Pick of the Week

May 25, 2005 – The Ultimates 2 #6

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Story by Mark Millar
Art by Bryan Hitch
Inks by Bryan Hitch & Paul Neary
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Published by Marvel Comics | $2.99

So I completely blew it last week. In the midst of Star Wars fever, comic books, and thusly, the Pick of the Week were completely neglected. I can only ask for forgiveness from the one or two of you who noticed. Now, on with the show.

Two big things happened in this week of comics.

Number One – The release of Green Lantern #1, Hal Jordan’s new on-going title.
Number Two – There was a major, possibly continuity-shaking, revelation in Captain America #6.

Neither one of those was my Pick of the Week, though, because the book that was the most fun to read was The Ultimates 2 #6.

In this month’s installment, disgraced (and rightly so) ex-Ultimate Dr. Hank Pym finds himself being recruited by a new team that is hoping to make its mark on the superheroing world, The Defenders. Great, right? Well, not so much. As it turns out, amongst the other members of the team — The Black Knight (who is always stuck in traffic), Power Man, Nighthawk, Hellcat, Son of Satan, and The Valkyrie — Dr. Pym is the only one who actually has superpowers which he can’t even use because The Ultimates own the rights to Giant Man. So he develops a new superhero identity and powers — Ant-Man — which turns out to only be useful when there are copious numbers of ants around to do his bidding. As you might imagine, their first foray into superheroing is an utter disaster. That’s what tends to happen when you’ve got a superhero team based not so much on superpowers, but more on sex appeal (Power Man’s got no shirt, Hellcat’s costume is basically a bra and pants, and The Valkyrie fights crime in a thong).

What I like most about The Ultimates, besides the world class art, is that it brings a big, loud sense of fun each and every month. I always have a smile on my face when I read it. And really, that’s most of the point, right?

Okay, I’ll be honest with you, Captain America #6 was the best book I read this week, but I felt like it was high time that another quality book got the spotlight, even if it wasn’t “the best”.

I’m all about spreading around the comic book love.

Conor Kilpatrick
See ya, Carter

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  1. Who reads comics anymore? Star Wars!

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