Little background: I am way, waaaaayyyyy, wwwwwaaaaaayyyy behind in my comic reading. Like, by years. So I started review comics. My tendancy in reviews is to be thorough, so this is taking a while. So, from here on out I am gonna spotlight one or two comics I really like, but mostly I am going to chunk out mass reviews like this one. Enjoy.
Ultimate Comics Iron Man # 2
I am not sure what this book wants to be. The story telling and art direction are all over the place. Scenes bounce up and down and angles and images are shown that have no consequence. To top it all off, there’s tons of mashing up of the movie Stark in this book that just reeks of cash in, especially as the armor is concerned. I am okay with Stark’s tech evolving, but this is way far away from what we saw in Ultimates. I just do not like this book or its writing, but I will read it because there is some hope if the villan is strong enough. If he/she ever shows up.
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2
Not gonna lie: This is my favorite book out of this bunch. The story starts with science and end with myth, all tied together with a wonderful mix of words and images that tell a story that flows from page to page. The art is perfect, no image wasted. The only thing I wish was different about this book is that it was bigger so I could see the detail in the drawings.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2
Two for three in this run of comics. I really am starting to enjoy this book. The characters are growing and fleshing out in interesting ways. I just with things would move a little faster. At least the kid has powers. I think it took Peter a half a dozen issues to get in the suit last time. Speaking of, this kid still ain’t in the suit despite the suit being on the cover of both issues. Let’s pick it up, comic peoples.
Ultimate Comics X-Men #2
Another solid title. This book seems to carry over the tone of the Ultimates Comic line better with the “reboot” of the storylines. The humor and seriousness of the earlier Ultimate X-Men book is here along with some really great art. The addition of Johnny Storm makes this book feel more young adult-centric which in juxtaposition to the very adult storyline, villian and themes make for a well told issue. We shall see if the creative team can hold it together. My main knock on this comic is that it is not a team book, just a book with a bunch of characters.
Ultimate Hawkeye #1
Not for nothing, but I really wanted “America, Fuck Yeah” from Team America: World Police to be playing while this issue ran. This issue is silly, done and overall kinda boring. The art is interesting and dynamic, but nothing special. I had hoped this would be the one “non-super” superhero book, much like Punisher MAX was. Hawkeye, with the backstory the Ultimate universe has made for him, could be an excellent candidate for really dark spy stories, but they throw this silly, over-the-top “super serum arms race” at him. I have seen this and I am dulled by it. Also, when did Hawkeye become Bullseye? That would have been interesting, if Hawkeye had gone dark, but as it stands... eh.