Rick Jones returns to Earth and finds that some major changes have happened there, like the death of Spider-Man. He joins up with the Silver Surfer and Captain Marvel to stop Galactus from destroying the universe!
Galactus, who is combined with the Gah Lak Tus swarm, seems pretty dang unstoppable in this mini-series. Galactus has always been a formidable foe. Many times, he needed to be reasoned with in order to be stopped. This version of Galactus is more powerful than ever before, and by the looks of the end of the issue, having a "chit-chat" with the big guy in purple won't stop him from destroying planets, which he does a lot of in this issue.
This is the first time Rick Jones has been on Earth in quite some time, and he's missed out on a lot of stuff, including the death of Peter Parker, Rick's neighbor when he lived on Earth. It's a brief scene where Rick Jones learns all this, but it's powerful nonetheless. He's been gone for so long to do "big things" in the universe, but sometimes it's the small things that bring you back down to Earth. Please, ignore the pun for that one. Later, we return to Rick in front of the Parker's house and Mary Jane sees him. Again, it's a nice scene where the reader is reminded that while there's a battling raging in space, things are still happening on Earth.
This book feels so far removed from the rest of the Ultimate series. Sure, it takes place in that universe, but the Ultimate line has been a bit more Earth-centric. The book jumps around a bit to different planets and even into space, so it can get a bit dizzying.
There's a lot of high expectations here, for numerous reasons. The first is that this may all be leading up to the end of the Ultimate Universe (or not, but seriously, this feels like the end). The lead up to that should be this amazing, thrilling ride, and the issue at hand is ok. Secondly, Joshua Fialkov has been doing an amazing job with ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES, and because of this, fans may be expecting a bit more.
So far, HUNGER has been interesting. It's been a pretty solid mini-series and a good follow-up to the events of AGE OF ULTRON. Issue #3 of HUNGER was ok, but it was a bit of a let down. The over-powered Galactus is very cool and Rick returning to Earth was also a very nice moment, but the book feels a bit jump, and there's a lot of high expectations going into this and readers may feel a bit let down. Overall, I say continue on with the book if you're a fan of the Ultimate universe, just to see how this all plays out.