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Avengers: Rage of Ultron


By Rick Remender (Author) and Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz (Illustrators)

Marvel Comics (Publisher)

We all wonder and worry about the legacy we will create and leave for our children. We hope and we try to do our best, but we are only human, and it is that sense of fallibility that is at the core of this book. Rick Remender, current writer of Uncanny Avengers, published monthly by Marvel, and a slew of brilliant and complex creator owned projects, is the architect of this summer blockbuster with a brain. He is joined by Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz, two of the finest artists currently putting their pencils to paper, who seamlessly trade off pages expertly, to the point where I’m not sure who did which. Each one of those aforementioned pages is either a heart-stopping action beat, a wonderfully crafted character moment, or a breath-taking single image. The story is simple, and intentionally meant to be reminiscent of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the current blockbuster juggernaut. Ultron, an artificial intelligence bent on destruction, battles the current lineup of Avengers. What makes this original graphic novel sing, however, are its complex themes, as well as characters like Hank Pym, who is the progenitor of Ultron in the comics and is constantly faced with his failure, where he let his anger and depression corrupt his surrogate son. What could be more relatable than that? If you enjoyed Avengers: Age of Ultron in the theater, or if you just want a hearty superhero tale full of raw emotion and slam-bang action, this will leave you satisfied.

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