The GeeksverseUltimates #1

Ultimates #1
Published on Friday, August 26, 2011 by

Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Esad Ribic
Colors: Dean White
Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: A- Kaare Andrews; B- Esad Ribic
Assistant Editor: Sana Amanat
Editor: Mark Paniccia

So how many times has this comic been restarted? Five? Six?

How many times has the ultimate universe been restarted?

Will they actually give the universe a chance to get going and stay going before restarting it again?

As for the issue itself, the series is off to a good start. This issue follows Nick Fury and is a day in the life kind of thing. He enters the command center and is brought up to date on various situations and we watch as the day progresses and the situations get out of hand. Hickman does good building the tension. The sequance in Asgard, with no text is perfectly paced.

This issue highlights how the recent events have affected Nick Fury, now a general (it never made sense to keep him a colonel). Where before he would know what to do and be in complete control of the situation, now we see a Fury who is unsure of himself. He’s overwhelmed.

Hickman does a good job of highlighting what makes the Ultimate universe different. The tone is something that you wouldn’t find in a normal Marvel Universe book at all, not even Hickman’s Secret Warriors. The last restart of the Ultimates, by Jeph Loeb, was really just another version of the Avengers and really nothing stood out that wasn’t something would find in a MU book.

But already this has the feel of the first Ultimates by Mark Millar, which had the feel of Warren Ellis’ Stormwatch and Authority. It’ll be interesting to see how long Hickman can keep up this tone and keep the story different. This is what the Ultimate universe should be like. Unlike Millar’s Ultimates which seemed to want to go for shock over anything, this seems like it’ll concentrate on the characters and situations creating the differences.

Ribic’s art is great. He’s got a strong sense of storytelling and he nails the details when he has to. The Asgard sequance was really well done. There’s no text, so it’s up to Ribic to deliver well laid out panels and really convey the conversation through the expressions. He does a good job all around.

Ultimates #1 receives
4 out of 5

A good start to the latest reboot of the ultimate universe. Fans of Millar’s Ultimates will feel right at home.

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