Age of Ultron #8

Event\Storyline: Age of Ultron Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Brandon Peterson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 8
6.5Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

With the Marvel Universe turned inside out, who will take responsibility for breaking the world? And is there any way to put it back? Wait until you see who is in charge of the new world order and how they got there…! A reality-spanning choice is made this issue that will affect the Marvel Universe for years and years to come.

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 17, 2013

    Even though the story's kind of all over the place, I have to admit that it's still compelling enough to keep me coming back for the rest of the series, just to see how they untangle this mess. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 15, 2013

    In the end, Age of Ultron #8 was another solid entry in an event that has really been growing on me. This is more than heroes fighting machines, and I like the angle Bendis has approached with these past couple issues. Count me in for #9. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio May 19, 2013

    But aside from the massive ramifications of the events taking place in 'Age of Ultron' that are running around in my head, this story has become immensely more fascinating to me, especially since they've introduced the idea of magic vs. technology in this issue and how much weaker the science camp is without Hank Pym. I love it when these stories take me beyond what's on the page and really make me think about what is and what is about to happen. Bendis has always done a good job of doing that for me and I'm anxiously awaiting the next thing he has to throw at me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 15, 2013

    On the surface, Age of Ultron feels like Brian Michael Bendis just going through the time travel motions and jacking up the action level to compensate for the level of timey whimey talk. But under the initial layer of fun time-space disruption, there's a message about the cost of rewriting history when the going gets rough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 16, 2013

    I wanted a roller coaster ride and we're finally at that point where we're getting it. I'm now looking forward to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 15, 2013

    What we have here is a new timeline with the same old problems only in this one Wolverine can take the blame for thoroughly creating new mental problems for the heroes. There's really no telling where this event is going at this point, because so much has changed since issue #1 I don't even know how Ultron is involved in the slightest. That said, it's a fun elseworlds type of tale and it's interesting to see the subtle changes and not so subtle changes throughout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 May 16, 2013

    Hey, this issue was leaps and bounds better than the last two!  That's not saying I'm actually enjoying this storyline, I'm not.  That ship has already sailed.  But I did like the fact that Iron Man pointed out so many other options to Wolverine's plan to simply kill Pym.  Why not go to a Reed Richards, or a Prof. Xavier, or someone along those lines to deal with Pym?  I know, sense in a Bendis comic?  Madness.  The reveal of Morgan Le Fey as the chief villain with Pym gone was way more Bendis-like, because it made no sense...  Then again, Bendis did use Le Fey in one of his storylines, and we know how he hates Avengers stories that he didn't write, so I guess Le Fey's inclusion actually makes perfect sense...  Bottom line, this issue was better, but everything is still in a holding pattern, and I have no clue how Bendis fixes his mess. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 15, 2013

    Age of Ultron started strong, but Bendis' need to go right off the reservation has cost it dearly. What started as dark and exciting has now become convoluted and tedious. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 20, 2013

    Stark insists that Pym could have found an alternative solution, which is quite the contrast to what he suggested before Wolverine messed up space and time. So far, this series has been getting mixed reviews. No matter what side of the fence you stand on, it's hard to look away from all action in Age of Ultron. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson May 20, 2013

    A place-holding diversion it may be but AoU #8 at least manages to spin an entertaining yarn; likable as opposed to lovable, still relying heavily on the singular delights of the What If? Formula. The art's improved and the plot continues to thicken, but really"can't we just skip to the end already? Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze May 20, 2013

    Not to say that this issue was bad, but when standing next to every issue leading up to now, it has completely derailed from the main story progression. At this point now we are wondering where is the real threat, where is Ultron? Yes, killing Pym changed this, but the future just seems so very different from what should have been the fallout from the fight Cap and his team had in Ultron's future. Now we have a fight unraveled between Tony and Morgana, technology versus magic. In a way, it seems the story is leaning towards a similar story that took place in Justice League Dark when the team found themselves trapped in a magic world at war with those who use technology. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 15, 2013

    The artwork is equally haphazard in this issue. Brandon Peterson handles the entire comic, having temporarily transitioned from Ultron's digitized future to this dystopian present. The story is the same as it has been. Some of Peterson's pages look spectacular, especially with the big action sequence as le Fay's armies attack and Stark's Helicarriers begin crashing out of the sky. But Peterson's facial work is too often stiff and jagged. Not that a harsh look is ill-suited to this new landscape, but the emotion of the script is too frequently lost in a mishmash of lines and shadows. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 6, 2013

    This issue is once again very slow, and dull, and the series continues to be disappointing. Although there were some interesting, and clever things added by Bendis in this issue, I just couldn't get over the fact that this story has been developing at way too slow a rate, with the odd exciting moments being overshadowed by disappointment. I would only recommend this issue to anyone who's already getting the series, as you might as well for three more issues (four if you count Age of Ultron #10AI), but anyone considering getting this at a later date, or getting the trade when it's released, I'd recommend against it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez May 18, 2013

    Overall, the eighth Age of Ultron installment isn't exactly the worst issue, that'd be the previous one. It's just disappointing because the Ultron conflict is pushed to the side in favor of this alternate timeline thing. Sadly with just two issues left, it's pretty much too late to start delivering the reason why this story exists in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 18, 2013

    I was ready to declare this several issues ago, but Age of Ultron is a total failure. And I have no idea how Bendis is going to take everything we've seen so far and somehow use it to introduce Angela into the Marvel Universe. It boggles the mind. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - George Marston May 15, 2013

    As it stands, Age of Ultron is less a story and more a morass of good ideas bogged down by an almost utter lack of pacing, plotting, or time management. While Age of Ultron #8 is something of a bright spot of the series so far, it only serves to remind readers how good Brian Bendis can be when he's excited about an idea, and how misguided his writing can be when it feels more like an obligation than a story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 19, 2013

    The pacing of this series has been utterly jacked since issue #1, with the first three issues containing a lot of meandering and mystery-building, leading to a pretty phenomenal couple of issues leading into this weird dystopian Avengers Of Future-Past world. There are some nice moments here, especially for Susan Storm, but overall the issue is filled with posturing and talky-talky the leads directly into a massive ultra-battle whose scope is hampered somewhat by a lack of consequences. Still, it's a good looking issue, with Brandon Peterson giving us some interesting alternate takes on characters we know and love, and even with weird pacing, there's some nice science-fiction stuff going on in the issue. Age Of Ultron #8 continues the inconsistency that has made this series such a difficult read, but delivers above-average work in a solid chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 15, 2013

    AGE OF ULTRON is a book you can't look away from. There's been a lot going on and we can't help but wonder how it's all going to end to resolve it all. Bendis is giving us a chance to see the characters re-imagined and placed in crazy situations. Brandon Peterson's art manages to capture the different feel of these versions as well as cram the craziness that takes place towards the end. This is definitely a series that will have to be revisited once it's complete. I have no idea how this will all end. It does feel as if we're getting a lot of different things thrown at us. That can be a good thing. This series isn't exactly following the normal formula. Despite any reservations, I am still completely on board to see what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams May 17, 2013

    Overall, it's a fairly good read; I am just wondering how this will all come back around to Ultron eventually? I can't imagine that even though he has been dealt with for now, that the character who the event is named after would just bow out like that so we could get on to telling a hole different story. For now I am getting a bit disappointed, but if Bendis can bring it back around and connect the dots than this could still be one mind blowing event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 16, 2013

    This event is going to read very differently when collected or when read in one sitting. As individual issues goes it's about as bad as they come across the whole series. This individual is good because it provides an argument that is sound from both points-of-view where both see the opposite side as "what if". The comic had the potential to be excellent but was halted by the battle at the end. This was an average to good read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker May 17, 2013

    Its nice to explore a new world and see how these characters have been altered, but is it worth it when the entire central theme and plot has been forgotten and lost? Perhaps the last two issues will make all of this moot, but for now, its hard to see how Bendis is going to wrap this up. If anything, the next few weeks should be an interesting time for the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava May 21, 2013

    Rounding up, the art was decent. Better than the last issue. I liked the disfigured Iron Man depiction, in particular. The story felt like a filler, I hope this issue has some lasting consequences in the series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero May 17, 2013

    Although Age of Ultron #8 may not be the best chapter of the core series, I still have faith that Bendis will turn this story around with book nine. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 19, 2013

    Now this is just getting silly. Or as Tony Stark puts it, "a Fantasia of insanity". Set entirely in the altered future brought about by AU Wolverine and Susan Reed killing Hank Pym in the past, where we also spent last issue, Bendis has begun to repeat many of the earlier sins in the series. He has merely transplanted them to a new setting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike May 15, 2013

    This event has sort of just gone off the rails. Hopefully it gets back on track in the next issue in which, presumably, Future Wolverine stops Present Wolverine from doing the next stupid thing he plans on doing. Or something. Because so far, this whole event could be summed up by a phrase Robo-Tony mentioned in the first few pages – A “Fantasia of instanity”. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 20, 2013

    As events go, "Age of Ultron" feels like more of a misfire than anything in recent memory. Some of the tie-ins have been good, but the core series has had pacing trouble and utterly failed to sell its premise right from the start. Considering what the series is named, the plot has veered so far off course that you might reasonably wonder why the series is called "Age of Ultron" at all. Admittedly, there's still time for the concluding issues to pay off this plot with a dramatic and impactful twist, but as stories go, it just hasn't got a hook. Read Full Review

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