COMICS: New Cover Art And Interiors From Brian Michael Bendis And Bryan Hitch's AGE OF ULTRON

Following yesterday's official announcement, we now have more artwork from Brian Michael Bendis' (All-New X-Men) Age of Ultron, including two new covers and interior pencils of the battle damaged New York City by artist Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates). Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/20/2012
Running from March to June, Brian Michael Bendis' Age of Ultron will see Bryan Hitch providing art for the first five issues, with Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco handling art duties on the latter five. Yesterday, we learned that Bendis' now-cancelled Moon Knight acts as a prequel of sorts to the 2013 event, and thanks to our friends over at Comic Book Resources, we have the following artwork (most of which is by Hitch) that puts the character in the spotlight.









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Spideyguy94 - 11/20/2012, 8:43 AM
Love Bryan hitches art, ultimates 1&2 are still one of the best comic book stories I've ever read. I like bendis on certain things like ultimate spidey & daredevil his runs on them 2 are fantastic, but when he does bigger books and crossovers like avengers and siege I find his plots boring
ScabbyJ - 11/20/2012, 8:49 AM
I don't really know who Ultron is, so can somebody explain his appeal? Is he like Marvel's "Brainiac" or something?
Funsize - 11/20/2012, 8:50 AM
Wow that is sad that it's fresh to see the heroes fight an actual villain.
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/20/2012, 8:59 AM
[frick] Ultron! I would've done a arc where you build it off little by little. I wish I could write for Marvel I have what I call my 3 acts of terror. It starts of A bounty hunter from the future(new character) hunting down villains until he is killed by Punisher and Wolverine. And they learn that he was sent to kill the Avengers before some big event would begin. While this is going on. Big time marvel villains are forming alliances in secret and are stealing ancient artifacts. Doctor Strange is on the case but he has little clues on to what is going. Act 1 ends with a cloaked being saying the bargain has been made and Dormammu smiling as he looks upon his army and a portal opening into the Realm of Earth. I would write Act 2 and 3 but it would take up to much space.
MisterNiceGuy - 11/20/2012, 8:59 AM
ULTRON!!!!!!!!
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/20/2012, 9:01 AM
@ Scabs. Ultron was a robot created by Hank Pym Thenl he went Skynet on them. He is really one of their most dangerous opponents because of the Terminator scenario he can create as you see in the pics above.
MyInnerDork - 11/20/2012, 9:02 AM
Hitch's art + Ultron = YES PLEASE!
ScabbyJ - 11/20/2012, 9:05 AM
I get it. But if that's the case, put Magneto on the front line. End of storyline. Right?
imnotwearinghockeypants - 11/20/2012, 9:07 AM
Is that second cover a Charest creation?
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/20/2012, 9:08 AM
@Scabs not really that easy remember he goes Skynet. He is A.I so he can hack into computer systems and still remain alive in he net.
sicknimon - 11/20/2012, 9:12 AM
Agreed that Magneto could do a number on the physical imbodiement of Ultron, but I gotta agree with Matches on this one. It's not even the point of going in to AI mode. Magneto can't be everywhere at once in terms of an all out world invasion. Also keep in mind that Ultron has the ablity to create more than just mindless drones to serve him. Ultron created the vision as well as a few other robot characters that have made big impacts on the marvel universe.
jimpinto24 - 11/20/2012, 9:36 AM
Brian Michael Bendis is a great comic book writer. So I'm really looking forward to the 10 part Age of Ultron titles.
HelaGood - 11/20/2012, 9:47 AM
Ultron NEEDS to be on the big screen!!!!!!
RexDartEskimoSpy - 11/20/2012, 9:59 AM
Oh, it's Hitch. No wonder it's taken so damn long. Hopefully this won't be like Secret War, where the status quo of the whole Marvel Universe has changed by the fifth issue.

Want to know more about Ultron? Consult Netflix. They nailed Ultron on Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Temple - 11/20/2012, 11:13 AM
Loving Moon Knights new design. The sleek armor works and stays true to his name.

Hero020200 - 11/20/2012, 11:32 AM
I just simply can't wait!
ScabbyJ - 11/20/2012, 11:47 AM
Okay, I'm starting to understand why you're excited. So am I correct in assuming that to write the demise of such a character must be done in a creative manner other than (destroy the mainframe) or (infect the infection).

So fundamentally it's a challenging yet rewarding villain to write, correct?
GhostZillaRider - 11/20/2012, 1:37 PM
Okay...I'm very much on the fence about this. Ultron is badass, and I love Moon Knight, (one of my favorite superheroes,) but Bendis took the character of Moon Knight and cocked it up severely. Making Moonies' personalities take on the personas of other superheroes? That took so much away from the originality of the character, in my opinion. Then, he wrote Moon Knight having conversations with said personalities. WTF??? That isn't even true multiple personality disorder. That's closer to schizophrenia. (Which is not the same thing, for those of you who aren't familiar with psychological disorders.)

Moon Knight stopped being interesting in his Shadowland story arc when they randomly brought back his dead brother with no explanation at all, and then brutalized Martine, thus bringing out the deranged, overly violent Marc Spector personality. They hardly spent any time with him playing the part of the real hero, (ala Vengeance of Moon Knight,) where he was constantly fighting his violent tendedncies in order to do what was right, whilst not crossing the line between hero and brutal vigilante. That's not to say that he should have stayed that way forever, but they didn't keep him there long enough. What added insult to that particular injury, was that Bendis seemed to COMPLETELY disregard all of those things when he wrote the "Age of Ultron Prelude", miraculously making a man with a multiple personality disorder very two-dimensional. Bleh.

I may pick these up to see if Moon Knight finally gets the treatment that he deserves, but if Bendis continues to anally sodomize one of my favorite heroes, then I'll be writing Marvel and asking for a refund for the few issues that I had the misfortune of purchasing and reading.

I have my fingers crossed for a great story arc....
GhostZillaRider - 11/20/2012, 1:41 PM
On a positive note, Moon Knight looks like a real badass on that cover. So far, we've seen three non-powered heroes going up against Ultron(s) on covers. (Hawkeye, Black Widow and Moon Knight.) I wonder what that says about the direction that they're going to take the series? Perhaps Ultron targets the powered heroes first, thinking that the non-powered set wouldn't present as much of a threat? Kind've like a superhero extermination triage...
GhostZillaRider - 11/20/2012, 1:43 PM
Or is that not Widow on the cover? It looks like her, but a katana isn't exactly her weapon of choice.
marvel72 - 11/20/2012, 3:19 PM
looks great can't f*ckin wait.ultron for the avengers 2.
marvel72 - 11/20/2012, 4:58 PM
@ BigBoss66

i have a feeling that thanos was revealed purely for the guardians of the galaxy movie & the avengers may take him on at a later date.

but you may be right.
xstryker - 11/21/2012, 8:16 AM
Moon Knight sucks.
comicb00kguy - 11/21/2012, 10:33 AM
I'm with others here who want to see Ultron in a movie.

I don't like crossovers as a rule, but I may get in on this, depending on how many books are involved.

@Scabs: Ultron as seen in season one of Avengers:EMH is a good introduction to him. If you'd rather a good comic story, may I recommend "Ultron Unlimited", a 1999 story by Busiek and Perez that appeared in Avengers 19-22 ('97 series), with a 0 issue in it. It can be found in TPB collecting the whole story. There are some on Ebay, or your comic shop may have it, or the original books. The 0 is $4, the others are $2.25 each. Should be able to find them. This is a truly epic storyline, and a hell of a way to see just what Ultron is all about. I think most Avengers fans here will agree with me on that. That whole Busiek/Perez run is greatness if you want some more really great Avengers stories.

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