- File Size: 213064 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Cmc edition (April 12, 2006)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AAJR3WY
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Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human (The Ultimates trade paperbacks series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 160 pages|
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That being said, on balance I liked "The Ultimates," the new and improved 21st century version of the Avengers written by Mark Millar ("Ultimate X-Men") and penciled by Bryan Hitch ("Justice League of America") more than the original, although certainly there are things you have to take with a grain of salt. Part of the way these Ultimate titles work is that they are aware of the characters and stories that existed in the "real" Marvel Universe and try to play off of them in new and interesting ways (admittedly, with mixed results). There is also a concerted effort to take the time to tell the tales, so that an encounter with a specific villain has a multi-issue arch, which works well with these trade paperbacks. Volume 1, "Super-Human" has to do with the formation of the group and their first collective effort to bring down the Hulk, collecting the first five issues of the series. The idea is that Bruce Banner's days as the Hulk are behind him and he is in charge of the government's effort to update the super-solider formula that created Captain America way back when.Read more ›
On the weakness front we have Millar's usual M.O. of rushed storylines and too many characters. Unlike his run on Authority or Ultimate X-Men he has just enough characters to juggle without too much confusion (Thor is the only lacking character in the TPB). The only other problem that readers may face when diving into The Ultimates is that it does not tell a complete tale. This TPB was rushed out while the title is enjoying an immensely popular run so there is no 'end' to the stroyline...but there is one heck of a set-up for what will undoubtedly unfold in the second TPB.
But let's look at the strengths of the Ultimates:
1) A great WWII intro with Captain America as well as a new take on the Cap - Bucky friendship.
2) A great twist on why millionaire Tony Stark would want to be Iron-Man.
3) The strong use of SHIELD and Nick Fury in setting up the Ultimates...and then the hilarious idea that..."Now that we have a superhero team...what happens if we never have any villains to fight?"
4) A good battle with The Hulk (who is much more enjoyable to read when instead of saying "Hulk Smash!", we get..."I'm gonna rip off your head and #@!& down your neck!" It scared me.
5) Domestic violence between Giant-Man and the Wasp which was handled more powerfully than anything I'd read in a long long time.Read more ›
While some might suggest Ultimates runs too close to Authority, given the same writer as its second run, and the same caliber as the paramount heroes of a company, where Authority was a deconstruction--and almost parody--of the upper echelon of super-heroes, the Ultimates are a reconstruction.
Captain America was still frozen in ice at the end of WW2, Iron Man is still an alcoholic, Thor still the son of Odin (maybe), Hulk still a raging monster, Giant Man still giant, and wasp still tiny, only more so than ever. This Captain America doesn't forget the solider part of super-soldier, and fights (and kills) like a soldier. This iron man requires a team to get into and out of his armor, more like a jet-pilot than a guy in metal tights. This Thor is a hippie-esque environmentalist, maybe more madman than Norse god, and will only fight to save what he believes in. This Hulk, while perhaps a little too close to Alan Moore's Mr. Hyde in League of Extraordinary Gentleman, is a murderous cannibal. And this Giant Man and the Wasp take the domestic violence and abuse angle a far more realistic, and hence disturbing degree.
Set in modern times, with modern politics--including Dubbya as President, and Larry King referring to Captain America as a Person of Mass Destruction, its all familiar enough to be accessible, yet new enough to be refreshing.
The plots flow well, if a little decompressed at times, the dialog is smart if trendy, and it brings both the chills and the thrills in dynamic fashion.Read more ›
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This is ONE DAMN GOOD COMIC!!! All comics should be this good! People, BUY THIS BOOK!!!Published 1 month ago by Christopher R. Filkins
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started here, especially for SHIELD, Captain America and Hawkeye. This is really one of the greatest Avengers stories ever written. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dirk Drudgler
The Ultimates by Mark Millar is the best superhero action comic of the modern age. It is not as deep aad mature as the Dark Knight and other classics of course but an ultimately... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barbara Pelc
An old favorite that I threw into my backpack before climbing on a plane. I wanted to open it up again just to be sure it was actually as good as I remembered it being the first... Read morePublished 12 months ago by drqshadow
This is a textbook example of what's bad about modern comics. Take anything heroic and eliminate it from the characters. Take any ugly qualities and turn the dials up to 11. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Doc Savage
I was hesistant on getting this at first but was glad I got it since I am big Avengers fan. It was well worth the wait and waiting for the other sets to arrive. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jonathan yu
This book is really slow!! When it gets going it's alright. I thought it would be more action hopefully volume 2 makes up for it!!Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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