KIRAN’S A+++ GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATES
OK so the first thing you need to know about the ultimates is that it’s hard to love them. they are, as a team and as individual characters, really really awful. so why do I love them so much? well ummm I’m not entirely sure actually when did that even happen jeez
BUT ANYWAYS the point is that you cannot approach this universe expecting happy friendly superheroes who are occasionally angsty or angry. like you know how during civil war, they’re all angry and shouty and it’s so devastating because they’re destroying the years of friendship they’ve all shared? well ults is kind of like civil war without the emotional impact, and not just because mark millar wrote both. you can imagine all of these guys gladly beating the shit out of each other at the slightest provocation, ESPECIALLY captain america, who is a total dick from page one.
oh yeah. captain america is a dick in this universe. everyone is a dick in this universe. except maybe like, thor. thor is cool. tony is………drunk a lot. and he’s my favorite.
so here is my reading guide for the ultimates (this is about the ultimates team, I’m ignoring spider-man, the x-men and the fantastic four’s series ok):
OK AND I KNOW THAT’S KIND OF SCARY BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF TITLES BUT
most of these are short series, around 4-6 issues each. the minis are only like, 4 issues each, I swear. and I’m not even mentioning the 2 events that take place in here either!!!!!
the latest run is the longest on-going title the ultimates have had, and it’s at 29 issues now. jonathan hickman was the initial writer up until issue 13, then sam humphries took over, and left after issue 24. as you may have seen from the 3 people who read ultimates on here, the current series (called ultimates disassembled, by joshua fialkov and carmine di giandomenico) iS INCREDIBLY PAINFUL AND REALLY GREAT AND I LOVE IT OH MY GOD
so yeah. ultimates. no matter how you read it, it’s gonna be painful (⊙‿⊙✿)
ok so I’m gonna be a total dick and link you to the master download that includes everything in the ultimates imprint up until the death of spider-man. bECAUSE I CAN. but it’s really organized, and you can go through and pick out what you want to read from it.
(ps hopefully you can torrent things)
so I…think that’s it? tony has a brain tumor and a twin brother and is always sad because everyone he loves dies. and he calls everyone ‘darling’ and swans around in his underwear and a dressing gown and is constantly drunk and is dead now RIP baby oops well that’s probably not a spoiler right
captain america is a total douchecanoe who is also always sad but expresses his sadness by being angry absolutely all of the time and by LEAPING off of roofs dramatically and insulting the french and crying in graveyards because he’s all alone. also he was president for a while. also he is really, really hot. haha awwww ults steve you dickbag.
ults thor was a total hippy and had this hippy cult following because he was all about the environment and was anti-government and generally the GREATEST. and then everyone thought he was an escaped mental patient for a while and it was a fantastic upgrade to 616 thor. but now they’ve dropped the hippy aspect of his character which is kind of sad. and he and tony are biffles and even if you ship steve/tony you’ll probably end up shipping thor/tony a little or at least admitting that tony totally rode thor’s dick more than once because steve is too much of a homophobic douchebag to let tony anywhere near his dick. actually basically you can imagine tony fucking the entire team more than once. it’s definitely happened.
and nick fury is samuel l. jackson except they made him a million times more shady and icky than slj’s fury. and george bush shows up in the first series. and tony gets his brain cut open and drinks a lot and has a sentient brain tumor who he names anthony and treats like a son. and monica chang. monica chang!!!!!!! oh my god I hope this didn’t scare you off because I love the ultimates so diddly dang much I’M JUST REALLY EMOTION ABOUT THEM I’M SORRY I’M SO SORRY EVERYONE
oh god oh jeez “expert” well that’s a little
I’d start with the current series, rather hilariously titled ultimate comics: the ultimates. I’d also recommend ultimate comics: spider-man (the one with miles morales). also!! the 2011 ults x-men series just ended, although I haven’t read the whole thing so I don’t know how good it is.
the current event taking place in the ultimates universe is cataclysm, which hasn’t concluded yet but the various titles for it are:
uuuggh this event is basically a way for marvel to shake up the ultimates universe so NOTHING IS HAPPENING but it’s ending at the end of january and after it concludes, all current ultimates titles will end and I think 3 or 4 new titles are going to be released.
I wrote a vague guide a while back listing all of my favorite ults books, but I’d just start with those series for now, and that should bring you up to date on everything happening in the ults verse. even if you don’t want to read things with the ultimates, you should check out ults spider-man!!!! it’s worth it, trust me.
(Mike del Mundo)
You’re probably super excited about the new wave of Marvel NOW books coming out next year. Ecstatic even: there are SO MANY MARVEL LADIES HEADLINING THEIR OWN BOOKS! And if you’re anything like me, you’d want to show them your support. You’d also probably want to know who is it you’d be supporting. Out of the headlining ladies, Elektra is arguably the least familiar figure to especially new readers. She has got her own her solo series before, but frankly, they weren’t really good, and the bulk of her character development or in-depth characterisation happened in other books and some minis. It can be challenging to hunt down these books (or to make sense of them; Elektra had an especially bad 90’s), so this post is here to help!
(Yes, she did have her own movie—if you haven’t watched it, no don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. If you did, I’m so sorry, but please don’t let it prejudice you against Elektra!)
WARNING: most of Elektra’s books have very graphic violence. If this is not a subject matter you’re comfortable with, then please don’t read them!
Recommended books are prefaced with an asterisk (*). REMEMBER: IF YOU LIKE IT, BUY IT! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE SUPPORT THE UPCOMING ELEKTRA BOOK!
rikki barnes!!!! ok sit down friend because this is some Serious Comics Mess right here
(also anya corazon recently made an appearance in avengers assemble where she teams up with black widow and spider-woman I suggest you check it out for cute times with spider ladies!!!!)