Review by: TheNextChampion

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Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ron Garney
Covers by Ron Garney and Ed McGuinness

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

The Ultimate universe has been out of world for such a long time. That was the case before Marvel gave Jonathan Hickman control of ‘Ultimate’ Thor for a mini-series. Now I have one more Ultimate book in my life I never knew I would read. Going into the new year I have a second Ultimate book to read, it’s like a New Year’s Resolution I never made but it’s happening. With a great creative team on board, I was so excited to get my hands on this new mini-series.

Then I opened the issue and things got downhill pretty quickly. Now maybe that opening sentence was a bit harsh, this wasn’t a terrible issue by any means. Something about this first issue though, just felt very off. Maybe it was the weird start with going right towards the end of the story, or maybe just that the issue itself didn’t feel ‘natural’. It’s hard to describe that word, but nothing really amazing happens here. It’s like Jason Aaron goes right into the story, quickly does the back story for the ‘Frank Simpson’ character and then the issue just ends. Just ends abruptly and there doesn’t seem to be much to want to go right into the next issue. In the end, it’s the framing of the issue that just bothers me and after a second re-read it still doesn’t feel right to read. Aaron does have a good voice for Ultimate Cap and I like it that he keeps the trend that this version of Rogers is just a big asshole. So if anything there is some hilarious moments of Rogers just being a huge jerk for no reason.

I’m glad we have Ron Garney as artist because he pretty much saves this issue for me. Lots of great action sequences are peppered with Garney’s sketchy, but somewhat detailed, style. Also, some great colors in this issue as well and great use of oranges and reds in here. There are some weird moments in the issue, like Hawkeye looks pretty strange (and not just cause of the awful costume this version has) and Carol is also a bit awkward to look at. But overall the art really does save this issue for me.

This was just a weird first issue for me. Unlike the Ultimate Thor series, the pacing of this issue made little sense and overall Jason Aaron leaves almost nothing on the table for me wanting to continue. However, what does make me want to continue is the great art by Ron Garney, just some great work by him in this issue. Also, I guess if this is a selling point, Jason Aaron making Ultimate Cap more of a dick is something funny to hang on to. I’ll give the mini one more shot and see if it’s worth continuing, even if this first issue was a bit of a let down.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. I’m with you. This just seemed kind of uneven and weird. When it ended I thought it had only been about 11 pages or something. Garney’s art was beautiful, as usual.

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