Age of Ultron #9

Event\Storyline: Age of Ultron Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Carlos Pacheco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 5, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 10
5.7Critic Rating
5.7User Rating

To save the planet Earth – and maybe the entire galaxy! – the heroes of the Marvel Universe made the most controversial decision of their lives. The results have brought disaster the likes of which they have never seen before. And now, with one final chance…can they make it right?

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Jun 9, 2013

    Seen in isolation, this is actually a pretty good issue. The time travel shenanigans and their repercussions are well explained and there's a rewarding amount of sentiment to be found in some of the book's key moments. But in reality it operates as a part of a deeply-troubled whole, and it'll take the following issue before we truly know if all the time-tripping trouble has been worth the effort. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 7, 2013

    Here's hoping - but I'm finding it difficult to see. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 5, 2013

    Age of Ultron has become a cleverly disguised re-launch of Hank Pym via Brian Michael Bendis. While I have no problem with that, it's disappointing that the powerful story started early on will never be fully fleshed out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 8, 2013

    I expected more from Marvels first big event post NOW! but this hasnt delivered like I hoped. Theres still one more issue to go, so crossing my figures it is more like the middle chapters which exuded excitement as opposed to this issue and the first half of the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 5, 2013

    As for Pacheco, his work is a little flat and lifeless compared to previous chapters. The muted color palette of the past-era scenes, while a clever way of calling back to marvel's Bronze Age past, doesn't do enough to bring life and depth to the pencils. Pacheco's storytelling also comes up short in certain scenes. One page shows a panel of Wolverine sneaking up behind Invisible Woman, followed by another where she's lying on the ground unconscious and he's off on his merry way. This entirely physical exchange falters because it lacks sequential flow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jun 6, 2013

    With this series finally getting somewhere, maybe we can expect a spectacular finale. This has been one of the more frustrating crossover events, so it needs to really go out with a bang to make up for it. Heres hoping for an awesome issue 10. We deserve it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Jun 5, 2013

    This issue is exposition-heavy more than anything. The good thing about it is that it brings the series back on track to stopping Ultron. Just in time too, as the next issue's the last. I don't think it's worth the four dollar pricetag though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 8, 2013

    I actually kind of liked this issue. As much as I've disliked Age of Ultron as a whole, this individual issue was good, or at least it was good enough. Gone are the pointless alternate realities and the unnecessary action sequences. It's just two Wolverines debating the merits of time travel murder, while Hank Pym sits by trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 7, 2013

    The one redeemable part of this story was Wolverine's death by his past self. That was something that didn't really click with me till they actually said it had to be done in order to avoid a paradox. Aside from this, we can only hope that the last issue delivers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 6, 2013

    As penultimate issues go, "Age of Ultron" #9 is not a very tense issue. The Wolverines, Sue Storm and Pym noodle over how to make things right and it seems like their solution might be on target, especially given the narrow margin for error or expansive story weaving. That said, this issue doesn't seem to have much going on, save for multiple Wolverines, which makes for some fun moments, mind-bending time travel scenarios and wonderful artistic opportunities for Pacheco and Peterson. It's pretty obvious what's going to happen, I'm just wondering how close to the obvious it will really play out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 6, 2013

    This issue wasn't bad, but it was yet again far from brilliant, which was a real shame, as there were parts that were brilliant, but unfortunately they were ruined by terribly parts. There were interesting things in this issue, as well as some imactful things, but the pacing was still very slow, and overall the issue was a disappointment. I would only recommend this issue to anyone who's been getting the series so far, as otherwise it's a waste of money, as the series as a whole has been one big disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jun 7, 2013

    Age of Ultron started off so strong, but it's slowly been getting weaker and weaker as the story drags on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 5, 2013

    I'm not sure I've ever felt this surprised issue by issue from an event series. That's a good thing in some sense as I have literally no idea how this will end. That said, I still don't know when or why this story is taking place which makes it incredibly hard to care. I know it's setting up another event, but it's doing a poor job keeping the reader in the loop. It doesn't particularly help when an issue like #9 comes when you're getting a bunch of exposition and not a lot else. It's also no the most surprising turn of events and once Wolverine decides to go back in time you'll be able to predict what happens by issues end. That said, I have no idea how this series plans on ending. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jun 5, 2013

    Peterson again proves that he’s a capable penciller for this series, but he doesn’t seem to understand how Bendis is playing the characters either. Artists can really elaborate on the storytelling in an emotional way. The presentation of characters and their settings are just as important as what they are saying. However, when there is a disconnect, as I believe there is in this issue, what could be a solid story is further muddled. I am looking forward to the conclusion of this event, if only so we can move on to whatever is next. I’d like to talk more about the concept of the fallout from this event and how it stands up against other event fallouts, but I’ll save that for the conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Ben Silverio Jun 8, 2013

    There is a chance that my mind could be changed and Bendis pulls out something completely awesome and surprising when the next issue rolls out, but as of right now, I'm not totally on board with 'Age of Ultron' anymore. I'm more so looking forward to 'Infinity' more than anything right now because I really feel like that will be the most important Marvel crossover of the year and maybe even of the last few years. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 9, 2013

    By the penultimate issue of the series, with #10A.I. and #10U.C. notwithstanding, it strikes us that the series offers virtually nothing in the way of a hook anymore. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Spectrum - Hank Johnson Jun 11, 2013

    Marvel editor Tom Brevoort insists that Age of Ultron is happening now in the Marvel Universe. If so then why have no other books touched the topic (save for those cleverly marked and marketed as AU issues)? It seems like a complete waste of time and more importantly money. For $3.99, I wish I had passed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 5, 2013

    Age of Ultron #9 has come close to derailing this series completely for me and while I will return for #10 just to see how this has wrapped up, it will not be the first thing I read on that Wednesday by any means. The second last issue is not the one where you want the winds to leave the sails, but that is the case here. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 5, 2013

    That all said, we're one issue away from the end of Age of Ultron, and its glaring plot holes have proven to be a far greater threat to the integrity of the Marvel Universe than any killer android. It's clear there is some method to the madness - Bendis's warnings about the abuse of time travel is an intriguing thread that has popped up in a lot of Marvel books lately - but the actual execution of these ideas feels misguided. Maybe it's for the best that soon Marvel will be pulling the plug on this wayward event. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 7, 2013

    I'm not sure who this is aimed at. I can't see this having any sort of memorable piece coming out of the final issue. The nine issues have been plotted out poorly and the mistakes with time travel are glaring. Does anyone remember Nick Fury? How many issues has it been since that thread has been explored? Proceed with caution. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 10, 2013

    Along with a puzzling decision by Wolverine at the end, this issue left a very bad taste in my mouth, and reminds me that Marvel's current publishing strategy is one of volume. We're certain to see miniseries exploring and expanding the alternate futures seen in this issue and previous ones, which will give the depth and background to make the carnage seen at the beginning of this book meaningful. Unfortunately, there's none of that here, which makes even the shocking death of Iron Man seem like a meaningless fillip, while the conversation that sidetracks the second half of the issue feels like unproductive filler. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Jun 8, 2013

    Overall, at this point Age of Ultron is beyond repair. What should have been a really good issue is washed away with dialogue talking about what Pym should do about the Ultron situation. Supposedly the next one will be an ‘epic conclusion.' It's going to have to put a strong emphasis on ‘epic' if it's going to save the event. Read Full Review

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