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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing since The Watchmen, 12 Aug. 2003
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This review is from: The Ultimates volume 1: Super-human TPB (Paperback)
The Ultimate Universe was one of the bravest and best decisions Marvel has taken in many a year - resetting the clock to zero on all their major characters and telling their tales from a distinctly 21st century perspective. These lines are definitely aimed at attracting new readers who have been drawn (pun intended) to the wonderful medium of the comic book by the recent spate of high-quality, big-budget movies.
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.
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Initial post: 20 Sep 2014 18:11:21 BDT
Fantastic, detailed review of a great GA.

You certainly know your Graphic Novels mate this is a awesome review.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2014 18:13:00 BDT
HeroPress says:
Wow, thank you for the kind words.
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