Friday, December 26, 2008

Timing, part twelve.

I really, really didn't like Robert Kirkman's homophobic stalker Nightcrawler in Ultimate X-Men. Come to think of it, I'm kind of burnt out on the whole Ultimate universe. I read Ultimate Spider-Man here and there, I liked the Warren Ellis run of Ultimate Fantastic Four, and while I enjoyed the Ultimates, I'm also kind of done with them.

I watched the Ultimate Avengers DVD's with my son, which got me excited to re-read the first two series. (I'm not touching Ultimates 3 with a ten foot pole.) And I did, and then...I really, really didn't like the Ultimates anymore. They aren't likable characters. Ult. Captain America is a bit of a sexist pig and a bully. Ult. Hank Pym beat the hell out of Jan and is a total whiner. Ult. Wasp is fickle, or dumb, if she goes back to Hank. Ult. Iron Man has drinking and impulse control problems that make the 616 Tony look like a saint, and Ult. Thor just doesn't seem to have the same good nature the regular one usually does. Mark Millar seems to have a gift for making you empathize with characters you shouldn't (he does it multiple times in Wanted) but I didn't know if I should feel anything for the Ultimates.

Something else coming up this afternoon though. What? Good question!


SallyP said...

Goodness, you have a LOT of action figures! This is such a perfect way to show them all off!

Yeah, the Ultimate Universe's charm has worn off for me. It was fun at the beginning, and I hung in there with Ultimate Spider-Man for quite some time, but the Ultimate X-Men tanked quite some time ago.

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

I was addicted to the Ultimate Universe at first, but then the crossovers started, and they put this artist on Ultimate Fantastic Four that draws everyone as having perpetual orgasms, and they launched a zillion series and the fun stopped.

Too bad because it was a great concept that lasted quite a while.

Ace said...

Ultimates I and II were fun. I got I in trade, then II in singles. Then, sadly, III in singles. I regret everything. Why do Marvel keep giving Loeb work...?