And Ultron will also have words with thee
Hear me, nations of the world! Slorenia stands unhabited and ungoverned! Accordingly, I'm claiming it for my own, since it stands as eternal proof that human life cannot stand against the steel of machinery! Slorenia has reached its end, but will become a begining as well! Slorenia is a place of death and rebirth, and will soon take its place as a cradle of a new race and birthplace of my new world!Ultron Unlimited
is a 1999 storyline of The Avengers
, written by Kurt Busiek, with art of George Perez.
Ultron, the killer robot, sent packs of robots to abduct his creator Henry Pym (working at a lab) and the Grim Reaper (Wonder Man's brother, held in a madhouse). The Wasp asked the Avengers for help, but they were informed of an attack at a Wakandian factory. They head there, thinking that it was Ultron, but it was Alkema (another killer robot, rival of Ultron). They defeat her and discover Ultron's whereabouts: he had completely obliterated the tiny nation of Slorenia, killing every human being within its borders.
The Wasp, the Vision, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man sought clues at Pym's lab, and they were all abducted by another pack of robots as well. The remaining Avengers headed a military mission of the UN to secure Slorenia and destroy Ultron.
Ultron had a problem: if he succedded in destroying the human race and replacing it with robots whose mind was an extension of his own, he would be alone in the world. The recent discovery of Pym would allow him to create countless random brain patterns from a small sample group, all of them subject to a single "hive master" one. And for the base of those brain patterns, Ultron selected people close to him (his "family" in a sense):
- Henry Pym, his creator, and his "father"
- The Wasp, the former wife of Pym, his "mother" (the detail that they divorced is of no concern to his mania)
- The Vision, his "son", created by him
- The Scarlet Witch, the Vision's former wife, his "daughter-in-law" (again, they are divorced, but ask him if he cares)
- Wonder Man, whose brain patterns were used to build the Vision
- The Grim Reaper, Ultron's first human associate
The other Avengers locate and destroy Ultron after a painful curb-stomp battle. They located the cave where Ultron had the captive Avengers... and then, another Ultron appeared. And another. And another, and dozens, hundreds, thousands. The "Prime one" was still working with the others. The Vision managed to break free, and liberate the Grim Reaper, who liberated the others. And the other Avengers finally cleared their way to the main Ultron. And yet, with all of them toguether, Ultron was still invincible, and thrashed the floor with all of them. They were saved by Justice, who was left behind by medical orders (he had a broken leg), and arrived with "Antartic Vibranium" that melts all metals, even adamantium.
Ultron Unlimited provides examples of:
- Big Damn Heroes: "Ultron. We would have words with thee". Can there be a better example?
- Also for the Scarlet Witch, with her intervention in the battle with Alkema
- Continuity Nod: The story contains several references (direct and subtle) to the old battles of Ultron.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ultron is invincible, the Avengers could not harm him at all. Only with tricks they could defeat him.
- Evil Versus Evil: The conflict between Ultron and Alkema. Alkema is not against Ultron because of thinking that killing millions of people is wrong: she's against him because she wants to kill the same millions one at a time, for more fun, and to spoil his plan of killing the Avengers by killing them first.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Gloriously, lovingly subverted. The Vision escapes from his bonds, and tries to reason with Ultron - trying to appeal to Ultron's desire for companionship and family. Vision extends his hand just as the Avengers outside begin to charge in...only for Ultron to laser Vision in the face before the Avengers can barge in and ruin the moment.
- Large Ham: Firebrand. Only speaks shouting left-wing nonsenses.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Avengers' only hope was to keep Ultron busy, until the Scarlet Witch could use her chaos magic to force Ultron to malfunction and break. But she was badly hurt and dizzy, and her spell came out wrong: instead of breaking him, she made him even more powerful.
- Not so Above It All: Black Panther. As the text pointed, he's a stoic hero, who moves in silence and he's not given to unnecesary talking... but broke his silence two times in a row. First he was surprised by an explosion, and said "Eh?". And then, he saw the enemy and asked "You?"
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Ultron. We would have words with thee."
- Red Shirt Reporter: The CNN was broadcasting the destruction of Slorenia, and noticed a figure standing at the ruins of the parliament. It was Ultron.
- Revision: Kurt Busiek added a new depth to the relation of Ultron and Pym. He had never told anyone, but Pym built Ultron using his own brain patterns to shape his personality.
- Another one: After the appearence of Ultron, Pym had a mental breakdown and create a Split Personality named "Yellowjacket". It happened a few issues afterwards in real-world publication, but it had never point as a consequence of the previous reveal.
- Something We Forgot: The escape of the Grim Reaper during the curb-stomp battle against Ultron. Justified, in a moment like that who would care for such details? But they forgot to recapture him before going home. This point was acknowledged some issues later, when the Reaper returned as a villain.
- Also for the chips with the recorded bran patterns of Ultron's "family", retrieved by Alkhema.
- Stripper Iffic: The costume of the Wasp during this adventure (it was previously used in the 1970s). I guess that Perez wanted to draw that one, but... did they have to do it when the Wasp was so distraught?
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: An amusing case. Ultron is watching the activities of the Avengers... and, in turn, Alkema is watching Ultron
- The Cavalry: The arrival of Justice, who brought what was needed to defeat Ultron
- Throwaway Country: Slorenia (no relation with Slovenia)
- Villainous Rescue: The Grim Reaper was released by the Vision, who interfaced with Ultron's computers, and fired a laser torch to liberate the Avengers. His motivation was simple: he was in Ultron's lair, in a dead country, without his scythe (remember that he lacks a hand), helpless against a killer robot... who else was going to save his life? He did not stay for the fight, he freed the Avengers and escaped.