Thursday, June 2, 2011
Clever Stuff--Ultimate Captain America (Hardcover of Issues #1-4)
Jason Aaron knows how to spin a quality yarn, with this coming out during the time the Ultimate Universe has been in a weird limbo of post-Ultimatum not-really-doing-much, but pre-new-stuff by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer. Yeah, these two-ish years that the Ultimate Universe was supposed to succeed after Ultimatum have been kind of tough, and it didn't help that Ultimatum was absolutely terrible. Anyways, this was one of the few Ultimate comics that have come out lately that I heard was worth giving a damn about, and upon reading it, I agree it is some quality material.
The point of the Ultimate Universe was to enable writers to tell stories that could not be told in the normal Marvel Universe, but lately the Ultimate continuity has just been an utter mess of either trying to copy the normal Marvel world or doing completely insane stuff. Jason Aaron here uses his writing chops to take a familiar concept and character and put a whole new spin on them. Basically, he introduces the old story idea of a Captain America existing during Vietnam and runs with that--taking advantage of how this Captain America from WWII in the Ultimate Universe has also been unfrozen a much shorter time and is a lot less of a people-person and more likely to just go charging in to a situation also Yeah, two fiery personalities, so when our Steve Rogers comes face-to-face with someone who represented the US but now hates it and also is a super-soldier (named Frank Simpson) conflict of course ensues.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Ultimate Comics Captain America for some good reading.