Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 1, 2023
“ULTIMATE UNIVERSE #1” was an enjoyable read, even though it seems to be kicking off slowly, and I have a hunch it’s gearing up for something fantastic. One thing that tripped me up a bit was that “Ultimate Universe” builds upon the events of “Ultimate Invasion,” which I hadn’t read, so I found the beginning a tad confusing. I’m considering going back to read “Ultimate Invasion” to fill in the gaps.
The story begins with Tony Stark, also known as Iron Lad, and a version of Reed Richards known as “Doom.” They embark on a mission to infiltrate Asgard and rescue Thor, who’s imprisoned for treason under the vigilant watch of his warden, Lady Sif. After successfully helping Thor escape the Asgardian prison, their new objective is to undo the changes that the Maker has wrought upon the world.
On the whole, I enjoyed the issue. I do wish there was some sort of recap for “Ultimate Invasion,” but that’s on me for not having read it. It did feel a bit rushed at times. I particularly liked the portrayal of Reed’s Doom and Iron Lad. The art showcasing Thor, looking incredibly jacked, was well done and pretty impressive. It’s a promising start, and I’m looking forward to reading the upcoming issues featuring Spider-Man, Black Panther, and X-Men. There’s just one nagging question I had from this issue – why didn’t Thor call Mjolnir while he was in prison? Or was this his version of a vacation?
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