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Top O’ the Lot: Ultimate Marvel Events

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

I’m sure by now some form of social media has informed you, or if you are like me and just read it the old fashion way, you know the Ultimate Marvel Universe has come to an end by way of Secret Wars #1 couple of weeks. Well this week to honor those we lost in the beginning of this event, we here at Outright Geekery are here to countdown the best events of Ultimate Marvel!

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Review: Secret Wars #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Cover: Alex Ross

Everything Ends. The haunting phrase Jonathan Hickman has been trying to get me to wrap my head around since his Avengers run started in 2012. The Multiverse is collapsing. The Beyonders have found existence to be a waste of an experiment. There are only two universes remaining: Earth 616 and Earth 1610. The Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. This is it. The Legendary Heroes of the 616 going toe to toe with the honest husks left of the Ultimate Universe. Prepare for what’s to come. Prepare for the Real Secret Wars. Continue reading Review: Secret Wars #1

Preview: Ultimate End

A Desperate Last Stand on Battleworld – Your New Look at ULTIMATE END #1!
Bendis & Bagley Bring You the End of the Ultimate Universe!

As the Secret Wars begin, the Ultimate Universe reaches its end! This May, experience it’s heartbreaking curtain call in ULTIMATE END #1! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – the creative team that helped start it all – will end it with one last, epic story! Miles Morales and the rest of the heroes of the Ultimate Universe face their final extinction. Judgement Day is here and the end is nigh. Yet as they come to terms with the end of all they’ve ever known and all they hold dear – will their gut-wrenching sacrifices make any difference? Is there any hope for the Ultimate Universe or it’s beloved heroes? Find out this May, as an entire universe experiences its final moments in ULTIMATE END #1! Continue reading Preview: Ultimate End

The End of the Ultimate Universe is Here

BATTLEWORLD Arrives in ULTIMATE END #1 This May!
The End of the Ultimate Universe From Two of Its Most Iconic Creators!

Bendis. Bagley. The death of the Ultimate Universe. Secret Wars! ‘Nuff said.

The wheels are spinning, and the Ultimate Universe is on a collision course with Secret Wars. The gut-wrenching end begins this May as Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley reteam for ULTIMATE END #1! Continue reading The End of the Ultimate Universe is Here

Ultimately the Best Choice

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Now I know what you are thinking, who cares about Ultimate Marvel? Well for one JulesTrue does, and I’m here to let you know it’s pretty frickin awesome if you give it a chance. Once a week I’m gonna hit you with a story arc from the Ultimate Marvel Universe starting from the beginning. I’ll spotlight on whats brilliant, what’s not so brilliant, and what might be a good idea for the 616!

This time I’m diving into the second title to join the Ultimate Universe! The Success of the recently launched Ultimate Spider-Man gave the folks at Marvel a hunch they were onto something. The whole translation of classic characters into the modern age seeing how they would cope in this new digital age was brilliant. So they figured which characters would translate just as well for a whole new generation of readers. Well the answer was easy especially since the success of Fox’s X-Men movie which had created a big buzz around the characters once again. However as we all no there isn’t exactly an easy jumping on point for the Children of the Atom. So Marvel did the next best thing to rebooting the X-Men and created the Ultimate X-Men!. From the  Creative powers of Mark Millar, Adam and Andy Kubert!

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ULTIMATELY THE BEST CHOICE

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Now I know what you are thinking, who cares about Ultimate Marvel? Well for one JulesTrue does, and I’m here to let you know it’s pretty frickin awesome if you give it a chance. Once a week I’m gonna hit you with a story arc from the Ultimate Marvel Universe starting from the beginning. I’ll spotlight on whats brilliant, what’s not so brilliant, and what might be a good idea for the 616!

This week being the first week only makes sense for me to start with what started it all! That’s right folks we start with the Ultimate Universe’s namesake and launch title! From the creative minds of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagely came this gem!

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The new millineum had just kicked off and Marvel had decided to launch a new branding. Ultimate Spider-Man was the first in this new alternate universe. Meet the new young and relevant teenage Peter Parker. We hit the scene in Osborn Industries and Norman Obsorn and company are trying to crack a new Super Soldier Serum. A experimental spider goes missing while the experiement s are being conducted. Meanwhile kids from Midtown High are on a field trip. Among them is Peter Parker, a young brilliant scientist with dreams of someday maybe working in a place like Osborn Industries. While on the the experimental spider bites Parker on the hand. Curious about the incident incase of lawsuit Osborn has Parker tracked incase of any side effects.

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After several instances of fainting and displaying extraordinary strength and reflexes, Peter realises the bite gave him powers. On one occasion, Peter breaks his bully, Flash Thompson’s hand. Flash’s family then decides to sue the Parkers! Peter begins to grow interested in just how far he can push his abilities. He quickly joins a local wrestling circuit as the “Amazing Spider-Man” where they give him his costume.  Peter also anonymously pay for his Aunt May and Uncle Ben’s legal fees.

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Peter does not reveal this secret double-life to anybody, not even his crush Mary Jane Watson and friend Harry Osborn. Peter flees the wrestling organisation after being accused of stealing. Disgruntled, he allows a burglar to escape after robbing a deli owner. Peter returns home where his aunt and uncle berate him for his failing academic grades. Ben informs Peter of the “with great power, comes great responsibility” ethos that Peter’s father abided by. Peter runs away only to return to find that Uncle Ben had been murdered by the same burglar Peter had earlier ignored. Peter tracks down Ben’s killer, subdues him and hands the killer over to the police, now understanding what Ben had previously told him.

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Meanwhile, Norman Osborn injects himself with an OZ formula, gaining confidence by tracking the effects the spider formula had on Peter. As a result, Norman turns into the monstrous Green Goblin. The Goblin destroys the lab, kills several scientists and leaves Dr. Otto Octavius, another scientist, for dead. All this is seen by Harry Osborn who runs home to find his mother dead and his house in flames, noticing his father’s goblin form leaving the scene.

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Peter, having now invented web-shooters for his alter-ego, Spider-Man, went back to school to find the Green Goblin destroying it. After a small skirmish in the school, Spider-Man leads the Goblin to the bridge where the NYPD confront him. The Green Goblin is shot off the bridge. The NYPD also turn on Spider-Man who retreats. Peter goes back to the school, using the excuse that he had been crushed under a chalkboard. Harry moves to live with relatives elsewhere.

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Needless to say this is a strong opening arc to what will be an incredible title. Bendis really nails the idea of a Spider-Man for a more relevant generation. This is my Spider-Man the one I feel the most connection for. Mark Bagley’s art is just classic and really sets the tone for how this title plays out. His character designs really created the Ultimate Universe. I loved this arc, and I’m sure you will too! Check it out and check out all my upcoming Ultimate Arc Articles coming your way!!!

Review Ultimate FF #3

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ULTIMATE FF #3

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Aritst: Mario Guevara

The Ultimate FF are stuck in a pocket dimension with an exiled Namor. While trying to rescue rich people who had been sealed up in a panic room in the Underwater resort. Things begin to go awry as the FF get separated and are faced up against the warriors of Atlantis. Invisible Woman finds herself at the mercy of Namor’s Ex-Wife who’s hunt for Namor has now impeded the rescue mission. Doom certainly begins to complicate everything with his lack of compassion. While Coulson and  Machine Man’s many duplicates try to figure out just what the heck are the FF doing at the bottom of the sea.

The Good

I really dug where this issue took us. I like the struggle with the direction the team is forced in due to Doom being on the team. I was also really intrigued by the whole idea this wasn’t even the actual Ultimate Namor and that they had popped down into an alternate Atlantis.  The amount of Hi-fi thrown in here was awesome. Honestly Fialkov put this title way ahead of the Ultimate Universe right now. This story is unlike anything that’s hit the Ultimate U in a long time and it was a very nice breath of air.

The Bad

The fact that the day this dropped they announced the title’s cancellation. My heart has dropped, as a big Ultimate Marvel fan I’m bummed. This to me was the strongest title of the Ultimate Three right now. I don’t know what they’re gonna replace it with but I can say this is a harsh blow to my pullbox.

The Verdict

I look forward to the remaining issues of this title. I hope Fialkov gets another title at Marvel! I can say if you haven’t given The Bunker a chance yet its been an awesome title coming out of Oni Press! This was a solid issue with very grey area sort of feel to it. And I feel the title’s cancellation is just premature. This title felt exactly what the Ultimate U had been missing for a long time now, and for three more issues it will fill the gap. I just don’t know whats gonna happen when its gone.

Story 4 out of 5                                                                                                               Art 3 out of 5                                                                                                                   Overall 4.5 out of 5

Review: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #2

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Is Peter Parker really back?! Peter Parker is standing in Miles Morales’ apartment asking for his web shooters back. But can Miles trust the newly resurrected Parker? As if he doesn’t have enough on his head between girls and the New Ultimates. The question is this Peter Parker back in the flesh or is it a clone, much like Black Widow( Jessica Drew formerly Ultimate Spider-Woman still def a clone of Peter Parker. The Ultimate Universe I know.)? Ganke certainly doesn’t have the answer but who will?

The Good
Let me just say this issue was awesome. The skirmish at the beginning of this issue was so tense. I really had no idea how it was gonna play put, it’s so hard to get a read on the return of Parker. Honestly it really could be him, being dead and all would def leave someone a lil cranky. But what if he is just another clone? Bendis you are an evil genius. Also David Marquez once again kills it in this issue. Each pages feels like you are in the room with the Spider-Men. This issue really had it all, it was intense, funny, kinda sad, and drama filled.

The Bad
Why did it have to end? Damnit Bendis! Why you gotta mess with my head? His posting the cover of All-New X-Men with Miles Morales on the cover certainly didn’t help my understanding of just where this story is gonna go now. A spoiler I really hope is just a joke.

The Verdict
This was a strong follow up to what I though was a great relaunch to a title I have enjoyed since the beginning. Bendis just knows what he’s doing with the Ultimate Spider-Man and I’m just gonna have to trust he knows what he’s doing and not going senile on me here. I know he know what he’s doing I just had to take a quick dig after I saw that All-New X-men cover I felt a little slighted. I’m still sold and waiting on the next one, and you should be grabbing it!

Story 4 out of 5
Art 4 out of 5
Overall 4 out of 5

Review: Ultimate FF #2

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Ultimate FF #2
Writer: Joshua Hale Fiakov
Artist: Mario Guevara

The Ultimate Universe has lost their S.H.I.E.L.D. for failure to keep promises with their inability to stop Galactus. With its disbanding underway the Future Foundation has since stepped in to handle the mysterious anomalies of different realities touching the Ultimate Universe. Having made his appearance at the end of the last issue Victor Van Damme, Ultimate Doom, everyone on the team is curious just how the hell is he alive? The team sets out to clear an anomaly that hit a country club at the bottom of the ocean close to where Sue Storm once had a fling with a certain King Namor. Who ironically makes an appearance in this issue. But all isn’t what it seems with Namor or with Doom, in fact things become a little unclear in this issue.

The Good
While I understand its not for everyone but I absolutely love Mario Guevara’s art. That very sketchy almost fluid animation, feels like the animated scenes in Kill Bill. I’ve personal become a fan of Fialkov’s work and since he stepped in to the Ultimate Universe he’s made all the right moves to me. This title has outshine the other two for me so far, not to say they haven’t been good. marvel seems to be taking its Ultimate Line a little serious again and as a long time reader of it I’m reaping the benefits. The choice of characters for this title has been supreme as far as what you want to do in a title like this.

The Bad
I wanna see Ultimate Machine Man do more than split himself into pieces and chit chat with Ultimate Coulson! I mean I dig the use of Doom on the team, but I mean Ultimate Machine Man has the power of the Galactus swarm, and is their Danny Ketch( 616 fans know him as a onetime Ghost Rider). In my opinion a very cool character not being used to his potential. I know its only the second issue but come on.

The Verdict
This was another solid issue in what has been a spit shine reboot of what ws one of the cooler title in the Ultimate Line-Up. Fialkov is making all the right moves and seems to be positioning this title in the right direction. One I’m most certainly ready to spend the money and follow. I can say I’m a big fan of Mario Guevara’s art it just refreshing to see something unique to superhero titles being used by a big publisher. I’m for sure onboard for the next issue, pick it up even if you haven’t read any of the Ultimate Fantastic Four, which you honestly should.

The Story 4 out of 5
The Art 3 out of 5
Overall 4.5 out of 5

Review: All-New Ultimates #2

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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?!

The Good
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.

The Bad
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?

The Verdict
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