Ultimates

This week I decided to do something a little bit different. I’m going to shoot up a Brief History, but just so people don’t think I’m a one trick pony I’m going to throw in a bit of a review as well.

A while ago I was thinking about character re-imaging (it was a Sunday and I was bored) and how it goes two ways, really well or really badly, this was a thought which occurred to me as I reviewed the Ultimates 3 – the Ultimate universe’s answer to the Avengers.

Reading through you begin to notice the serious differences in tone of the story and character development. Frankly the Ultimates are much darker. Now for those of you who think the rest of the review is going to negative please don’t flick over yet, I promise you there wont be any moaning here.

We start of on a very scandalous note with a sex tape featuring womaniser, Tony Stark, and traitor, Natasha Romanova (Black Widow), being released all over national television. We then cut back the Ultimates mansion to find team leader, Wasp, struggling to hold the team together. If you thought things were pretty bad already Venom shows up and a fight ensues, here we find that all is not well with the team. As the title suggests the Scarlet Witch is killed (yes it’s a spoiler, but it’s very obvious).

Overall I enjoyed the storyline finding it suitably dark. It successfully sets out to do what the Ultimate Universe originally hoped to achieve, which was establish a separate continuity. I thoroughly enjoyed the re-imaging of a suicidal foul mouthed Hawkeye filling the slot of the rebel on the team and helping to redefine the term itself.

Writer Jeph Loeb has successfully bought in many other areas of the Ultimate universe together like mutants and certain teen superheros without them eclipsing the story.

Admittedly some characters like the lusty Thor (who has clearly been reading Shakespeare) and his 19 year old spouse deserved some more focus alongside the alcohol smitten Tony Stark rather than a certain claweded mutant hogging a lot of attention as usual.

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