I've always liked exploring the alternate universes of comics if the premise sounds interesting. Ultimate Marvel never drew me in because it's not interesting. It's just a weaker, Darker And Edgier version of the main Marvel Universe made of poor writing and worse storytelling. But, the Ultimate Avengers really drew me in. Let's look at the team: Gregory Stark: Smart, sophisticated, professional, snarky as hell, and a tetotaler, he's pretty much the inverse of Tony. This is the guy who would make an ideal villain for Tony to fight, and because of that, it just shows off how much different the Ultimate Avengers are. Warmachine: At first glance, you'd think it's Stane, given that his suit looks like somthing that would put the Iron Monger to shame. And this is exactly what the MU Warmachine has needed for so long: an actual difference between it and Iron Man. Usually, the difference is a minigun and a rocket-launcher. Rhodes's soldier attitude provides a stark contrast to most of the others, and really makes him stand out. I hope Marvel does more Warmachine like this. Hawkeye: Wow. Just wow. I've never liked Hawkeye much, mostly because of his stupid trick arrows, but Ultimate!Hawkeye is so awesome it's insane. His lask of remorse coupled with his calm attitude and killing skills make his character very appealing. And he doesn't use those retarded trick arrows. Nerd Hulk: Ugh... No, I don't hate him for being a clone of Hulk with Bruce's brain. Just the fact that he's so useless it's just ridiculous. Seriously, this guy could be a major-league lightning bruiser, but nobody else sees this. Man, what wasted potential... One can only hope he becomes more badass in the future... Red Wasp: Now, if you're thinking "What good is shrinking and flying around for a black-ops team?" you NEED to pick up the first issue of this series. Because I thought the same thing at first, and now I'm eating my words. Like Hawkeye, a zen killer on the surface, but very conflicted inside. Evil, yet sympathetic. Sounds bad, but it works. Well, the team is solid, and so is this first volume! Red Skull's origins is pretty intersting, and even makes him sympathetic in the end. The action is pretty good as well, and overall, exudes badass and awesome. I hope Marvel doesn't f*ck this up for us, but who am I kidding? Nobody does it better than Marvel.
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