Robb Ghag reviews Age of Ultron #6 (spoilers ahead)…
“The heroes take the fight to Ultron. With a near-broken Captain America taking the lead! Meanwhile, Wolverine takes it upon himself to make one of the most controversial decisions in the history of Marvel comics… and you’ll never believe who goes along with him! ”
I guess there really were complaints about Bryan Hitch’s artwork from the last issue as he’s been replaced by both Brandon Peterson (who draws the present timeline of Age of Ultron) and Carlos Pacheco (who draws the past, prior to the Age of Ultron).
Wolverine has successfully arrived in the Savage Land years prior to the invention of Ultron. He’s greeted by a surprise stowaway in Sue Richards, who was supposed to accompany Nick Fury’s team in the future. Yet another benefit of being invisible! Wolverine and Sue discuss the moral dilemmas of killing Henry Pym for something he is “going to do”, but Wolverine states it very simply “you ask yourself this: Would you kill someone to save your kids?” One man’s life, for a billion. After that, it is a very easy decision for her.
In the future Nick Fury’s group arrives, and they quickly realize that Susan Richards has abandoned them. The group moves forward with their plan to confront Ultron head on, and eventually destroy him, in order to save their present.
Back in the past, Sue and Wolverine travel to Henry Pym’s lab, and given his original Giant Man costume, it’s clear they have arrived just prior to his invention of Ultron. He examines the Dragon Man on his table, and it opens his mind in thinking of the ultimate Artificial Intelligence. His monologue examines his thought process in creating Ultron, and around the point where he has his “epiphany”, Wolverine enters. He begins to explain to Dr. Pym about the future he comes from where his invention has essentially destroyed all living beings from the face of the Earth. The argument falls on deaf ears as he turns into Giant Man and the two begin to battle.
Back in the future, Nick Fury’s group approach what should be New York City, but instead looks like a futuristic technological world. As Ultron’s army of robotic heads attack the heroes, several of them begin to fall, including Storm and Captain America.
Back in the past, Wolverine cuts and slashes at Giant Man causing him to shrink down to regular size. As Wolverine raises his claws for the final blow, Sue Richards uses her powers to stop Wolverine, still dealing with this difficult decision. Henry Pym appeals to Susan Richards, telling her he would never be responsible for the death of billions of people. She eventually releases Wolverine and he does what he does best.
The story ends with Dr. Pym dead on the floor, and the two head home to see if their actions have indeed ended the Age of Ultron.
Robb Ghag works for an Arts & Entertainment Brokerage in Toronto Canada. An Animation and Film school graduate, he specializes in Risk Management of Animation and VFX studios throughout North America.