The ABC’s Of Wolverine // artwork by Sean Gordon Murphy (2010)
So I Read Today… The Ultimates #1 (vol 1.)
When the Ultimate line got up and running Spider-Man and The X-Men were the flagship tittles of the line, but the heavy hitter was about to come, The Ultimate update of all the characters was something that fans were always very much looking forward to, so when Mark Millar announced his take on The Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, geeks started to salivate, the concept was a direct ramification of everything that had been going on in Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men, The Norman Osborn fiasco, The Brotherhood of Mutants almost destroying Washington and the rogue agency Program Weapon X taking issues into their own hands, Nick Fury set out to build an military strike force of superhumans to deal with these kind of problems and so, The Ultimates were born.
Since the first number you could tell this book was very different to all the Ultimate tittles, Mark Millar wrote it at a slow pacing taking pointers from his buddy Brian Michael Bendis and it slowly developed into an origin story that took almost 6 issues to get told, it all stars with the first avenger: Captain America making his last stand against The Nazis in WWII, he destroys what it would have been the first hydrogen bomb and his body is frozen into the Atlantic Ocean, back to present day we see Nick Fury assembling the team out of scientist with wild ideas like Henry and Janet Pym, Bruce Banner, uber-playboy and industrialist Tony Stark and total nutjob Thor, Captain America is found in the bottom of the ocean and everything is set, when the team is ready for action the unconceivable happens, a multi-billion dollar strike force is stranded in the coast of New York with nothing to do, that of course can only last so long; Bruce Banner feeling the disrespect all around mixes his Hulk serum with the blood of Steve Rogers.
Disaster ensues in this team of dysfunctional people, the Ultimates may bear a resemblance with The Avengers in the name of the teammates, but that’s when all coincidences end; Captain America is no-nonsense right wing bastard, Iron Man is both an irremediable drunk and a fast mouth ladies man, Hank and Janet Pym are prone to domestic violence, Thor may or may not be crazy, Bruce Banner has an inferiority complex as big as the hard-on he has when he becomes The Hulk, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have an incestuous romantic tension going on at all times, these things and much more are found in the first 12 issues of one of the best comic books done in the last 10 years, really go read this right now, thank me later!.
Spider-Man: Peter Loves Mary Jane // artwork by J. Scott Campbell (2014)
The No-Sin Situation // artwork and words by Chip Zdarsky (2014)
Featuring the non-In-continuity confessions of the Marvel characters.
Spider-Man: Moral Obligation // artwork by Lee Weeks (2014)
Spider-Woman // artwork by Milo Manara (2014)
Variant cover for issue #1
I’ve recently read all the brou-haha over this beautiful piece of art and how it has offended some loud person with a keyboard and a loud audience to follow. The artist made a really sweet exit out of the situation (even though all what he had to do it’s drop a bird bomb and tell people to fuck off). If you have any interest about the whole issue you can read it here. I will be a little less classy. Because of this situation and the Rick Remender “controversy" over The Falcon in the current Captain America book, I’ve come to the realization that the eternally-offended people really need to get a life and do other thing than read comic books. Either do that or get off your high fucking horse and stop being so sensitive over everything. Find your flags and causes in the real world where there are a lot of real issues that demand your attention and activism and please let scapism BE scapism.
That will be all on my side. If you fancy a discussion over a point of view you won’t be able to change, I will only answer privately.
Game of Primes // artwork byLivio Ramondelli (2014)
Kingdom Come: Judgment // artwork by Alex Ross (1996)