A new era of Ultimate Marvel begins with Jonathan Hickman taking the reigns on The Ultimates!Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #1
Situations all over the world are getting hot. From Southeast Asia to South America, to Europe, nothing seems to be hunky dorey right now. The man at the middle of all this turmoil is none other than Nick Fury. From his bridge at the Triskelion, he’s watching over every potential war, every possible terrorist attack, and every possible run in with Asgardians that are not walking Earth. Each of the situations on his viewers start to go south one by one until he loses contact with every one of the agents in the field putting Nick in a spot he’s not used to – uncertain of what to do next.
This is quite a launch. The Ultimate Marvel Universe is getting the reboot. Not in the New 52 way that DC is rebooting.. er… RELAUNCHING, but it’s still a new beginning for Ultimate Marvel. When it first came around, it was incredibly hot. A new Spider-Man history, a new X-Men history, a gorgeously cinematic new envisioning of the Avengers, and of course a Fantastic Four series that brought us the never-ending Marvel Zombies line. Things started to fade after a while. Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four were canceled. Spidey stuck around, as did the Ultimates, but they both had to survive the soured stomachs we all had after a crossover, Ultimatum, tried to destroy the Ultimate Marvel U. While some good stories still happened, readers like me had to wonder if we’d ever see the Ultimate Marvel line back in its prime.
I dare say this first issue of a new future for the UMU is promising.
If you are going to launch a new take on Ultimate Marvel, who better to ask than Jonathan Hickman? The man has been on fire as of late. He’s made the Fantastic Four interesting again. His S.H.I.E.L.D. series blew minds. The man can write rings around most every other writer at either of the “Big Two”. So, you had to get a strong feeling for what he could do with the Ultimates if given the opportunity. Was he ever given the opportunity! Now, Hickman seems to be at the controls of the flagship title in the new launch and, in classic Hickman form, has managed to give us a bite of a potentially epic story that I can’t wait to get seconds of.
One of the biggest problems for the Ultimates since Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch split at the end of Ultimates 2 was the lack of visual scope. What began as something you could see play out in a movie theater on the big screen turned into varying styles that wasn’t particularly fascinating or awe-inspiring. Now, with Hickman at the helm, we get a writer that can handle scope and a new book that looks epic and big again. Thanks to Esad Ribic’s beautiful art, we return to a time when reading an Ultimates book meant you were reading a movie in comic form. More than any other Ultimate title, the Ultimates seemed to have a grand scale that few other regular Marvel Universe books had. It was gritty while celebrating the heroic nature of the Avengers. It had some of the best art on an Avengers title since George Perez left in the early 2000′s. Everything about it made you thirsty for more. Now, Hickman and Ribic have brought that feeling back and it’s good… Very, very good.
So, here’s to the return of a truly epic Ultimates run!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Beautiful and interesting. Spectacular team that should make good on any pre-conceived notion you may have about how good this book can be.||It’s a Hickman book. You’ll need to stick around to know everything that’s going on and why.|
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