Marvel goes dystopian with ‘Age of Ultron’ title

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This comic book image released by Marvel shows an illustration from”Age of Ultron,” Book One. (AP Photo/Marvel)

Marvel Entertainment’s renowned heroes are in an unfamiliar and unsettling position in the publisher’s just released “Age of Ultron” miniseries: defeated, demoralized and desperate.

After years of well-placed warnings that have gone unheeded, the ever-adaptive artificial intelligence that is Ultron has come out on top, turning the planet into a dystopian landscape that is wrecked beyond compare with technology at the top of the food chain.

It is, says writer Brian Michael Bendis, a reckoning of sorts with the Marvel universe “destroyed” and “half the heroes dead and half the world is dead.”

Bendis says the 10-issue limited series will stretch the limit of Marvel’s heroes, including Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and others, and says nothing and no one is sacred.

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