Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates 5

Hmm. More Ultimate Marvel stuff this first week than I was hoping. Oh well, it's heading towards a big relaunch anyway, so I suppose this is to be somewhat expected.

    So, Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates(UAvNU). With Ultimate in the title twice it must be good! Actually it's just kind of okay. For those of you somewhat unfamiliar, this 6 part mini-series details a conflict between The Ultimates(basically the Avengers of the ultimate universe. Yeah, I know you'd think the Ultimate Avengers would be the Avengers, but they aren't.) and the Avengers(a shadow team created by the supposedly dead Nick Fury).  Both teams found intel that the leader of the other team, Carol Danvers and Nick Fury respectfully, are supplying superhumans to North Korea. This leads to an all out conflict between the two teams, with poor Spider-man caught in the middle(See: Ultimate Death of Spider-man).

Despite my previous assertion that I wouldn't say it anymore, I decided to be nice. Spoilers begin here. (Aeris dies, rosebud was his sled, etc.)

   To begin, I don't much care for Gregory Stark. He's a superfluous character, who, like much of the Ultimate Avengers, was created because Mark Millar didn't get to write the New Ultimates, so he invented a bunch of characters so he didn't have to alter his ideas much. Gregory Stark is basically Nemesis(Millar's terrible creation). He has plans within plans and they kick the crap out of your plans. So that tainted the issue for me. As did the revelation that The Spider was just an experiment of his. I was hoping for extradimensional shenanigans, so this wasn't much of a payoff for me. The thing with Cash was okay, except for everybody hulking out, that seemed a little silly. On the plus side, I feel Leinel Yu's art works better for something a bit grittier like this than it did for Secret Invasion.(I also didn't like his tendency to draw strong chins on everyone in a story involving aliens who had chins as a major defining feature).

Overall, the mini isn't bad, the issue is probably one of, if not the, weakest in the series. I'm just kind annoyed all this is needed to bring the universe back to something resembling it's pre-Ultimatum days. I hate Jeph Loeb so much. So goddamn much.

22 comments:

  1. Really sucks when a writer ruins a series =/

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  2. Good review, keep up the good work

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  3. All these cross overs start to confuse me now-a-days.

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  4. PUNISHER....Following your blog dude.

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  5. When in doubt, just say to yourself, "At least it's not being drawn by Rob Lefield~!"

    Yes, I have issues with that man. BELTANPOUCHES!!!!!

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  6. I just stumbled upon this blog. Great Stuff. Loved the review. Keep up the good work! Cant wait for more!

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  7. Ultimate showdown? more like Ultimate confusion. Can;t wait to read this though! Looks interesting!

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  8. I need to read comics more, they're a great way to waste time. I regret getting older ;p

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  9. Avengers for the win! cannot wait for the movie.

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  10. COmpletely agree with you and I should ream more commings aswell:)

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  11. I never heard of any of these :S , but I like the blog in general. + follow

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  12. I hear a lot of stuff gets answered in this issue, so I need to go pick it up.

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  13. Nice review, sounds very simple and understandable ") nice.

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  14. I like this, nice post.
    +Follow

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  15. The art style is great though. I started reading Ultimate universe first, so that's my preference with Marvel.

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