by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Age of Ultron
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Bryan Peterson & Carlos Pacheco
Published: May 2013
When I first read Age of Ultron 7 and saw the aftermath of Wolverine traveling back in time and killing Hank Pym, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t realized what a terrible, terrible plan it was. I trusted Wolverine, and then after he and Sue wind up in an alternate future with a bizarro team of Avengers and an all-powerful Tony Stark, I realized how badly I had misplaced that trust.
Or had I?
Killing Henry Pym to prevent him from creating Ultron was never meant to be a good idea. In fact, that’s why everyone shot it down, leaving Wolverine to go rogue and do it himself. It’s not that I underestimated how terrible the plan was, but I had underestimated how desperate Wolverine and the group was. When you consider it that way, it really puts things into perspective. Wolverine didn’t think the plan of defeating Ultron in the future had any chance of succeeding, so he took it upon himself to do the only thing that was left to do. And for what it’s worth, he was absolutely right about the future plan.
If you were to read a good chunk of my Marvel reviews, you would notice a pattern: I don’t like when things are stirred up just for the sake of it. I hate seeing a bunch of weird alternate Marvel heroes that are part of some “wouldn’t it be crazy if” scenario. Fortunately, that’s not happening here. Sure, we have The Defenders, which is this alternative future’s version of The Avengers, but they didn’t just happen for laughs. They’re an integral part of the story, a sign that things have gone terribly wrong. Now that they’re existence is justified in my eyes, I can’t wait to see more of them and learn more about “Uncle Tony.”