Ultimate Invasion #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 21, 2023 Cover Price: $8.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 59
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE BEGINS!
Superstar creators Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch team up! The Illuminati must form once again to stop the Maker from his plans to destroy - or perhaps rebuild - the universe, with Miles Morales at the center of it all! Bryan's work on THE ULTIMATES helped redefine super hero comics for the 2000s - wait until you see what he and Jonathan have in store for this decade! Including new data pages by Jonathan Hickman - plus exclusive behind-the-scenes material on the world-building that has gone into this project!
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  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Anthony Bergamini Jun 21, 2023

    Ultimate Invasion #1 is a must read for fans of the Ultimate universe or just Jonathan Hickman in general. Bryan Hitchs triumphant return to this universe gives the book a nostalgic feel and Andrew Currie, Alex Sinclair, and Joe Caramagna help liven everything to exceptional standards. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Christopher R. Ford Jun 21, 2023

    Major events need a lot of things, but most importantly, they need a great set-up. A seemingly unbeatable foe with a potentially multiverse-shattering plan? Check? A team starring some of the biggest names in comics with hints of more to come? Check. Cliffhanger ending that immediately makes you want to read issue #2? Check. Ultimate Invasion #1 is an exciting and intriguing kickoff to a storyline that looks to shake up the entire Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - jonathan jones Jun 21, 2023

    With a spotlight on the Maker, Hickman and Hitch consistently toy with the feeling of "Oh God, what is The Maker up to now?" expertly in Ultimate Invasion #1. The grandness of what's to come can be felt throughout The Maker's machinations, even as their purpose remains hidden. Though his success feels like a foregone end, not even The Maker can outplay all that Ultimate Invasion has in store. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 21, 2023

    Readers, its been a long time since weve seen The Maker vs Reed Richards. Im actually shocked its taken this long. Fans of Secret Wars should be pumped for whats to come from this event comic, especially since there has been very little involving the Maker sprinkled throughout comics since Secret Wars. Truthfully, Hickman does a fantastic job grabbing the audience by the back of the neck and ushering them into this next phase. FF fans, Ultimate fans, and Secret Wars fans need to get in on this now. This looks to be something special! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 21, 2023

    Hitch delivers some impressive and beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visual style is perfect for this story and the epic arc that is to come within it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 22, 2023

    Ultimate Invasion #1 is a flashy sequel to Jonathan Hickman's previous Marvel work that explores nostalgia, deconstruction, and features one dastardly villain. It's not just a trip down memory lane, and with the exception of one poorly paced splash page, is an additive experience with Bryan Hitch showing off his storytelling chops in both quiet conversations as well as big explosions. Ultimate Invasion is definitely a must read for fans of the Hickman epic and Ultimate Universe as well as anyone who loves a bombastic superhero yarn as the days get longer and the weather gets hotter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jun 21, 2023

    Regardless of one's feelings about the Ultimate universe or its upcoming return, Ultimate Invasion #1 makes the case for itself not by promising future series but offering one that is immediately relevant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jun 21, 2023

    Ultimate Invasion #1 delivers a fast-paced, action-packed, intriguing story that could have ramifications that affect the entire universe. The stakes are huge, but the plot is super-simple, and the art is fantastic. That said, Marvel justifies the higher cover price with more pages, but too many pages are BTS sketches and blanks, which makes the comic overpriced for what you get. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jun 21, 2023

    This issue is imperfect, but it has a hell of a hook. The cliffhanger makes the entirety of what came before it worthwhile as well. I'm excited to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicsOnline - Kevin Gaussoin Jun 21, 2023

    I wasn't sure I wanted 1610 back after all these years. We got to keep Miles, so what more did we need? I think we're about to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Jun 22, 2023

    Miles Morales has been capturing hearts since his debut in 2011, and he is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved superheroes of all time. His presence in this comic book is the icing on the cake, and every time he graces a page of a comic, you can't help but feel like you're witnessing something truly special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jun 21, 2023

    Ultimately, Ultimate Invasion #1 delivers a solid groundwork for a story that looks to bring a huge threat to the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jun 21, 2023

    While Earth-616 has more or less absorbed Ultimate Marvel's initial ethos into its own DNA in the years since as well as one Miles Morales, the golden child of that experiment it's still rather fantastical and "unrealistic, which gives Hitch and Co. a lot of potential to do something great with this developing sandbox. In any event, Ultimate Invasion #1 forebodes an exciting new future for one of comics' most enduring initiatives of the past twenty-odd years. Welcome back to the multiverse, Ultimate Marvel! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 21, 2023

    Ultimate Invasion #1 is a rare swing-and-miss by Jonathan Hickman. The story is taking place at a time that is way past its expiration date. Hickman does all he can to sell The Maker as a big event threat but all attempts fall flat. If it weren't for the epilogue this would be a complete failure of a start to Marvel's latest big event. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jun 22, 2023

    There really isn't much hope of this becoming any kind of major event. The summer is already too cluttered with different crossovers and things. And this sort of thing has happened so often before in the past. However, it's possible that there might yet be some original quality to this particular mega-crossover. There might be some flash of brilliance in it. Certainly, everything seems to be placed on the page in a way that could catch the reader's attention if everything goes well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Jun 24, 2023

    I was really really looking forward to this as I am such a huge fan of Johnathan hickman and wow it sure didn't disappoint! This was a brilliant first issue! This story is going to be right up my alley and I could not be more excited to get issue 2. This is going to be an epic journey and I love it!!

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  • 10
    Texas VII Jun 22, 2023

    Hickman has an amazing ability to make everything feel epic, and Bryan Hitch’s art really compliments this story. I was hooked from the beginning and I’m really excited to see how everything unfolds

  • 10
    axdn Jun 21, 2023

    I am in.!

  • 9.0
    Screaming Enigma Jan 11, 2024

    This was an incredibly intriguing and well-written beginning to this miniseries. Hitch's art is pretty solid throughout and I can't say that I have many complaints about it, but I'm mainly here for the story. The way Hickman writes The Maker is fantastic and I enjoyed reading every word he said. All of the other characters were handled nicely as well, and I particularly enjoyed The Maker's interaction with Miles. This was a strong issue all around and I'm really interested to see where this goes.

  • 9.0
    Hex Jan 11, 2024

    This was a very strong start to a very small mini series set up event. The pacing is fantastic, the dialogue flows and while wordy feels perfectly balanced. I know a lot of people have a common criticism of Hickman that his dialogue is too drawn out. While sure he fills a lot of the space with an abundance of words it's not like Stan Lee's where it's just unnecessary word vomit. Hickman knows exactly what he wants to say and while it may seem daunting, absorbing all of it fleshes out the story infinitely better. Gaiman is much the same, or Moore. These heavy handed writers who inject as much prose as they can into their books and give them weight and it works here just as well as it ever did for Moore or Gaiman.
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  • 9.0
    Ultimate Goblin Sep 30, 2023

    Can't lie, it was slow, but really enjoyable.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jul 6, 2023

    To preface, I never read into much of or followed the Ultimate Universe. Thankfully, you dont have to here.

    I've read a little bit of the Illuminati stuff but only the first few issues.

    I have however seen much of the Maker, as he has crossed paths with the likes of Venom in recent history.

    Anyways, all that being said, this issue is a pretty epic setup snd I'm not sure where it's going to go but I'm excited to see it. I've always been a fan of Hitches artwork, and hes on top form here, I particularly like how he renders Black Panther here. The story makes quickly but also takes irs time on important details. Its essentially a game of chess beginning between two of the greatest minds in the universe. Given more

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  • 9.0
    Frank61 Jul 3, 2023

    At last, a decent comic that reminds me why I read 'em.
    Thank you, Jonathan & Bryan!

  • 9.0
    derbycomics Jun 21, 2023

    Ultimate Invasion #1 is the start of a new event from Marvel Comics, written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Bryan Hitch. The issue brings together the Illuminati, a group of Marvel's most powerful superheroes, to stop the Maker, a dark version of Reed Richards from the Ultimate Universe who played a pivotal role in the events leading to the destruction of that universe in the Secret Wars crossover event.

    It is a classic Hickman debut issue — little action, but tons of groundwork being laid for the future. We see the Maker break out of a top-secret prison and steal highly powerful weapons from each member of the Illuminati’s domain, causing the often controversial group to reconvene and address the situation.
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  • 8.5
    K-23 Sep 26, 2023

    Wow this issue impressed me and I’m really excited where this goes. I didn’t read much of the Ultimate universe aside from Mike’s and the elements that tied into Hickman’s FF and Avengers run that led into Secret Wars so I wasn’t hyped for this but gave the first issue a chance. Once we see what the maker appears to be up to, I was fascinated to see where this goes..

  • 8.5
    BirdmanG07 Jun 21, 2023

    Enough intrigue to pick up #2. I liked what Hickman did with the X-Men, very curious to see what happens here.

  • 8.5
    Afre Jun 21, 2023

    I'm intrigued. It's very interesting and I can't wait to see what happens next.

    However, 9 bucks is a lot. So keep that in mind.

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  • 8.0
    TSMack Jun 27, 2023

    It's an intriguing start.

    (We're basically paying an extra buck for copies of penciled pages that I neither wanted nor needed.)

    (Cover Date: August, 2023)

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jun 22, 2023

    I liked it. Maker was treated like a big time threat. It was a little slower, but it made me care and I liked the ending.

  • 8.0
    Hydro-Man Jun 22, 2023

    Not great but good. Let’s see if Hickman can stick to the landing of an Ultimate Universe as if it were created in 2023.

    I would happily pay $10 for a Jonathan Hickman comic before I pay $4 for a Vita Ayala comic.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jun 21, 2023

    if people want me to be blunt, Jonathan hickman is not one of my favorite writers. His dialogue and writing can kinda bore me a bit, and he reminds me of Denis Villenueve. Hickman is one of the few writers where I have to take my time with.

    I can confidently say that I do enjoy this issue. It's very interesting and engaging where The Maker creates his own Flashpoint. While I dont enjoy the art, the writing and story make up for it.

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Jun 24, 2023

    Definitely interesting, but for $9 and the team who created it, it’s not incredibly epic, either.

  • 7.0
    KesheR Jun 23, 2023

    I liked this, which is saying something due to the current status of Marvel comics. The Maker is a great villain and he holds the narrative all by himself. What I certainly don't like is the robot-like nature of Hickman's dialogues. Everyone speaks like an android. Also I don't like how Hickman jumps from one scene to another leaving the reader confused, he does that a lot.

  • 6.5
    KittyNone Jun 24, 2023

    The Maker is always fun, and of course Hickman is far too interesting a writer to waste anyone's time with a straight nostalgia piece. But this is only good not great, and for $9 that's just not enough for me

  • 6.5
    wakizashireviews Jun 21, 2023

    After the hype, this opening issue left me disappointed and my wallet a lot lighter. 9 bucks! It's mostly set-up and takes 40 pages of actual story to not really go anywhere. The Epilogue was intriguing, but felt like too little too late.

    Bryan Hitch's art is mostly very good, especially during the action scenes. At times there is too much dialogue and narration, which has some pages coming across as overly wordy. And please abandon those graphic design info pages. They are a waste of story pages.

  • 5.0
    General C K Jun 21, 2023

    For 9 bucks I can't recommend this.

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