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Published May 22, 2013

For a series called “Age of Ultron”, there’s a surprising lack of Ultron in this interesting series.

For those unfamiliar with Ultron, he is an android designed by Hank Pym (or Ant-Man), one of the founding members of the Avengers. He’s been good and bad, but in this series, he’s managed to destroy half of the world. Sue Richards (most famously of the Fantastic Four) and Wolverine decided the only way to negate Ultron’s terrible crimes is to go back in time and kill Henry Pym before Ultron is created at all. Very Terminator, except their plan actually works.

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Age of Ultron #7 begins after this takes place, and mostly centres on the effects of their pre-emptive killing.

It’s particularly interesting because it’s set in a Marvel universe where Henry Pym is killed early on. In this universe, there is no Ultron, no Vision, and a whole lot of significant Marvel events are altered or changed entirely. There are events which take place that otherwise wouldn’t have (for example, the Kree-Skrull war takes place on Earth in this alternate universe), and New York is a little different.

The biggest noticeable difference is the superheroes. The Defenders are here, featuring Doctor Strange (who’s always kind of cool), a different incarnation of Wolverine, and some odd ones – Colonel America instead of Captain America, and Captain Marvel is now Janet Van Dyne. There’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, with some

Really, the most pressing question I was left with at the end is whether they will go back in time again in order to stop their past selves killing Hank Pym in a future issue. While enjoyable, this issue is more of a filler and bridging issue than a great place to jump into the series.

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