Ultimate Origins #4
By Zak Edwards
September 14, 2008 - 14:28
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller(s): Butch Guice
Colourist(s): Justin Ponsor
Letterer(s): Cory Petit
Cover Artist(s): Gabriele Dell'otto and Dean White. Variant by Alex Maleev
$2.99 US, $3.05 Canada
So this issue of Ultimate Origins actually serves the purpose of what I think writer Brian Michael Bendis is trying to accomplish in this series. The story is a combination of past and present events of the Ultimate Universe, but the story in the present is engaging and the past events don’t feel like a rehashing of the of the main Marvel universe’s stories. It has only taken Bendis four (of five) issues to get to a point where a reader might actually begin to care, but better late then never, I guess.
The art, by Butch Guice, is dark and expressive, perfect for this series. He has a great sequence of panels of the Hulk turning back into Bruce Banner which I found to be quite compelling just in his use of panels. While everyone seems to have a default emotion of angry, Guice does work in other expressions when appropriate (just don’t ask him to do happy, it happens once and it looks like the goofy, fake smile of a kid ashamed of his braces).
6/10 Not quite a diamond in the rough, maybe just a rough diamond, but not a piece of coal, somewhere in between.
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