Your assumption that he has an "obvious" editorial mandate that has constrained him is the same thing you criticize others for, we have no definite proof that there will be some crossover based on the infinity gems. It could simply be a coincidence that both 616 and UU are using the gems at around the same time.
Even assuming you are 100% correct in that his hands have been tied in regards to story direction, that is still no excuse for the horrendous dialogue that has been in these books since the day he took over.
1) Find a bad guy
2) Be Wolverine
Bring Back Ultimate Wolverine...again!
A good writer would be able to make something good story despite any restrictions placed upon them.
Now if people would just be honest and say they they don't like what Humphries is doing for subjective emotional reasons, who could argue with that? People like what they like.
It actually really upsets me that people aren't liking this because it's a blast and I feel very lonely here being the only one who is digging this :(
Maybe it's just bogus like that Ultimates #18 preview. (That dream sequence where Cap though they won against Modi and Hydra) And I really, really hope it's bogus.
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And for the record, I was joking when I said that this was the original team of Ultimates. I was poking fun at the fact that this couldn't possibly be 9 years ago because at most it's been 4 years since the Ultimates were formed, as well as the fact that they are calling themselves the Ultimates. A new reader would take all of this at face value and assume that this were the original team which was active 7 to 5 years before the events of the first Ultimates series. So either way, be it through bad dialogue, shitty writing or confusing information, Humphries is simply unfit for his duties on this book. It's been proven for 12 consecutive issues now, and the proof lies in the fans' comments and concerns and questions.
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Cataclysm • Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man • Cataclysm: The Ultimates • Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men • Dexter • Harley Quinn • Invincible • Invincible Universe • Superior Spider-Man • The Walking Dead
"Predictable? If there were any more plot twists going on, we'd need M. Night Shyamalan to randomly appear at the end saying 'What a twist' before vanishing". - Kurolegacy on Ult X-Men #8.
Here's a test to see if it's possible to objectively discuss the issues of Ultimates, or whether even certain people are only pretending to be reading these issues.
How often in Humphries run was it appropriate for someone who was not working for the government to brandish or shoot a gun? How much did it help the crisis for people to run out and start acting like vigilantes even if it was supposedly in protection of their families and homes?
As far as I can tell, the biggest attempt to land an emotional punch to the reader was telling the story of the poor technical person whose family was slaughtered by looters, who for all he knows could have been his neighbors, and how that turned him into a terrorist.
As far as I can tell from what was written in the story, there were very few if any situations depicted where the possession of firearms by civilians did any good at all. The threats for the most part, whether Nimrod Sentinels or Modi using the Mind Gem, were immune from ordinary firearms. I can fairly confidently argue that from what was written in the actual story, having no guns or other offensively-weaponizable technology among the civilian population would only have helped matters.
For a contrast to how even recent Marvel can write a different story, consider the ending of Fear Itself from the next to last issue to the last where Captain America Steve Rogers tells the vigilantes to either be prepared to stand and die with him, or go home to their families but leave their guns for others to use. And Steve Rogers stands with those who remain with a gun.
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