Review – The Ultimates #3
The Ultimates #3
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover: Kenneth Rocafort, Chris Sprouse (Retailer Incentive variant), Tim Sale (Black Panther 50th Anniversary variant)
You’d think that forming Galactus would be the end of problems for the Ultimates. Apparently not. They have the Shi’ar on their necks, and on top of that, time being broken. What does that mean for the Ultimates? Timelines being shifted and altered as people from the past and future travel back and forth. To fix this the Ultimates have to go to the Neutral Zone, even though the Shi’ar don’t want them taking on a task this size without consulting them. This could be a big problem for the Ultimates if they keep going down this road, but its a risk they seem willing to take.
The Shi’ar Imperial Guards, Oracle, Mentor, and Smasher, land on the planet Archeopia. After scanning the planet, they find that Galactus is the one who restored it (Galactus left his prints on the fabric of time and matter), and they report straight to Gladiator. In the middle of a casual conversation between Captain Marvel and Spectrum, an enraged Gladiator appears and asks Carol what has she done. Poor Carol. You can only imagine the tongue lashing she got. Captain Marvel goes back to the team to tell that any more actions of universal significance needs to be put on hold, but Black Panther feels that the universe won’t wait. Of course he’s right, which is why he and Blue Marvel have been working on some research to prevent timeline crossing. Finally America Chavez speaks, saying that the “cause and effect…is like spaghetti. Spaghetti that screams”. We get to see the imagines in her mind, and they are gruesome. So instead of fixing the space-time continuum from the inside, they have to get out of it.
Using a modified quinjet and a Pym Particle programmed by Raz Malhotra (the new Giant Man), the Ultimates now have a way out. Thanks to America Chavez and her abilities to open doors between dimensions, they are able to pass through deep space, the Superflow, and to the Neutral Zone. What they find floating there is something they weren’t expecting. Conner Sims, the Anti-Man, and the man Blu Marvel supposedly killed for murdering his wife. Do the Ultimates help a murderer or leave him in the Neutral Zone to fend for himself? Tough call to make.
The Ultimates is really picking up story-wise. Restoring worlds, angry imperials, and who doesn’t love a good space-time continuum story? The team really work well together, and their personalities blend. One exception would be America Chavez. If you took her out of the story, she would not be missed. Her character seems too one dimensional. She has a moody or even angry quality in her character. She rarely speaks. Even in Young Avengers her character was serious, but she knew how to smile and relax with the team. Maybe her character will open up a bit.
Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown really came through in this book. The amount of detail in this book is incredible. From the alien plant life to the spaceships to each character’s look. However, there are a lot of lines on the characters’ faces, especially with Blue Marvel. I’m not sure if its to show age or depth, but, there are a lot of them varying from character to character. The very dark spots under the eyes of the character are a bit much. Also, the jagged shapes and lines can still be seen in most panels. Not a fan of them, but in some places, they serve their purpose.