What did you think of Ultimate Spiderman and X-Men when they first came out? I didn't get them when they came out and wouldn't read them because I thought they were childish rehashes of old stories. I didn't even read them, (apologies to Bendis and Millar), so I couldn't even make a proper judgement.
Then my comic book dealer told a friend these things were the hottest things on the market, so I got issue 4 of Ult SM and missed the first 3!! (I could only get the 3 issue compilation put out later). But I did get the first Ult X-men.
I had a preconceived idea that anything new, that looked different to what was was coming out in 2000, was not good quality. It was the biggest shock to learn that Bendis wrote better than Stan Lee. And I absolutely hated Bagley, from the art in the Clone Saga. But boy did Bagley change. He drew bigger panels, used art as drama, and slowed the pace down to a quarter pace.
Overall. the Ultimate universe brings more surprises than even the the current MU. I have no idea what new shock-surprises they will wheel out in the future. But when Bill Jemas bet his shirt on Bendis and those expensive hard covers, I was the most surprised, that people could think from strange directions and make everything so alive.
How did you see those heady days in 2000.