Saturday, February 06, 2010


Comic Art


Man makes life and is tortured by his creation. Have we heard this theme before? Go ahead, think Mary Shelley. Is it coming to you? Yep - Frankenstein. But in this case, it's a metal man - Ultron - one of the Avengers ultimate baddies. Robot creation of Dr. Hank Pym (Ant Man, Giant Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, the list goes on), sentient robot Ultron has pestered the Avengers virtually since their inception, and tortured the psychic of Pym until he has undergone multiple personality disorder and any number of other psychological maladies. The robot who would be king has even tried to steal Pym's wife, Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) to make his own (Jacosta) who, Bride of Frankenstein style turned her back on Ultron and allied with the Avengers.

In point of fact, Ultron is responsible for making two Avengers, not only Jacosta, but one of the Avengers most pivotal characters (an a personal fav of yours truly) The Vision. In many ways Ultron "made" the Avengers - whether its banding together to help their friend Pym through another psychological crisis or to fight Ultron as he, once again, tries to take over the world (where's Pinkie and The Brain when you need them?) it seems like just about the time we are done with the intrepid and seminal band of heroes, Ultron steps in and pulls them together again.

There is only one problem with the metal man - he talks way too much. Not all the pics of hi and that permanently open yap of his. When he recently invaded Tony Stark and his bio-armor and revealed himself as the female you see int he top left corner, and could close his mouth, I thought "Finally, he'll shut the ^#$% up." No such luck, this guy just can't get over himself and his need to yap, yap, yap.

Maybe next time he is captured, they'll rip out his vocal circuits, he'll grow them back, but two pages of quiet would be welcome bliss.

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