Marvel unveiled its next original graphic novel at the All-AXIS panel at San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon; Avengers: Rage of Ultron, by Uncanny Avengers writer Rick Remender and former lead Avengers artist Jerome Opeña. It promises to be... all the rage. Ho ho.

The story pits a mixed bag of Avengers against a "Planet Ultron" formed when Ultron takes over the computer core in Saturn's moon of Titan (which is a thing that exists in the Marvel Universe and, who knows, maybe in ours as well). Ultron creator Hank Pym may be able to save the day... but at what cost?

Jerome Opena
Jerome Opena

Judging from the Captain America costume shown in the above page of interior art, the book may feature Steve Rogers as Cap rather than Sam Wilson -- but the story may well be out-of-continuity or out-of-sequence.

This is the second Avengers title in Marvel's new line of original graphic novels, following last year's release of Avengers: Endless Wartime by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone. The line currently also includes one Amazing Spider-Man OGN, one X-Men OGN, and Jim Starlin's Thanos: The Infinity Revelation -- so nothing quite on the scale of Dazzler: The Movie from Marvel's 1980s original graphic novel line.

Rage Of Ultron is due for release April 2015, which also happens to be when Joss Whedon's Avengers movie sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron is due for release in much of the world (though North America has to wait until May 1st). The two stories probably won't sync up very well -- Hank Pym isn't Ultron's creator in the movie -- but the titles are very similar, so that's probably good enough!

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