on 14 August 2006
In many ways Ultimate Marvel is superior to the original Marvel comics, and these 14 comics are one of the reasons why: The art is some of the best I've seen in Marvel Comics (Pencils Trevor Hairsine and Inks Simon Coleby), and also the plot and the dialogue written by Warren Ellis is as usual spot on. This is an all round brilliant story.
The characters we see in these books are Nick Fury, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Phoenix, Wolverine, Colossus, Professor X, Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman. Also, in these story arcs, we are introduced to the Ultimate versions of Falcon, Marh-Vel (Captain Marvel), Vision, Silver Surfer, Misty Knight, and of course Ultimate Gah Lak Tus.
The plot: The worlds communication systems break down, and are replaced with images of Death and Aliens, making thousands around the globe to commit suicide. The broadcasts also reach psychics, and so Professor X and Phoenix are informed. Professor X tracks the Broadcasts down to Russia, and sends Colossus, Wolverine and Phoenix to find the source. But, Nick Fury also tracks down where the communications are coming from. Nick Fury, Falcon, Black Widow and Captain America go to find the source as well. Numerous enemies who were the results of the Russian Super Soldier Program attack both the X-Men and the Ultimates. The X-Men and The Ultimates eventually clash. The Ultimates defeat the X-Men yet the X-Men escape. They find out the source of the broadcasts is a robot called Vision, who is warning them of the coming of Gah Lak Tus.
Captain Marh-Vell was sent from his alien race the Kree to witness the destruction of the Earth by Gah Lak Tus. But he chooses to fight back, resulting in what could be the end of the World.
Each of the individual characters' personalities really sparks, Falcon is really cool, and Wolverine is still sarcastic about everything. I also like the idea that Silver Surfer is a henchman of Gah Lak Tus. You have got to see the remake of Gah Lak Tus, it is really different from Marvels, and it is an excellent and completely new idea. And of course the art, I really think that Trevor Hairsine and Simon Coleby are way underestimated, the art in these is some of the best you will see in the Ultimate Marvel Comics.
Character Development: 10/10
When a strange signal begins emitting from the Tunguska wilderness in Russia, broadcasting a message of despair and death, the X-Men set off to find the source of the signal and, separately, so does Nick Fury, Captain America, and Black Widow. But what they find speaks of an unprecedented danger to Earth - an unstoppable force in the universe known only as the world eater, Gah Lak Tus.
Warren Ellis writes what is probably the best Ultimates storyline printed yet. What little I knew of Galactus before reading this - some kind of cosmic giant that eats planets and has a messenger in the form of Silver Surfer - doesn't bring to mind that compelling a story. Will Ellis tell the story from the perspective of Galactus? And how can you defeat something on this scale?
Well, first off Ellis makes the genius choice of keeping Galactus out of the story until the final chapters, making him the primary reason for all of the events of the book while not appearing. It's brilliant.
So over the course of the three books the threat of Galactus is built up superbly. In the first, "Ultimate Nightmare", the X-Men and some of the Ultimates descend under the barren Russian land of Tunguska to discover a series of failed Russian super-soldiers who've become monsters over the years. This was probably the best book of the three as it reads like a claustrophobic horror or an early Ridley Scott film in the vein of "Alien". Artist Trevor Hairsine does a stellar job with the artwork too.
"Ultimate Secret" takes the story further with a kind of "Independence Day" type storyline of an alien race trying to cripple humanity's technological progress and make Earth into a kind of sacrifice for Galactus. Captain Marvel makes an appearance and there are lots of cool action scenes in the desert and space involving the Fantastic Four and the Ultimates, made even better with artist Steve McNiven's always excellent work.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jnr create the one shot issue "Ultimate Vision" which sets up the final book "Ultimate Extinction" nicely, introducing the age old space messenger Vision and explaining Galactus before he begins approaching Earth.
"Ultimate Extinction" is pure superhero awesome-ness. Of course Galactus is stopped but how he's stopped is brilliant, using all of the main Marvel superheroes in a concerted effort to defeat the world eater once and for all. Artist Brandon Peterson draws an incredible two pages of art showing Galactus' downfall that is wonderfully cinematic and magnificent.
I've been a fan of Warren Ellis' for years but he really went the distance with this book, pulling out all the stops to tell the best Ultimates story that's ever been published. He masterfully brings all of the elements over the course of three books and makes the ultimate villain an ultimate plot device for some amazing storytelling and action. Some writers struggle to write decent endings, Ellis effortlessly manages them every time, and this book is no exception. How Xavier and Jean Grey deal with Galactus is genius, as is Nick Fury's final word.
Any superhero comics fan or Ultimates fan needs to read this. It's another feather in the cap for Warren Ellis as well as being one of the best superhero books ever written. Galactically recommended.
on 25 October 2011
Now im a avid reader of ultimate marvel and i just had to get this book.Now the story is really Three separate story's connected with one arc so to review it properly il review each part separably. Act 1 [ ultimate Nightmare ] deals with a strange signal that's showing images of death and destruction and warning of something coming something called GAH LAK TUS.
While the Act 2 [ultimate secret ] is about a alien race called the kree watching earth to see what GAH LAK TUS will do to it ultimate secret is the most weak part of the trilogy [ an the reason why im giving it 4 stars ] but it is still good and does reveal facts about GAH LAK TUS. And then comes Act 3 [ Ultimate Extinction which has a extended prologue called ultimate vision but I will group them together ] In act 3 the fantastic four, X men and ultimate's band together to try and save the world from the evil GAH LAK TUS. All in all act 3 is a very fast paced and it may be disappointing for marvel fans who wanted GAH LAK TUS to be like his 616 counter part but none the less it is a good solid end to the trilogy.
Now looking at the book as a whole it is very good and fun the Art is great and the over all story is good it has many twists and turns and really everything about it is good so if your up for a thrilling story i recommend you buy it.
on 11 January 2012
All I can write is that this was an excellent story-arc on the original Galactus-Surfer-FF4 saga. The Avengers, X-Men, FF, Mar-Vell and Nick Fury all as you've never seen them before. And the mighty Gah-lak-tus as a myriad of sentient beings! Outstanding artwork (Steve McNiven), superb story (Warren Ellis) and very funny in certain parts (Tony Stark, Thor, Thing et al). Très bien!