Not too long ago, Earth’s mightiest heroes came together to form the Ultimates. Their goal was to solve the world’s biggest problems. A mission to stop Galactus, however, didn’t end well when the team argued over Captain Marvel’s use of predictive justice. So, the government shut the Ultimates down. They were gone…until now.
Everything is screaming. Something is wrong. Despite Captain Marvel’s attempts to stop T’Challa from starting up the Ultimates again, it doesn’t seem like she has much of a say in the matter. The Ultimates are back, and so is Galactus. But the power behind the plan is someone you would never expect…
Before I say anything else, the reveal of the mastermind behind it all is insane! It’s epic, beautiful, surprising, wonderfully written, and oh so gloriously colored by Dan Brown. This is quite the cliffhanger!
Writer Al Ewing keeps this issue reading like a long, suspenseful conversation. Most of the dialogue is between T’Challa and Captain Marvel while they’re undercover in a secluded diner. The dialogue is tense, formal, and urgent. The tone is very mysterious and rather suspicious. Ewing knows how to keep us interested and sitting on the edge of our seats.
Travel Foreman’s illustrations vary throughout this issue. The characters show a range of emotion, but the artwork isn’t too consistent, and there are issues with some forms (like close-ups on Captain Marvel’s face while she sits in a booth at the diner). Otherwise, it actually looks like the art style changes in some panels, breaking the continuity of the issue. The story is told through the artwork, but with a few hiccups here and there. Dan Brown’s coloring, though, brings a certain depth and dramatic emphasis to the pencils that make the book really shine.
Seeing as the Ultimates are essentially being forced together again, it’ll be really interesting to see how they work together. For now, things are way too intense to tell. This series does look really promising, though, with tons of drama, action, adventure, and some epic teleportation! This is a great book for any Marvel fan, and even more so for superhero lovers.
Written by: Al Ewing
Illustrated by: Travel Foreman