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Review: The Ultimates 1

As I’ve stated throughout this website, I am a great fan of the Ultimates. I read all of Ultimates vol. 1 in a day, and from then on prayed every month that Mark Millar will finally get an issue done on time. Millar has since turned into a bad taste in my mouth, due to some questionable writing choices in his independent comics and his more or less apathy to his remaining Marvel comics.  This is no reflection the Ultimates, but boy, am I happy that someone who isn’t Jeph Loeb is finally getting their hands on this series.

To counter my dear love for original Ultimates series, I should also note my tepid reception of Jonathan Hickman. Despite owning most of his independent work, I have grown tired of him since discovering that he writes every single comic with the same unsubtle underlying themes.

With my own biases aside, I will now say that “The Ultimates” 1 (now finally an ongoing series) is an amazing first issue. The plot continues from Ultimate Fallout and Avengers vs. New Ultimates (though you don’t need to read those series to understand what’s going on here). Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and organization which has expanded past the United States-mandate into an organization that spans the globe. The Ultimates, a team run by S.H.I.E.L.D., includes Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man and, perhaps most significantly, not Captain America. Fury is shown to nearly have a personal empire as he commands some of the most powerful people on the planet. However, Fury fails to realize that in his expansion, he may have over-extended his reach. Read the rest of this entry

Ultimate Fallout: Ultimate Spider-Man Black

So word has been out for a few days now, and Ultimate Comics Fallout was released Sunday to a few quiet nods from people who know what an Ultimate Universe is, and a response from Glenn Beck (the man deserves his own special category). Since we have now officially gone through the process of mainstream media shrugging and/or vaguely acknowledging that a fictional character has died and replaced by another equally fictional character, I think it’s time we get some actually commentary on this.

I was pleasantly surprised when I read the news Wednesday morning that Spider-Man had been replaced by someone who wasn’t a white protestant Anglo Saxon. My initial response to the death of Peter Parker was “Oh, good, I can’t wait for a clone to replace him.” Let’s look at the easy way outs. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 159

The Ultimate Universe whirls towards the conclusion of the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man in this issue, as Peter Parker fights off the Sinister Six. Peter was severely injured two issues back, and arrives home just in time to see Bobby Drake thrown through a window and the Human Torch snuffed out. It’s up to him to defend his neighborhood and his life from the Six.

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