48THRiLLS wrote:Maybe it was meaningless action but it is an Avengers book, if I was looking for thought provocation the last place I would expect it is a Millar penned Avengers comic.
I guess.. still, putting up against both The Ultimates #1 and The Ultimates 2 #1, it doesn't hold up well. And I guess that's why I'm giving it such a low score.
If this was any other book.. if it was New Avengers or whatever, I wouldn't have half the problems I had with it. I'd just think it was a fun, action-y issue.
But The Ultimates set a high standard, and right now I think it's a pretty mediocre start to this book.
I mean.. let's compare.
In The Ultimates #1 we get:
- fucking badass WW2 Cap origin.
- pretty detailed introductions of all of The Ultimates' characters
In The Ultimates 2 #1 we get:
- Cap vs. terrorists, with actual plot behind it.
- Cap still adjusting to life in our times.
- The stuff with Thor/Volstagg
- Banner outed as The Hulk
In Ultimate Avengers #1 we get:
- couple pages of Fury/Hawkeye
- Cap/Hawkeye fight some mindless AIM lackeys, just for the hell of it, no plot behind it or anything.
- Red Skull
Sure, we get action, and a little foreshadowing of what the big plot's going to be about.. but the entire issue pretty much focuses on a fight between Cap/Hawkeye and AIM lackeys, and it's pretty much just a plot device. It's there for no other reason than to introduce us to the Red Skull.
We don't know WHY Cap/Hawkeye were fighting AIM. We don't know how they got there. We're just thrust into this battle, and that's that, almost as if Millar didn't really care about 3/4's of the content, and just wanted the easiest possible way to get to the meat of the issue, which was Skull towards the end.