With each new issue, Sam Humphries makes The Ultimates more and more his own series. Written by Jonathan Hickman writer of other Ultimate works such as , and Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye , and illustrated by , the title will now called Ultimate Comics: Ultimates. The visual quality remains somewhat mixed, unfortunately. A few pages looked really good, like the two-page spread of Morez meeting with Hydra. No problems there, but overall, it was just okay. His miniseries Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye takes place simultaneously with the first few issues of Ultimates. It's the lifeless, static quality to his facial work that tends to drag down the quieter scenes.
Because instead of the potential for some really incisive commentary on our jaded, connected, dysfunctional world, what we have in its place is a naked piece of fan service. One thing that's becoming increasingly clear is that Humphries isn't really writing the same Ultimate Cap that Millar, Jason Aaron, and other writers were in the past. Luckily, the script offers enough meat to entertain readers even if they know what what's coming. His xenophobia and mean streak are absent, and the result is that he reads more or less identically to the regular Marvel Universe Cap now. While the first story arc ended with Asgard destroyed and S. Morez created and is controlling the wasp-like drones.
His storytelling is absolutely fine. Overall, was this a must read? They do summarize things in the beginning, but it's not a clean pick-up-and-read issue. That may upset some, but considering what direction Humphries pushes the character in this issue, a more even-handed treatment is really a necessity. Elsewhere, Morez hatches a new plan that involves a radically Ultimate-ized version of Hydra, no longer the Nazi-like high tech, underground army. This becomes another hot button topic as the American public turns out for a special election for President. The book finallyfeels relevant in a way it hasn't for a long time. By is one of those books where only the lucky few will be able to read it without having the big twist spoiled beforehand.
This is very much Captain America's show, but that's only fitting given his recent return to prominence. Captains France, Captain Italy, Captain Spain and the new reside there. But when all the dust settles, Steve Rogers is about to get the biggest surprise of his life-he's won the special election for the Presidency via write-in! When adults told them they couldn't run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Two Worlds Ultimate Comics: Ultimates 7—12 2012-08-01 Ultimate Comics Divided We Fall, United We Stand Ultimate Comics Ultimates 13-18, Ultimate Comics X-Men 13-18, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. If the Ultimate books are meant to be a little more grounded, a little more socially conscious, and a little more concerned with how these heroes fit into 21st Century America, then The Ultimates 15 does an excellent job of achieving that goal.
The book finally feels relevant in a way it hasn't for a long time. Frustrated by the state of the nation, Captain America wants to go to California to help defuse that situation, but President Howard orders him to remain in Texas. Overall, the story worked perfectly well in this real-world election year. Cap has some strong scenes as we see him bristle against the new American regime and take the fight straight to Mornez's forces in California. Billy Tan handles the many action scenes well. They seem to have no significant relevance to the late Hank Pym or Janet van Dyne besides the insectoid design, which begs the question why Humphries would even use the name in the first place. Unfortunately, certain aspects of the script feel rushed in order to push the plot to that point.
Stafford and Holt, the two millionaires who took over the state, but who have been holed up in secrecy ever since. They trusted a mysterious man named Morez to aid them. Cap has a plan that he puts into effect to protect the people who didn't choose to leave America and are being punished for it. I don't know who this Morez guy is or of he's supposed to be an Ultimate version of a 616 character. The series has a bright future, even as the Ultimates themselves face a long, hard battle in putting their country back together again.
To be fair, it was uneven. This is his spotlight after all. Captain America has made his decision and backed by The Ultimates, he goes to California and the heroes attempt to stop the robot rampage. Captain America's made his dramatic return and publically saved America from an insidious new enemy in one of his most harrowing battles yet. Yet, at other times, the art looks crude and under-rendered. Banner is able to use his conscious mind when in Hulk form, but tends to revert to the brutish speech pattern of the Hulk when aggravated. Still, both the twist and certain other developments late in the game promise a very intriguing future for the Ultimates.
The Wasp drones introduced last month don't end up amounting to much. Following the Colorado shooting earlier this summer, this was an eerie development that felt just a tiny bit too realistic. It's also satisfying to see the full Ultimates roster back in action. Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow go in to help people and they are broadcast across all of the states saving people. So many event comics lose sight of the human factor in a conflict, but not this series. The road to the big twist also feels a bit rushed.
Instead, it focuses on the plight of a family struggling to cross the border between Sentinel-controlled Arizona and California. She shares most of his memories and first appears in issue three. But artist Billy Tan uses a lot of tiny lines, I guess to add detail or depth, but it made the art too sketchy and unclean. Eventually Jamie joins the Ultimates. While past Ultimates comics were limited series, Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates is an ongoing monthly series. Humphries perhaps complicated things a bit unnecessarily with some of the political developments earlier in the book. Also, there is an emergency re-election going on.