The Ultimates are reforming... again. How will Nick Fury handle the team this time? And why are there a bunch of people running around with suits that look surprisingly a lot like the costumes of Future Foundation?
The thing I've always loved about the Ultimate universe is the skeptical attitude it has. If you've read the book, throughout the years, then you know one thing the book always made comment on was that they never truly thought Thor was a god. They thought he was a nutjob. Now, they know about Asgard, and the fact Thor truly is a god, but there is still a skeptical attitude towards it. The Ultimate universe feels less tongue-and-cheek and more like real life.
It's been a while since we've had a truly good Ultimates book (Since Ultimates 2 in my opinion), and this book is a great set-up for what could be a great story. All the elements of a great story are here: developed characters, solid writing, great art, a hint of mystery, and Excalibur getting beaten up by Thor.
Hickman is a great writer, and one of the few writers (aside from Jason Aaron, who I mentioned in the Wolverine review) who can make me like and care about characters I usually would turn the other cheek too. That being said. I like a drunken, party-loving Thor, and I'd have him no other way.
I don't know who these people in the white and black costumes are, but they remind me a lot of Future Foundation, but an Ultimate version. A group of people trying to create a new world for themselves? I'm very excited to learn more about these people and watch the world unfold.
The very first two volumes of the Ultimates were great, but everything since then has been... well... the exact opposite. The tone has been completely different. So far, this book seems to be back along the same lines of the original volumes and less... well, cheesy. That being said, when I saw there was another new volume of this book, I wasn't that excited, and frankly, even though I really like this book, I'm extremely skeptical because I love this team and don't want it to get ridiculous like the last few volumes.
Do you love great starting points? Then this is the book for you! This book seems to be back on track. It's no longer "way out there" or "over-the-top." This issue is grounded and pretty serious. I'm impressed. I have a feeling Hickman is going to take this team to new levels, and while I'd love to give this a perfect score, I still feel a bit skeptical about the team, and while the issue was awesome, it just wasn't amazing. I highly recommend this book, especially for new readers.