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21st Century Super Heroes
on 22 October 2002
Forget everything you think you know about your favourite Marvel icons. The Ultimates drops them in a new universe with a clean slate (The Ultimate Universe), also populated by the Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man, for a refreshingly continuity free and bang up to date experience. The Ultimates are a UN funded superteam, formed in order to combat the ever increasing threat of superhuman rampages.
A big part of what makes The Ultimates stand out is the stunningly high standard of scripting, which slowly builds tension and drama through the interaction between the characters, rather than featuring fight scene after fight scene. This means that when everything does kick off, it is all the more dramatic and involving - you really do care about what happens to these characters, even if they aren't the most likable bunch of people. Which is another point: they feel like well rounded, real people. They have flaws just like you and me.
The script also provides lots of fun references to pop culture, another facet that keeps the story as close as possible to the real world.
The artwork also impresses, with Bryan Hitch delivering ultra realistic and believable characters and settings. The eventual disaster in New York is made all the more exciting due to the recognisable settings that it takes place in.
I cannot recommend The Ultimates highly enough, but be warned - this collection finishes on a startling, shocking note which will be picked up in the monthly series...only available through specialist retailers in the UK.
What are you waiting for? Grab a copy of The Ultimates, sit back and enjoy what is, in my humble opinion, the most believable and involving super hero story in recent memory.