Recently, I read a great article by @Aqib Sikdar and it was about a reading list on Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. It was such a good idea that I had no idea why i didn't start writing about it. So here I am now writing to you about what you should (and should not) read, to prepare you for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
***Potential Spoilers Ahead***
Ultron Unlimited (The Avengers #19-22 1999) Written by Kurt Busiek and Illustrated by George Perez
Any comic book reader will tell you that the most definitive Ultron story ever, in all of comics is Ultron Unlimited. Writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez make this comic come to life. This story focuses on Ultron and his plan for his vision for the perfect world. From the very beginning the story is action packed as Ultron destroys an entire country and creates his own robot army off of its remains.
It is very likely that the film Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will take many elements from this comic. The story mainly focuses around Hank Pym, Ultron, and [Black Panther](movie:9047)/Wakanda. Ask any comic reader what to read and they'll recommend this story. it is a must for a collector and a great story for a person to start to get into comics.
This is a must read! I don't believe there are any paperback books (Graphic novels) for this but online, they're about $2. If you feel like you want to start you very own collection, you can find all 4 issues spanning from$10-$40 on ebay.
Origins of Ultron (and Vision) Avengers (#54-55 & #57-58) Written by Roy Thomas and Illustrated by John Buscema
Obviously people want to know more about our main antagonist and the best way to go about it is to read his origin story. We are first given a brief cameo of Ultron at the end of issue #54 and in #55 we see him take action against the Avengers. An A.I. created by Hank Pym (Ant-Man) to enforce peace, goes awry when it start calling him "daddy." Pym shuts the A.I. program down, but Ultron already lives, until he defeated by the Avengers.
Of course later on (issue #57) he comes back, only with help. He creates another A.I. modeled after his perfect "vision" for the future. Thus Vision is given life. But Vision betrays Ultron realizing that it's the very emotions that humans posses that makes them strong. So in the same issue he defeats Ultron and saves the Avengers. Then in issue #58 he tries to prove himself to be a good guy so that he may join [The Avengers](movie:9040).
Obviously that origin story is different from the comics as we already know that it is Tony Stark that creates Ultron and it is still unclear on who creates Vision. I'm hoping it's Ultron that creates him.
But this is an excellent comic to have in one's collection. Unfortunately, it's rather costly, but one can read the story; one can purchase it online for $2 OR you can buy Marvel's Masterworks Vol. 6 & 7 for around $20-$25.
***Avoid this seres***
Age of Ultron: Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Illustrated by Various Artists.
Now usually the first reading most people will normally start with is reading the 10 issue mini-series, Age of Ultron. In this series, it shows a future where Ultron has won and he rules Earth with many superheroes dead or torn apart (from the inside.) The premise seems amazing, but it isn't. Although the the comic and the movie may have the same title, they are completely different, with the only thing in common being the title.
The initial review wasn't very pleasant. Many people found the story to be dull and very confusing after the 5th issue. To me the first 4 issues were good until the 5th came along and they introduced time traveling and the Captain America is Corporal America and Morgana Le Fey is taking over the world, it's just one big mess of a story. To make it even worse, Ultron isn't seen until the last issue where there are only 4 pages of him fighting, all of it being very anti-climatic.
This is a do not read! However if you still want to read it the graphic novel cost around $20-25 on paperback and $16 for the nook.
Now if you like the movies but just aren't a fan of the books that's fine, they're are other forms of median for you.
I recommend you watch the TV Series, Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes 1.22 Ultron-5 , 1.23 The Ultron Imperative, 2.14 Behold the Vision, and 2.17 Ultron Unlimited. All episodes are available on Netflix.
That should keep you guys busy until May 1. I'll be writing another article sometime this week, prepping you on what to read for Marvel's/Netflix Daredevil series. Hope you found everything useful.