Marvel's new Event is out, and while it doesn't SEEM like an event to me, it will be spilling into books somehow and is the big Bendis farewell to the Avengers.
In a lot of ways, Ultron is the first 2nd Marvel generation Big Bad, having been created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, neither of whom were around at the beginning of the Marvel Universe, so he wasn't created by Kirby, Lee or Ditko and really FEELS like the start of a new generation of villains because he grew out of a character already established. Hank Pym created him, but he draws more from the SF of the time than other Marvel characters.
Thomas didn't use him much after his first couple of appearances, and really, he showed up sparingly in the Avengers until the 1980's, when Shooter used him in Secret Wars as just another character in the mob scenes...and then Englehart used him in WCAvengers and he was gone again.
Once Kurt Busiek came onto the Avengers, the character REALLY felt like a major threat. Since then, they've done a good job of keeping him strong...
Now we have Age Of Ultron which starts after he has won. I thought it was a good first issue, setting up the situation and left us with a LOT of questions.
Anyone got an opinion or discussion yet?