Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Age Of Ultron #10
Mercifully, the ten issue event concludes. Much like many Marvel events the final issue leaves a lot of questions and provides a scattering of scenes that act as the set-up for the next event and/or new status quo. Basically, Marvel wanted to infuse some characters into their various universes and they felt they needed an explanation. That's the driver for this series. Sadly, the series is poorly planned and skirts details that, with ten issues, you would think they would have time to get around to explaining. This isn't the worst issue of the bunch but it definitely is another brick in a crooked, broken, mismatched wall.
The over-sized finale basically explains how Pym managed to defeat Ultron. Pym was sent a message at the precise time when he needed to activate his deadly code to take down Ultron. Of course, the plot hook that is glossed over is how he managed to create the code but still consciously "forgot" that he did so. This is an example (one of many) where key plot details are simply ignored or glossed over.
Another maneuver is done so on the recap page where Bendis waves away why one of the Wolverines was killed over the other. No matter how you look at it there was no way to fully explain why one was killed over the other in either case. So Bendis simply makes light of the whole argument by saying that one of them had to die. It's cheap and annoying.
The comic races to a conclusion in an interesting way actually. We learn how Ultron was re-born and there is a good battle scene that plays up the entire scenario nicely. This part of the book delivers as an event should.
The book struggles with the dialogue. Villains reveal plot elements without even being prompted, heroes interact with Pym as if they all already know Ultron is about to destroy the planet. Reading the book you get distracted enough that you simply forget that some of the plots introduced in earlier issues are never revisited, such as the future that Fury and company head towards.
There is an army and I mean an army of artists. The book manages to gel together which is amazing when you consider there are some dozen hands touching the artwork. The details in the faces are generally glossed over but the cast is also fairly small so when you see a blond man you can assume its Pym. Overall the splash pages help make the book feel epic, which is a good thing.
The final issue did not need to be bagged. There is nothing in here surprising or even noteworthy. The book is a simple enough comic book with an interesting explanation and some nice action. The comic book isn't worth the hype and will probably have limited appeal. You might find something in here to like if you are willing to forget plot points and you don't like everything to make sense in the end.
2 out of 5 Geek Goggles