Best Shots Advance Review: AGE OF ULTRON #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, and Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by George Marston
'Rama Rating: 8 out of 10
Marvel's much-hyped and much-speculated-on crossover Age of Ultron is finally here. And, while it starts out small, the end of this first issue hints at the larger picture for Marvel's post-apocalyptic epic. Brian Bendis and Bryan Hitch are one of Marvel's creative dream teams, and Age of Ultron is definitely a format in which the pair can deliver, but what they're delivering in this first issue is, at once, jarring and anticlimactic.
Bryan Hitch's sweeping, staggering shots of a New York devastated and overrun by Ultron are honestly the best part of the issue, not because of a lack of quality anywhere else, but because of the level of sheer craftsmanship, and the scope of the whole thing. Brian Bendis's script is appropriately subdued, and even when there are opportunities for him to go overboard, he lays back, allowing Hitch's pencils to deftly convey more emotion than words can often muster.
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