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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2009
Do not waste your time and do not waste your money on this poor excuse for entertainment. It doesn't even come close to the first two volumes of The Ultimate's by Mark Millar and Brian Hitch in terms of quality or even quantity with this with this worthless 5 issue piece of bad story telling. A true dissapointment in every way.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2009
After the fantastic work done by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch i was expecting great things. This book by "award winning Jeph Loeb" instead is a great big disappointment. Gone is the realism of both the story writing and the art of the first 2 series, and in is a story that a 3yr could write and a manga boys wet dream for the art. Basically if you liked Ultimates and Ultimates 2 leave well alone. All this does is make me wish i could get my time and money back
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2011
I knew what I was getting into when I bought this title. I had read the various reviews and knew that this book is pretty universally disliked.

I am a huge fan of Mark Millar's excellent Ultimates 1 and 2, and so had avoided this due to its awful reviews. However now that Millar has returned to write Ultimate Comics: Avengers, I felt that I should get this book to fill me in on what has happened in the Ultimates universe before I got the new Ultimate stuff by Millar as I wouldn't know whats going on otherwise.

I have to say that even though I was prepared for this book to be bad it was much, much worse than I thought possible.

All the awesome groundwork done by volumes 1 and 2 is pretty much thrown out of the window. This is utterly brainless stuff with the plot revolving around people punching each other. It reads like a collection of posters which someone has tried to write a story over the top of, with each chapter ending with a group shot of overly muscly heroes posing together for the 'camera'.

What's more this doesn't even follow on from the end of Ultimates 2. Plenty must have happened in the various other Ultimate titles between Ultimates 2 and this book, so this begins with the team completely changed from the previous book. Characters have changed their costumes. Ultimates members have left the group and new ones have joined. None of this is explained so it really feels like you have missed something.

One of the most annoying things to me was that Thor in this book speaks as he does in the regular universe (thee, thou, verily etc). I really can't stand that and was so glad they didn't do that with Ultimate Thor. Also he seems to have aged 20 years and gained 500 pounds of muscle. Even his hammer now looks identical to the original Marvel universe version so what we have here is the original Thor plain and simple. I really hope Millar ignores this and goes back to writing Thor the way he did in his books for Ultimate Comics: Avengers.

Finally the artwork is technically brilliant but has an exaggerated, cartoony quality with overly muscly characters and extreme lighting, which takes away from the realism of the previous titles and doesn't work for me at all.

Everything about this book is awful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2010
First of all you have to give it to the artwork of Joe Madureira in this book . The art is to put it simply the best in my opinion , I have seen in any Marvel comic over the last decade.
I , personally do not see the uproar of some of the Marvel fans regarding Loebs work. You have to keep in mind that Loeb had to put the whole third chapter of the Ultimates into five issues and thus , to compare it to Millars work, who had twenty six isuues to spread the the first two chapters of the Ultimates over is irrelevant and also had to keep the title which has reached its success and has been acclaimed for its originality from going stale. My only complaint is of the scribe spending more time writing the often grotesk fight scenes with randomly chosen fan favourite villains (which were only supported for being there by some mad scheme of Doctor Doom who was bound to show his face in the penultimate chapter of the Ultimate Marvel Universe at some point) than he did trying to deepen the plotline to the levels his predecessor reached.
Overall I have given the book three stars due to both the incredible artwork and the failing storyline which unfortunately did not have the time it needed to reach its fullest potential.
I would advise any steadfast readers of the Ultimate Marvel U to purchase this book despite the poor reviews as this is a complete neccessity as a tie in to the 'Ultimatum' saga.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One of the worst comics I have ever read in my 35 years of reading comics, Jeph Loeb has taken the supreme genius of The Ultimates and reduced it to a puerile, mish mash of super cliche after super cliche- this guy not only 'killed the Scarlet Witch', he's killed the entire franchise stone dead!!

Shame on this idiot!!! Awful beyond words!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2009
Well...I tried this against my better judgement and was truly let down. Quite what has happened to the Jeph Loeb of Batman's Long Hallowe'en etc I really don't know, but this is puerile stuff. Let's face it, as evidenced with Ultimates and Authority,once a genius such as Millar has made his imprint on a franchise there are few who can follow with any likelihood that the result will be different but similarly challenging. Well, this is certainly different! Different but dire! The artwork is overcrowded and poorly executed. All in all, this is one for the bargain bins!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2009
If I ask for apples in a shop, I don't expect oranges; if I buy 'The Ultimates 3' I expect a mature and high quality comic book continuing in the same vein as its predecessors - not this bilge. I've not been reading comic books long, but this is by far the worst I've ever read and frankly heads should be rolling for allowing Jeph Loeb to destroy this once respectible brand name. Aside from the art - absolute garbage! I will avoid Loeb's work like the plague from now on.
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on 30 March 2011
Sorry to echo the previous comments but blimey, just felt I had to add my thoughts. Just read it after thoroughly enjoying volumes one and two. Great storylines and brilliant characterisation were the key reasons for the success of the Mark Millar penned originals.
This third volume sums up everything I find annoying about the endlessly churned out superhero graphic novels. Endless appearances by stars of other 'franchises' which are greeted as truly monumental, zero characterisation, and storylines which contain no logic, innovation and conceal their lack of ideas by being deliberately misleading.
The poor excuse for a 'mystery' is laughable here. The treatment of Captain America and Iron Man is absolutely ludicrous - one dimensional doesn't remotely explain how their 'characters' are portrayed here.
For me the artwork isn't as good as the previous volumes.
Overall - one of the best series ever laid low. Mark Millar created the Ultimates and is the Ultimates. Without him, it's completely gone off the rails.
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when I first read ultimate's 1 i was so enthraled the up to date look on the avengers was really cool and this was carried very well by mark miller into ultimate's 2 but then....then came ultimates's 3 an boy oh boy is it bad to quickly explain it magnetos daughter the scarlet witch gets killed and tony starks sex tape with his ex fiance black widow now the sex tape has nothing to do with it their just talking about it at the start and it's forgotten and only a few references are made about it later

The story may be awful an yes it is [ making everything ultimate Thor was and then spitting on it ] but the art truthly is gorgeous and i cant complain on it but even that does not save it so im giving it Two stars go for the art but Not for the story!
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on 31 July 2011
Ultimates 3 gets a hard time I feel, because its not as good as Ultimates 1 and 2, and because it leads into the generally disliked Ultimatum.
However, while i did have some quibbles with this novel, namely the change in artist, the depiction of Thor as a egocentric, Shakespeare lingo touting fool, the non mention of Capt America and Wasp's relationship, and the length, the story has plenty of positives too. Its got an intriguing conspiracy-type plot, it links up with Ultimates 1 and 2 in cool ways, and it crosses over with X men (and Spiderman a little) in a way that seems seamless and well thought out.
Definitely worth a buy if you've read the other Ultimates and are preparing to brave Ultimatum soon, as i am right now.
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