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The Ultimates 2: Ultimate Collection Paperback – August 25, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Printing edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785149163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785149163
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Along with Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar has been one of the key writers for Marvel Comics in the 21st century. After proving himself in the '90s as a talent to watch while writing for DC Comics and the UK comic 2000AD, his arrival to Marvel came at a time when Ultimate Spider-Man had just shot up the sales charts. It was in this environment that Millar made his first major contribution to Marvel with Ultimate X-Men, as Millar integrated forty years' worth of X-Men history, characters and lore into a solid two-year run, making the companion title to Ultimate Spider-Man every bit the creative and commercial success. Next up was The Ultimates, a new rendering of the Avengers that was to continue building on the success of the Ultimate line. He and artist Bryan Hitch pulled it all off in spades: The Ultimates and its sequel, Ultimates 2, were ensconced at the top of the sales charts every month; what's more, they were critical successes, as well. Meanwhile, Millar was invited to enter the regular Marvel Universe to take a stab at two of its most iconic characters: Spider-Man and Wolverine. Paired with industry heavyweights to draw his stories -- Terry Dodson on Marvel Knights Spider-Man and John Romita Jr. on Wolverine -- Millar brought the same fast-paced and cleverly constructed plots with which his Ultimate fans were already familiar. Amid building a small library of Millarworld indie comic books -- including the titles Chosen and Wanted, the latter of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie -- he managed to write Civil War, the epic seven-issue miniseries that definitively reshaped the landscape of Marvel's heroes. Kick-A**, a Marvel Icon project done in tandem with John Romita Jr., made an impressive impact on the sales chart before also being adapted for a major motion picture. In addition, Millar has reunited with Civil War artist Steve McNiven in both the pages of Wolverine and their creator-owned book Nemesis.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe blow on September 11, 2011
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Excellent!!! I just recently got into marvels ultimate line and have been thoroughly impressed I highly recommend this and volume one as well. Great introduction to the ultimate world it's also cool how everything ties together in a real world way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Nelson on August 31, 2012
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This book is a fun follow up to the Ultimates: Ultimate Collection. I think a lot of creative teams would purposely try to take the original and make everything better, but this collection never really felt like that. These stories continue the character development not relive them.

The plot of the book (without spoilers) is the team battles an international terrorist group of super soldiers, while discovering one their own is a double agent. Hank Pym's depression fueled adventures serves as comic relief, the drawings of his gross apartment still make me laugh after several readings.

I highly recommend this volume to fans of the first; Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch obviously worked very hard and put a lot of care in to telling an fun action packed story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ramey on June 5, 2013
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This was a great follow up to the first Ultimates graphic novel, and it pushes the envelope further with its portrayal of popular characters. Cap is not the upstanding citizen you expect him to be, and Tony Stark is perfectly willing to kill if it compromises the mission. Throw away your Avengers perceptions... this GN will blow them out of the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frankie D on April 15, 2015
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The book follows up where the other one left off. Banner is still locked up and kept hidden by Shield. Thor quiet the team. Black widow is dating Tony Starks(iron Man) and Cap is dating the Wasp. Hank Pym learns to shrink and becomes Ant Man. He thrown off the team for beating his wife the Wasp. Bad press. He joins a bunch of wannabe superheroes with no powers and dates a young girl. He hits rock bottom. The team secret is leaked that the Hulk is part of there team and that Shield covered it. Hulk is put on trial and Banner is found guilty and put to death. Thor is accused of being crazy and the team has to take him down. He puts up a fight by they take him out. He says his brother Loki is behind it. No one believes him. The team has a traitor among them. Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch also do stuff in this book. They may be brother and sister but they seem to have a sexual relationship. Really dependent on each other. The bad guys attack and they kill one of the Ultimates family and a good friend of another one. They have a big fight on there hands and it will take all they have to win. A pretty good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Androoo on February 9, 2015
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Ultimates 2 . . . As much as I am excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I wish Avengers 2 was based off this story (combined with Under Siege from way back in the day). Basically, I want to see a big battle between heroes and an actual team of super-villains we haven't seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. And this volume of Mark Millar's and Bryan Hitch's Ultimates has just that. It may be a slow build, but those last few issues are well worth the wait. And that eight-page spread in issue 13 is glorious!
Basically, plot synopsis: whereas Ultimates volume 1 had the team struggling to be more than just a publicity stunt, here they have proven their worth to the military and begin being used on international missions that suit America's interests. The idea of super soldiers spreads to our allies in other countries as well. Naturally, this movement upsets certain governments, and so a coalition secretly forms and begins their own infiltration and sabotage of the Ultimates.
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By manny on December 30, 2014
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Buy this and the first collection ULTIMATES 1. It's the most realistic interpretation of the AVENGERS as actual human beings in both behavior and art as you will ever get. Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch laid the ground work that really allowed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to exist. The art is AMAZING, the characters are deeply flawed and realistically portrayed and the story chapters keep building to a crescendo long after you think they couldn't build any further. Great book!
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By Pen Name on December 11, 2013
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Very awesome read mark millar is my favorite writer of comics. He has never disappointed me in any of the books I bougt wrtten by him.
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