Outright Conspiracy Review – ULTIMATES #4
Writer: Al Ewing
Cover: Kenneth Rocafort
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This issue of Utimates got really deep. Not only emotionally, but it dived way back into Blue Marvel’s past. Last time we saw the team, the were in the Neutral Zone, and stumbled onto Anti-Man. Seeing him triggers memories for Adam, and he does not take his presence well. If not for his teammates and visions from his lost son, Adam may have crossed the line. We also get a little look at Galactus and someone who has tasked him to stop the Ultimates from seeing “the truth”. It is Eternity! Very suspicious if you ask me.
This book was pretty good. I liked how we got this background info on Adam, but I felt like it could have been condensed a little. Also, we didn’t get to see what caused Adam’s accident, which could have been important. Blue Marvel and Captain Marvel have donned some suits to go out into the Neutral Zone, They are all covered up, but they left their eyes blank. That was a bit odd to me.
Al Ewing is a great writer, but this issue feels a bit anticlimactic to me. We get this history between Blue Marvel and Anti-Man, as well as the hurt feelings of the two. Blue Marvel gets a punch in, but nothing really escalates. I guess its for the best. From the cover, I expected a big monster fight, but it didn’t happen. I would like to see Miss America do more. Sure, she got them there, but she was thrown to the side to fight some monsters that you could forget was there.Black Panther took control of the ship, but didn’t have too much of a big part. I’m hoping to see these characters blossom equally.
Kenneth Rocafort’s art is wonderful. His eye for detail is always on point. The monster on the cover proves this. He is great at showing age difference in Blue Marvel just with a few strokes. I love that. Sometimes, the characters came of as posey, but it wasn’t to big of a deal. Some of the characters tend to fall by the wayside a bit. A big team effort is really in order here. This was a decent read, and I’m still expecting great things.
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