Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1
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Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 24, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The next era has begun. As our heroes struggle to find their place in the world, the The Ultimates face game-changing threats even they can't handle. And with the heart of the team missing in action, the country's last stand of defense may be on its last legs. Critically acclaimed writer Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, FF, Secret Warriors) and superstar artist Esad Ribic (Uncanny X-Force) drive the Ultimates into new and deadly territory! The series we've all been waiting for!

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Aug 26, 2011

    So, here's to the return of a truly epic Ultimates run! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Boisson Aug 28, 2011

    With The Ultimates #1, Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic kick off the new Ultimate Comics line and mark the dawn of a new era in the Ultimate Universe. After the events that transpired prior to and in Ultimate Fallout, Earth-1610 is in a state of disarray. We lost Spider-Man, Captain America gave up, all of the mutants are in hiding to avoid being put in government-run concentration camps, the EUSS has re-initiated its super-soldiers program and many parts of the world were left on the brink of war. With all of this happening -- and with a recent drastically reduced budget -- how can both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Ultimates continue saving the world? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 25, 2011

    And frankly, the dark tone of this series isn't much encouragement. I trust writer Jonathan Hickman to turn in outstanding work - but at the moment, I'm on the fence with The Ultimates. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 24, 2011

    Do you love great starting points? Then this is the book for you! This book seems to be back on track. It's no longer "way out there" or "over-the-top." This issue is grounded and pretty serious. I'm impressed. I have a feeling Hickman is going to take this team to new levels, and while I'd love to give this a perfect score, I still feel a bit skeptical about the team, and while the issue was awesome, it just wasn't amazing. I highly recommend this book, especially for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 22, 2011

    Don't go into this new volume of the Ultimates expecting Hickman to tear everything down and reinvent the wheel. The formula is familiar, and it's merely the execution that is stronger than it has been lately. Hopefully as the series moves along and Hickman builds up the characters and their newest foe, some true surprises will be in store for readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Josh Flanagan Aug 22, 2011

    It's a good start. I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't turned off either. One thing I always love about Hickman's writing is that there is thought going on under the surface. It's always saying something at a deeper level, or at least appears to be, so I'm thinking about it. It's meticulous. I genuinely believe that Hickman isn't interested in putting out a comic book that doesn't impress people, so the effort is on the page. If you liked The Ultimates previously, there's more here for you to like. If you've never read them, this is a fine place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Aug 23, 2011

    It would help to have read Hickman's contributions to "Ultimate Fallout" before "The Ultimates" #1, though not essential. The comic is still exciting and sets up a large story that, right now, seems like it could easily end with the destruction of the team. A first issue that starts with its foot on the gas is exactly what's called for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 3, 2011

    In fact, there are signs, starting with the monologue on the first page, that Hickman's going to try and deal with the fundamental amorality and unpleasantness of Millar's vision. I don't think it's a coincidence that, as the story opens, Captain America has gone missing, and we then get a plot in which the Avenger's arrogance puts them in a tight spot. It seems like Hickman's going to take the hard road of redeeming these characters from the amoral dunderheads Millar made them out to be. This means that we have to start from the same place Millar (and Loeb, I'm assuming) left off, which makes for a less than appealing comic"but I'm expecting great things further down the road. With any luck, Hickman can put the "hero" back in "superhero". Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Aug 29, 2011

    By issues end, I really didn't care if I read the next installment of The Ultimates or not. The shine has worn off, and the new exciting stories of The Ultimates has given way to a story that has the potential of being extremely cool, but falls flat in continuing to want to draw me in. That, coupled with the art that appears to want to impress the reader with its explosion of Hollywood camera techniques, and The Ultimates #1 earns 2 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

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