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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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Two pieces of currently low priced original art for you on this Thursday afternoon. A nice prelim for Carlos Pacheco’s cover to Ultimate Avengers #2, and an original page from What If: The Punisher Killed Daredevil, a comic that I actually owned when I was in junior high, and didn’t fully appreciate until I re-read it earlier this month while in the midst of my noir kick.

That last panel of the Punisher pouncing on those guards makes the whole page. I used to redraw panels from comics whenever we got a free assignment for art homework, putting them together as a sort of collage, and that panel made it in more than a few times, though it never looked as good.

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