Age of Ultron #3

Age of Ultron #3

Event\Storyline: Age of Ultron Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 3
7.0Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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.

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Mar 27, 2013

    All joking aside, the reveal at the end, though not greatly shocking in retrospect, still had a good surprise punch that already has me salivating for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 27, 2013

    Age of Ultron, quite simply, shows us all how event stories should be handled. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 28, 2013

    Which is a lot more than I can say about most event books these days. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Apr 1, 2013

    Bendis and co are still going strong, delivering a stoic, grim-faced adventure that manages to feel like a bold maturing of the main Marvel line even if's failing to have any kind of impact on the company's other titles. Still, as an event book I can't help but feel that it's an impressive and occassionally daring piece of work that, at least as long as Bryan Hitch is still around, deserves a place on every comic fan's Pull List. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Mar 27, 2013

    Oh my, Bendis has gone all M. Night Shyamalan on us with that ending -- Sixth Sense M. Night, not The Village M. Night, that is. The overall narrative has been taking baby steps up until now. We're hit with a huge and most definitely intriguing reveal. At this point we already have plenty of characters with legitimately interesting stories established, so here's hoping Bendis decides to move forward with the key plots instead of introducing more and more elements. As someone who has been mostly disappointed with Marvel's last few events, I can say I'm honestly enjoying this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Mar 27, 2013

    While this issue, and the event so far, have been good, it is already becoming formulaic. Not to mention the puzzling notion of why this story needs to happen right now in the first place. This comic feels out of whack with the titles I'm enjoying from Marvel right now. But having said that, it also happens to be the best Marvel, or DC for that matter, event that I've read in quite some time, so there's that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 27, 2013

    The inking becomes a major problem at times, as it routinely fails to accomplish its basic purpose -- to lend weight and definition to the pencil lines. The inks are so scratchy and haphazard in some pages that I'd rather Marvel had just skipped that step entirely and released this series with plain penciled art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Mar 28, 2013

    Overall, another solid installment in the Age of Ultron event. It is losing its touch however, due to its lack of Ultron and action. It's still a great read, but I am hoping it becomes more explosive with the next issue. The ending is quite the interesting plot twist, we'll see where that goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Jarrett Kruse Mar 29, 2013

    It is crazy to think that they could handle any more but the heroes have no time but to step up to the plate and make Ultron an offering. They all decide that She-Hulk will be the sacrificial lamb that they will offer up to Pym's mighty and practically unbeatable machine. However when Luke Cage shows up with She-Hulk in a relatively defenseless manner giving the green lady as penance to the digital nightmare, it hits the man with unbreakable skin like a truck; Ultron has created their very own model of Vision! And the green and yellow dynamo is "hungry" for lack of a better word. Whoa! I am loving this series! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 20, 2013

    Although this issue was better than the rest in the series so far, it was sill far from what I hoped for in this series, but I do hope that this is a turning point. I would recommend this issue alone, but as the series hasn't been brilliant overall, I'd still recommend caution, as it could easily slip back into being poor again, and if so it'd be better leaving it and considering getting the hardback when it's out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 28, 2013

    This issue went by FAST!  I mean it took me like a minute or two to breeze through it!  And to be honest, I liked it better than the first two issues.  That's not to say that I loved it, as there were some things I didn't get, but it was, for me, a step in the right direction.  Would I have sent both Luke and Shulkie, my two remaining powerhouses, into the jaws of Ultron?  Probably not.  Do I believe for a second that Vision is the true leader of the Ultron droids?  Nope.  But I am looking forward to the next issue, and am hoping my enjoyment of this series continues to grow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Mar 27, 2013

    Bryan Hitch's pencils are the best thing about the series so far. The details he puts into the fallen New York and the facial expressions of the characters here (Luke Cage, especially) are really something to marvel at. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 29, 2013

    The big selling point of this issue has to be the final page, if you've been waiting for some answers you're going to get mad, but oh boy is it worth it! And no matter how frustrating this series may be, it's leaps and bounds better than previous events. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Mar 29, 2013

    It's obvious Hitch, Neary and Mounts can illustrate a story surrounded by catastrophe. Many of their panels include stunning backdrops of Ultron's massive base hovering over Earth; so much detail and attention has been paid to the artwork, making this story one that you should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 31, 2013

    Act I of 'Age of Ultron' is over. The stage is set. The players are in place. Now we can really get to the good stuff, which is something that I'm actually looking forward to immensely after that last page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 28, 2013

    I still feel like the overall whole of the story will be stronger than its individual parts, but so far this is feeling like a bit of struggle to get to the good parts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Mar 27, 2013

    If this issue doesn’t leaving you having at least a couple questions, congratulations in being far superior in your perceptive knowledge of storytelling that I ever will be. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Mar 27, 2013

    Age of Ultron isn't much in itself, but it sets up a very interesting future for the event. If it gets us out of the resistance movement with all the moping heroes, it will be a step in the right direction. Enough setup. Enough talk. Let's get to the action. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Mar 28, 2013

    As I said, I will reserve final judgment until this series is over. I certainly won't give up on it after three issues. However, I do hope that the pace picks up a bit and we finally learn a bit more about this world. It would be a shame if we didn't, since it is so intriguing. Bendis has an uncanny knack for building character relationships, so I find it a bit odd that he's foregoing the potential goldmine of possibilities here. Perhaps it is his intention to eventually explore deeper into this world and its characters" we'll see. As of now, though, I've gone from being thoroughly interested to almost completely apathetic. Thankfully, we're not even at the halfway point. Plenty of time to make up for it. Please don't disappoint me, Mr. Bendis. You've done right by me so far. It'd be a shame if that ever changed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 27, 2013

    Three issues doesn't seem like a lot by which to judge a comic, but these days, when long-term, decompressed stories are becoming more and more frowned upon by critics and fans alike, and readers want to know not just that what they're reading is important, but why, waiting til over a third of a title's life span has come and gone before even approaching an actual plot is borderline unreadable. Bendis and Hitch have enough good will based on Bendis's keen knack for building relationships and Hitch's epic, widescreen eye for detail that this isn't a lost cause, but Age of Ultron is starting to sink more like a stone than an anchor. It's time to start reeling it in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 30, 2013

    Vision is an odd choice for villain. Bendis destroyed Vision at the very start of his Avengers run and never bothered to bring him back until the very, very end. So Bendis has never really written anything with Vision for the nearly 10 years he worked on various Avengers stories. So what difference does it make that Vision is the villain instead of Ultron? I suppose it might be a big deal for Vision fans, but they've been through so much crap over the past 10 years, can they even feel anything anymore? This was another non-issue for me. The Avengers didn't do much of anything, and it was mostly about Luke Cage just walking towards the big reveal at the end. The scene in Chicago was OK, but only in the fact that Taskmaster is a cool character and I like him being used in such a way. Otherwise it's still just a pointless scene of other superheroes fighting Ultron drones. Ho hum. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 27, 2013

    Age of Ultron #3 in and of itself is an average comic, but if you've read #1 and #2 it is really just more of the same except for the final page. I'm still optimistic for the series as a whole, but issue #3 left a lot to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - David Mar 27, 2013

    I will admit the twist is rather exciting. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but that's because we still haven't gotten a smidgen of detail as to why any of this has happened. For some odd reason I'm still optimistic a good issue will come out of this 10 issue series, but I'm not sure how much longer I can wait. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 30, 2013

    This event is a mess so far. It can and will pick up. Once collected it will probably be a really tight and interesting story. Told in single issue format it appears to be slow and fragments of a comic book. Thankfully there is a little plot movement in this issue. I still can't recommend this comic yet but I am hopeful that will turn soon. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 30, 2013

    "Age of Ultron" #3 feels like it's sealing the fate of this miniseries. There's no sign of the pace approaching something that can grab your attention, and the idea of seven more issues of this can't help but invoke a vague sense of dread. "Age of Ultron" right now feels like a failure; after building a lot of buzz in "Avengers vs. X-Men," this feels like a complete reversal of fortune. Maybe we'll all be proven wrong and later issues will show us otherwise, but for now, Read Full Review

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