Ultimate Comics: Avengers #1
By Zak Edwards
August 15, 2009 - 13:21
Writer(s): Mark Millar
Penciller(s): Carlos Pacheco
Inker(s): Danny Miki
Colourist(s): Justin Ponsor
Letterer(s): Cory Petit
Cover Artist(s): Carlos Pacheco
When I heard Mark Millar would be returning to the Ultimate Universe after Ultimatum, I was very excited. His Ultimates with Bryan Hitch is probably one of my favourite superhero comic books and having him return is a very good thing. So Millar and Brian Michael Bendis have returned to recreate the Ultimate Universe, like they did almost ten years ago, and now this line is back on track. For the Ultimates, that means a name change from Ultimates to Ultimate Comics: Avengers, which is right on track with Millar’s usual deliveries.
Penciller Carlos Pacheco has a style fairly reminiscent of Bryan Hitch which never works against him. The team is obviously going for a very distinctive look and tone very similar to the original Ultimates series and so the art could only go one way. To be honest, it is a welcome change back to a more realistic look compared to the over-the-top art of Ultimates 3 artist Joe Madureira, which went as far as to have little pink hearts floating around a character’s head. The colouring also fits into this realistic look, but a couple of panels seem to be a little to bright and polished for the art. The panel with Captain America driving out of the building has him looking very polished and bright to a very noticeable and distracting degree, but then eventually his colours fade, only to be brightened again. Similarly, the terrorists, A.I.M, operatives, have very yellow costumes which seem to fade and go bright again. Of course, this could be to focus the reader’s attention on what’s important in a panel and on a page, but Captain America is hardly ever not the focus. But the art works very well and I am definitely coming back for more. Even if Ultimate Comics: Avengers is less socially and politically aware, I feel this series will be, at the very least, enjoyable.
7.5/10 A little action heavy, but a serious amount of fun with strong visuals.