Hello there my fellow Marvel fans!!! My name is Angel, and I am a new writer for DMW here to write about all things Marvel.
Today I’ll be covering an interesting comic that you’ve probably heard of. For us young people, The Ultimates was an innovative comic series that reimagined The Avengers but with a modern — for 2002, at least — twist. It was written by Mark Millar, whose work here is excellent. If you’re a fan of The Avengers, I highly recommend you check out The Ultimates. However, I must warn you: this is a very polarizing comic. You will almost certainly either love it or hate it.
As you can probably tell, I loved it. It’s wild and unpredictable, but here’s a little synopsis to help make your decision to read a little easier. The story takes place in 2002. The action picks up as the government decides to fund a team of enhanced individuals in order to protect the U.S. from threats it normally doesn’t face. The government makes the Avengers mini celebrities with movie deals, tv appearances. Heck, they even get their own action figures. Still, they belong to the most underworked and overfunded government program, It all adds up to some pretty fascinating stories. For example, Iron Man’s suit has a 70% chance of working, and his stocks drop whenever he is seen in his suit. Bruce Banner, a person who struggles with many inner demons, tends to act on his inner thoughts, such as when he rampages in New York City. And Thor is believed to be a deranged mental patient instead of a Norse god.
This 13-issue series has many action packed scenes, funny jokes, and interesting drama. Overall, it’s a terrific deep-dive into the universe of The Ultimates, that includes phenomenal artwork from Bryan Hitch.
Random Fun Fact: this comic series got a film adaptation known as Ultimate Avengers, but we can talk about it another time.
Take care and have a great day!