Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3 Comic Book Recap/Review

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3 Recap/Review: Unity


Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3 Comic Book Recap

The zombies are hungry, a trait Ultron knows is quite common to his new allies.  The android says that if their alliance is to work, the undead will have to accept that Ultron has planned for what is to come, and he knows exactly what he is doing.

Hank Pym, on the other hand, has no idea what he is doing.  Everything is new and confusing to the man, who doesn’t even understand the idea of electronics.  He has no idea how to save salvation.  But Ultron, well, he’s probably full of ideas.  Back in Perfection, Magneto demands to know when they get to attack the humans, and Ultron says that even united, they’d work as little more than an angry mob.  He says that for them to succeed, they must become something entirely new, and the android asks that Sabretooth step forward…

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In Salvation, Hank goes outside to get some air.  He thinks of all the wonderful things that the Vision, Jim Hammond, and Simon Williams have accomplished here.  He watches Simon Williams fly around and be happy with a woman named Iron Cross.  Elsewhere, the Vision enjoys a walk through a massive garden.  He is accompanied by an elderly woman named Agatha, who he declares his love for.  At their home, Jim Hammond and Ryoko enjoy some time together, and the woman says that Jim will make an amazing father.  Hammond is worried about how their child will be partially synthetic, but Ryoko is certain things will work out.  She remembers the first time they met, and how the Human Torch saved her life.  Ryoko knows that danger is all around them, but she still has never been happier.  They declare their love for one another.

Hank thinks that if these three men found a life for themselves here, than maybe their is hope for him as well.  Out in the Wasteland, Janet struggles against the zombies.  She thinks on how she first met Hank Pym in the town of Timely.  Back then, Janet was merely a working girl at a local brothel, but quickly fell in love with Pym and strove to be a better woman.  However, their relationship was far from perfect, and soon, Hank’s obsession with building a clockwork man drove her away.

As a result, she joined a gang to rebel against old man Roxxon, the Baron of the Valley of  Doom.  These men taught her to fight and gave her special pistols referred to as Stingers, but they were no match for Doom’s Thors, and Janet found herself sentenced to the Wall. But now she has a chance to find her lost love, and this time, free of that clockwork man, nothing will stop them being together.

Ultron announces that he has been experimenting on the corpses of the zombies for some time.  The idea of combining the inorganic and the undead has long intrigued the android.  It took some time, but now… well, Ultron thinks the Zombies are going to be very impressed with what he has done.

Months later, Hank is still working away, and thinks he finally has an idea.  Suddenly, the alarm sounds.  Everyone panics at their new foes – a combination of Ultron and zombie, with too many attacking at once for the city’s barriers to handle.  Jim says they were hoping Hank has a solution, as otherwise, they are all as good as dead.  Pym says he has one idea, but he has not tried it, and there is a terrible cost to his plan.  If Sanctuary is to survive, then Jim, Simon, and the Vision have to lose.

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Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3 Comic Book Review

Hello and welcome to Comic Island.  My name is Arden, and this is my recap, and review, of Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3.

So, let’s talk about this issue a bit.  On the one hand, it was a pretty good comic.  There are a lot of really cool, really well done panels.  The zombie/robot hybrids look a little weird, but I think it goes well with their patchwork nature and conveys the idea of these being new foes quite nicely.  That all works and it was a pretty cool idea.  There’s also some solid writing in this comic, as a lot of time is devoted to establishing character motivation and backstory.

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The one problem is that this story does not live up to the comics title.  Yeah, it fell for that old trap that I’ve seen countless times before in stuff like Freddy vs. Jason or Alien vs. Predator.  You have this great idea for two big bad guys fighting it out, but instead of focusing on that action and conflict, the attention always seems to go towards both monsters fighting humans.  But we’ve gotten plenty of comics where zombies kill humans or robots kill humans before.  The idea and the appeal of this tie in was that both forces were going to be fighting each other.  It wasn’t exactly the most original thing in the world but it would lead to some good, clean fun.

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And it still is, but it does bother me that these two are just going to be working together against the humans.  I think that’s a bit of a mistake and doesn’t follow the comics premise or even the cover.  I wouldn’t go as far as to declare is false advertising, but it does feel a bit… off, and I am a little disappointed by this.  I get why they are doing this – having humans involved with this story makes it more grounded and relatable.

But do you really need to worry about realism or empathy in a comic called Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies?   I certainly don’t think so.  This should be a series of goofy, awesome action sequences, because that’s all people should expect going into this comic.

So then we come to whether or not I recommend this comic.  Well, if the idea of these two forces teaming up with humans appeals to you, and the lack of conflict between Ultron and Zombies doesn’t bother you, well, then you’ll probably enjoy this comic just fine.  But if it does bother you, then this comic will likely be frustrating, and I can’t really recommend it.

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