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Review: The Hunger #4

The concluding issue of Josh Fialkov and Leonard Kirk’s Galactus invasion of the Ultimate Universe with The Hunger #4 was released today, and it goes out with a bang!

Fialkov and Kirk provide a great cosmic story in that Rick Jones is the Ultimate Universe’s last best hope, but it comes at what price?! A price that remains to be seen which will be played out in the upcoming event – Cataclysm!

Due to the events of the Age Of Ultron, a tear in time and space opened a door between the regular Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. Galactus steps through (conveniently right in time for Infinity) where he merger with that universe’s version, the gah-lak-tus swarm! The Ult. U.’s cosmic heroes must attempt to stop this newly formed Devourer of Worlds with Ro-Nan, Mahr Vehl, the Silver Surfer and Rick Jones joining forces! 

In this story, Jones is a teenage hero, but finally comes to his own with this issue. Mahr Vehl fought the good fight and lost last issue with Jones donning the armor becoming the even more powerful – Captain Marvel. The deceased Mahr Vehl has developed tech to destroy Galactus, but Jones can’t use it otherwise millions and millions could be destroyed. Faced with dire odds, Jones must make a decision that will not only affect one universe, but unbeknownst to him – two! 

This series has been pretty fun as it’s filled with some great cosmic mayhem and quality art from Leonard Kirk (fix the Surfer’s ears, guys!). While Jones could be annoying at times (why are all Marvel’s teenage characters like that??), this issue paid off leading to some interesting developments in the future. This particular issue is filled with large epic battles, dimension and universe hopping and great cosmic characters. Good stuff.

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Bendis Doesn’t Deny Or Confirm Death Of The Ultimate Universe: Just Wants To Tell A F’n Story

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With Galactus recently appearing in the Ultimate Universe in Josh Fialkov and Leonard Kirk’s The Hunger, as well as the news that the Ultimate titles in November are getting replaced by the Cataclysm event, in addition to Ult. Spider-Man Miles Morales heading to the 616 U., that doesn’t necessarily mean that Marvel is doing away with it all.

Does it?

14-year-veteran-writer on the Ultimate comics, Brian Michael Bendis, took to his Tumblr to responds to a fan’s question about ending the Ultimate Universe.

Please allow me to not comment on unsubstantiated rumors and let us tell our story. and please believe me when I tell you that I have been working on the ultimate universe for 14 years. as important as it is to some of you it is doubly doubly doubly important to me. if not more so. and I promise you that I will not let you down and I will tell the story worth telling.

can you imagine if there were someone at your job who just decided it was their job to spoil everything that you do?   and if they can’t spoil it they just make something up.

that is what it’s like to try to tell a decent story for this generation of mainstream comic book creators.  see, if we deny the rumor, we give them hits, which is all they want, and if we don’t deny it, we make it true and give them hits. which is all they want.

so no matter what I do, I lose. and no matter what I do they win.

i just want to tell a fucking story without this barnacle on my ass.  and, yes, i know, just mentioning them causes them to start masturbating.  I know I’m not helping myself but i just want to be clear where i stand with this.

what’s funny to me is that no matter how many times these stupid websites are wrong, and they are wrong about half the time, people still believe what they read. 

Does that mean it’s sticking around?

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Review: The Hunger #1

The end of the Ultimate Universe is at hand (so it’s rumored) and it shall be devoured by none other than Galactus, the Monster Of All – Universes!

Josh Fialkov gives us a pretty cool and fun first issue with The Hunger #1.

I haven’t been following much of the Ultimates stuff, but we are quickly introduced to this reality’s Rick Jones, a teenage protector of the universe; sort of a combo Captain Mar-Vell, Quasar, and Green Lantern with The Watcher as his mentor (ala Eon).

Apparently, whatever happened in Age of Ultron caused a rip in time and space between the regular Marvel Universe (616) and the Ultimate Universe. It may or may not also have something to do with what we saw in this week’s New Avengers #8 with the Living Tribunal (oversees the Multiverse).

We get some goofy moments with Jones returning to Earth from deep space as well as some dialogue between The Watcher and Rick that is reminiscent of Bendis‘ back and forth unneeded banter. It’s not too bad, because Fialkov quickly takes us back to deep space where we are witness to the Kree/SkrullChitauri War. There, it sort of becomes “A Christmas Carol” with Rick and The Watcher watching the events unfold going unnoticed as The Watcher narrates. It works because you know Fialkov is building to The Big G.

Speaking of, before we get The Big G we get the Ultimate version, which is sort of a wave or cloud of bugs that absorbs anything in its path. Rick can’t just stand there and takes off to help out. And then the cosmic stuff hits the fan and you-know-who shows.

The story didn’t finish there, which some stories tend to do with the “big reveal,” which is what I was half expecting. Fialkov actually takes it a step further and has Gah Lak Tus take on Galactus! Outcome is sort of an easy guess – and we do get the “big reveal” – but it does leave a lot of interesting questions especially with the Silver Surfer looking to appear in The Hunger #2 next month.

What can else be said about the art from Leonard Kirk and Jesus Aburtov other than it was great? The issue read as if it was an animated series or movie; Kirk and Aburtov make a nice pair. I appreciated how each panel was well detailed from the menus in the burger joint to all the space scenes. It didn’t go unnoticed, guys!

Good issue.

With The Hunger #1, Marvel Cosmic fans can get their fill in the Ultimate universe as the 616 leaves them starving! At least for four issues.

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Major Marvel Cosmic Death In New Avengers #8 (Spoilers)

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Spoiler pic below for New Avengers #8 that features the death of a major Marvel Cosmic character.

Spoilers follow.

NEW AVENGERS #8 (Solicit)
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A/C)
“LORDS OF CHAOS”
• As casualties pile up in the ongoing war between Wakanda and Atlantis, an Illuminati member is forced to make a hard choice.
• An Inhuman learns of the Illuminati’s plans.
• Prelude to INFINITY: Everything falls apart.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

This week’s New Avengers #8 sees the death of – the Living Tribunal!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Living Tribunal overseas the multiverse, the most powerful Marvel Comics character sans The One Above All i.e. the Editor.

So who could have done this to The Living Tribunal?!

Gotta be someone outside the Multiverse, from the Omniverse?

Unless LT took its own life.

This perhaps also explains what is currently going on in Marvel 616 with the return of the Star Brand (LT Banned it) as well as Galactus invading the Ultimate Universe (The Hunger).

Theories anyone?

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Marvel Comics Ultimate Universe Comic-Con Panel & Images: Includes The Hunger Galactus Preview

Below you can check out a batch of images from the Marvel Comics Ultimate Universe Panel that is taking place at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

The images include a preview of The Hunger, which features Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

Following that you can also follow along the live panel.

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