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Ultimates: Against All Enemies [Mass Market Paperback]

Alex Irvine
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19 Nov 2007 Ultimates
Stark Industries has developed a technology to detect the alien Chitauri using on-the-spot DNA screening. The American defence department intends to make the technology widely available, but someone in the government puts a stop to it. Captain America sees the government's suppression of the Stark technology as evidence that the people making such decisions are themselves compromised. Using as his model Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive orders during World War II, he begins to gather power to himself and those Ultimates and government officials sympathetic to his authoritarian approach so that power can be concentrated in the hands of those capable of taking quick and decisive action. Hank Pym, who desperately wants back on the Ultimates team, has been feverishly working with his ants in the hopes of finding something that will help defeat the Chitauri. When his ants attack one of his research assistants, who turns out to be a Chitauri, Captain America resolves his differences with Pym and the new team begins work on what they call Operation High Hopes.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Star Books Pbk. Ed edition (19 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416510710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416510710
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.4 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By jazzy pom VINE VOICE
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Right, background before I get into the review.

The Ultimates is a reboot of the Marvel comic superheroes The Mighty Avengers; but upgraded to modern times. For instance, Nick Fury in this imagining looks like Samuel L Jackson, Jan Pym is Asian and a mutant. Tony Stark is an alcoholic playboy with a sharp mind, Thor is man who might be a god who is anti co operate hegemony, Hawkeye is an embittered man with a murky history of black ops for SHIELD and Steve Rogers is a super soldier who has thawed out from the 1940s into modern times.

This book assumes that you've some prior knowledge of these characters. If you're coming from Marvel 616 (classic) verse and seeing these characters the first time, you might not like the characters much. For instance, Tony Stark is less a martyr in this universe and more a libertine (e.g. he has to drink alcohol in this universe for pain management, so he's delightfully sozzled), Captain America is well... very much bordering on jingoistic.

So, plot: there are alien shape shifters called the Chitauri, and they were defeated by the Ultimates in a previous battle (check the Ultimate Avengers animated movie on DVD). Tony Stark has developed a means of quickly detecting Chitauri DNA, but the federal government refuses to adapt the technology. Captain America is frustrated by the government's decision and takes matters into his own hands, by leaking the technology. As a result, chaos ensues. However, salvation might be at hand: Hank Pym wants to get back on the Ultimates team, and he's been experimenting with ants as a fool proof option of detecting the Chitauri. His experiments are promising... but are they promising enough for them to let the disruptive Hank Pym back on the team?
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3.0 out of 5 stars The team is Ultimates... The story is not Ultimate 23 Dec 2007
By Madelyn Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
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Ultimates: Against All Enemies uses characters from the Marvel comic book series the Ultimates. Characters include Captain America, Wasp, Giant Man/Ant-Man, Thor, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury. The comic book stories are grim and gritty. Mark Millar and Brian Hitch know how to pen a story that makes you want to claw out your eyes in sorrow and weep with glee all at the same time. If you have not read the graphic novels, stop reading this review and grab them. Ultimates vol. 1 is ISBN 0785110828 and Ultimates 2 is ISBN 0785121382. Ok, now I will continue assuming you know something about the Ultimates and that is why you are thinking about spending 8 of your hard earned dollars and several hours of your life reading this book.

This story takes place after the first Ultimates series and after the first Ultimates Paperback: Tomorrow Men. While it is not necessary to have read the first paperback before you read this novel, you must read the first Graphic Novel or you will be lost, confused, and even more disappointed with your reading experience. The villains of the first series, the Chitauri, are back for more mayhem. For those who don't know, the Chitauri are alien shape shifters, and they can take the form of anyone they eat. After infiltrating key positions around the globe, they are ready to strike back at the humans, and it is up to the Ultimates to stop them!

If you're a fan of the comics, this probably sounds pretty familiar. That's because it is the same story line as issues 7-13 of Ultimates, the same material reprinted in Ultimates: Homeland Security. Ultimates: Against All Enemies does not give us new material, it takes something Millar made successful and re-wraps it for paperback consumption, leaving those of us who love and adore the Millar Ultimates to wonder why we spent our time and money instead of simply re-reading Ultimates Volume 1.

To make matters even worse, (and yes, it can be worse) the characters are not Irvine's own, so I allow for some discrepancies of continuity. However, there are so many between Ultimates vol.1, Ultimates: Against All Enemies, and Ultimates vol. 2 that it creates distraction from what little story there is. The character development of this Ultimate Captain America is interesting, and there is some further shaping of Ultimates Iron Man's character, but that is about all. Furthermore, other characters like Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are left out. I think there could have been use for them.

At the end of the day, Ultimates: Against All Enemies offers nothing new, it just regurgitates the great work of Millar and Hitch. If you love the characters and just want a fix until Ultimates 3, then go ahead, but be warned. If you have never read Ultimates, then go grab Volume 1 and you will not be disappointed.
Side note: Ultimates are definitely PG 13 and up. I would not recommend this for very young readers, like those under 12.
Overall, I would recommend this as a light vacation book for hardcore Ultimates fans.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Sequel 1 Oct 2007
By David Keith - Published on Amazon.com
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OK. This here's the 2nd novel to be based on the Ultimates comic book. Both of the novels fit in between the 2 comic book collections, and this novel is a direct sequel to the first novel. So yeah, this is for readers of the Ultimates comic books. If you haven't read those before you read this; you should.

The Ultimates are basically a new take on the old Marvel Comics, The Avengers. It's a more adult version than the old Avengers.

Nick Fury and his SHIELD lead the team of Ultimate heroes which include the wife-beating Giant Man/Antman, the alcoholic Iron Man, the mass murdering Hulk, the government-paid serial killer/assassin Hawkeye, as well as Capt America, Thor and the Wasp.

The Ultimates is all a bit over the top in premise, but here the author does well with what he has to work with. It's an alien invasion and the Ultimates must stop it once again. It fits well with the other Ultimates creations, and is a fairly entertaining read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 20 Jun 2014
By Randall j Billings - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book really enjoyed the story. I loved the characters, felt really old school.
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