Age of Ultron #2

Event\Storyline: Age of Ultron Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 8
6.7Critic Rating
6.7User 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 13, 2013

    Again Bryan Hitch's art is stellar. Every image is cinematic. You can see it framed on a movie screen. Every close up and every wide angle just feels like we're watching a film play out in front of our eyes. People can say whatever they want about the pacing, but I'll be damned if anyone will say the art isn't visually stunning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Mar 13, 2013

    Overall, the secondinstallmentof Age of Ultron further establishes the title villain as the mostsinisterthreattheMarveluniverse has ever faced. It's a very grounded issue. I am expecting some robot action next time however, can't keep the main reason why a lot of people are reading it under wraps too long. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Mar 14, 2013

    Age of Ultron is quickly picking up steam. The world's most powerful and influential heroes may be down for the count, but they haven't tagged out of the ring just yet. Within two issues, this series has proven to be worthy of your four bucks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Mar 13, 2013

    But they’re all fighters and there’s always hope. Hope doesn’t show until the last page, but it finally does, and to wait for the next issue to see just what they’re going to do provokes both feelings of exhilaration and anxiety. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 13, 2013

    We tend to like these kinds of stories that start with 'the heroes have lost and lost hard, and this is how they figure out how to win again.' We didn't particularly enjoy it in Dark Reign, which dominated everything and went on for an interminably long time, but in its own self-contained, quickly-released book like Age of Ultron, it's much more palatable and much more interesting. This is the first event book in quite some time that I've actually enjoyed. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Mar 17, 2013

    It's true that Marvel event books often translate a little better when read in collected form, and in that tradition it certainly feels like these first two issues would have benefited from being packaged together in one bumper-sized offering. But then Marvel would have only sold one $4.99 comic rather than two $3.99 comics (thereby proving why I don't work in marketing). Still, I can forgive the fact that this issue barely moves the story along when the story itself is so good. Bendis' tale of woe continues unabated, the feel-bad hit of the season; fingers crossed it keeps it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Apr 3, 2013

    Age of Ultron continues to be strong and I'm very excited about this crossover. Bendis has been planning this for a long time and so far it has been worth the wait. I definitely recommend this series so far and I'm hoping Venom might make a cameo in it eventually. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Mar 16, 2013

    Once again I think this is another solid issue in a crossover event that I am now very excited for. Bendis is doing a great job here at slowly setting the scene, as well as introducing more characters. I read today that he has hinted that something big is happening half way through the series; which I can tell by the buildup already that whatever it is is going to feel massive. Even if you think this is an event that you don't fancy ( like I originally did ), I would still recommend picking up these first two issues and giving it a go. It has even made me tempted to pick up Fantastic Four #5 due to it being a tie in; and it is a book I don't normally get! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Mar 13, 2013

    Age of Ultron #2 isn't as strong as the first issue, and that's mainly because necessary exposition is rarely ever as exciting as the drama and terror that comes from seeing a post-apocalyptic world for the first time. Bendis delivers as much as he can while still bringing readers up to speed on the current standings, piece by piece. In a way, it's a self-defeating notion to sacrifice story development for the sake of explaining the backstory of the current status quo. Fortunately, Bendis pulls it off, more or less, and gets things prepped for the next issue. At ten issues, Age of Ultron is going to need a lot of twists and turns to keep readers interested; I'm confident Bendis is up to the task. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Mar 13, 2013

    Despite its problems, Age of Ultron is worth your time and will likely prove to be among Marvel‘s better attempts at a big cross-over in recent memory. Hitch is working on a masterpiece of dystopian science-fiction that is a feast for your eyes. This story is good but it still has a way to go before it can be considered great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 13, 2013

    This is Marvel attempting The Walking Dead, and while there are enough tropes to support a meandering journey through The Walking Dead's dying world, Age of Ultron will need a little more flash to show why it's different than any other major Marvel event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 13, 2013

    We may be on event-overload but I'm getting more and more excited for this one. We still don't have all the answer as to how it all started but we are getting some more details. Seeing other characters like Black Widow and Moon Knight was great. We are getting more set up. It's looking like next issue will definitely contain more action. Bryan Hitch's are great as he captures the mood of this world and seeing his character designs here makes the story more compelling. I almost feel like a kid getting this excited over a comic book event. I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Mar 18, 2013

    Ray gun shenanigans puts our clawed hero in quite the predicament as a child's life hangs in the balance. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 13, 2013

    As nice as it is to see Bryan Hitch working in the Marvel Universe again, his work isn't as consistent as I would like. The landscapes and environments tend to be more impressive than the actual figures. Hitch creates a powerful sense of mood as he renders cities where buildings have crumbled and corpse-ridden vehicles litter the streets. But the figures suffer from many of the same problems Hitch's work so often displays lately. Characters seem to have chronically dislocated shoulders with the unnatural way their arms bend. Facial work is riddled with stray, haphazard lines. The latter quality is something that the inking should be able to fix, but instead Paul Neary's inks only highlight the unnecessary lines. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Mar 13, 2013

    Artist Bryan Hitch continues to display a cinematic quality to his work, which is perfect for a story like this. His ultra-detailed style and sprawling panels perfectly capture the grand scope of this story. So far, while everything sort of has a “been there, done that” feel to it, it's still an engaging tale, nonetheless. What's good about this event series, though, is that it's ten issues long and Bendis has plenty of time to let the story unfold. As this is only the second issue, I wouldn't expect much to be explained or even come close to being resolved, so we should probably remember to give him some leeway. It'll be interesting to see exactly how things are set right again, as this is obviously not going to be the new norm for the Marvel U. So far, color me intrigued. 7.5/10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 14, 2013

    Again, I think the overall story will be much stronger than it's individual parts, but for an event that's been built up for so long, I can't help but feel disappointed so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 15, 2013

    Bendis and Hitch continue to deliver the most exciting event comic in recently memory, and so far it doesn't feel like an event at all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 17, 2013

    So far, things are definitely on a slow burn, but the next issue should at least start to take us from Act I into Act II so that we get to the meat of this story. That's what I hope for anyway. It helps that issue two expanded our scope a little bit and that a call to arms is coming after the last page of this issue, but I'd really like to get an idea of the bigger picture sooner rather than later. You've still got me, Bendis. Let's see if you can keep me with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Mar 14, 2013

    I know it's generally accepted in comic book fandom that events are bad, and it's the done thing to decry them at every available opportunity, but I'm really not trying to do that here. I really want to like this book. I love the concept, I love the characters, and Bendis is one of my favourite writers, but something about but this book just isn't coming together for me yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 16, 2013

    Unless you're a huge Moon Knight fan and like seeing him as a badass, there's not a whole lot to get excited about in this issue or this series as a whole so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Mar 14, 2013

    Overall, though it was a pretty good book, I would like to see more direction, so far it is all hanging by a thread. The end did fill me with promise that the next issue is really going to go somewhere though, so I will hold on to that hope. Though this issue did feel like a bit of a letdown after last issue, I have a strong feeling that we may be in for some awesomeness to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Mar 14, 2013

    For a ten-part story, I feel this issue could've packed in more than it did.Considering his behavior and the fact that his apartment looked the way it did makes me question whether or not Ock is currently residing in Spidey's brain. Evidence of the series delay perhaps? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Mar 14, 2013

    It's frustrating to read a series that has all the makings of a hit and see it fall flat. I've already spent $8 dollars in two weeks and I would be very surprised if I could convince myself to spend another $4 this month to continue the series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Mar 14, 2013

    Wherever Age of Ultron is going, I hope it gets there soon. Right now, it's a little absurd and inconvenient to be wasting $8 a month for Captain America to sit down, and then get up for almost no reason. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 7, 2013

    This is a very disappointing series so far, and I desperately want it to get better, and become the series I hoped it would be. To be honest I wouldn't recommend this issue to anyone, unless like me you've been very excited about this series, but even then I'd still recommend you to wait for the trade, as if it's not better it should be cheaper. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 17, 2013

    I love Brian Michael Bendis. When the guy is on, he's on fire. Powers is one of the greatest series I've ever read. His work on Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil is beyond compare. I'll never forget the first time I read Goldfish. But for some reason, whenever it's time to do stuff with a huge cast in the main Marvel Universe, he just doesn't connect. Age of Ultron was promised a long time ago, so I wonder if this just feels so disconnected because it was supposed to be part of something that was seeded in his Avengers books. But as it stands, two issues in, I feel like I've stumbled into the third act of something, and the creative team has no interest in meeting me even halfway. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Mar 15, 2013

    What really harms the issue, though, is the wider story behind it -- or rather, a lack of one. Two issues in, the story doesn't seem to have forward momentum, or even a coherent narrative. It's a prologue. The cliffhanger to the first issue, which posited that things were so dire they had left even Captain America broken, simply isn't even a concern for the readers or characters. Bendis' event plotting has always been weaker than his character work, but here it borders on non-existent. Maybe things will change with issue #3, maybe not -- but at this point, it feels like time to wait for the collection and hope it reads a bit better like that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - David Mar 13, 2013

    I noticed many folks on the comic message boards were annoyed with how many pages were wasted on showing rubble. This issue isn't as bad of a culprit, but it's still taking up real estate that could be used to tell an actual story. Character development is nonexistent as we read about heroes whining and complaining. I don't know if I've ever said, "get to the point" more in my life. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 16, 2013

    Age of Ultron is billed as an epic. It reads like an epic with big scenes and powerful dialogue to punctuate the end of scenes. However, the story feels overrun with hollow characters and ill-timed mysteries where opportunities present itself to inform the reader of something useful. When you write for the collection the single issue suffers and this is a prime example of that. Read Full Review

  • 3.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 15, 2013

    Shouldn't an event like “Age of Ultron” dream bigger than this? Again, maybe it will sometime during its 10 issue span, but that doesn't make up for a 2 issue false start. We want event comics to be good. This cynicism that the comic fan collective seems to have when events roll around is not born out of thin air. But we buy them, because we want to like them. But when the far better stories are being written in regular ongoings like “Hawkeye”, “Daredevil”, “FF”, “Thor”, you name it – then what makes the event special? Are they special because they are designed to gouge you and overstay their welcome? That's obviously not the intention, but “Age of Ultron” #2 feels like it's doing just that. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 13, 2013

    Age Of Ultron #2 gave me issues with plotting, with dialogue, with pacing and with art, and feels not only similar to the recent giant uber-crossovers, but to one of the most iconic story arcs in comic book history, leaving a taste like flat orange soda in my metaphorical mouth. There are some interesting threads here, but 20 percent of the way through the crossover, I'm just not feeling it" Read Full Review

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