Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Paul Neary
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: March 6th, 2013
When they call this the Age of Ultron, they truly mean the age has already begun. We are dropped instantly into a ruined landscape of New york with a lack of heroes and pure darkness engulfing everything. Women are treated as playthings and villains sell out information to Ultron to keep their lives, even if it is temporary.
I thought it was interesting to see the use of Hammerhead and The Owl as enemies in this first book. I think it really shows how much the power of Ultron has spread over that even criminals that once were known are struggling to make ends meet. The beaten down form of each Avenger is also a bit to take. There are no masks to be seen in the issue other than Captain America's, and that is blocked by his arms. I am sure this was an intentional move to show that everyone is broken and that secret identities really hold no standing when things get this terrible.
There are a ton of questions that need answering after this first issue but we have nine more main books and I think nine so tie-in books in our futures that should answer these things. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this event, but after the first issue I have a lot of faith in what Bendis is doing here and can't wait to see how all of this happened and how it will end.