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Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14 - Divided We Fall, Part Two: America's Team Review

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The New Republic of Texas is about to wage war! America is in shambles! The Ultimates come together to try and stop them.

The Good

The current Ultimate Comics line at Marvel is amazing. These new volumes raise the bar for what comic books can and should be at a larger company, and The Ultimates is a prime example of it. These new volumes break the mold. Death is a real thing. The world doesn't always go back to normal after a major event. I can get down with these concepts.

This issue of the Ultimates continues the Divided We Fall story line where America is coming apart at the seams. Sections are seceding from the Union, and Texas is planning to wage war. Of course, the Ultimates are there to stop it all, for the most part.

Issue 14 is non-stop action with a fantastic set-up. We get to see where this story will take us in the future. I'm very excited to see how this plays out and more importantly, how it will affect the future of the Ultimate Universe.

While I really enjoyed Hickman's run prior to this, his writing (which I've said a lot) can be a bit over my head. It's really good, but sometimes it can be a bit much for me. Humphries has done a phenomenal job at taking what Hickman left us all off with and turning it into a great story that doesn't betray the story prior to it. It still feels like a great Ultimates story, but with some of the high concept elements out of the picture. I find his writing incredibly strong, but a lot easier to swallow as you read the book.

The Bad

This book doesn't get as much love as it should.

My biggest gripe with this issue is that the artwork is just ok. It does the book justice, but it's not as clear and crisp as the art has been in the past for the Ultimates. My biggest complaint is that characters look a bit too stiff at times, even in action sequences.

The Verdict

The Ultimates 14 and the Divided We Fall story line are fantastic. This issue retains the awesomeness that was the Hickman run, but with a story and writing that are a lot easier to swallow. This issue has some fantastic set up for the rest of the story line, and I can't wait to see how this will affect the future of the Ultimate universe.

On the downside, I thought the art was a tad stiff and just ok.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue and this series. It's one of my favorites at Marvel.

9 Comments
Posted by Crackdown

I thought the reintroduction of Hawkeye and Black Widow was a little rushed. I'm wondering where Falcon is, along with the pair Spider-Woman and Captain Britain.

Flumm let Hawk and Widow free, but not the others?

I'm also hoping we learn more about that "west coast Ultimates" team they teased us

Posted by inferiorego

@Crackdown said:

I thought the reintroduction of Hawkeye and Black Widow was a little rushed. I'm wondering where Falcon is, along with the pair Spider-Woman and Captain Britain.

Flumm let Hawk and Widow free, but not the others?

I'm also hoping we learn more about that "west coast Ultimates" team they teased us

I didn't want to mention that last part in the review, but I'm also interested in that.

Posted by Tony_Shark

That new Iron Man armor is awesome. He seems more... flexible lol

I agree about the artwork. Compared with the previous story line featuring The City of Tomorrow, the art work is not doing the story justice. Also, not sure how I feel about Cap's new design.

Posted by airbound_dude

616 Universe should take advice from Ultimate Marvel Universe. Here big events have BIG aftermath and nothing ever returns to "normal". And the main villain here is really shaping up great. Love this series.

Posted by animehunter

@Crackdown said:

I thought the reintroduction of Hawkeye and Black Widow was a little rushed. I'm wondering where Falcon is, along with the pair Spider-Woman and Captain Britain.

Flumm let Hawk and Widow free, but not the others?

I'm also hoping we learn more about that "west coast Ultimates" team they teased us

I was was wondering about Spider-woman too, so I went onto Marvel Wikia and found that she would be appearing in, according to the description and cover, Ultimate Comics Spider-man #17due November.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@inferiorego I agree 100%
Posted by slvr4surfer

Hey quick question guys! (I just got back into the Ultimate universe with this series and I LOVE IT)

Are we supposed to know who the bad guy is (the man with a suit case full o' gold)?

Thanks!

P.S: Where's Captain Britain? I miss him...

Posted by HortonDrawsAWho

This was some of the laziest artwork I've seen in a long time on a comic. Especially towards the end of the book, in particular the expressions on peoples faces looked like blow up sex dolls. Tan always comes off like a horrible understudy to David Finch. I often worry whenever Tan is put on a book at Marvel because it makes me feel like Marvel doesn't think the consumer cares about the artwork. I mean I look at his artwork and think that there must be thousands of better artists who would DIE to be on Ultimates, yet Tan rushes through backgrounds and poses and action scenes.

Posted by sswang

I love both the story and the art of the first arc. It was grand beyond my imagination. However, I am not loving the art of this new arc at all. I never understand how Marvel and DC's executives can just switch around the artists to succeed a line with such different artistic level and style. The same problem happened to Batwoman, too. I really try to support these lines I loved so much in the beginning, but their new art just repels me so much that I can't even enjoy the storyline.