By Zak Edwards
June 18, 2009 - 17:19
Writer(s): Jeph Loeb
Penciller(s): David Finch
Inker(s): Danny Miki
Colourist(s): Jason Keith
Once again, Jeph Loeb has delivered a piece of drivel definitely not worth the effort to write about. And yet, here I am, trying to find new ways of saying how awful this event has been for the Ultimate Universe. At one time, Marvel Comics’ Ultimate comic books were amazing, Mark Millar’s Ultimates was chocked full of action and terrible people (ie, the Ultimates themselves) involved in heavily politicized adventures. The Ultimate X-Men were also a much grittier and more morally ambiguous team bringing the severity of racism and prejudice back in ways which had become diluted in the original. And Ultimate Spider-Man, with its amazing ability to make Peter Parker much more interesting than Spider-Man, was a joy to read every issue. Then, somewhere, everything went downhill, really downhill, and now Ultimatum brings it as low as the entire line can possibly go.
And when I said shallow before, nothing encapsulates shallow like David Finch’s artwork. His work makes Barbie dolls look like regular, run of the mill human beings. It’s his sort of awful, hyper-sexualized artwork which continues to make comic books look like nothing more than fan service for perverts. It’s sickening and, worse, I understand why he got the job. To me, David Finch’s artwork represents one of the many roadblocks keeping comic books from becoming more widely recognized.
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