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Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:09 am

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It's the Ultimatest Ultimate Ultimates Review Group yet!
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Ultimates #1
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Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1, from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic! Iron Man, Hawkeye, Nick Fury & Thor are back together after the monumental events of Ultimate Comics Fallout! One of the biggest villains that ever faced the Ultimate Universe has returned. But with a teammate out of action, can the remaining members save the world as they struggle to find their place in the Ultimate Universe? Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn kicks off this August in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1!

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #1 (JUN110620)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art by ESAD RIBIC

Cover by KAARE ANDREWS

Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC


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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:17 am

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:05 am

so what's happening in the Ultimate U? I stopped caring when Millar left it.
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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:08 am

guitarsmashley wrote:so what's happening in the Ultimate U? I stopped caring when Millar left it.


Then you've only been not caring for the last 6 issues of Ultimate Fallout.

Basically, Peter Parker is dead and the Ultimates are back under the control of the US government and Nick Fury.

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:29 am

There's really only one choice for next week isn't there? Justice League #1

Or would that step on the 52apalooza's shoes?

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:36 am

Punchy wrote:There's really only one choice for next week isn't there? Justice League #1

Or would that step on the 52apalooza's shoes?


Eh, it can operate independently of 52apolooza, so there's no problem on my end.
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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Starlord » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:54 pm

Oh for pete's sake! WHO PICKED THIS!?!?!?! :smt011

Whomever it is will not be eligable for this months avatar of the month because I'm petty. Not Tom Petty, just petty.


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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Zero » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:00 pm

Punchy wrote:There's really only one choice for next week isn't there? Justice League #1

Or would that step on the 52apalooza's shoes?


Not necessarily. Maybe daringd would like to pick a good comic book?

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby SilverPhoenix » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:46 pm

Zero wrote:
Not necessarily. Maybe daringd would like to pick a good comic book?


Bang! :-D :D

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Zero wrote:
Not necessarily. Maybe daringd would like to pick a good comic book?


Like that's ever stopped people.

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby fieldy snuts » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:00 pm

This book was actually polybagged for some reason.

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Punchy » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:19 pm

fieldy snuts wrote:This book was actually polybagged for some reason.


There are 100 copies out there which have been signed by Stan Lee.

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby ****** » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:52 pm

Ultimate Comics Ultimates Volume 37 #1

So I've actually kept up with the Ultimate Universe through trades over the past couple of years. Haven't read DoSM or Fallout yet, but no bigs.

There's no question that this is a Jonathan Hickman funny book, there's some setup, there's some intrigue, there's some cankles, but mostly there's setup. Love him or hate him, Hickman's established his own style at Marvel and there's no question it's his work when you pick up one of his comics. Even though I'm 100% anti-Hicklash, this was a bit of a bore. I love the style, but sometimes I wish Hickman would just get on with it. I get that this was targeted at new readers and bringing back readers that bailed for Loeb, but I needed more payoff for all the setup. Reading primarily in trades has just spoiled me for most single issues, I guess.

The art was okay. I'm not a big fan of Ribic as a painter, but as an interior artist he's better. Speaking of painters, the cover for this is way ugly.

Story: 6
Art: 7.5
Overall: 6.75

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby Eli Katz » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:55 pm

My LCS did not have this. But for some reason, it had a massive stack of Sinestro one-shots.

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Re: Review Group Week #289: Ultimates #1

Postby GLX » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:12 pm

Eli Katz wrote:My LCS did not have this. But for some reason, it had a massive stack of Sinestro one-shots.


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