"Ultron Unlimited" (112 pages)
Wade Von Grawbadger
Ben Abernathy (asst)
Joe Quesada (chief)
Top 100 Comic Book Battles #18
posted Jan 17, 2009 9:58 PM by vu sleeper
TOP 100 COMIC BOOK BATTLES: # 18
Saturday, January 17, 2009
#18.The Avengers vs. Ultron
( Ultron Unlimited )
Ever since he was accidentally created by the Avenger Hank Pym, the
evil artificial intelligence, Ultron, has been a thorn in the Avengers'
sides. Over the year, the robot has continually updated himself,
becoming more powerful and dangerous each tim. But possibly his most
dramatic battle with the Avengers came with the nineteenth version of
Ultron, in the pages of Kurt Busiek and George Perez's "Avengers" run –
the storyline that ran through "Avengers" #19-22 and was titled "Ultron
The concept of the storyline is that Ultron has decided that he
does not want to simply wipe out humans from Earth – he wants to
repopulate the world with his own people: robots. He begins this
attempt in horrific fashion as he enters the small European country of
Slovenia and proceeds to slaughter the entire human population in three
hours. He sends a message to the horrified public watching at home – do
not come into this county or suffer the same fate.
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Win Avengers: Ultron Unlimited
Tue, 16 Jan 2007 02:14:15 CST
I have stuff that you can win!
Posted by Greg Burgas, Monday, January 15th, 2007 2:42 PM
It's contest time again!
As you know, sometimes I get free swag from people, and I'm very
appreciative for it, because often it's stuff I missed, so it's cool to
have. Then, sometimes, I get stuff I already own, but that's cool too,
because then I can give it away! So just like last year, I'm having a
contest in the same format as the last one. That was difficult... this
is more difficult! Because that's how I roll!
Avengers: Ultron Unlimited trade
paperback, collecting Avengers #19-22 and #0. This is written by Kurt
Busiek and drawn by George Perez, and it's a fine superhero bash-up.
Ultron returns and does evil things - you know the drill! It became
redundant in my collection when I got the big hardcover volume, which
has these issues.
From WIZARD #159 (Jan 2005)
written by Alex Sugura Jr
published in WIZARD #159 (Jan 2005)
AVENGERS (vol 3) #19-22 (1999)
Hank Pym's nastiest creation takes a turn for the terryfing as
he demolishes a small Eastern European nation with an army of
adamantium-clad Ultrons! Do Earth's Mightiest Heroes stand a chance?
Busiek ups the ante for the superteam while rejevenating one of
Marvel's oldest and deadliest villains. NM: $10
From Silver Bullet Comics
| September 8, 2002 |
Busiek Interview Part 1
Speaking With... Kurt Busiek - Part One
Sunday, September 8
By Marv Wolfman
MW: What are your goals when you sit down to write a story?
KB: It varies widely. Generally, I spend a fair amount of time working
out a story in my head before I commit anything to paper. Once I've
done enough thinking about it, I start to jot down notes, until I know
what shape the story is, how it structures out. I then rough out an
outline, and fill in any gaps I haven't figured out yet. Once I have
that, I'm ready to break it down into pages and start typing.
Where the process starts varies a lot,
too. For an Avengers story, such as
the "Ultron Unlimited" story, I'm often asking the question "What
happens next?", either built out of the characters or the situation
they were last in. For the Ultron story, I went into it knowing I
wanted to do an Ultron story, so the main questions I asked were, "What
does Ultron want now? What's the next step in his personal story? He's
done all these things in the past, but what has he learned from them
and where would he take them?" And once I figured out that he wouldn't
just want to wipe the earth clean of humanity, but repopulate it with a
family of his own creation, I could start asking the next questions --
"How would he do that? How would it bring him into conflict with the
Avengers? What makes it personal to them, rather than just a job?" And
the story built out of that.
At the same time, however, I had the
Avengers characters in motion, here and there -- Justice had been
feeling the pressure of playing in the big leagues, and was trying to
hard. He'd had an enforced break from adventuring, in that he broke his
leg in an earlier story, so he'd had some time to settle down, and was
ready to do something crucial, something that'd save the day.
Similarly, Hank Pym, who is essentially Ultron's father, was dealing
with guilt feelings over his episodes of insanity in the past, and
fearful that he'd succumb to them again and harm Jan again, so he was
carrying around a lot of emotion that needed addressing. Both of those
fed into the Ultron story, providing important turning points for the
characters and the plot --
all essentially built around finding the appropriate next dramatic step
for the characters.
[ Read more Speaking With... Kurt Busiek - Part One ]
(Vu: I am assuming Marv will talk a little about JLA/AVENGERS in the next installment.)
From WIZARD #131 (Aug 02)
| June 27, 2002 |
Wizard's Top 100 TPs
From George Perez, via Perez Club
CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS
80. CRISIS ON INFINITIE EARTHS (DC Softcover)
The most ambitious comic project ever could fill another volume with its body count. Marv Wolfman and George Perez's Crisis
aimed to clean up DC's cluttered 50-year-old continuity by merging the
handful of its parallel Earths into one, but not before a being called
the Anti-Monitor destroys an infinite amount of worlds in the process.
This cover, penciled by Pérez and painted by Alex Ross, is easily one
of the most beautiful ever produced and worth the purchase alone. "It
was actually the first series I ever followed," says JSA writer Geoff
Johns who was 12 at the time. "For me, it really shaped the DCU. I
doubt I would've read many DC comics before Crisis."
79. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED (Marvel softcover)
The perfect killing machine has just received an upgrade, courtesy of
Kurt Busiek and George Pérez. Ultron, one of the Avengers most powerful
foes, returns with an appetite for destruction and holds the fate of
mankind in his adamantium grip. After Ultron slaughters the small
European country of Slorenia in under three hours, Earth's Mightiest
Heroes must rally like never before in order to put a stop to this
reawakened threat. But do they have what it takes to send this maniacal
killing machine to the scrap heap once and for all ?
60. INFINITY GAUNTLET (Marvel softcover)
Even when he's a god, Thanos still can't get lucky with the ladies.
Possessing the six Infinity Gems, Thanos gain omnipotence and kills
half the universe's population with the snap of his finger in an
attempt to earn the affection of the mistress Death. A plethora of
Marvel heroes mount a defensive to thwart the mad Titan, but how can
you beat a god? Only writer Jim Starlin knew the answer. "It had a
hundred characters and mindless destruction, but for all the bombast,
it was really about a guy trying to impress a girl," say Sojourn writer Ron Marz. "Thanos' failure is ultimately one of unrequited love. Who can't relate to that?"
THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
15. THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT (DC softcover)
The Titans have a traitor in their midst. This spy knows their secrets
and hands them over to the deadliest mercenary alive: Deathstroke the
Terminator, who systematically takes out the team. Only Nightwing
escapes… but even he needs help in order to rescue them before it's too
late. In this storyarc, Marv Wolfman and George Pérez pull off a lot in
six issues: Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing for the first time, Kid
Flash quits, Jericho (the son of Deathstroke) joins up… and a tragic
blow hits the team. "Judas Contract is a perfect template for powerful, dramatic storytelling," lauds Steve Kurth, penciler for G.I.Joe. "This story was pure magic."
SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?
9. SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW? (DC softcover)
It was time for the Man of Tomorrow to become the Man of Yesterday.
As DC prepared to start Superman from scratch in 1986, the publisher
watned to send off the "old" Man of Steel that had been around since
1938. writer Alan Moore had Supes face off with Lex Luthor and Braniac
in the Fortress of Solitude a final time, leaving every reader with a
tear in their eye. "A bittersweet goodbye to Superman continuity in
order to pave way for a revamped Man of Steel, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow worked as both a nostalgic nod to a simpler past, and alook forward to all that comics could be," says Sojourn scribe Ron Marz. "This 'last' Superman story is also one of the best."
GREATEST STORIES NOT IN TPBS
JOHN BYRNE'S NEW SUPERMAN Ain't it
amazing that with everything DC collects, it hasn't collected Byrne's
headline-making 1986 revamp of the regular series? Especially the
three-part story where Supes must help save Earth once inhabited by the
"pre-Byrne" Superman where the Man of Steel must take the role of
judge, jury and executioner.
GEORGE PEREZ'S NEW WONDER WOMAN Ditto
for Pérez's 1987 revamp of everyone's favorite Amazon princess. With
stunning art and stronger ties to Greek mythology, Diana enters man's
world for the first time, learning lessons the hard way.
The cover for ULTRON UNLIMITED is a recolored
version of the cover of AVENGERS #22 and the other is a piece with a little bit
of explanation needed. It was originally pencilled as my "thumbnail" for a
painting that Tom Smith and I did for a charity auction. I penciled it at
standard cover size and then blew it up and retraced it on a large board. Tom
then painted on the board. That left the original pencils intact and I gave
those to Tom as a present. Tom then, for his own enjoyment, had different
inkers, including Tim Townsend, Scott Hanna and Bob Almond ink a figure or two.
When Marvel needed a cover for the SUPREME JUSTICE TPB, Tom offered up this
piece, which he in turn colored (and everyone got paid).
Just figure you'd like to know.
AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED
by Kurt Busiek, George Perez (Illustrator)
Paperback - 96 pages (April 1, 2001)
Marvel Books; ISBN: 0785107746
Ultron has always been one of the Avengers' deadliest foes, and his
evil deeds the more heinous because this sentient robot was created by
founding Avenger Dr. Hank Pym, a scientist who has been a hero under
the various guises of Ant-Man, Giant-Man and Yellowjacket. Constantly
evolving, with each defeat, every new incarnation of this seemingly
indestructible enemy is worse than the last.
But never before has Ultron been this
dangerous. Seizing the attention of the world's media, Ultron destroys
an entire Eastern European nation. And that was just to get the
Avengers' attention. The Earth's Mightiest Heroes are in for the fight
of their lives, and this time, their adversary just may have evolved
out their league altogether.
Avengers: Ultron Unlimited TP (JAN011534, $14.95) – originally set to ship on April 11 – will now ship on April 25.
From Continuum (not sure if this will contain a new cover or not)
AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED (Mar 01)
Written by Kurt Busiek, art by George Perez and Al Vey.
Ultron's assault from Avengers (Vol. 3)
#19 - #22 (plus the rare Wizard #0 issue) is reprinted in one volume.
The awful automaton known as Ultron returns -- and blows away Slorenia.
112 pages, $14.95.
Avengers: Ultron Unlimited
released 15 April 2001
- THE SCOOP: It was the story that destroyed countries, won awards
and had readers on the edge of their seats! Now Ultron`s assault from
AVENGERS (Vol. 3) #19 - #22 (plus the rare Wizard #0 issue) is
reprinted in one must-have volume!
- THE STORY: The awful automaton known as Ultron returns—and
blows away Slorenia! Ohhh, what a jerk! Something tells us that Thor,
Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers are going to
have something to say about that! A modern classic is born, thanks to
the titanic talents of Kurt Busiek, George Pérez and Al Vey!
THE FORMAT: 112-page trade paperback.
© 2001 Marvel Comics