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Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude Paperback – March 24, 2015
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The remainder is reprints of classic Avengers stories involving Ultron, starting with the original appearance of Ultron and the Vision in 1963, 1998's ultron storyline from Avengers #21-22, and Avengers 12.1 from 2010.
The movie adaptations are a nice summary, but lack the emotional impact of the films, and from the point of view of a reader, they feel more like a recap than a particularly immersive experience. The pacing also feels rushed.
The reprints were fun. I hadn't read any of these stories previously, and there was a lot of good material here. The original Vision story from 1963 is a particularly strong piece of writing by Roy Thomas, and it holds up quite well after over 50 years.
The story from 1998 has Ultron wiping out (and robot-zombifying) the entire population of the fictional nation of Slorenia (not to be confused with Serkovia... or Latveria for that matter), which is one of those excessive bits of extreme violence that get casually thrown into recent comics way too often. The idea is to add emotional impact, but really, it has the opposite effect.
That being said, it improves as the story progresses, and the final scenes, focusing on the often-overlooked Hank Pym, are excellent. George Perez does a great job with the art, including a breathtaking two-page spread involving hundreds of Ultrons.
The last story is a prelude to a new Ultron storyline by Brian Michael Bendis. It focuses on Spider-Woman, who has been captured by a crew of (mostly B-grade) villains, and her rescue by her Avengers teammates. A lot of the story is played for laughs, which clashes somewhat with the doom-and-gloom proclamation that it ends on. In general it felt a bit inconsistent, although it had some amusing individual moments and one-liners.
This book feels like it's unsure of who its target audience is. It's trying to be an introduction to Ultron to movie fans who aren't regular comics readers, but it's also trying to function as a "Ultron's greatest hits" collection for diehard fans. It makes a decent attempt at performing both functions, but it is not exceptionally good at either.
Top international reviews
... leider, leider ist es ausgerechnet dieser Storyline, die nicht mal komplett in diesem Band zu finden ist, und somit Comic-Neulinge wohl nur zum Kauf der entsprechenden TPBs verführen soll.
Fazit: Leider nicht so gut wie die Preludes zum ersten "Avengers" oder "Guardians of the Galaxy"!
Das Artwork des Prelude-Materials liegt erfreulicherweise etwas über dem Niveau der vorherigen Bände. Inhaltlich erläutert die Short Story, wie Baron von Strucker in den Wirren des Falles von SHIELD in den Besitz von Lokis Zepter gelangt und wieso sich die Geschwister Maximoff zu Beginn von "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron" in seinem Labor/seinen Gefängniszellen in Sokovia befinden.