Eat this, Ster­anko!

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

The Ul­ti­mates 2 #13, Fe­bru­ary 2007

What hap­pened? At its best, Marvel’s Ul­ti­mate Uni­verse told strik­ing, smart, hard-edged re-imag­in­ings of the core Marvel char­ac­ters and events; at its worst it was a con­tro­versy fac­tory, lit­ter­ing its tales with mu­ti­la­tion and rape. So let’s pick one of the line’s gob­s­mack­ing mo­ments that didn’t leave a foul taste in the mouth: the awe­some eight-page fold-out spread of ev­ery­body fight­ing ev­ery­body else in the rain from the shock-happy Mark Mil­lar/Bryan Hitch team.

Why was it shock­ing? In these de­com­pressed times, comics of­ten pre­tend to be ca­ble TV shows and for­get they can do things other medi­ums can’t. This spread is pure comics, like your aver­age mul­ti­plex screen ex­pand­ing to IMAX size for a sin­gle shot, then re­tract­ing again – but bet­ter!

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