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Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2 - The Republic Is Burning, Part II Review

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The Ultimates haven't come together as a team yet, and they are facing a force that may be more powerful than they ever have faced before.

Who are these characters that look like the Future Foundation that we saw in issue #1? Ultimates #2 is written by Jonathan Hickman, the art is by Esad Ribic, and the color is by Dean White.

The Good

Where to start...

I liked Thor, and yet, I am in no way a Thor fan. In fact, I usually hate Thor. This is the second time I've ever liked the character. The first time was during Millar's Ultimates run, by the way. Hickman's done something only one other writer has done: He's made me not only care about Thor but actually make him a character I like, and it really only took him two issues. Also, the ending of this issue, which involves Thor, is a really cool concept, which I refuse to spoil here.

For the lack of a better term, the Future Foundation team in this book is pretty awesome. We get a decent back-story about them in this issue, and it's incredibly interesting content. These "villains" are some of the coolest characters to be introduced to the Ultimate Universe in years.

Esad Ribic is killing it on the art. He has a style that sets this book far apart from the rest of what's going on at Marvel. He has a realistic style that really fits the tone of the book. The art feels a bit gritty and chaotic which is exactly what this book needs to feel like. However, the moments that shine above and beyond are the action shots involving Thor. Words escape me on how to describe this awesomeness.

Most comics pull back on the action/violence, and the others go way over-the-top. Ultimates #2 has the perfect amount of violence during it's action sequences. It's not gory, but it's not for kids by any means. There is a decent amount of blood, but you're not seeing intestines pop out and fly around the page.

The Bad

My only real problem with this book is that like most of Hickman's work, it's incredibly high-concept. High concept is totally not a bad thing; however, at times, the book can get confusing. I could see why some people would be turned off by it. In fact, I'll admit it. I got confused once or twice.

The fact of the matter that the worst part about this book is that it has writing elements that are non-traditional to comic book writing kind of add to the awesomeness that is Hickman's writing.

The Verdict

This is the best of the current Ultimate line-up of books at Marvel. Sure, it has high concept elements in the book that can be confusing, but for me, that's really part of the appeal of the issue and the story. This is one of the few times where I've actually enjoyed Thor and what he was up to, and the new villains in this story are also a lot of fun. Ribic's art fits this book insanely well and really adds to the realism of the book. Lastly, there are no punches held on the violence, but it doesn't go over-the-top. I highly recommend this issue and series. Currently, it's one of the best books at Marvel.

20 Comments
Posted by Or35ti

argh. why did DC and Ultimate Comics have to relaunch at the same time!! I wanna buy this so much haha

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

The UU is the only thing I'm interested in at Marvel right now but I liked Thor far more back when he was a possible nut job revolutionary activist   

Posted by sora_thekey
@inferiorego: Read Ultimate Comics Thor!
Posted by inferiorego

@sora_thekey said:

@inferiorego: Read Ultimate Comics Thor!

I didn't like it

Staff
Posted by ReVamp

Damn... I'm lost in Ultimate Comics... I mean, I remember there was an ultimate Avengers and an Ultimates title... but now one relaunched? And I didn't read Ultimate Thor, but I remember that at least...

Posted by Deadcool

@inferiorego said:

@sora_thekey said:

@inferiorego: Read Ultimate Comics Thor!

I didn't like it

You are a bad person... Ahahah LOL just kidding...

Posted by inferiorego

@Deadcool said:

@inferiorego said:

@sora_thekey said:

@inferiorego: Read Ultimate Comics Thor!

I didn't like it

You are a bad person... Ahahah LOL just kidding...

... I DO eat babies... maybe I am bad...

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Posted by Jordanstine

I'll admit I'm shallow because one of the reasons I didn't care for Ultimate Thor is because... he didn't wear a cape.

Posted by goldenkey

Im glad to read this review. To know that the Ultiamtes are back to being good. Been a while. Its not that I didn;'t like Loeb's Ultimates I actually did, it's that he reversed so much Millar did on his run. Like he never read the run just got a some information on what happened. It's good to see someone likes this run so far tho. Hopefully the Thor you like is not the one who talks like a Shakespearean asshole.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Really really enjoyed the first issue, so I'm happy to see that enjoyment will probably continue on into the series at large. I'm excited to finally be... well... EXCITED for Ultimate Marvel again!

Edited by afryte

I haven't read it in a while, but is the Ultimates good again? I stopped reading it after the terrible Jeph Loeb/Joe Madureira run.

Posted by longbowhunter

This is something I'm definitely picking up in trade. I loved Ribic and White on Uncanny X-Force.
Posted by zackattack529

if im new to ultimate universe is this a good place to start??

or do i gotta lotta back reading to do???

Posted by Daveyo520

I need to catch up on my Ultimates. I have only read Ultimates 1 and 2 and UC Avengers 1 and some of 2. So much to catch up on.

Posted by CODYSF

This sucks

Posted by movieartman
@afryte
here is how it is 
Ultimates - Superb 
Ultimates 2 - Superb
Ultimates 3 (The last one u read) - Crap 
Ultimatum - Crap....... with incredible art 
New Ultimates - Good 
Ultimate Avengers - Good 
Ultimate Avengers 2 - Good 
Ultimate Avengers 3 - Crap...... with horrible art 
Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates - Damn Good 
 
Ultimate Comics Ultimates - 2 issues in GREAT
Posted by movieartman
@Or35ti
this wasnt really the same kina reboot with dc they really change up the universe and its history 
with the ultimateverse nothing is changed this is really nothing more than just a good new starting point 
 
but seiously this book is a hundred times better than almost all the new dc books BUY IT
Posted by danhimself

wow what a great way to describe Hickman's work..."high concept"....his stuff definitely is confusing sometimes...but I like that about it...it kind of forces you to go back and read large chunks at a time so that you can see the bigger picture that you couldn't see when you read it month by month....it's the same with S.H.I.E.L.D. every issue of that book confuses the hell out of me but once an arc is done I reread all of it and get a better understanding

Posted by Ramier

Wow This issue has got me back into the Ultimate Universe. Still no signs of the Cap but still interesting. Last 5 Pages wow

Posted by horshbox

I really enjoyed this issue, beautiful artwork but there still are some problems I have with it. One being I want more of the villian in it, don't want to ruin it in case someone doesn't know who it is, he appears for all of maybe a page or two. I just want to see more as I think this development with the character was interesting, but this will probably be solved soon in another issue.

Now the biggest problem I have with the ultimates, and this has happened since Leob took over I believe, but why do some of them look like the 616 characters. I mean I want to see Thor with his big metal hammer not the normal kind it set him a part from the normal thor. And why in the name of god has Iron Man been looking just like the 616 one for the last few years, I loved that his suit was so different looking in Millers Ultimates, I really hope they go back to these looks to really set them apart form the 616 characters. Minor things but have been bothering me.