There’s a new killer in town, and he’s taking the Secret Wars by storm. Evil has a new face. A giant face with no body. Prepare to meet the deadliest hitman on Battleworld in M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 – a brand new Secret Wars limited series coming this May! Continue reading M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 Takes Aim at the WARZONES! This May!
M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 Enters the WARZONE This May!
This May, amidst the Earth-shattering events of Secret Wars, evil has a new face. A giant face with no body. Prepare to meet the deadliest hitman on all of Battleworld in M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 – a brand new Secret Wars limited series coming this May from writer Christopher Yost (co-writer Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Amazing X-Men) and artist Amilcar Pinna (All-New Ultimates)! Continue reading Marvel Announces ‘M.O.D.O.K. Assassin’ Secret Wars Tie-in
All-New Ultimates #2
Writer: Michel Fiffe
Artist: Amilar Pinna
The All-New and very young Ultimates face their first major test as a team going up against the Skull Serpent Gang. Things seem to be not be going well as the police show up to assist our young heroes in their squabble with the Skull Serpent Gang. Bombshell struggles to find her footing superheroing with the rest of the team who have a little more experience with taking out the bad guys. Things escalate further as a toxin the serpents use on the team starts to take a hold of our Young Ultimates. Question on everyone’s mind will Kitty Pryde ever join this team or will her celebrity continue to plague her?!
With Fiffe being a new writer to the Ultimate Universe its was hard too say at first where he was gonna take this new fresh spin on the Ultimates, but I can say for sure now its exactly what more teams in the industry need. A brand new roster with youth, let those who have been there a while move on to new things, I mean its not like everyone stays at their first job their entire lives. I really enjoy the fact that Jessica Drew let the Spider-Woman mantle go and took the Black Widow title for herself. Having always always liked the 616 Cloak and Dagger and wished they could be used more, I’m happy to settle with the Ultimate Counterparts on their version of the Avengers. Pinna’s art has really grown on me, looking back at the first issue and reading this one I really grew to enjoy it. Its not the most spectacular art I’ve seen in a comic but it seems to fit the mood of the comic pretty well.
This title has really jumped into the thick of it, and if you had not read any of Bendis’ recent Ultimate Comics: Ultimate Spider-Man where most of these characters were first introduced then you have no idea on what their backstory really is. Which for new readers to the title can be really frustrating. I’m also gonna say it, I’m over Bombshell. Can we get another X-Man or something, their has to be plenty of them to use. Rick Jones Maybe?
This issue was for all my complaining a much better start to the title than the last issue as Fiffe and Pinna really get some footing going in this issue. The action is everything you hope it to be on the street level, reminiscent of the early crime fighting days of comic books. The kind of thing you need to find in the industry every now and then to remind you where you started with this. I’m gonna continue to give this Ultimate Teen Brigade a chance. The end of the issue had me enticed as the Skull Serpent Gang was given more depth, and the team seemed to really fall apart.
The Story 3 out of 5
The Art 3 out of 5
Overall 3 out of 5
Jules: All-New Ultimates #2
I really dug on the first issue! Michel Fife has brought the Ultimate Universe it’s sorta own New Warriors! It may not be your parents Ultimates but it certain is a new take on the Ultimates Franchise. A younger step in the next directions something the Ultimate Universe has had the advantage of doing is moving forward with its heroes. Letting characters die and stay dead. This youthful Ultimates is just what the doctor ordered as they take on the Serpent Skull Gang( Ultimate Serpent Society) I’m excited to see what happens next!
ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2
MICHEL FIFFE (WRITER) • AMILCAR PINNA (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Artist variant by RON WIMBERLY
THE NEXT GENERATION OF ULTIMATES!
• The YOUNG ULTIMATES are put to the test as they try to survive their first mission: going head to head with the city’s most ruthless gang, the SERPENT SKULLS.
• KITTY PRYDE takes the bait and finally joins the team in an effort to push back the unrelenting wave of brutality.
• Jessica Drew takes on the mantle of BLACK WIDOW!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Taylor: Avengers #29
As Original Sin ramps up, it seems that many characters’ past transgressions will come back to haunt them. And for the Avengers, that means we’ll get some pay off to a plot point that’s been simmering for over a year as the Illuminati’s manipulation of Captain America is finally brought to light. This promises to have some high drama, and should make for a good read.
Jonathan Hickman (WRITER)
Leinil Francis Yu (ARTIST)
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
Christian: Batgirl #31
There’s a lot of books I’m looking forward to this week – Futures End #2, Batman Eternal #6, Batman & Frankenstein – but all those books are missing one very important thing: Gail Simone. And she’s bringing Ragdoll back? This makes the top of my stack easy.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?
Gaumer: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1
It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I would sit back on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a really bad, but really awesome, old-school Kung-Fu movie. The bad voice-over, the cheesy sound effects, the over-the-top karate action! It was almost too much for my childhood self, and I’m looking for that same sort nostalgia, albeit with an updated feel, from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1. Will it deliver? I’m betting the top spot on my stack this week that it will.
DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 (OF 4)
MIKE BENSON (WRITER) • TAN ENG HUAT (ARTIST)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi’s is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he’s not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
All-New Ultimate #1
Writer: Michel Fiffe
Artist: Amilcar Pinna
Let me be the first to say this isn’t your parent’s Ultimates. This is a step in a new direction for the Ultimates. Taking the group of misfit teens from Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man. A new much younger Ultimates is assembled in this issue. Staring the Ultimate Universe’s Kitty Pryde, Spider-Woman(Now the Ultimate Black Widow), Spider-Man, Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger. This is obviously a different kind of Teen Team. One that is trying to take themselves more seriously. Their Universe’s S.H.I.E.L.D. is now completely defunct and the surving members of the orignal Ultimates have left to purse new things. The legacy of the Ultimate is left in the hands of these young heroes.
It was def a good call to not make Miles Morales(Ultimate Spidey) the focal point in the story. Morales may be the most popular Ultimate Character, but he has his own title. The focus on Kitty’s confusion with her new found popularity for saving the world and confusion on how to move forward really made for some convincing plot. I liked Jessica Drew(Formerly Ultimate Spider-Woman now new Black Widow) taking charge of the team and pressing them to work harder. The Skull Serpent Gang is honestly a cool homage to the Serpent Society from the 616 and I totally dug it. Pinna art nails the look of everyone early which is def what you need in a 1st issue. I think this is a great step in the right direction, doing something we have all thought about. What if the young heroes got their chance to take the mantle from the Originals. While we may never seen the Young Avenger become the Avengers. We can see these Ultimate young heroes take the Ultimates Mantle!
This is certainly not the easiest first issue to get if you haven’t been reading Ultimate Spider-Man. Its fine to ignore previous Ultimates titles but you kinda needed to read Ultimate Spider-Man right before Cataclysm to know just what is going on. A lot is thrown in to this issue which is pulled for the rest of the Ultimate Universe. While the team is all new Ultimates, not a very all new start to them meeting. If you don’t get that this is more of a replacement of Ultimate X-Men as the teen heroes, then you might now understand why the Ultimate are so young. Ultimate FF will certainly be the real Ultimates replacement.
Having recent become a fan of the Ultimate Universe this is def one of those examples what they can do in the Ultimate Universe that can’t be done in regular continuity. It’s a cool concept and I really hope it can go all the places its meant to. I enjoyed what was laid out in this issue and think it can only get better from here. This is not for everyone. I’m sure all the hardcore Ultimates Fans did not like this issue, and the Hardcore Ultimate Spider-Man fans loved it. As regular 616 Marvel readers you know the Ultimate Universe may not be for you. As a long time All Marvel fan I liked this issue and will pick up the next one.
This issue got 3 Ultimate Teen Brigades out of 5