Age of Ultron 3
Age of Ultron #3

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Pencils by Bryan Hitch

Inks by Paul Neary

Colors by Paul Mounts

Review by Adam Shaw

 

Just like with my review last week of issue #2 I am remaining skeptical about event titles and Age of Ultron. The story is progressing, but it feels like it should be chugging along a little quicker. This was a complaint I had with the second issue, and in fact most of my complaints from last issue still stand for this third installment.

Last issue suffered from some wonkier art with characters posed at slightly awkward angles. In this issue the art is definitely a step up, but there is still some room for improvement. Simply put, it feels rushed. I don’t know whether it was intentional or not, but there are a lot of repetitive panel layouts that bring a slightly monotonous flow to the book. If you’ve been reading it, then think of J.H. Williams III and what he has done on Batwoman. Now think of the exact opposite, and you will have the layout of Age of Ultron issue #3. I may be over-simplifying and being a little harsh, so I apologize that for.

As I mentioned above, progression has been a real issue for me so far. In the end it might all pay off. I love the slower pace that Hickman is taking over in Avengers, but we only have ten issues to work with here. When I look back at events like last year’s AvX, I feel like it was too long and drawn out. Quicker pacing and possibly a shorter run could have made the series more engaging and less stressful on the old pocket book. So far, I feel that Age of Ultron may be suffering from some of the same faults. In particular this issue could have easily worked in 10 pages. While I don’t think I could place blame on Hitch, Bendis has several needless double-paged spreads in this issue.

I don’t want to come off as sounding like a complete curmudgeon, because there are a few redeeming qualities of this issue. Through the dialog we get to see a little bit more about how much this event has really sucker-punched and taken the fight out of our heroes. Bendis has sprinkled a little humor in various places to keep us engaged. However, if you really want to see just how much the world and heroes have been affected by Ultron, then you should pick up this week’s Superior Spider-Man #6AU, and Fantastic Four #5AU. Both of those issues carry a lot more heart to them.

The Verdict

Again Age of Ultron is a soft buy, if you are an avid event comic reader. If you haven’t been impressed so far, or if issue #2 left you with a sour taste in your mouth, then pass. The slower pace continues this issue without much reward for the reader. I honestly need more time to think about whether I want to keep spending four bucks an issue (40 total!) for an event that seems to be dragging its feet. The repetitive layouts do little to keep the reader involved.

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Adam is the "Valiant Guy" for Talking Comics. He is the host of the Renegades: Talking Valiant podcast and releases a quasi-quarterly column about comics for kids. He's currently working on his Master's degree in education. You can find him on Twitter @KnowNothingNerd

2 Responses

  1. Julio

    If it wasn’t for the tie ins…i would completely agree. The issue on its own definitely leaves you in a weird state. Will it pick up in time to give it proper closure or will it be this slow pace just for the final issue to try and squeeze as much info as possible? Again…the tie ins saved my interest this week. I must have read the fantastic four tie in at least 5 times so far.

  2. Adam Shaw

    Julio, I agree the tie-ins were great! I’m writing up a review for the Fantastic Four one shortly. I’m more interested in reading those at this point.

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