By Zak Edwards
March 22, 2009 - 13:48
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Penciller(s): David Finch
Inker(s): Danny Miki
Colourist(s): Jason Keith
Cover Artist(s): David Finch. Variant by Ed McGuinness
Sometimes things are too easy. Ultimatum #3 is a perfect example. I could go on and on about how terrible it is, how Jeph Loeb hasn’t written anything worth reading (or watching, for that matter) in years, how Bryan Finch’s art is filled with expressionless examples of how sex sells. I could spend this time ranting about how the implications of this book are affecting what we get from the major publishers and how this highlights the fact that the super hero genre has only changed in very superficial ways since its inception (and if you want to read something like that, I have posted an article entitled "Comics and Responsibility" which touches on some of these subjects). But instead, I am just going to look at this issue, what it does right, what it does wrong, and leave all that other stuff on the sidelines. So let’s review, shall we? And just so you know, I will be spoiling things, not that there really are many surprises in store.
For David Finch, nothing sums up his abilities more than the first few pages. The idea is Mystique is making herself look like the Scarlet Witch to... do a recap? That’s right, David Finch dresses up Mystique as Scarlet Witch in a thong, leans her over her father and tells him everything he’s done in the past two issues. And the whole time Magneto and Mystique have the same amount of emotion as the Barbie Dolls their based off of. I would love to see the script these pages are written for, they must be fairly pathetic, something to the effect of “Get Scarlet Witch in something seriously skimpy and parade her in front of her father. I want incest, David, lots of incest.” The rest of the comic book is of about the same caliber.
0/10 And will still manage to be a best seller.
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