The Ultimates 3 (Spanish) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2009
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Following their nihilistic run on The Authority, Millar and Hitch turn their attention to reinventing the Avengers, the Mightiest Heroes of Marvel's Earth, into a more contemporary, less optimistic team. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
Overall, the story itself kind of lacks focus. There is no obvious enemy, and the narrative seems content to let itself be propelled by the characters themselves, as opposed to the enemies they face. So, for the first chapter, all we see is Captain America taking out a Nazi nuclear missile before being lost, and Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) on Everest. Don't be fooled - the artwork in the WWII attack and the full-page shot of Everest are simply glorious.
As the book continues, we see how different the Ultimate characters are to the regular Marvel ones. Nick Fury is a morally ambiguous leader of SHIELD, a covert black-ops organisation. Bruce Banner is a wimpy, snivelly little scientist, dominated by his now-ex-girfriend, PR lady Betty Ross. Tony Stark is an extravagent ego-maniac, and Thor is a hippy with a big hammer.
The best part of the book comes when Banner deliberately turns himself into the Hulk to provide the Ultimates with a foe to battle. Fuelled by alcohol and hormones (his ex is having dinner with Freddie Prinz Junior, meaning that Hulk's first words are 'HULK WANTS FREDDIE PRINZE JR!'), Ultimate Hulk rampages throughout New York whilst he is hit by just about everything - even getting a tank dropped on his head!
The artwork throughout is detailed and fantastic, the writing is layered and captures the characters perfectly. No comic book fan should be without this collection.
The new spin on the established Marvel characters works very well indeed. The combination of military stuffed-shirt Captain America, regretful hedonist Iron Man, hippy James Hetfield look-alike Thor, pathetic loser turned ego-driven monster the Hulk, bipolar hypochondriac Giant Man, flirtatious Wasp and Samuel L Jackson-alike Nick Fury make for an engaging team. Whether the plotting will keep up the high standard set by these character-driven stories remains to be seen - but I'm going to buy the other volumes ASAP!
A special mention should go to the artwork. Bryan Hitch has never impressed me before - usually being seen as a poor man's Alan Davis imitator. But his artwork in this book is fantastic - possibly topping Mr Davis and better than most of the current crop of comic book artists.
I would definitely recommend this book - it's a good read and looks great!
While all the series are superlative, The Ultimates stands head and shoulders about the rest. Bryan Hitch's near photo-realistic, cinematic art and Mark Millar's slick, well-observed, characterful writing gave me a feeling that I haven't had since I first read The Watchmen: that 'this could be real' fantasy ...
The Ultimates plays to this well, referencing pop culture (in true Buffy-style) and using real characters (e.g. George W Bush and Freddie Prinze Jnr) alongside its own creations, so fiction very easily blurs with fact, giving us a far more believable world.
The legendary Marvel characters have always tended to be more rounded and 'human' than many comic book creations, but in The Ultimates Millar really seems to have given us the 'ultimate', mature, adult approach to 'what if all this really happened in our world'.
Can't recommend this book highly enough (or the other Ultimate series titles). If only all superhero comics were this good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the reboot, intriguing Mr Mrs Pym characters, Banner as the mad scientist, Thor the 'dude', Starks lines are different but still show stoppers! Read morePublished 6 months ago by DMc
Good reimagining of the Avengers. A little grittier and possibly more realistic. Be looking to the second volume see how this develops.Published 8 months ago by Marvin Suggs
I'll Admit I Read the First half of this series when Hatchette Partworks released their 'MARVEL Ultimate Graphic Novel Collection' and was less than impressed - not because it was... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martin
When the Ultimate Spider-Man came out, I really loved the new style and re-working of the old story and also enjoyed the Ultimate X-MEN but have been looking for something new. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Kendrick
The Ultimates starts off very strong but meanders around in the middle only to become breathtaking in the middle. Ok story but really good art.Published 17 months ago by Andrew Johnson
Really gritty and couldnt believe how adult it is
Takes the piss out of itself and really epic