Let me start by stating that in Hagerstown, MD (home of Geeking Cool) there is one comic shop, Atomic Comics. The shop is hardly ever open and so I have never been there… until today. Rather than drive 30 miles to the city of Frederick, I gave the shop a call. When I got through I was informed that the shop was without electricity. However, if I came to the door, I could pick up Age of Ultron #4 and Detective Comics #19. Cool, right? We thought so… until I got home and saw the front of AU#4 had a tear in it that went through several pages. Also, the store indeed had no electricity despite the rest of the stores on the street having power. Bottom line, Atomic Comics is a shoddy store front run by a guy that may be better off working for a comic shop that owning one. Go somewhere else. We will be making weekly 60 mile round trips for our books from now on. That said, here is our review of AU #4 and Detective Comics #19. SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT.

Age of Ultron #4

Previously in Age of Ultron, Luke Cage knocked She-Hulk the f*** out to take her as an offering to the robot known as Ultron. When he gets there though, he finds Vision instead of the robot bent on destroying humanity. Talk about a WTF moment!

In this issue, written by the legendary Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by the talented Bryan Hitch, Vision reveals that Ultron isn’t even in the world he has destroyed. Instead, Ultron is using his creation as a conduit to rule from the future. As Luke and She-Hulk attempt escape a nuclear explosion rocks Ultron City (formerly New York). Meanwhile, Iron-Man with his team and Red Hulk with his team make their way to the Savage Land. There they, learn that Cage survived the nuclear blast… long enough to let them know what he found out at least. Now, it seems, the combined teams intend on traveling to the future to put an end to this madness.

While we like this storyline it seems, at times, that the writing and art are rushed. There is not much dialog in the books and they can be breezed through in a matter of five minutes. We think Marvel’s decision to make this a weekly title was a mistake. Instead of trying to squeeze Age of Ultron and Infinity into the same year, they should have spaced it out more. ½ alien heads.

Detective Comics #19

We love the Man-Bat at Geeking Cool and were overjoyed to see this was the prime focus of the 900th issue of Detective Comics. Previously, a new Penguin (The Emperor Penguin) has released Zsaz from prison and gave him the Man-Bat serum. Trouble is, this serum acts as an airborne virus and has turned the 900 block of Gotham into a colony of mutated monsters. Batman must battle the creatures while relying on help from those he hurt during the Death in the Family storyline. When the original Man-Bat shows he saves the day by injecting himself with a new version of the serum that releases an antidote into the air when he turns. What are the motives of Emperor Penguin? To knock over some jewelry stores and make himself a little richer. Also, we get a sneak peak it a new Bane story.

While we love the Man-Bat, the book is divided into several stories. And the short Bane preview happens in the middle of the book, interrupting the main story. We feel the Bane story should have either came in the beginning or the end and that, instead of dividing the story up into little vignettes, it could have been set up as one story (a graphic novella if you will). In other words, this milestone issue could have been planned a little better. After all, it’s not like DC didn’t know this was coming. Despite this though, the writing is solid and not melodramatic. The art is amazing as are the colors. ½alien heads.