AGE OF ULTRON #6
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco
Release Date: April 17, 2013
Reality as Marvel readers know it is in full flux in issue #6 of Age of Ultron, a comic that ends with huge implications for the series and (perhaps) for the Marvel Universe. Brian Michael Bendis tells a tale of two teams, one headed to the future and one headed to the past, both hoping to end this Age of Ultron. The pacing of this comic is the best yet, bouncing between the teams with great timing. Both storylines are well crafted, and the race against each other creates a massive amount of tension in the comic. This is a page turner until the end, and Bendis shows at the end of this issue that nothing is off limits in this series. 6 issues into this series, Bendis’ dialogue and scripting is as good as ever, and his pages with Sue Storm are powerful and drive home the emotional turmoil these characters have gone through.
This issue is the first without Bryan Hitch, but Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco provide a seamless transition and do a great job modifying their personal styles to reduce any jarring art change. Pacheco pencils the “past” team, providing a great level of emotional depth with his art. Wolverine is an animal, fierce and determined, with a killer instinct that is brilliantly conveyed through his eyes. Brandon Peterson does an excellent job penciling the future world, a sprawling metropolis of technology crafted by Ultron and he nails the widescreen effect that Hitch utilized so often early in this series. The Peterson/Pacheco team is very strong in this issue, providing a great transition from Bryan Hitch with no drop in quality. I look forward to seeing what they have in store going forward.
Age of Ultron #6 turns the pace up a huge notch and adds a fantastic element of tension to this series. The implications of the final few pages will be very interesting to see and I look forward to more AoU.