Ultimates (2015) #3 Review

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Sometimes you can’t fix something without taking a look at the whole thing at once. Spacetime is broken. If The Ultimates want to fix it, they need to go… OUTSIDE. But who — or WHAT — is out there waiting for them?

 

The Good

Art– Arguably the best looking book on the stands right now. Rocoforte is rocking my world with his slick designs, sexy illustrations.

Cover-Mostly white with our heroes striking a pose and our token white team member smack in the middle 😉

CharactersBlue Marvel baby you are front and center in this one just like Mighty Avengers and I am so grateful!  Blue Marvel’s brilliance is worn on his sleeve as he takes the team to places they have never been before, discovering yet another plane of existence. This guy has in the time that Ewing has been writing him been thrust into Reed Richards like roles and it is so awesome I could shed tears. How often do Black characters get treated with this level of respect from a big comic book company? Not very! Monica Rambeau is another character that Ewing has breathed new life into and again it is tear jerking. Monica is treated as a capable combatant with awe-inspiring power but a deep seated sense of duty and humanity second to none. Miss America shows off her powers and maintains a certain level of cool. Black Panther is window dressing this issue but that too forgivable.

Repercussions- After the huge turn for long time baddie Galactus this issue we start to see the fallout as the Shiar realize what they have done. I’m happy Ewing did not just gloss over what came before and instead has made it potentially an overarching subplot throughout the series. Miss America also points out the problem with Time Travel as a remedy for modern day problems with her insight.

Last page- How freaking awesome was the reveal that Blue Marvel’s original nemesis was still alive? Way too freaking awesome to even put into words. This guy handed the Avengers there ass at a time when the team included Sentry, Ares and Ms. Marvel to name a few. To say he is a monstrous threat is an understatement.

Time Travel– We are still dealing with the fallout of all the time travelling the 616 universe with mentions of the time lost original X-men, and a host of more modern goings on.

The Bad

Illuminati all over again- While I do love what’s happening in this book we must remember that it’s been established that Galactus as a world eater was a huge part of cosmic balance. What the team has done has turned balance on its head. In some ways this first fix may cause more problems than it solves. Just like the Illuminati before them, they are doing things without consulting those who may be affected most by their actions. The Shiar call them out on this. If Galactus goes around reviving every planet he has even consumed that may mean the return of the Skrull Empire in a major way…who can tell what other evils he has prevented through his actions? A team who thinks they know what’s best for the whole Universe of space time itself is crazy…Black Panther assembled just such a team once and it never turned out well.

People blame the Illuminati for what they’ve done in the past and want them to be accountable… and yet what the Ultimates are doing is the same if not worse. They think they can decide whats best for the rest of the universe and literally mess with anything as they please while calling it a ‘fix’. Where is their accountability? How are they different than “God Doom” (In Secret Wars)  when he created his own Battleworld from what was left of the multiverse ? ”Oh but they are trying to do good , fixing thing ! ” Yea what is good or evil doesn’t really apply to cosmic concepts like Time and Space. Mark my words, these actions will cause more problems than it solves.

 

The Ugly

With every passing issue I can hear the Al Ewing haters bowing down to his greatness! The Ultimates is a must read for comic fans. This is American minorities done right! Not reading Marvel’s Ultimates? Run out and buy it now! 5/5 stars

stars- 5 excellent

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3 thoughts on “Ultimates (2015) #3 Review

  • January 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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    i guess i got something new to read

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  • February 9, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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    A bit late to the party but here are a few comments and observations
    Regarding the Team’s “intervention ” in ” re directing ” Galactus ” and the possibility of unexpected consequences
    It is in the nature of the characters who make up the team to want to do something, to intervene ,to make things better , to solve a problem
    In this I am reminded of a line from President Kennedy that went some thing like ” Some men see the world as it is and say ” why? I see the world as it could be and ask Why Not ? ”
    Now it is possible that they have got it wrong , that in metaphorically draining the swamp they disrupted the ecosystem .But the alternative, doing nothing and passively accepting the situation would be unacceptable to these men and woman To them the greatest crime would be in not doing any thing
    And so they did something
    Speaking personally I really like the idea of significantly changing the nature of Galactus I believe this moves the whole game forward and has all sorts of story potential
    And I especially like that the team solved the problem by ” being smart ” rather than just hitting someone
    Of course it could be that Marvel will chicken out and move everything back to the old status quo I hope that will not be the case
    Responding to the point made ,that in intervening the way they did the Ultimate are no different than Dr Doom and the whole Secret Wars / Battle World mega arc , I would make the personal observation that Victor’s action’s seemed reflect and come out a need for personal aggrandizement( he identified himself as god ) and the realization of rather juvenile power fantasies ( seeing to it that all his subjects acted accordingly)
    Conversely the Ultimates had no such requirement
    Doom sought to impose his will on the remnants of the universe The Blue Marvel and his team mates wanted to solve a problem To my mind this difference in motives creates a significant difference in the results of the actions
    Finally
    A personal point
    In the story , the new Giant man ( Raz Malhotra ) ,after delivering some new ,bleeding edge , critical to the mission technology to the Blue marvel , the young man asks to be allowed to go on the mission Dr Brashear responds ( rather patronizingly I thought ) to the effect that the young man is not up to the job and asking “Have you ever fought a Cthulhu ?”.
    This is a glaring error It smacks you in the face like a wet mop There is only one Cthulhu Adam should have known that and asked ” Have you ever gone up against Cthulhu ” Phrasing the question the way he did ,implies that the character does know what he is talking about
    That error indicates lazy writing and weak editing ,which is rather distressing , especially in the light of upcoming projects
    But over all I thought this comic was excellent I am very much looking forward to the next issue

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