Ultimate Avengers Vs. New Ultimates

I guess this Death of Spider-Man thing is the next big Ultimate event, what with a prelude and now crossovers? I still think it will turn out to have been a giant mistake (unless it is simply not true), and the current book did not disabuse me of that notion at all. The book starts pretty much exactly where Blade vs. the Avengers left off, with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the midst of an international incident in the Iranian desert. What better time to set off a power struggle between Nick Fury (leader of the black-ops Avengers) and Carol Danvers (leader of the public-facing Ultimates) by accusing each of them to the other that they are responsible for the sale of genetic secrets to rogue nations and splinter groups?

And, seriously, whether the struggle was set off by whichever of them is the guilty party or by a mysterious outside agent, the twists and turns are pretty entertaining. (Though I will admit this is perhaps just a few too many versus in too short of a time, but it’s cool, the horizon looks clear for a little while.) In any case, I liked the starting point and I liked the ending point, and the path was, if just a touch predictable, still always fun to read. Except for, well, the crossover bits with the so-called[1] event itself, which felt tacked on and unrelated in every way to the story being told. I wonder if, in a week or so, I’ll regret the publication order of this book and the next one? Either way, I definitely regret the hollow treatment in this book, with characters mouthing mostly empty platitudes about importance and tragedy. What I don’t know is whether the cause was Millar’s annoyance at having to work a few extra pages into the story he was actually telling or whether it was that the emotional impact resides elsewhere in pages I haven’t seen yet, and any words without the weight behind them would just feel this empty?

[1] Technically, by me, but I still bet I’m right and this is / was meant to be a big crossover event.

2 thoughts on “Ultimate Avengers Vs. New Ultimates

  1. Mike Kozlowski

    So I read this after Spider-Man, and it really pissed me off. Because a) this whole book is full of idiot plotting — really, Danvers/Fury never actually TALK to Fury/Danvers, just start shooting the instant some low-level bad guy says something? — and then Spider-Man gets caught in some bullshit theatrical fighting that didn’t even mean anything, and really?

  2. Chris

    I’m glad I think that I read them in the opposite order of you. And much gladder, despite what the guides may say, that I read X even later still, as the end makes a lot more sense after all these events than it would have before them.

    a) On the one hand, yes, definitely. But on the other, Fury and Danvers have formed a mutual dislike society for almost the whole time Danvers has been on the scene, so I can’t say it’s unrealistic. Now, the other heroes just going along with their private war instead of forcing them together? That pisses me off.

    b) I think that was the whole point. They were really playing up the senseless tragedy angle, right down to the actual shot not being intended to do anything serious.


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