Review: ‘The Ultimates’ #2
The Ultimates #2
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover: Kenneth Rocafort, Jim Cheung (2B Variant), Fred Hembeck (2C Variant)
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letters: Joe Sabino
The Ultimates is an amazing story. Things are getting heavy as this great team solve one of the universe’s biggest threats: Galactus. Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Miss America, and Spectrum have teamed up to solve Galactus’s problem, which happens to be his never ending hunger. This issue starts getting intense really fast.
The book opens up with a recap of the previous issue followed by T’challa using a translocator to place himself inside the home of Galactus, and it works, but not at the expense of his mental state. He describes his experience as a “tearing sensation, every cell, every atom, ripped from the surface-time”. He experience a hallucination of his father telling him that he has no people and that he is not the Black Panther and no longer his son. He is almost pulled in, but his focus comes back. Visions of Galactus’s past appears before him. We see Galan of Taa become the godlike being he is today.
As the vision ends, Black Panther stands face to face with the Devourer of Worlds as if they are equals. Galactus does not like this and tells T’challa that he is a mayfly and that he should fly away. T’challa stands his ground and questions Galactus about his incubating chamber after Galactus tells him that he is not a problem to be solved. Galactus becomes increasingly angry as T’challa continues to speak about the lost incubator. As Blue Marvel and Captain Marvel watch from the back, Spectrum and Miss America come in with the incubator. The team comes together and forces Galactus into it. With some ISO-8 and the energy of Blue Marvel, Spectrum sends the incubator and the trapped Galactus to a world that was destroyed long ago.
Something intense and amazing is waiting at the end. We see Galactus reviving a planet he destroyed. Plants were starting to grow. Water was returning. Galactus, in his gold and white clothing, was giving life to a once dead place. You can’t help but wonder if the Ultimates really did it. How long would this last? What exactly happened?
The Ultimates is one of those books that you read to get pumped. If you can get over Monica actually saying what she’s doing, then you’ve got yourself a good read. Each and every panel was great. No more unnecessary white space, but the white background against the panels made the art pop so well, especially with all the prurples and blues. The yellows, reds and oranges added intensity and a sense of urgency. This book is full of great shots. Every page is a work of art. My only bone to pick is Miss America’s really dark under-eye. However, I recognize a style choice when I see one. Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown are certainly a dynamic duo. Al Ewing really bring each character to life with their own personality. The Ultimates my be one of Marvel’s best ideas.