on 22 May 2001
Busiek has come under flak recently in Avengers for de-powering the team and drudging up poor enemies. This four part story serves as a reminder that Busiek can lay on massive scale superheroics as well as classic Avengers character moments, to create a story arc viewed by many as one of the Avengers best in recent times. The cold, murderous Ultron has returned, and casually devastated the small nation of Slorenia, from which he plans to take over the world. What's interesting is how Busiek has given the indestructible robot's motives a fresh dimension, avoiding the descent into self parody that robot stories often can become. The intelligent plot brings in a large number of locations and characters, with fan favourite Hank Pym getting particular expo. And the fight scenes with the Avengers struggling against Ultron's robot hordes, against overwhelming odds wil bring a proud tear to any fan's eye.
For sheer power and megaton feats, this story can't be beat. But what makes it truly impressive is the character moments. A modern classic.
on 15 February 2005
Ultron Unlimited is simply put one of the best Avengers stories ever written! It features an excellent Avengers line-up, a story that pulls you right in from the start and of course the always top notch art of one Mr. George Perez. The villians Ultron and his "ex-wife" Alkhema have their best moments in years! We see that this time Ultron really is set and prepared for his plan to wipe out humanity and replace all life with machines - under his command of course!!! On the other hand Alkhema is just interested in making life difficult for all concerned! The narration sums it up excellently when it states Ultron wants to completely exterminate humanity while Alkhema wants to do it one person at a time. Also for anybody needing an Ultron history lesson its excellently provided by Justice as he does his research.
We get real insight to the Avengers characters such as Wasp realising she bears partial responsibility for Giant-Man's mental state, Vision admitting he still loves the Scarlet Witch, Iron Man facing the dark side of technology, Justice getting over his hero worship and of course the surprise admission from Giant-man about the full role he played in Ultron's creation that makes you realise how much of a strain he has been under due to the guilt of his actions! Seriously you thought that Hank just building Ultron was the full story, think again! The team reaction to the devastation of Slorenia is spot-on character material.
Kurt Busiek has stated in interviews that this is where he felt he hit his stride as Avengers writer and it clearly shows, here he's not slowed down by crossovers or the need to set up future stories he just gets on with the task in hand. In doing so he produces the two greatest Avengers moments EVER! Hank's outburst while attacking Ultron full-on and Thor's absolute classic line when they burst into Ultron's lair, "Ulton, we would have words with thee!" Unmissable stuff!
on 14 February 2010
The Avengers never looked better than on Busieks run. He made it an enjoyable read once again by bringing back all the elements and characters that made the book great before the Heroes Reborn fiasco. Paired up with George Perez and the book was sizzling hot! The Ultron story was the jewel in the crown, a great run.
Sadly Busieks/Perez run came to an end and so did a few jobs at Marvels top levels. Sadly the new heads 'Quesada' and 'Bendis' decided to undo all that the Busiek and Perez had done and the book in my opinion was never the same.
Sadly again this collection fails to do justice to the work because of very bad colouring and printing. its almost incredible to believe that it was allowed. the colours are muddy and off and just hurt the eyes, in many pages you can't see whats going on! Did Quesada seriously approve all this?
I would have given 5 stars but had to lose two due to the bad reproduction. steer clear of this and wait for a better version.