Age of Ultron #4

Event\Storyline: Age of Ultron Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 9
6.1Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

The impossible has happened! The Earth has been taken by Ultron…what few super hero survivors there are try desperately to stay alive. And it is Luke Cage who discovers the secret behind Ultron’s victory over all of mankind. A secret that will have fans of Marvel comics arguing for years to come!

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Apr 3, 2013

    The series has done a great job of building the world and setting us up for a second act that should now take us into some big action and I simply can't wait for next week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Apr 5, 2013

    The art was spot on. Bryan Hitch not only continues with the little details that make the environments engrossing, but creates almost painful images of hate, concern and, in the case of She-Hulk: pain. This makes any heartache reading the book worth it. These last couple issues of Age of Ultron were make or break points on continuing to read the series. The final panel of issue three had me hooked. The whole of issue four has me sold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Apr 3, 2013

    Also Emma pulls through as a total team player with her telepathy and is just awesome in general and it makes me so happy to the point of near tears to see her have her telepathy that the issue could have sucked and I would still be happy with it. Luckily it was all around an excellent issue so I’ve saved everyone from an entire review that’s solely about Emma, and have just saved it for this paragraph at the end that everyone could skip. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Apr 7, 2013

    It may end on yet another cliffhanger moment but this one feels extra cliffhanger-ry: the stray Avengers have all rallied together and the transition into Act 2 of Age of Ultron feels imminent. Whatever your thoughts on the series' pacing up to this point, its constituent parts have remained distinctly impressive. This latest issue is another sure-footed entry, the product of high-grade components. It reads great, looks even better and is confidently adding the finishing touches to its grand set-up; let's hope the pay-off manages to do it proud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Apr 3, 2013

    If you were nonplussed by the slow start to this event, Age of Ultron #4 will put your fears to rest. The heroes are done moping. Now, they're ready to fight back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Apr 4, 2013

    Overall, AGE OF ULTRON continues to be a very intriguing event. This issue does answer some questions, but also provides even more build-up. Sadly the title robot doesn't make an appearance, this must change in the next one. There's a pretty surprising casualty and the ending will get you thinking. The next installment should be hopefully the big one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Apr 4, 2013

    Age of Ultron has assembled a fantastic art team, and their talent continues to show in book three. The heroes carry a worn look, and the city landscapes scream devastation. As of now, Age of Ultron is living up to it's hype. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Apr 6, 2013

    Now that all the remaining Avengers are back together again and they have a plan, it will be very excited to see how this plan plays out. What they've got is a tall order on their plate, but they're the Earth's last hope, so they must succeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava Apr 9, 2013

    I hope they don't screw this up as the series progresses. Having said that, it's been extremely intriguing thus far. The art has been decent and so has been the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Apr 3, 2013

    The series finally looks like it's picking up speed, which is good for a miniseries. Let's hope it doesn't drag on too long and wear out it's welcome. Heroes, I'm looking at you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Apr 11, 2013

    Overall, this issue ofAge of Ultronis another filler issue to get us where we want to go. While there isn't much notable to the issue, it is a necessity to better edify the events we are about to see and Bendis leaves us with a nice little cliffhanger that honestly plays true to the character he was writing it for. The stakes and objectives are all laid out there, we're just waiting for issue #5 to take us there. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 3, 2013

    This is Bryan Hitch's penultimate issue of the series, and at this point there's little left to be said about his artwork. His various landscape shots look great. He crams ample amounts of detail into his ruined cityscapes and other environments. He paints an equally bleak picture of a Savage Land gutted by apocalyptic warfare. The many wide shots lend the book a generally cinematic, event-worthy feel. But his figures never benefit from the same sense of consistency and vitality. Background figures and panels that feature a large assortment of characters are much more loose haphazard. One odd quirk with this issue is that the interior art and cover alike make it obvious that Luke Cage wasn't originally drawn with hair. His hairdo looks scribbled on at the last minute. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 8, 2013

    I'll continue to read it in hopes that things improve, but so far, I'm unimpressed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Apr 5, 2013

    Of course I'm going to keep reading Age of Ultron, it's just this particular issue isn't particularly interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Apr 4, 2013

    One aspect I can praise without question is Bryan Hitch's art. His work contributes significantly to the enjoyment factor of this series, as he lends a movie-like quality to the proceedings. There are few artists able to lend a sense of epic scope to a story like this and Hitch just happens to be one of them. I only wish the story was able to provide him with more to work with. I still enjoy Bendis' work, don't get me wrong. It's just that I know he is capable of more than this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 7, 2013

    We still don't know when this is, but now that the story has finally started moving (and know that we know that Ultron's end-game involves time-travel) I'm a bit more forgiving this time around. The narrative flow is unusual, but Bendis manages to avoid some of his regular pitfalls in dialogue and plotting, even if there are still problems with both. The heroes utter hopelessness is demonstrated rather than just yackety-yacked about, which helps as well. Still, I don't understand quite how the characters were able to coordinate, although with Emma Frost in Cap's group, it'd be easy to explain it with a few lines of dialogue. Age Of Ultron #4 makes a drastic improvement over previous issues by actually doing something, and demonstrating the live-or-die stakes that the heroes face. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 6, 2013

    For some reason, whenever it comes to Big Events, Bendis always comes up with a cool plot, but then fails in the execution. The idea of a rag tag band of heroes joining forces in a world conquered by Ultron sounds cool, but he has done absolutely nothing with the story or the characters beyond that general premise. This is a huge disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Apr 3, 2013

    With the halfway point approaching the next issueAge of Ultron needs to do some serious improving and explaining in order to ensure readers are invested in this tale when the final five installments are released. It is so difficult to judge these stories as you read them issue to issue, but this one has gone downhill with each successive offering, and that does not bode well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 3, 2013

    But Hitch isn't going to be on this book forever, and ultimately Age of Ultron has to be judged not just on how good the story looks, but ultimately also on where these characters go in their quest to save the world. Right now, the Avengers' biggest threat isn't a killer android from the future, but being decompressed within an inch of their lives with little to no characterization to show for it. With stakes raised so abruptly that you can sense the reset button looming, Age of Ultron winds up feeling like an event about nothing. It's the Marvel equivalent of cotton candy " this may look good, but it is far from filling. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    PopMatters - Mick Martin Apr 8, 2013

    Age of Ultron is a shooting gallery. Superheroes die. They die abruptly and horribly or in heroic last stands and the only reason they die is because every single one of us knows that, in the end, they can't die. Hulk and Thor and the rest can't be dead and humanity can't be wiped out. Nothing in this series matters or ever could, because Age of Ultron isn't about anything other than Age of Ultron. All this series seems to offer is Bryan Hitch's wonderful art, and hype. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Apr 6, 2013

    While Bendis certain gets what makes these characters tick, especially under duress, we are itching to see them cut loose on something other than each other. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Apr 4, 2013

    Wow, this was pretty bad! For me, this was a HUGE step back from the last issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 3, 2013

    This series has went back to being disappointing, and to be honest I don't have a lot of hope left for it. This issue started very dramatically but most of it was slow, and dull, and overall disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this issue, and would recommend that you wait to find out if the series is good as a whole and get it in trade if so, as so far it's been very disappointing, and frankly a waste of money. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 3, 2013

    Incredibly mixed artwork and way too many moments that made me scratch my head weighed down this issue. That said, I am glad the story is finally taking huge steps -- I just wish said steps were going in a different direction. Bendis does indeed have plenty of excellent work on his resume, so I have to assume this next chapter will be dedicated to making sense of all of this. Why is Rulk there? How is Ultron communicating from the future? What plan will Marc and Natasha reveal? I really hope these are the topics that take up the core of the next issue and not more landscapes -- they look solid, but we've been given more than our fair share by now. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Apr 3, 2013

    "Age of Ultron" might be a satisfying event for many but issue #4 was incredibly thin and only serves to enable the next act without standing on its own. There is some action, some brutal character deaths, but there is little heart. This is a tentpole action event and not a cognitively visceral ride. Yet even as that, this issue doesn't quite reach the mark. Read Full Review

  • 2.9
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Apr 5, 2013

    Pass this up until you can read it collected and maybe then it won't feel like such a waste of time. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 6, 2013

    Age of Ultron is shaping up to be one of the worst stories I've read in years. I simply can't believe how slow the story is moving and, yet, it still manages to not make sense. Characters are talked about as being dead when they are clearly showing up on panels in previous comics. The examples are too numerous as to why you should not read this comic book. I truly believe this book will redeem itself and read better in collected versions, but as a single issue story it's dreadful. Hitch can't save this by drawing destroyed cities every fifth page. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    AIPT - David Apr 3, 2013

    The final stupid thing is how this book ends. Even though Red Hulk was in Chicago with no knowledge he should go to the Savage Land…he just goes there. No explanation, nothing and it all reads like writer Brian Bendis just needed all the heroes in one place for issue #5. Who cares about explanation or story or plot?! Just get all the chess pieces in one place so he can make the boom-boom! Read Full Review

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