Brian Michael Bendis fulfils the storyline he set out in 2009s The Avengers, where readers caught a glimpse of a futuristic Ultron who had taken over Earth, in this years Marvel Event - the Age of Ultron! Age of Ultron #1 opens where most events end - Ultron, it seems, has already won! The Avengers are defeated and in hiding, Cap appears so desolate he is unable to even lift his head. New York City is overshadowed by a sprawling mechanical mass that resembles either a giant robot mothership or a kind of robot thunderdome built atop the remains of what used to be NYC. A wrecked Air Force One lies in pieces on the street as the few remaining humans exploit one another for survival. Inside a derelict building are some goons with guns dealing mutant growth hormone (MGH) pills while in the shadows outside, a purple figure emerges... Somewhere within the building is a defeated and unmasked Spider-Man, somehow so weak and vulnerable he is tied to a chair and unable to escape by himself. Hawkeye to the rescue! Bendis has written an intriguing opening issue with the reader kept guessing as to how things got so desperate. The comic is nicely set-up with Bryan Hitchs large two opening splash pages giving us a destroyed NYC while we also get some good action in Hawkeyes rescue of Spidey. Which isnt to say that its not a quibble-free comic. When Ultrons enforcers show up, the MGH dealers mention paying Ultron off to stop his robotic goons from destroying their base of operations. Which makes me wonder - has Ultron changed so much in this version that he cares about money all of a sudden? Seriously, this guy rules NYC - maybe even the world - and can have whatever he wants, so why does he want money like some stereotypical mob boss?
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