Having now read the promised shocking reveal at the end of the (sort of) time-spanning events of Age Of Ultron, I’m impressed with how well Marvel editorial played the hype machine, to the point where the acquisition of a minor supporting character from a 20 year-old-issue of Spawn is the biggest news in comics.  Still, having TOLD US what was going to happen, the surprise is somewhat mooted, while the full ramifications of Wolverine’s careless impulsiveness are probably yet to be felt.  I do believe that the promises that this will be talked about for years were sincere, but I suspect that it will be of a technical bent, equivalent to using “Superboy punch” as panacea for any and all continuity concerns post-Infinite Crisis.  As giant crossovers go, this one was less invasive than most, and generally inoffensive in its fanboy machinations, begging a question…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that the bits involving Galactus would have been more meaningful seven years or more ago, asking: Are the events of Age Of Ultron #10 really enormous and meaningful to you?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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7 Comments

  1. June 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Next year’s event: Crisis on Infinite Wolverines?

  2. June 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Hahahha, good heavens, no.

    The big reveal of Angela is meaningless to me, since I never really cared about Spawn anyway. I think shoe-horning her into the Marvel Universe is awkward and weird.

  3. joe
    June 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    Is Angela cool? She seemed pretty fussy. Out of all of the characters used in those guest written issues of Spawn, my choice for integration is Cerebus.

    They could even have kept the weird giant stone head and the surly attitude.

  4. JoeM
    June 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    I am interested in seeing how the broken multiverse is going to work out. That was fun and can lead to some fun stories. Marvel has been pulling things from their history for a while (New Universe showing up in Avengers, The Exiles (which I really enjoyed), the original X-Men showing up). This opens the door more more of these stories. This can be good or bad depending on the writer of course.
    Angela showing up didn’t really hit the mark for me. I’ve never read Spawn and had to check on wikipedia to figure out who she is. I guess, as always, it depends on the stories. She doesn’t look like the type of character I generally like, but we’ll see.

  5. June 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    Angela is really only cool in the context of Spawn. Individually, there’s some potential since the character was created by Neil Gaiman, aside from that, she’s just another hot chick in a bikini, which comics have no shortage of (not that I’m complaining).

    I am excited to hear Richard Rider made an appearance, but I was never quite sold on his “death” to begin with. Plus, if Star-Lord can come back, why can’t he?

    Honestly, aside from Matthew’s informative reviews, I did what I do with most crossovers . . . and pretty much ignored it.

  6. Mark
    June 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    that’s 2 questions

    Are the events of Age Of Ultron #10 really enormous ?
    Nope a soft reset at best
    bring some no hope minor image waster of ink…

    Are the events of Age Of Ultron #10 meaningful to you?
    No

  7. June 21, 2013 at 2:18 am — Reply

    If this were even 10 years ago, it might be more meaningful to me, but I’ve sort of dropped out of Marvel comics interest aside from the occasional self-contained mini-series (usually in an alternate timeline).

    I am intrigued that a character originally from another company has joined the Marvel U, but this isn’t anything new in comics. I still recall when Wildstorm was possibly going to inhabit Marvel’s Counter-Earth, but then a few years later they were part of the DC Multiverse before being absorbed into the DCU proper. I’m old enough that I remember reading part of my big brother’s Crisis on Infinite Earths for the first time and wondering who some of those characters that were getting absorbed into the DCU were. And I remember when Marvel acquired Malibu in the 90’s and there was a bit of cross-universe interaction for a while (with some characters from each universe visiting the other for a few months or so until the whole thing fell apart).

    What would really make an impact to me would be something like another DC/Marvel crossover and finally doing something they thought about all those years ago: Swap a reasonably well-known character (not Superman or Spidey or anyone like that) and have them live in the other universe for a year.

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