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Ultimates it’s not, but we’ve all got to make rent I suppose.

Bryan Hitch is one of the best in comics. Even if you hate his style and blame him for the “decompression of comic story telling” (but that’s a phrase for hicks who don’t understand there is more than one way to tell a story, so I know you wouldn’t use it), you’ve got to love his precision. When he’s on his game, there are few who do BIGGER better than he does. This page may not be one of his finer moments, but it’s a fun, affordable collectable that celebrates a career that made careers for those around it and contributed to the medium being used in new ways. Buy.

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The Avengers Ultimatium

With release of Thor and Captain America right around the corner, and Joss Whedon already at work on the set of The Avengers movie I thought it would be good time to look at what could possibly be seen as the best source material for that movie. The Ultimate Avengers, or simply The Ultimates was yet another attempt of Marvel to reboot their already confusing universe. But unlike most reboot/alternative realities this one paid off; with the legedary duo of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch at the helm it’s no wonder. Millar’s take on The Ultimates is an interesting mix of real world humanism and superhero action which for any comic writer presents as special kind of problem. On the one hand you’ve got a who’s who of Marvel royalty which means you’ve got to make sure everyone gets equal coverage and that your characters are balanced, but you also have to make that the story doesn’t drag otherwise readers will lose interest. Millar manages to pull off, in my opinion, the impossible creating flawed yet still heroic icons that rethink the nature of the superheros. Added to this is amazing art styling of Bryan Hitch [a personal favorite of mine] who draws superheros in more a classical style as good looking people who just happen to be in ridiculous shape; the one exception obviously being The Hulk. Out of all the Ultimate story lines this is my favorite, it has sharp writing that easily out does any movie script and the action is some of the best I’ve seen in any Marvel comic. If you’re looking to pick up volume one kerrypride1 has it.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #32

Mark Millar has a real wow factor. I feel as though he can turn non-believers into the faithful with his recent comic work, both with Marvel and his creator owned. In particular, his Fantastic Four run felt like a true redemption song for most readers…

#32 – Fantastic Four 555

The first issue of the run is good, but really just samples and sets the table. Here’s the first course, and it’s a doozy. Something for everyone – it has new characters, old characters, speed and the flow of the story is amazing. This is the poll setter of the first story arc, and just dominates. Read the first issue to become intrigued – read this to become engulfed.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #68


I’m guilty. Been crazy at work. But got time for this post, and a big handful tomorrow. As many, many, many wise man have said…

Git ‘er dun. (I Cringed.)

#68 – Fantastic Four 554

It was all new. It was exciting. It was… the same old Fantastic Four. The team we have known for going on 50 years VERY soon. But after some ehh years (excluding the Waid / Weiringo team) the FF have had a lot of poorly directed storylines.

Mark Millar came in and kicked ass. (Full of puns today, I’m trying to rein them in.) He took the original recipe, stripped away all the superfluous nonsense and revitalized this series, even if it was just a brief run. This being the first issue really gave the gravity that while this was your father’s fantastic four, it was finally as sharp, fresh, and quick as the original series had been in 1963. It had all of the equatable (galactic implications x family conflict) needs without any of the (convoluted history x complicated family melodrama) failings that plague the series. The dialogue speaks volumes – it’s been at least 30 years since anyone’s written Mr. Fantastic as well as Millar did here.

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