The Ultimate Fantastic Four Series Continues to Deliver,
This review is from: Ultimate Fantastic Four, Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
This deluxe hardcover reprints Ultimate Fantastic Four 13-20 and the Annual #1. The first six issues are written by Warren Ellis with Adam Kubert. Issues 19 and 20 are written by Mike Carey with art by Jae Lee. The annual is written by Mark Millar with Jae Lee on art also.
Ellis's 'N-Zone' arc follows the Fantastic Four's return to the N-Zone (The Ultimate version of the Negative Zone). Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben convince the Think Tank's leaders to let them journey back to the N-Zone. Reed constructs an "indestructible" shuttle, which Johnny names the Awesome, and their adventure begins. They encounter Nihil, and quickly find themselves in trouble with extra-dimensional aliens. Ellis's writing is as interesting and scientific as usual. He creates a situation involving Johnny's powers that differed him from his 616 (mainstream) Marvel counterpart. Adam Kubert's art is good. Nothing spectacular, it works though. Everything has a red/orange hue, mostly because it takes place in the N-Zone. Their isn't much character development, but the N-Zone makes for an interesting setting. It is far different from the Negative Zone in the mainstream Marvel universe. Nihil makes for a good villain. Ellis manages to set him apart from the 616 Annihilus. The ending for this arc is epic, as it takes place in Las Vegas. Overall Ellis penned a pretty enjoyable arc and ended on a good note.
Mike Carey writes a brief two issues of Ultimate Fantastic Four, an arc called Think Tank. Jae Lee does the art for these two issues, along with the annual. Think Tank is more of a thriller story, which is something that isn't done in Marvel comics that often. Jae Lee's art is perfect for this type of story. Reed, Johnny, Sue, and Ben end up trapped inside the Think Tank, and a former classmate is playing sinister games with them. They come across freaky inventions and unsettling situations. They'll have to work together to stop this evil individual before they find themselves torn apart. Jae Lee's art is eerie and his gothic style accentuates the horror feeling Carey seemed to be going for. The dialogue is good, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his run, which takes place after Millar's 12 issue run.
The annual, which is written by Mark Millar, introduces the Inhumans into the Ultimate universe. Jae Lee returns for art and does a fantastic job. Once again his Gothic style suits this type of story perfectly. The story opens with Reed, Sue, and Ben trying to stop Dr. Storm's cancer. Things quickly change once Johnny rescues a superhuman girl named Crystal. While the Ultimate Inhumans are basically the same to their 616 counterparts. This annual makes for a fun self-contained story.
While this hardcover may have three different authors, it does well in flowing together. I'd recommend fans of the series pick this up. Overall a solid 4/5.