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Ultimate FF #4 - Stuck, Part 1 of 2 Review

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Ultimate FF takes a dramatic turn for the ridiculous

The Good

The first three issues of this series set up a team who had to save the world from horrors and villains that could destroy the world, with some of the worst art ever put out by Marvel. While issue #4 gets a new artist, who is a tad better, what changes here is that writer Josh Fialkov decided to have fun with the book, and it shows.

The tone drastically changes here and becomes a bit more fun and whimsical with jokes tossed about, like zombie Luke Cage breaking his teeth on Doctor Doom's arm and yelling "Sweet Christmas!" The story flickers out and the focus gets very out there by the end of the issue as it's revealed that Miles Morhames, the Ultimate Spider-Ham, is the key to saving the universe. Yep, this book is officially off the rails and it's the best it's ever been... in the four issues of its existence.

The last page is awesome and the redesign of a character we have yet to see in the Ultimate universe is very bizarre but very cool. If you're really interested in knowing who it is, it's hidden above, but strangely enough, I'm really excited for where this is going and the amount of puns that are going to be dropped on us in the final issue of this series.

The Bad

The art did get better, but it's still not up to par. Artist Andre Araujo at least has consistency within his work and you don't have to squint to figure out which character you're looking at. However, the art is a bit stiff and feels very simplistic. Normally, Rachelle Rosenberg's colors are fantastic, but I don't think her style meshes too well with Araujo's art. The colors need to be a bit more complex and not as flat to make the art, as a whole, a lot more pleasing and maybe to distract from the stiffness as well. The shadows are really rough as well. Instead of going straight black, Araujo outlines the shadow and scribbles in the rest.

The Verdict

It's weird and at times silly, but this issue of ULTIMATE FF is fun, if nothing else. There's a new artist on board and while the art did get better, it's still the weakest part of the book. What readers do have to look forward to is Josh Fialkov having a field day with the Ultimate universe and as many puns as possible in the next couple of issues before the series ends. The last page is what really sells the finale of this book.

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Posted by Jphu8414

That art makes my eyes hurt

Posted by Wardishy

So I'm assuming Fialkov knew the series was cancelled before he wrote the script for this one, then?

Posted by micah

So sad to see this series go. On the bright side, I hope we get another Ultimates title in the future.

Posted by butters911

I really enjoyed issue 1, and then I read the book was getting cancelled.

Ill prolly get it in trade

Sucks though cause the FF (and Spidey) are my favorites in any universe so I was excited to have a second ff title.

Posted by nappystr8

Wait the series is being cancelled already? Jesus Marvel, it would be one thing if they ever gave it a chance in the first place. I picked up this issue strictly because I heard I was going to get some Spider-Ham action. I had heard the art in this series was bad, so when I saw the interiors I figured that had been the same artist as the first 3 issues...you can't be serious that this is actually an improvement!

The real tragedy is that the writing here is terrific, I had no idea what was going on, since I didn't read the last arc, but I didn't mind because the dialogue and characterization was so strong. Fialkov even made a reference to Frank Pembleton from Homicide Life On The Street, that alone was worth my $4. I hope that one day Marvel and DC stop kicking Fialkov in the balls like this.

Posted by micah

Wait the series is being cancelled already? Jesus Marvel, it would be one thing if they ever gave it a chance in the first place. I picked up this issue strictly because I heard I was going to get some Spider-Ham action. I had heard the art in this series was bad, so when I saw the interiors I figured that had been the same artist as the first 3 issues...you can't be serious that this is actually an improvement!

The real tragedy is that the writing here is terrific, I had no idea what was going on, since I didn't read the last arc, but I didn't mind because the dialogue and characterization was so strong. Fialkov even made a reference to Frank Pembleton from Homicide Life On The Street, that alone was worth my $4. I hope that one day Marvel and DC stop kicking Fialkov in the balls like this.

That's what hurts me the most, Fialkov clearly wanted to write Ultimate FF with a passion. To see the series cancelled so fast really disappoints me.

Posted by Surza7

@jphu8414: yea I saw a few panels and just went nope.Sorry it just did not mesh with me..

Posted by werst9

I thought this was easily my favorite issue of this series. the art was better, still not great but much better than earlier issues and the dialogue and story seemed to finally slow down and work. And that last page was hilarious.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

The tone drastically changes here and becomes a bit more fun and whimsical with jokes tossed about, like zombie Luke Cage breaking his teeth on Doctor Doom's arm and yelling "Sweet Christmas!" The story flickers out and the focus gets very out there by the end of the issue as it's revealed that Miles Morhames, the Ultimate Spider-Ham, is the key to saving the universe. Yep, this book is officially off the rails and it's the best it's ever been... in the four issues of its existence.

Well they just got a reader :D

Edited by DcNoobReviews

along with most, i cant get past the art! I really hope they give us a new ultimate FF book with a more talented artist, please do so, so i can give you all my money!