God, I love the Ultimate Universe so much. They aren't afraid to try some incredibly insane story ideas and continue to roll with it. I love how the United States is splintered and those in charge either suck at their job or they kill of their own people.
Two pretty big moments in this issue, both of which change everything in the Ultimate Universe. I won't spoil them here because I actually want you to read the book, but I can assure you it's awesome. There are big changes for the Ultimate Universe coming up and it all revolves around what choices Captain America will be making in the upcoming months. We see the start of it in this issue.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ultimate G.L.A. exists! They may not be led by Mr Immortal, and they're called the Great Lakes Alliance and not the Great Lake Avengers, but I'll take it! Also, we get to see the beginning of Hydra here. I'm very excited to see this play out.
We're in the thick of battle, but yet there is tons of solid set-up for future characters, groups, and stories. I love it. Sam Humphries is doing a great job as the writer here. He's doing a great job with the overall book and story, but also, I love the direction he's taking Captain America and how he's furthering the development of this character.
The art was not consistent. There were a few panels were it looked like someone else was penciling the characters. At one point, it looks like Phillip Tan's work, and at another point, it almost looks like Howard Chaykin was drawing the same person. It's not all on Tan though. I notice that the inking is also inconsistent, as is the coloring. However, the colors are the only real excusable element since there were three different colorists on this book.
Ultimates is a solid book going in an amazing direction. The world is upside-down, and I love it. I like the fact nothing ever returns to normalcy, and in this issue, things just get crazier, but I refuse to spoil them for you guys. We get to see a couple of new groups that are 616 favorites and Captain America is slowly becomign a brand new character.
On the down side, I had some issues with the inconsistency with the art here, and not just the pencils. I had the same problem with the inks and colors.
Overall, I love this issue and I highly recommend it.