Marvel Now i really thought this event would go somewhere great.... I was wrong. Basically what brings AOU down is the lackluster/cliched poorly thought out story. People wanted an incredible story with Ultron, one of the Avengers biggest enemies, instead we got a time travel story mostly devoid of Ultron, and not a very good/original time travel story at that. That's the short review, continue reading for more in depth details.

I'm gonna give a quick run through of the main story. Warning loads of SPOILERS.

As we get into the first couple of issues we learn that Ultron is somehow attacking the world from the future using Vision as a conduit to i guess control Ultron's army's and hunt down super hero's of which he offers protection to individual's who capture and bring hero's to him. We never find out how Ultron is controlling Vision nor why Ultron would offer protection for the captors of super hero's when he's killing everybody that steps foot above ground. All this is found out thanks to Luke Cage's daring plan, having purposely knocked out She Hulk (she let him), he then takes her to Ultron's Main fortress to seemingly exchange her for protection, Ultron's forces let him in. Tell me, if you are Ultron would you let LUKE CAGE into your fortress?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas H. C. on September 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
The sheer amount of relevant material in Marvel's Age of Ultron collection is great. All of the pertinent tie-ins are collected here. Unfortunately, the material itself is a boring, drawn out, over-hyped wreck of of an event. This is, without a doubt, the worst Marvel event that I have read. I would rank it just below Fear Itself. One chief problem is that this story was being teased for well over a year in Bendis' excellent Moon Knight series and in his Avengers series. Expectations were high. The series was advertised as an Ultron story, but we were instead given a strange, sub-par, time-travel story with Ultron missing for the vast majority of it. This story also throws out all of Marvel's continuity as it relates to time travel and divergent realities. Plot holes abound. The pacing is slow and prodding. The story is decompressed to the point where it was almost a chore to continue reading. Pointless and excessive dialogue litters the pages. This is Brian Michael Bendis at his absolute worst. The art in this book is a mixed bag, too, with not one, but three different artists. Bryan Hitch is an incredible artist. He has a cinematic flair and makes sure that the composition of every panel adds to the narrative. Pacheco is consistent with all of his well-designed characters and backgrounds. Peterson, however, can be a little confusing to follow. His facial works is often rough. I wouldn't have any complaints about him normally, but it's difficult to start a story with someone like Bryan Hitch and to end with anyone else. And finally, the cardinal sin of the book: the final issue of the main series is a reprint of an old issue of Avengers! Only the ending is changed to suit the time travel shenanigans, but I was unprepared for such an anticlimax. I would recommend skipping this book and going right into the fantastic Marvel NOW! publishing initiative.
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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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