Today is the day the Gods fell like rain. Who, or what, led to their downfall?
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #2
And so we learn the history of the people who lived within the “City”. For a thousand years, they perfected themselves in this bubble of technology. Five minutes after the last of their kind was created, they were unleashed on the world. First, they arrive and attack a group of Asgardians (Thor included) and Excalibur. Iron Man, also attacked gets his heart restarted and heads from Tokyo to assist in Northern Germany, but he can’t get there in time. After Balder fell in the attack, Odin commands Thor get to the World Tree to find protection. He collects his son and stashes him inside the World Tree and gives him Mjolnir. Loki is released and the two brother fight valiantly, but cannot stop the destruction of the World Tree.
I’m not going to lie… While I do find a lot of great things about the issue itself, there was so much that happened and so many things we see, that we don’t really end up learning a great deal. The “Children of Tomorrow” are calculating and powerful. I get that. They are quite relentless and scary. I almost see them like the Cybermen from Doctor Who. They keep coming and they offer a cool new villain for these re-imagined heroes.
Now, on thing that I didn’t quite follow was the main climax to the initial attack… Odin is there, Balder is there, and Thor is there. Yes, I realize that these gods are from Valhalla, but they seem to appear quickly and as we see Balder get killed, Odin is telling Thor that he has already died. It’s a little too much for one panel. Then, we see Odin get “converted” but without a great deal of explanation of what that means. I’m assuming that he’s being turned into information, but should I have to assume that? Suddenly Thor arrives to pick up Modi, his son with Hela (as part of his deal in Jeph Loeb’s New Ultimates run). Things happen so quickly, it’s a little difficult to follow. I get the feeling that there was a little too much script for the issue and it was edited down to fit, which means the art jumps from one scene to the next suddenly and without much “coverage” to get from point A to point B.
Ultimately (pun intended), the issue is decent. Esad Ribic’s art is very nice and the action is actually good. These new villains are fairly awesome and pretty brutal. It’s a little tough to follow though and it worries me that a resolution to the arc will come too quickly because so much is packed into this single part.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Good art. Action is good. Cool new villains.||Can be a bit of a bear to follow. There’s so much stuff going on that it felt a little too big for the issue.|
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