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September 26, 2003

Ultimates

One unexpected bonus of this blogging business is having people to talk comics with. I had stopped buying them years ago but thanks to the blogosphere those worlds are mine to have fun in again.

Yesterday I picked up the The Ultimates Vol. 1 which collects the first six issues of what is the best illustrated, best written and most timely comic series I have ever read. The opening of the first issue is stunning:

This effective setting immediately brings the reader in, and gives us a sense of the stakes as well. Rather than simply a costumed menace, Millar has chosen to tell the story of Cap's mission against a Nazi hydrogen bomb, and the more realistic approach really helps the story.

I think "gritty" is the word. The costumes, plots and settings are all as realistic as possible given the superhero contexts of the stories. There are some astonishing one-liners which had me laughing out-loud to the vexation of my fellow commuters. This is a post-September 11 reflection on heroism which is much appreciated in light of what has been going on at DC. I have the first issue of the subsequent series Ultimate Six but not the remainder of the first series... no spoilers please!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 26, 2003 09:43 AM

Comments

For what it's worth, it's not just DC.

Posted by: *** Dave at September 26, 2003 12:36 PM

Thanks for this. I had forgotten this particular perversion of the Captain America story. Ultimates is the real deal.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at September 26, 2003 06:18 PM