Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Age Of Ultron #10AI
Waid, Araujo & D'Armata
When I first read through this comic book my initial thought was that this is the kind of comic book Marvel used to hand out for free. They would put together this fairly wordy, but with pictures, an entire life story for a character and then in the back you would find the catalogue of relevant back trades to read to get the complete story. It typically set up the next launch for the character. However, this book may only appear to be the history of Hank Pym told in a single comic but what it really is doing is transforming the character by forcing him to decide between the lab coat, super-hero costume or neither. It's a terrific comic book.
After the events of Age of Ultron, Pym has knowledge of the alternate reality that wasn't. What the world would have been like if he hadn't lived or what the world would have looked like if he'd lived but didn't take steps to stop Ultron. He's upset about the whole thing, naturally.
While sulking, Pym recounts his childhood. It's filled with poverty and love that eventually leads to loss. The kind of loss that drives a person throughout their life. Pym then comes to the realization that his best work wasn't in the lab but while saving people. Thankfully we are spared why he kept switching costumes throughout his career but just about all of the variations make their way in the book. It's nice to see Marvel not try to ret-con the rich history, no matter how awkward it is.
Waid tells a good story. He really builds and punctuates the drama with the opening sequence. While the book does read a lot like a wiki page that information dumps the character's history, Waid pulls everything together in the end when it comes down to decision time for the lead character.
The artwork is good. There is a timeless feel to the pages, which helps with all flashbacks and glimpses throughout time. The book looks bright and polished, which I think fits the character well. Because the book is so information heavy the artwork seems to be more of still-life than life-like which is okay.
Age of Ultron was a mess. However, if the fallout results in a re-invention of Hank Pym and a revitalization of the character then it almost makes it all worth it. This is a step in the right direction towards making Pym a dynamic and important character in Marvel Universe. This is worth picking up, especially if you are looking for good baseline for Pym and an entertaining transformation story.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles