The final miniseries in the Bendis and Sandoval Ultimate trilogy kicks off today, and it's off to a great start. What's up with Reed? You'll have to read to find out...
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-Sue confronts Reed about what he's doing, looking for an explanation.
-He is really vague, just saying he's super smart and she wouldn't understand, and that the break up was liberating.
-She tries to stop him but he utterly dominates her.
-Rick Jones finally gets up, says he realizes that this is why the Watchers sent for him.
-He proceeds to go all out on Reed, destroying the vortex.
-Rick then teleports himself and Sue to the Triskelion; Sue gets rushed to care.
-Jessica wakes up at Roxxon, confronted by the Brain Trust.
-We see that the person in charge of the Brain Trust was none other than Doctor Otto Octavius!
-Back at the Triskelion, Johnny and Ben are trying to get Rick to take them to Reed, but Rick really doesn't understand his powers.
-Meanwhile, Sue is flatlining. The issue ends with "No response!!!"
To be continued...
Aside from Ultimate Spider-man, the Enemy Trilogy is what has been keeping the Ultimate Universe moving this year. Though it's decompressed to the point of very slow movement, it feels important, unlike Millar's Avengers. And unlike Loeb's books, it comes out on time and consistently. Really, it's been a fun, interesting book all along, and picking up this book was a huge excitement for me this afternoon. I've really been looking forward to Ultimate Doom since the beginning, and even more since we saw that Reed was the villain in Mystery #4.
Though Bendis helped create Ultimate Fantastic Four, he never really got a chance to tell his own stories with them, and I think that's what he's doing here. He is doing some things that have NEVER been done with Marvel's First Family. He shows us, yet again, that he really is king of all things Ultimate. It's clear that, even though he was only writing Spider-man at the time, he read and knew what was going on in UFF, and he went along with plots from Ultimatum. I love the new Reed Richards he's made. 616 Reed has always been cocky about his intelligence, but Reed is just a dick here. But at the same time, he deserves to be, because he really is the smartest man in the world. It was awesome watching him effortlessly take down Sue, laughing off her attacks. I'm still curious about what he's doing, but we'll get there soon I'm sure.
Sandoval, yet again, delivers a fantastic issue. He is easily one of my favorite new artists, and I really hope this isn't his last Ultimate project. All the characters look fantastic, and the fights were incredible. Making Reed look cool during fights is no easy task, and I've seen it look goofy a ton or times, but Rafa delivers here. Of all the current Ultimate artists, I think I like Sandoval's faces the best. Each character looks completely unique, and his style is really cool.
Doc Ock's reveal was one of the coolest comic moments for me in a while, because I didn't see it coming at all. It makes sense, obviously, I just hadn't even thought about it, and I'm very interested in his motives as well. When was the last time we saw him, was it the Clone Saga? Then there's Rick Jones, who still hasn't found his place in the UU. He goes Super Saiyan here though, and wreaks havoc on whatever Reed was doing. His Nova persona has some great potential to be really cool, even though I'm still not fully sold on the design (his fire-butt is a little awkward, don't you think?). I would also like - and so would he, I'm sure - a definition of his powers sometime, so we can know what the hell he's doing. My only bummer in this issue is that we didn't get to see Captain Marvel anymore; he's so cool in the UU.
I can't wait for the next three issues. If this has even half the impact that Bendis's hype wants us to believe, than it should be great. There's still a lot to address, though, and at this pace, I'm worried about getting a satisfactory conclusion to everything. But as long as Sandoval's art is here, I don't mind the splash pages and decompression.
Also, I've said it before, but I'm reaffirming it. I predict a Bendis/Sandoval Ultimate Fantastic Four (or Three or whatever) book after Doom is over. Which, along with my still standing prediction of Avengers and Ultimates joining into one book (penned by Hickman?), would make for an awesome Ultimate Universe.
If you've been reading the trilogy, obviously pick this up. If you haven't been, then read the first two minis and pick this up anyway. It's a great Ultimate story.