It's like, I see some scenes in the book and they're amazing, but I always feel underwhelmed by the amount that's on offer within the scene. I feel like Hickman should be giving Ribic more things to draw, especially in a book with so much going on all the time. If that 'Zorn black hole thingy' was drawn out for longer, it's climax would've been even sweeter. That, you can't deny.
That's a bit of an exaggeration to what it is I expect from the pacing. But I agree that there have been slower moments. Issues 4-7 were excellently well paced and they helped to make the story feel a lot more 'whole'. But now the Children vs People battle is (for the most part) all over and done with. And within just a few pages too. I hate to sound so negative, but it just seems so wasteful to me.There's been a lot of slower and drawn out moments, it just doesn't take eight pages for them to happen.
Perhaps you're more used to it then.I've read plenty of books that are way faster paced than this.
It all depends on how thorough and substantial it all feels. And by that I don't mean for individual issues or 'bang for your buck' etc; I mean for the story arc as a whole.All-Star Superman, for instance (really, all of Morrison's work), jumps around like crazy. I'm sure I could come up with more examples, but I'm in the middle of that right now, so it stands out to me the most.
Actually by the sounds of many of the video reviews I've seen and podcasts I've heard about the UU and it's relaunch is that the Ultimates has been way too crazy to get into and a lot of newcomers were straight away put off by that. Even the sales reflect this, despite how awesome the book may be.Despite a lot of stuff happening, it's not hard to follow at all, which is the only concern I ever have for fast paced books. I don't see why a new reader would be turned off by the pace. The only thing, in my opinion, that might turn away a new reader is that they don't know the characters because they haven't read any Ultimates before, but that's not really a huge problem. Not everything can be written for the new readers.