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Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Ultimates Vol. 1 Review
posted by jepster2006

My first thought of the Avengers? Boring. To me they were like government superheroes who fight too much for justice and law that they tend to forget morals. Well, that was my impression of them anyway, and I never read an Avenger book until now.

In what word can I describe the Ultimates? Not a single word. The Ultimates is what comic books are all about. Drama, Action, Comedy, and most of all, social relevance are tackled in each issue of this amazing book written by the Amazing Mark Millar and drawn by Superstar artist Bryan Hitch.


The Ultimates is part of the “Ultimate” line of books by Marvel Comics. The Ultimates is a different take on the Avengers meaning all the characters are based on the original Avengers but are altered in ways that are sometimes even better than their original counterparts.

This book has a more realistic approach on the characters meaning they are more realistic and people can relate more to these “Super” heroes. Well, Captain America as usual, is the man who fights for righteousness whether it will lead him to go against orders, or even the law. Not much has changed in his character from the original universe except for the fact that he’s more badass than Mr. goody-two-shoes. Iron Man is still a drunk and playboy but features a sleek armor that looks a hell of a lot lighter than the original armor from the original (616) universe.

Hank Pym is the hot-headed, self-centered husband of the Wasp and has a really bad case of superiority complex. The Wasp as usual, is the little fairy-like hero who can grow small at anytime. Although in this universe, she’s a mutant. As for Thor, oh yes Thor, is now a drunk activist who considers himself a god in which no one believes since this universe is based more on our world than anything else.

Lastly, the Hulk is who steals the show in this book. Bruce Banner is the lonely, geeky, and weird scientist in this book and the Hulk is what releases his stress. The Hulk in this universe is more violent than the original version since he really eats his enemies and is also a sexual pervert. Yup, you’ll hear him utter words of sex maniacs and you ought to be scared because he’s one hell of a big sex maniac.

The team is lead by Nick Fury who here is an African-American who exactly looks like Samuel L. Jackson. There are even moments in the book where they talk about who they want to play themselves like Nick Fury wants Samuel Jackson to star as him. The conversation even results to the best moment in comic book history ever.

You’ll actually get a glimpse of George Bush, Larry King and even Shannon Elizabeth in this book. There are rumors that one group of reporters in the book are Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, but of course they aren’t mentioned, but just look-alikes.

All in all, there’s no other book like the Ultimates, the main plotline may be a little simple but the way it was executed was sheer perfection. Every moment in this book is like watching Hollywood film that can beat any film, any day in box-office history. The dialogue is realistic, the situations relatable and did I mention that there’s even a domestic disturbance between two lovers?

Some may say that it may be political and may want something else for escapist entertainment, but this book is not. It’s fun, action packed and serious all at the same time.

If I was to sell all my books for some estranged reason, this is one book I will never sell. Like I said, if you want to read a real good comic book, there’s nothing else like Millar’s first run on the Ultimates. It’s the ULTIMATE comic book. Hell, it made me like the boring ol' Avengers.

Comments on "The Ultimates Vol. 1 Review"

Blogger JABS said ... (8:31 AM) : 

The only thing you really liked about Ultimates is that Wasp was an asian and showed her boobs!

 

Blogger jepster2006 said ... (6:19 PM) : 

Well, not just that, they also showed her butt you know. :)

Jabs, aren't you asian too?

 

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