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Ultimate Power TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Greg Land , Brian Michael Bendis , Jeph Loeb , J. Michael Straczynski
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24 Sep 2008 Graphic Novel Pb
In a desperate attempt to help his friend, Reed Richards, the leader of the science adventurers known as the Fantastic Four, has accidentally punched a hole into an adjacent universe. Now something has come through the gateway from a realm known as the Supremeverse: the team of astonishingly powerful superhumans called the Squadron Supreme! Their mission: to arrest young Reed for high crimes against their world! What happens when the Squadron collides with the heroes - and villains - of the Ultimate Universe? All-out action, drama, and spectacular eye-candy! Collects Ultimate Power #1-9.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (24 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123675
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 16.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Power 15 Mar 2009
Ultimate power was for me an idea that meant I had to have this book, despite some discouraging reviews I had read elsewhere.
I am a fan of both the ultimate universe and the supreme power universe, slightly favouring the latter, but enjoying both either way.

With this book a knowledge of these two universes is not really needed, providing, you have a knowledge of the original marvel universe, and you are aware that that the squadron supreme are marvel's take on the justice league of america from dc comics.

However the problem is not in the idea but in the execution. I don't wish to give too much of the plot away, but this starts with Reed Richards launching a number of orbs into a number of varying dimensions in order to seek out a cure for his friend Ben Grimm.

Not long after this occurs a group of heroes appear from one of these neighbouring dimensions; battle ensues, which brings spiderman, the ultimates and the x-men into the picture. Once the battle has ceased the new heroes intoduce themselves as the squadron supreme and claim that reed richards has caused the death of millions as a result of sending an orb into their dimension, which in turn brought through with it an unstopable creature which is killing their world.

The squadron take reed to find a way to stop this thing then put him on trial for all the deaths this thing has caused. They leave and some x-men, the ultimates, the remaining fantastic four and spiderman all give chase.

Ok so that is the idea behind it, and for me it was a bit of a thin story, especially since it is very much a background situation.
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Ok Where to begin well to get the plot with out spoilers Reed Richards of the fantastic four wants to cure his best friend Ben Grimm aka the Thing of his rocky appearance he does this by sending probes out to other Dimensions/universes but something goes wrong and one of the probes reaches the Supreme power universe home to the super hero team Supreme Squadron the probe brings along some blob like organisms that start to kill millions and millions of people. Because of This the Supreme squadron travel to the Ultimate universe to bring back Reed Richards for his supposed crimes. But nick fury and the heroes of the ultimate universe wont stand for this and chase after starting an epic rescue mission with a Huge twist ending.

The book is over all good and for a crossover the story is good although it is mostly made up of hero fights between the two universes heroes aka flash vs blur or Thor vs Hyperion. Other than that its the first Full crossover of the ultimate universe every hero of the main four titles is referenced or Involved in some capacity and by this merit it is a good step forward on marvels part.

The art is gorgeous and lovely and gets 5 out of 5 in that part of it so all in all you should buy it it helps you understand the terrible ultimates 3 and...ultimatum a little better so its a must buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Squadron supreme!! 22 Sep 2013
Greg land....!!. what you haven't bought this yet. .I thought that was all I needed to say. . Ok. Greg land the artist here is my all time favorite artist. Like alex ross I seek out his work. But unlike ross (who I love) greg land not only draws life like work on the page. He also manages to make it dynamic and flowing across the page. No one Does action and emotion and ladies.. yes I went there. . Like him. Alex ross paints a picture land films it in motion. Now the book. . Ok I have never met the squadron supreme before.. after this I have collected all the supreme power books and squadron supreme. Now these guys show up in this book and I wanted to see more of these guys. I had been following the ultimate fantastic four and just had to have this event book as apart from ultimatium and doomsday there wasn't any. This doesn't disappoint. Action and some sad moments involving the fantastic four. The ultimates and xmen and spiderman all make an apperance ... Nick fury (eveyone loves this version of nick the best) is also present. But this is one of gregg lands best work..especially the first chapter involving the lizard league or whatever they were called. .damn I thought I was dreaming. .as the human touch says " iam so horny right now" seriously invisable girl had never been drawn better. . Oh and if you like this then try his marvel zombie/fantastic four work. .. out of this world trust me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably lame 16 Mar 2008
By N. Durham - Published on
What happens when you combine the writing tandem of Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, and J. Michael Straczynski, with the stunning artwork of Greg Land? You get Ultimate Power, a massive cross over event between the Ultimate universe and the universe of Straczynski's Supreme Power/Squadren Supreme world. While this sounds interesting, a majority of Ultimate Power is just a lame collection of fights. Normally, this wouldn't be such a bad thing (after all, with a cross over like this, who wouldn't be expecting panel after panel of fights?), but Ultimate Power comes off as just one big bore. There is little to no character development with anyone involved, and despite the big promises that Ultimate Power sets out to make (one major character switches universes, all of this is supposed to lead into the major Ultimate event, Ultimatum), the book as a whole just comes up as empty. With a writing tandem of Bendis, Loeb, and Straczynski, such a thing would seem impossible, but alas, it is. Greg Land's artwork is spectacular without a doubt, so the book isn't a total loss, but it doesn't come close to living up to its potential either. All in all, if you're a Marvel Ultimate universe fan or a fan of Land's work, Ultimate Power may be worth a look, but otherwise this book is more than likely best left on the shelf.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE GARBAGE !!! 21 Oct 2009
By Doctor Jenks - Published on
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I have come to be a great fan of most of the Ultimate titles and I found the Supreme Power books to be very good, but this series is a complete mess, the artwork doesn't make any sense. It's just page after page of people in tights posing in ways that have nothing to do with the story. It looked as if the artist scanned random drawings he had in his sketch book and photoshoped them onto the same page randomly. I couldn't tell what was going on. On some pages there were no real backgrounds in the drawings. The characterizations and dialog were like they were written by two 12 year olds who were attempting to write a spoof of comic books ("Fury just got owwwned!"). I was really hyped when I came across the Ultimates line and the Supremeverse titles, but if they put out any more stuff like this, I may have to give up comics again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could and SHOULD have been so much better 20 Aug 2008
By christian hopsburg - Published on
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The Ultimates Volumes 1 & 2 (only, 3 sucked) were both incredible. Supreme Power was incredible. Ultimate Fantastic Four & Ultimate Spider-Man - when written by Bendis or Millar - incredible. Ultimate X-Men - ditto. What do we get here? Lots of inexplicable plot points and fighting. Great art - but a story that is confusing and ultimately unsatisfying for MAX or Ultimate Marvel fans. This should have been at least three issues longer - and I mean three issues of back story and character development. In other words, written the way Ultimates 1&2 or Supreme Power 1&2 were written. This, I am afraid, has Joseph Loeb's brainless writing all over it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic storytelling - the Squadron Supreme invades the Ultimate universe, so the Ultimates (and pals) do some invading right back 16 Mar 2008
By H. Bala - Published on
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Thor: "My hammer is called Mjolnir."
Spider-Man: "Majohlnar? Maj-jongner?"
Thor: "Mjolnir."
Spider-Man: "How do you spell that?"

Geez, I love Spidey.

So we're familiar with the Fantastic Four mythology, right? In various Fantastic Four incarnations, Reed Richards has always strived to cure Ben Grimm of his monstrous appearance. But he's always failed. No different here in the Ultimate universe. Wracked with guilt and going against S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury's express orders, Reed sends out mechanical probes to a number of dimensions neighboring his own, in hopes that one of them might have the technology to help Ben. Reed's scheme backfires tragically.

Next thing, New York is invaded by the Squadron Supreme, a group of superhumans from a parallel universe, come to arrest Reed Richards for crimes against humanity. Seems that one of his probes had come to their earth, but with a piggy-backing alien organism which went on to wreak horrific carnage on populace and property. Casualties are projected to be in the tens of millions. A devastated Reed agrees to go along and face what's coming to him.

But Nick Fury, the F.F. and the other Ultimate heroes aren't willing to just lose their friend and possibly their earth's most brilliant mind without raising a ruckus. Accordingly, they breach the Supreme Power universe (or Supremeverse). Where Hyperion and the Squadron awaits. It won't be pretty.

This is ULTIMATE POWER, a 9-issued limited series incorporating characters from Marvel Comics's Ultimate line and the Squadron Supreme title. It's a massive crossover, and unlike most of these high-falutin' get-togethers, ULTIMATE POWER has direct, crucial bearing on the continuities of both the Ultimates and the Squadron Supreme. After this series is done, things definitely won't be the same. And concerning the Ultimates team, the change is a major one.

The writing is done, and done well, by Brian Michael Bendis, J. Michael Straczynski (creator of BABYLON 5), and Jeph Loeb, who each takes on three issues. The end product is near seamless; you could tell these guys were meticulous about collaborating and communicating with each other. The story ends up being character driven enough that you don't feel that shorted from a narrative viewpoint (and, remember, this is with a huuuge cast, so character juggling must've been a migraine and a half!). There's a sweeping, epic feel here, a widescreen scope, and with particular focus on a grief-stricken Reed Richards. Sucks to have killed millions, a damning fact which one jerk in the Supreme Power universe flings in his face.

It's probably my familiarity with and preference for the Ultimate line leaking thru, but I, for one, couldn't help rooting for their side (plus, Spidey's on that side of the fence). I'm not that familiar with the Squadron Supreme, a project which J. Michael Straczynski took on beginning in 2003. I know that this Squadron is a re-imagined version, which first came to light in 2003's Supreme Power, Vol. 1 series and then, in 2006, went on in the monthly SQUADRON SUPREME title (Squadron Supreme Vol. 1: The Pre-War Years). But all that's just Google talking. Based on how much I've enjoyed ULTIMATE POWER, I'm getting my hands on those collections, but pronto.

Like the Ultimates, the Squad is government affiliated, and, as usual, the government doesn't exactly come away looking like angels. It's also obvious that members of the Squadron are patterned after the Justice League, and that Hyperion is the Superman version (just as Nighthawk is this universe's Batman). Hyperion may come off as aloof, but his clash with Thor was properly awesome to behold. What about the other matches? Ever wonder how a superspeed tussle between Blur and Pietro would go? It's answered here (although, of course, the Flash can stomp them both into the ground). We get the Thing going another round with an old sparring partner. And, once again, we see how truly powerful an unleashed Scarlet Witch can be. By the way, Zarda (Power Princess) seems to have her own agenda and is trying to convince Hyperion to see things her way. Huh.

Seriously, how much more can Greg Land's phenomenal artwork be lauded? I say, a bunch more. His style is sleek and glossy and panoramic, but that's just surface special effects. Land is also a solid craftsman, who makes very good use of his composition skills. For big time comic book "events" Greg Land is right up there as an illustrator, with fellow current superstars Stuart Immonen, Bryan Hitch, and Alex Ross (and a few others I can't recall right now). And, if nothing else, the reader can take away away the knowledge that this dude draws some of the most gorgeous women around.

By the time ULTIMATE POWER concludes, there'll be a traitor revealed in the Ultimates' ranks and one character will end up leaving one universe for the other. There are surprising guest appearances, and the government will again be guilty of skullduggery. Peppered throughout are fan-gratifying melees and superheroic bombast and machismo (and, I guess, machisma), and Spider-Man being funny and playing an integral role. It's a bit startling to me, though, that Captain America, who usually takes charge of the proceedings, does a wallflower and melts into the background here. But, come to think of it, in the Ultimate universe, Nick Fury is firmly, but firmly, in charge.

As a bonus, also included, at the back end of this collection, are in-depth biographies of the Ultimates, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Squadron Supreme, as well as several pencil-to-ink sample pages of the first issue.

Lastly, not to put a damper on this fabulous series, but, hey, was that alien organism ever beaten? I don't remember.

I still highly recommend this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad at all 23 April 2009
By Justin G. - Published on
I put off reading Ultimate Power for the longest time because of all the negative reviews here. This despite the fact that I absolutely love both the Ultimate Universe and the Supreme Power titles. Anyway, when I ran across a used copy of the Ultimate Power paperback collection I decided to give it a shot.

The story is pretty basic. The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards, in a quest to cure his teammate the Thing, sends probes through the N-Zone into other dimensions (you'd think he'd have learned his lesson after that whole zombie thing). One probe reached the Supreme Power Universe, wreaking unimaginable havoc. The Squadron Supreme tracks Reed down to make him pay, at which point they, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Ultimates and the X-Men proceed to pound the living crap out of each other for nine consecutive issues.

The plot is pretty basic, but Bendis, Straczynski and Loeb throw in a few surprises, and the dialogue (at least on Bendis's issues) is pretty sharp. With this many characters, there really isn't any kind of character development, and it does get hard to tell who's who after a while. I'm not sure why they decided to have Thor adopt the old school "thee and thou" dialect, or why the lettering style changed so dramatically towards the end of the book, but those are minor complaints.

Greg Land's artwork is the highlight of the book. I don't care if he traces, or that his female characters look too similar. The guy is an amazing artist, and his pages are just too stunning to complain about.

Despite the negative reaction of most fans, I actually enjoyed Ultimate Power quite a bit. I totally understand how people could be disappointed with it. It doesn't live up to the standard set by the Ultimates or Supreme Power, but it's still an entertaining, gorgeously illustrated superhero slug-fest.
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