The last of the new post-Ultimatum ongoing Ultimate titles makes its debut. It’s essentially a continuation of Jeph Loeb’s run from Ultimates 3 and Ultimatum. While Millar has been playing around with Cap and a bunch of new Ultimates, Loeb’s team is still Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Panther, Valkyrie, and Supreme Power refugee Zarda.
The story has what’s left of the team recuperating after Ultimatum and Loki has decided to attack. It’s a neat trick since Thor killed him at the end of Ultimates 2 but this is a comic book. Loeb’s story is alright, he doesn’t take the characters too far off their usual characterizations like he did in Ultimates 3 but there’s nothing here to make you jump up and down either. Frank Cho’s art is amazing and is really the highlight of this issue. The series is also on a bi-monthly schedule to accommodate the slower moving Cho.
I don’t have high hopes for this series and while I was hoping that Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers would be be better than it has been I’m hoping it picks up with his second arc because the relaunch of the Ultimate titles in general has been blah. (Shane Hnetka)