GLX reviews Ultimate Comics Doomsday HC.
Writer - Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller - Rafa Sandoval
Inkers - Roger Bonet and Jordi Tarragona
Colorist - Matthew Wilson
From 2004 to 2006, Marvel had a mini-series by Warren Ellis that was eventually collected into Ultimate Galactus Trilogy. In 2010 and 2011, Marvel released another mini-series by Brian Michael Bendis. The first collection of those series has arrived in the form of Ultimate Comics Doomsday HC and it's an odd beast.
The best way that I can describe the story is that it's the Ultimate version of Avengers: Disassembled, but on a larger scale. Most of the story consists of the heroes trying to combat a unknown force whose motives are unnecessarily clear. The villain of the story is also a familiar face that has turned to the dark side; however, the folks that designed the hardcover spoil this reveal in the credits section. While Bendis provides some insight into the villain's motives, it still seems like a sudden shift in tone for the character.
Another thing about the writing is Bendis' handling of the Ultimates. For most of the series, the Ultimates are away because of an "off-world mission." It seems awfully convenient that the team is preoccupied with another mission. There's a chance that if the team had a more active role in the series, the story would have been shorter in length. There's also a secret computer that no one knows about except a S.H.I.E.L.D agent that's not named Nick Fury or Sharon Carter. What makes this odd is that the heroes are looking for secure technology that can't be comprised by the main villain. The fact that this computer is revealed out of nowhere just seems to be an easy way for the story to reach its conclusion.
The best part about Bendis' writing is that he does a nice job of providing plenty of action and suspense; the events that take place each carry a certain weight. There's a fluidity to the action scenes, but that is partially to blame because of the collection itself. I imagine that those who read the stories when it first came out might've been put off by the breaks within the story.
For the most part, Rafa Sandoval's pencils are strong. He does a nice job of conveying action and emotion to the reader. One complaint I have about his work is there a few times when he does a poor job of drawing long hair. It looks like it has a life of it's own. Sandoval is supported by Roger Bonet and Jordi Tarragona's inks. They do a nice job of fleshing out Sandoval's pencils. Matthew Wilson's is the star of the art department. His colors make the action pop out on the page with sharp and appropriate colors.
For $40, Ultimate Comics Doomsday HC is worth purchasing for hardcore fans that are fascinated with the Ultimate Universe. That's not to say that those who purchase this on a whim will likely be disappointed. It's action-packed and filled with some nice art; however, there are other comics that are more deserving of your money.
7* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX