Well, if the Age of Ultron was the price I had to pay to wait for Avengers A.I., then you can colour me more than satisfied.
Not since the pages of West Coast Avengers have we had the opportunity to pick apart Henry Pym, in a fashion that does not leave him being a total psychopathic menace. What have the last few years all been about, you ask? Let’s examine that.
Civil War. Henry Pym joins forces with Iron Man’s pro-regulation crowd, and is jointly responsible for the imprisonment of a number of his peers, during which time the shadow of his relationship with Janet and his previous breakdown (sometime in the mid-Eighties) kept getting referenced. But that was a Skrull anyway, as revealed in the Secret Invasion.
So that doesn’t count. Except that it is all more failure that Pym can take on board, allowing the rest of the universe to tip-toe around him, just in case he creates another Ultron in his sleep. Don’t think for one moment that just because Wanda Maximoff nearly destroyed reality that Pym is not capable of that also. After all, his appointment by Eternity as Scientist Supreme in the pages of the Mighty Avengers seems to have, well, vanished. And I confess, I am confused to whether that was the Skrull or not, I had better check my cover dates. Yet any of the developments that were presented in that title seem to have disappeared in the mists of time, other than the partial redemption of Quicksilver.
Sam Humphries delivers us a treat that also promises to focus on the Vision, who has had scant attention beyond a date with Ms Marvel a while ago. And for those Runaways fans, we have the return of Victor Mancha.
Plus, an evil android that is constrained into doing good and working for the team. A Doombot at that. Not that we haven’t seen that trope before, but it is always a pleasure. Whether the ‘Doom’ in the Bot breaks free or the robot proves itself to be a hero, you know we will enjoy every step.
In the meantime, What If AVX #1 as a first issue was quite the disappointment, although I am not sure how they could have told the story any other way. The entire time, I was feeling that I had read this already, and it wasn’t until the last couple of pages where the divergence actually occurred. Only time will tell if the good money I spent on this will be justified.