This is still a very new team that back in the last volume of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN was much less of a team and more of a hodge-podge of heroes slumped together in battle. What writer Michael Fiffe does very well is establishes the fact that this team is new and they're not used to working together. There's going to be a learning curve for this team and Fiffe is really building on that in this issue.
There is a lot of potential here because it follows in the aftermath of CATACLYSM. This is a fantastic team line-up and the fact they're younger folks fighting the good fight makes this so much more appealing.
The cover, by David Nakayama, is utterly beautiful. It's very simple, but great to look at and the background, with Miles Morales' logo is an very cool touch.
The biggest problem with the issue is the art. It's inconsistent and feels a tad awkward. Artist Amilcar Pinna sets up individual panels in a weird way. In the opening page, which is a splash page, we look down on the scene of these characters fighting. The perspective is very bizarre. There are quite a few scenes like this in the rest of the book. Throughout the rest of the issue, there are times, but the splash page is the best example, where characters look extremely stiff.
On the story side of things, introducing a brand new villain team, with some familiar faces within the team, seems like a bit much for a new series with a group of individuals working with each other for the first time. The story really isn't that interesting so far. It's barely keeping my attention, even though a good amount of this issue is a fight scene. Even though I am a huge fan of everything Ultimate, parts of this story, so far, make me feel a bit lost.
No explanation why Spider-Woman became Black Widow. It seems like a bit of a silly change.
The second issue of ALL NEW ULTIMATES is a bit of a disappointment. There's still a lot of potential here but the execution doesn't hit the mark. There's problems within the art and the one-liners dialogue and the fact the story just isn't that interesting; however, there is a glimmer of hope that this could be a good series, as this team is still new and learning to work together and that shows in this issue. But for now, I do not recommend this issue.