Ultimate Annuals Volume 1 TPB: v. 1 Paperback – 18 Jan 2006
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But that is not what they are about.
I skipped the Fantastic Four annual, I do not read Fantastic Four.
The X-Men annual is about Gambit and Rogue, who are not even in the X-Men anymore.
The Spider-Man annual was just about Peter Parker and Shadowcat from X-Men on a date.
The Ultimates Annual is about Nick Fury.
Overall, I was kind of disappointed as I was expecting something different.
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I'd give it a 3.5, if I could.
Writers: Mark Millar (Ultimate FF, Ultimates), Brian K. Vaughan (Ultimate X-Men), Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man)
Ultimate FF: Jae Lee (pencils, inks), June Chung (colors)
Ultimate X-Men: Tom Raney (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Gina Going-Raney (colors)
Ultimate Spider-Man: Mark Brooks (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Dave Stewart (colors)
Ultimates: Steve Dillon (pencils, inks), Paul Mounts (colors)
Collects: Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1, Ultimate X-Men Annual #1, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1, The Ultimates Annual #1.
Though the stories contained in this book are all pretty good reads, this book is still pretty redundant. All of these stories (except the story of The Ultimates) are printed, elsewhere, in TPB or hardcover collections of the individual titles. In my opinion, that is where they all belong. If someone is reading a core title, why would they want to shell out the extra money for a TPB full of stories about other titles? Answer: They wouldn't. The only real reason I picked up this book was to read the Ultimates annual material. Marvel made the poor choice to exclude the material from the annual when they printed The Ultimates HC edition, so I had to search for it elsewhere. What a pain, and what a stupid editorial decision! Anyway, on to the review:
The FF story introduces the Ultimate version of the Inhumans, and basically explains why no one knows about them and why they choose to leave Earth and head to the moon, instead. The artwork by Jae Lee is great, as always.
The Ultimate X-Men material features some major changes for the characters of that title, including the death of a major character and power changes for two other popular characters. I won't give away any more than that. Tom Raney's artwork is as good as it's ever been, which is to say that it looked great and is well above-average.
The Ultimate Spidey tale focuses on Peter getting a new girlfriend after he breaks up with MJ. It's typical good fun from this teenage-centric book. Mark Brooks does a great job of keeping the artwork consistent, following Bagley's extremely long run of issues leading up to this tale. Fans used to Bagley's pencils will not be disappointed by Mr. Brooks.
The Ultimates tale is my personal favorite, but that may be just my prejudice of not having read this material before. The story focuses largely on Nick Fury, who doesn't get that time in the spotlight in the regular Ultimates title. The story also introduces several characters that will come to play large roles in Ultimates 2, and shows readers the "substitute" Captain America, should Steve Rogers happen to fall in combat. It's action-packed, interesting, and has a great ending. Nick Fury has never been better than this! Steve Dillon's pencils are great, as anyone who's seen his work on the Punisher knows first-hand. He especially excels at depicting character's facial expressions.
Fans of the Ultimate Marvel universe will really enjoy this collection, but just need to be aware that they may be getting some "re-runs" in the mix. If you haven't been buying the single issues or TPBS of these titles thus far, don't worry about being too lost. Even if you've never read any of these titles before, you will probably still enjoy the stories, as they stand pretty well on their own. The book may, in fact, be a good book to try if you've been curious about the Ultimate Marvel universe. By reading this book, you'll get to see just how different things are in this continuity and it may entice you to return to this particular corner of the universe for more helpings. I give this book high scores, and it earns them. However, you'll be better off borrowing a copy of this from the library if you've already read portions of the book's contents, elsewhere.
Cool Factor: 9/10
The X-Men story is a long and drawn-out (but never interesting or exciting) fight scene, and even though the end is nice and surprising in a very Ultimate Universe "Gotcha!" kind of way, playing on the assumptions of regular comic readers, it isn't a particularly compelling story on its own.
The Spider-Man story is a nice little interlude, as Peter Parker goes on a date with Kitty Pryde. Bendis gets to show off his mastery of believable dialogue, and the story has a great deal of teen awkwardness and heart.
The Ultimates story, though, is pretty bad. It touches lightly on some back-up team members who have been given (intentionally?) generic costumes/powers based on the successful members of the Ultimates team. There isn't much of a plot beyond an assassination attempt that takes twists and turns that should not surprise a single reader. This work is inconsequential, with no effect on the greater Ultimates stories, which is about the only good thing I can say about it.
I do not recommend this collection to anyone but a completist.
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