Comic Book Review: Ultimates 2: Grand Theft America (Marvel)

by Pat Johnson

From what I've read, the Ultimate line is the definition of hit or miss. The concept has been strong from the start (to relaunch Marvel icons in a modern-day universe) but half of the execution is off target. However, the Ultimates have yet to disappoint. Instead of tackling characters like the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America individually, here we see the Avengers reimagined as government sanctioned superheroes. This puts them in an awkward situation as their actions (and their existence) are interpreted as military expansionism. The theme of America triggering an escalation of militaristic superheroes plays out in Millar and Hitch's final arc . The tangibly realistic art of Brian Hitch captures the world of superheroes so vividly that the fantastic events seem nearly possible. Each epic and impossible battle in this collection makes Hollywood's best efforts look like sophomore film school. For your comic dollar, this collection delivers more action, excitement and grandeur than any comic on the market. It may not dazzle the cerebral, and it may use clumsy fingers to push hot button issues, but if you are a fan of major event books with lots of fighting, this book (as well as the rest of the run) are must owns.

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