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Guess who's back! That's right, kids, Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wolverine: Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, X-Men) blast into the Ultimate Universe for a mind-blowing, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching event of epic proportions! When a highly-classified secret threatens Captain America, only the newly-returned Nick Fury has the tools t Guess who's back! That's right, kids, Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wolverine: Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, X-Men) blast into the Ultimate Universe for a mind-blowing, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching event of epic proportions! When a highly-classified secret threatens Captain America, only the newly-returned Nick Fury has the tools to bring 'em in! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 1-6


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Guess who's back! That's right, kids, Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wolverine: Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, X-Men) blast into the Ultimate Universe for a mind-blowing, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching event of epic proportions! When a highly-classified secret threatens Captain America, only the newly-returned Nick Fury has the tools t Guess who's back! That's right, kids, Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Wolverine: Old Man Logan) and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, X-Men) blast into the Ultimate Universe for a mind-blowing, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching event of epic proportions! When a highly-classified secret threatens Captain America, only the newly-returned Nick Fury has the tools to bring 'em in! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 1-6

30 review for Ultimate Comics Avengers, Vol. 1: Next Generation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Did Marvel really wait this long before introducing a version of the Red Skull to their Ultimate universe? Once again Millar puts a nasty and interesting twist on a familiar character by revising the origin story and unleashing a creepy and capable villain in the process. My only complaint is that the idea of Cap going rogue seemed kind of unnecessary, but the results were fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    *Re-Read 2014* 4.5 stars Not sure how this happened, but I definitely like the book better this time around. Not that I even realized it was a re-read until I went to write a review for it... Maybe my tastes have changed over the years, and now I'm more interested in reading about amoral characters? Whatever the reason, I loved it this time around! You wanna know what's weird? Doesn't matter, I'm going to tell you anyway. I had an entirely different reaction to the things I didn't like 4 years ago. *Re-Read 2014* 4.5 stars Not sure how this happened, but I definitely like the book better this time around. Not that I even realized it was a re-read until I went to write a review for it... Maybe my tastes have changed over the years, and now I'm more interested in reading about amoral characters? Whatever the reason, I loved it this time around! You wanna know what's weird? Doesn't matter, I'm going to tell you anyway. I had an entirely different reaction to the things I didn't like 4 years ago. Take Cap using the kindergartners as human shields, for example. First time around I was (evidently) horrified. When I read it this time, my first thought was, Heh. Smart move, Old Man! What's wrong with me?! Apparently, I not only changed my view on the comic book, but I'm also turning into a horrible person. Huh. shrugs *Original Review from 2010* Rating: 3 stars Honestly, I don't know about this one. Part of me really liked it, but another part of me just hated Millar's story line. Captain America and Hawkeye are about the only two characters in the story that I didn't totally hate, but that may just be because I haven't kept up with the Ultimates. Nah. I think it's because even the most iconic Marvel personality tends to be more than just a teensy bit scuzzy in the Ultimates universe. I absolutely loved the touch of scum that Millar gave everyone in Ultimates:Super-Human, but I think that the novelty of it is lost on me at this point. Actually, Millar even managed to taint Captain America in this one. Throughout most of the story Cap was awesome. It was worth reading the whole thing just for the part where he gets taken into custody by the French agents. Ah, good times... Anyway, I do think Millar has a great grasp on what an extreme adversary Steve Rogers could be if he decided that he had been pushed too far. I just think he kinda lost his mind a little bit when he had Rogers use a classroom full of kindergartners as human shields. Really? Um, I thought that it was a tad out of character for Captain America, even in this universe. I'm also still a little iffy on what the hell happened to turn Cap's son into such a psycho. Yes, he was raised on a military compound and tested to see how strong, fast, and smart he was...Oooook. I'm not saying it was a Leave It To Beaver childhood, but how do you parlay that into him gutting everyone on the military base, cutting the skin off of his face (Ewwwwww, by the way!), and turning into a crazy lunatic bent on world destruction? Did the Super Soldier serum make Cap's sperm all wonky or something? Eh, not really sure about that one. Again, maybe I'm missing some key bit of information due to my on-again off-again relationship with Ultimates. Maybe. Ok. I'm not going to say that I'm done with the Ultimates, because I'm sure that I'll get interested in this universe again, but I will say that I'm in no hurry to visit these guys anytime soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Clausen

    This book is next level bonkers: a Captain America who curses and trolls the French, a War Machine who kills civilians, and a Nick Fury who goes the full Samuel Jackson, and more sex, rape, and torture than you can shake a stick at..oh, and I think there is an orgy of cannibalism sprinkled in for good measure. This is not the Avengers you grew up with. Actually, it's closer to the kind of Avengers that might actually exist in the real world. None of them are very likeable, all of them are deeply This book is next level bonkers: a Captain America who curses and trolls the French, a War Machine who kills civilians, and a Nick Fury who goes the full Samuel Jackson, and more sex, rape, and torture than you can shake a stick at..oh, and I think there is an orgy of cannibalism sprinkled in for good measure. This is not the Avengers you grew up with. Actually, it's closer to the kind of Avengers that might actually exist in the real world. None of them are very likeable, all of them are deeply flawed, and the comic doesn't even dare call them heroes. No, they're a Black Ops group. But that's what makes them so interesting. I like the idea of an Ultimate universe that can play around with these characters in different ways. It gives another understanding of who are heroes might be and points to the flaws in their mythos...and I like that. As long as it stays in that other universe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Holy hell I forgot how much of a asshole Ultimate Captain America is. A true asshole but oh so fun. Okay so what's happening after Ultimatium? One of the worst events ever? Well Nick Fury says it perfectly in the first page "What the fuck is this shit?" because really...it's crazy. So we have a Cap who has gone rogue. He's done listening to Shield or anyone after he finds out a secret Red Skull tells him. This time Red Skull has a far more interesting and dark past than before. He's also ruthles Holy hell I forgot how much of a asshole Ultimate Captain America is. A true asshole but oh so fun. Okay so what's happening after Ultimatium? One of the worst events ever? Well Nick Fury says it perfectly in the first page "What the fuck is this shit?" because really...it's crazy. So we have a Cap who has gone rogue. He's done listening to Shield or anyone after he finds out a secret Red Skull tells him. This time Red Skull has a far more interesting and dark past than before. He's also ruthless in his ways and decides to make everyone pay. So Fury creates the Avengers. A elite black ops team ready to face anyone in their way. Good: Super fun and crazy and dumb but it makes it a fast paced fun reading experience. The fights are great, brutal as shit, as Mark usually writes them. I thought the reveal of the Red Skull was pretty fun too. The ending was fucked up but does lead to some interesting choices. Bad: The over the top violence isn't for everyone. I especially thought the Red Skull murdering a child and having a wife murder her husband and then raped is a little disgusting even for me. I also can't seem to "like" anyone as everyone is kind of a asshole. Overall fun and dumb, kind of Millar's way. It's not going to make you a fan of the Ultimates if didn't like them before, but I did, so this works. A 3 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James

    3.25 stars. Here we find out Cap had an illegitimate son. We also find out who this Red Skull is. This prompts Nick Fury to assemble the Avengers, a black ops team to go after him. The book was decent. Cool fights, great artwork.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I really enjoyed this book. My brother-in-law said that it fundamentally shifted how he saw Captain America and that's why I loved it. Millar really took the "Ultimate" shtick of shaking things up to heart and did some great things with these characters. For example: Tony Stark has a brother, Nerd Hulk is exactly that, and Red Skull...well! I really enjoyed this book. My brother-in-law said that it fundamentally shifted how he saw Captain America and that's why I loved it. Millar really took the "Ultimate" shtick of shaking things up to heart and did some great things with these characters. For example: Tony Stark has a brother, Nerd Hulk is exactly that, and Red Skull...well!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    He's back, yes I know you know it's Mark Millar, but I was talking about Nick Fury. Out in the cold Fury has to resort to setting up a black ops Avengers as it looks like Captain America's gone rogue! So much potential, but still not as good as it could have been. 7 out of 12. He's back, yes I know you know it's Mark Millar, but I was talking about Nick Fury. Out in the cold Fury has to resort to setting up a black ops Avengers as it looks like Captain America's gone rogue! So much potential, but still not as good as it could have been. 7 out of 12.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    This was my first post-Ultimatum read in the ultimate universe, so I wasn't to sure what to expect. Honestly I was expecting utter crap, and this pleasantly surprised me. Now, this wasn't any where's near as good as Ultimates 1 and 2, but I think very few things ever will but. It was most definitely WAY better than Ultimates 3. The artwork was stellar, and up to the high standards set by past Ultimate universe publications, and the story had a pretty solid flow to it. At first I felt like I wasn' This was my first post-Ultimatum read in the ultimate universe, so I wasn't to sure what to expect. Honestly I was expecting utter crap, and this pleasantly surprised me. Now, this wasn't any where's near as good as Ultimates 1 and 2, but I think very few things ever will but. It was most definitely WAY better than Ultimates 3. The artwork was stellar, and up to the high standards set by past Ultimate universe publications, and the story had a pretty solid flow to it. At first I felt like I wasn't getting to know much of anything about all of the new characters that were pretty suddenly introduced, but I felt by the end of the book I had learned a reasonable amount about all of them given how many were introduced and the length of the book. There were a few things that seemed to internally contradict them selves and detract from the story. Unlike others I was okay with the Red Skull being a total sociopath that acted in seeming nonsensical and inhuman ways for no good reason, that seems to be the norm for a sociopath. But the speech he gave at the end about just wanting the cube to set the world right (from the view of his personal narrative) and have grown up with his mom and dad, it came off as him being too sincere and thus ruined being able to explain away his action as simply being that of a sociopath. The second thing was the until now unmentioned older (and seemingly just as successful) Stark brother. It felt a little to obviously made up for this story. I was blown away by the last few pages. I liked seeing Red wasp get her revenge/closure while Fury watched, which seemed very his style. And the next page, where Stark confronts Fury about this all being a plot of his to regain his old position was insanely well played. That next panel where it seems Fury is going to deny it, which I at least thought was the truth, until you read the last panel where WAM he comes right out and admits yes, he planned it all. What an unbelievable, yet consistent, prick. Finally, I was left REALLY wanting to know what was up with the Spider-Man in the the tube. I assume he's a stray/left over Parker Clone. Is he one we've met? Is he one we never saw? I was definitely left wanting to see much more of him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Solid, fast-paced story, crisp dialogue. Great action art (with a few rushed panels), and unrelenting characters. I really enjoy reading these, but I end up feeling a little dirty afterwards. Maybe it's my fear that Millar leans a little too Tea Party, and his books are just thinly-veiled propaganda? Solid, fast-paced story, crisp dialogue. Great action art (with a few rushed panels), and unrelenting characters. I really enjoy reading these, but I end up feeling a little dirty afterwards. Maybe it's my fear that Millar leans a little too Tea Party, and his books are just thinly-veiled propaganda?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lost Planet Airman

    We find out who the Ultimate Universe Red Skull is -- and i don't like it much! But I did enjoy the story, warts and all. We find out who the Ultimate Universe Red Skull is -- and i don't like it much! But I did enjoy the story, warts and all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael J.

    I've read this story a few times since the original publication in 2009, every time in the single issues. What keeps bringing me back is the dynamic art and incredible fight scenes. Plus, Mark Millar's story is a twisted re-imagining of the Avengers that I appreciate best because it makes them human and flawed (and sometimes scheming). The storyline focuses mainly on three characters: Hawkeye, Captain America, and the Red Skull. What if Hawkeye was a gunslinger instead of an archer? What if Cap I've read this story a few times since the original publication in 2009, every time in the single issues. What keeps bringing me back is the dynamic art and incredible fight scenes. Plus, Mark Millar's story is a twisted re-imagining of the Avengers that I appreciate best because it makes them human and flawed (and sometimes scheming). The storyline focuses mainly on three characters: Hawkeye, Captain America, and the Red Skull. What if Hawkeye was a gunslinger instead of an archer? What if Captain America went rogue? How hard would it be to take him down? The Red Skull is on a mission to obtain the Cosmic Cube. During a helicopter battle, he whispers a shocking secret into Cap's ear, who goes rogue after learning it. I wondered if Captain America would really react in such an extreme way, and thought it was a bit of a stretch by Millar. By after re-reading this I realize that Cap's real intention is to stop the Skull from being corrupted by all that power, bending reality to his will. Cap realizes that S.H.I.E.L.D. will do anything to stop the Red Skull, including his death. After what he has learned, Cap won't let that happen. The ending is a bit shocking, but understandable in this twisted alternate Ultimate universe that Millar has set up. I'd even read this again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    For the days when Mark Millar used to try to tell a story instead of trying to see how much he could shock people. He avoids much of his typical shock tactics here, and give us what is probably the last, or next to last good Marvel Ultimate universe story. Who knew Captain America had a son, and that son would become the Red Skull? That Nick Fury (drawn to resemble Samuel L. Jackson) would be a bigger bastard than the Skull? There is a large violence quotient, but most of it works within the con For the days when Mark Millar used to try to tell a story instead of trying to see how much he could shock people. He avoids much of his typical shock tactics here, and give us what is probably the last, or next to last good Marvel Ultimate universe story. Who knew Captain America had a son, and that son would become the Red Skull? That Nick Fury (drawn to resemble Samuel L. Jackson) would be a bigger bastard than the Skull? There is a large violence quotient, but most of it works within the context of the story. Oh, and we get to meet Tony Stark's older, smarter, snarkier, and amoral brother Gregory and Fury's ex-wife.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Mark Millar doesn't write subtle stories, but his stories never think they're smarter than they really are. So, this book isn't brilliant but it's fun, in a dumb way, perhaps, but fun. Mark Millar doesn't write subtle stories, but his stories never think they're smarter than they really are. So, this book isn't brilliant but it's fun, in a dumb way, perhaps, but fun.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Marvel did the smart thing by getting Millar back on an Ultimate title, if only to win back the readers it lost because of The Ultimates 3: Who Killed the Scarlet Witch? and Ultimatum. These two storylines were okay for me (I've reviewed them as well), but by all accounts they were a big letdown to the readership in general. I won't go over the plot particulars since other reviewers (collectively) have more than sufficiently covered this aspect of the book. Some people don't like Millar's storie Marvel did the smart thing by getting Millar back on an Ultimate title, if only to win back the readers it lost because of The Ultimates 3: Who Killed the Scarlet Witch? and Ultimatum. These two storylines were okay for me (I've reviewed them as well), but by all accounts they were a big letdown to the readership in general. I won't go over the plot particulars since other reviewers (collectively) have more than sufficiently covered this aspect of the book. Some people don't like Millar's stories or dialogue, and that's fine, but at this point in his career one should know what to expect from him and not be surprised or upset when he delivers exactly what he is known for. Millar is Millar. He's figured out what works for him and he's not going to change. Basically, you know what you're getting into. And so, considering this, underneath the traditional Millar shtick of people calling each other "moron" or "idiot" and shock tactics (like throwing a baby out of a window), for sheer entertainment value this gets top marks. This story also marks the third time (by my count) that Millar uses the [now old] technique of flying a plane at/through the bad guy (first one was in The Authority, Vol. 4: Transfer of Power, second one was in Wolverine: Enemy of the State). While still fun to watch, part of me wonders if maybe Millar is running out of ideas. So be on the look-out for another plane-through-bad-guy, as this story arc is already a few years old. ** Also noteworthy: in Nemesis is the highkacking of Air Force One and it being flown/crashed in a petrol tanker. Also, does anyone else think Gregory Stark is a dead ringer for Daniel Craig?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    After the events of 'Ultimatum' the Red Skull steals a weapon of terrifying power from the Fantastic Four and subsequently Captain America goes rogue. Called back out of the shadows, Nick Fury puts together a black ops team, the Avengers, to solve both problems. Somehow I always forget how mean-spirited the Ultimate universe is. It likes to pretend that it's Marvel Comics for adults, but in reality it's more Marvel Comics for sadists. The Ultimate universe's chief mean-spirited sadist Mark Millar After the events of 'Ultimatum' the Red Skull steals a weapon of terrifying power from the Fantastic Four and subsequently Captain America goes rogue. Called back out of the shadows, Nick Fury puts together a black ops team, the Avengers, to solve both problems. Somehow I always forget how mean-spirited the Ultimate universe is. It likes to pretend that it's Marvel Comics for adults, but in reality it's more Marvel Comics for sadists. The Ultimate universe's chief mean-spirited sadist Mark Millar was therefore brought on board to launch this new Avengers series. So, if what you want from your Avengers stories is rape, torture and a misogynistic xenophobic Captain America, then this is the book for you. Now, I'm far from averse from brutal stories but here it seems to be violent for the sake of being violent or sweary for the sake of being sweary. The heightened brutality doesn't really add anything to the story itself. It could easily have been used to give the Red Skull some genuine darkness as a villain, since much of the truly horrific stuff is his handiwork, but in the final confrontation Millar decides to play the Skull's megalomania for laughs, totally undercutting what could've been a truly chilling antagonist. All that said, there are hints of things I liked here. For one, I was intrigued by the idea of the Ultimates being the PR-friendly super-team, whilst Fury creates the Avengers specifically to do the dirty jobs. But honestly, if you want a dark version of the Avengers, you're far better off reading Brian Michael Bendis' 'Dark Avengers' set in the mainstream Marvel continuity. * More reviews here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com *

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)

    I was not really impressed with this incarnation. First the good, I like the premise of the Red Skull coming back, although I thought it was a bit of a stretch to make him Captain America's son. Aside from Nick Fury, Hawkeye (more on him later) and Captain America, these are all copies. Tony Stark's older brother created them. They also add in pieces of the Fantastic Four and a VERY twisted Spiderman. This must be the "next generation" the title refers to. I'll stick with the originals. Since wh I was not really impressed with this incarnation. First the good, I like the premise of the Red Skull coming back, although I thought it was a bit of a stretch to make him Captain America's son. Aside from Nick Fury, Hawkeye (more on him later) and Captain America, these are all copies. Tony Stark's older brother created them. They also add in pieces of the Fantastic Four and a VERY twisted Spiderman. This must be the "next generation" the title refers to. I'll stick with the originals. Since when did Black Widow becomes a job description? Now on to Hawkeye, one of my favourite comic book characters EVER. I hate this incarnation. What is with the costume? The facemask makes him look like some weird science fiction pirate. Also, Hawkeye is SUPPOSED to be an archer, that's part of what makes him so cool. To take that away and give him guns and he's just another vigilante.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Noah Soudrette

    Mark Millar's original two Ultimates series are some of my favorite all time comics. This is not them. Not even close. Ever since Marvel manded the ultimate reigns over to Jeff Loeb, the whole things been a cluster fuck. While the story here isn't terrible and the characters are mildly amusing, I would avoid this. especially if you're a fan of the original Ultimates. The Ultimate universe is dead. Mark Millar's original two Ultimates series are some of my favorite all time comics. This is not them. Not even close. Ever since Marvel manded the ultimate reigns over to Jeff Loeb, the whole things been a cluster fuck. While the story here isn't terrible and the characters are mildly amusing, I would avoid this. especially if you're a fan of the original Ultimates. The Ultimate universe is dead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kamen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Red Skull appears in this volume, and after beating Captain America in a fistfight, we learn that he is his long lost son. Skull is a super strong tactical genius and he cut off his own face when he was 17 to be edgy. Wouldn't infections be a problem? I fail to see a tactical advantage of not having a face. Surely you need lips to pronounce some sounds properly. Having eyelids could be useful for sleep. Whatever. So, what does the Cap do? Does he talk to his superhero teammates or his ex-employe Red Skull appears in this volume, and after beating Captain America in a fistfight, we learn that he is his long lost son. Skull is a super strong tactical genius and he cut off his own face when he was 17 to be edgy. Wouldn't infections be a problem? I fail to see a tactical advantage of not having a face. Surely you need lips to pronounce some sounds properly. Having eyelids could be useful for sleep. Whatever. So, what does the Cap do? Does he talk to his superhero teammates or his ex-employer the govenment agency S.H.I.E.L.D. who kept this secret from him? No, he beats the crap out of his team, downs a full plane mid-flight and goes AWOL. And what does the government do? They form another team to bring Cap in. The team consist of Head Asshole Nick Fury, Ultimates member Hawkeye (what a great friend, huh?), and few other ex-criminals and sociopaths. One of them is the new Black Widdow, Nick Fury's queen bitch ex-wife who keeps the name because "it's cool". Few issues back Hawkeye had his wife and children murdered before his eyes by the last Black widdow so Danvers and Fury would need to be retarded to not see what that would do to team cohesion. It gets worse. So instead of pursuing the Red Skull who wants to destroy the world they chase Captain America around Paris in broad daylight with live ammo and a hulk (not The Hulk), destroying half the city in the process. Cornered Captain takes a bunch of kindergarten childen as a human shield. You've read that right. Very heroic indeed. The French are more conderned with Cap's bad opinion of them during WWII than with billions of property damage to the city by the foreign government's black ops superpowered team. We cut to Red Skull again who likes to make women kill their husbands with scissors, throw their babies out of window and gangrape them till morning. Is this a Marvel comic I'm reading? Was Millar taking drugs when he wrote this? Or reading Garth Ennis's Crossed? The new team finally confronts Red Skull who is now in possesion of the Cosmic Cube and are easily overpowered. Guess you shouldn't have wasted time chasing Cap, lol. Having the ultimate reality shaping weapon in his hands Skull really takes special care not to hurt any of them, because - comic tropes. Team wants to detonate the nuke in Warmachine's suit the leader Nick Fury doesn't know anything about, but somehow Hawkeye does. The truouble with digital comics? You can't rip them up and throw them across the room. Cap eventually show up and saves the day by shish kebabing the Red Skull. What a surprise. The black ops team The Avengers get a steady S.H.I.E.L.D. job, and we learn this was all a plot by Fury to get his old job back. His team had their asses handed to them so I don't know how that makes sense, but whatever, nothing matters. The nuke is never mentioned again. I guess Fury is OK as a leader with secrects like these kept from him and Warmachine is OK with having himself being blown the fuck up if things get ugly. Red Skull is kept alive so he can say goodbye to his mommy he never saw (he's a 64yo baby killing career criminal ffs), and we learn he only wanted to reshape reality to a version where his daddy and mommy loved him, lol. He gets a bullet to the brain. 0/5*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Cameron

    The Avengers of the Ultimate Universe finally assemble after Captain America goes rogue to find out more about the Red Skull. Ultimate Avengers The Next Generation presents a new and refreshing take on the Avengers and justifies having an Avengers in the Ultimate Universe when the Ultimates fill that void. Combine that with a compelling story, characters cast, and magnificent artwork and you're in for a great story. Story Ultimate Avengers The Next Generation is about how the Avengers are introduc The Avengers of the Ultimate Universe finally assemble after Captain America goes rogue to find out more about the Red Skull. Ultimate Avengers The Next Generation presents a new and refreshing take on the Avengers and justifies having an Avengers in the Ultimate Universe when the Ultimates fill that void. Combine that with a compelling story, characters cast, and magnificent artwork and you're in for a great story. Story Ultimate Avengers The Next Generation is about how the Avengers are introduced into the Ultimate Universe. Captain America meats the Red Skull while foiling an AIM heist. The Red Skull turns out to be his son, not Nazi commander, Johan Schmidt like it is in the mainstream Marvel Universe. The discovery of having a son causes Captain America to go rogue to find answers about what Nick Furr and SHIELD were hiding from him. Nick Fury and SHIELD try to hunt down the renegade Captain America and stop the Red Skull from using the Cosmic Cube to create another Ultimatum. The Ultimate Avengers are NOT the same thing as the Ultimates, the Avengers are War Machine, Nerd Hulk, Red Wasp, Black Widow II, Spider, Greg Stark, and Hawkeye. Though the Avengers are assembled for the same reason Fury gathered the Ultimates as peacekeepers to maintain the chaos at a low they're very different. The Avengers operate in a more covert manner and beneath the radar. The Ultimates are more in front of the cameras doing the hero work and gaining good publicity. I like its fresh take on the newly introduced characters to the Ultimate Universe, it adds more layers of depth to the Ultimate Universe. Characters Mark Miller's ability to create well rounded and developed characters is placed on full display in Ultimate Avengers. Captain America is the patriotic boy scout who is always looking to stop evil. However, when he learns that he has a son he questions authority and goes rogue to learn what Nick Fury and SHIELD were hiding from him. This is what makes Captain America such a good character, is that he's a rebel instead of a blind patriot. Red Skull is still a terrorist, but he's not a Nazi. Instead, he's an assassin turned global terrorist trying to send a message to the powerful and joins AIM so he can steal the blueprints for the Cosmic Cube from the Fantastic Four. He killed President Kennedy and carried out war crimes in Vietnam. That being said he does have compelling motives behind his actions. Red Skull is driven to villainy because he was raised in a military compound and it drove him insane. Red Skull cuts off his own face so he wouldn't have the face his father gave him. His goal in recreating the Cosmic Cube was to rewrite history so that Captain America wouldn't go missing in action during World War II. That would mean that he'd be raised like a normal child with a father and mother. Ultimately, this original take on the Red Skull is an interesting and tragic take on the iconic villain. Nick Fury is the secretive government official who doesn't want people questioning his judgment or authority. He assembled the Avengers to stop Captain America from learning the truth about the Red Skull before having them stop the Red Skull. Now that's some John Brennan level secretiveness. Hawkeye is in a bit of a dilemma. He believes that Cap's motives are justified and empathizes with Cap. While at the same time he understands that Captain America's judgment is impaired and it could have dangerous consequences. Also, this Hawkeye uses guns. The Avengers are a pretty straight forward group of heroes. The most developed characters in the Avengers line up are Gregory Stark and Red Wasp. Greg Stark is Iron Man's older brother who wants nothing to do with Iron Man. He sees Tony Stark as an embarrassment and views himself as the rightful owner of Stark Industries. Iron Man makes two cameo appearances, one of them is him at a strip joint getting wasted. Which pretty much sums up why Greg is disappointed with Tony. The other Iron Man cameo is just Iron Man flying by a SHIELD plane. Red Wasp was married to a Georgian activist the Red Skull was sent to kill. When the Red Skull captured Petra Laskov, Red Wasp, and Nikoli Laskov, her husband, he forces her to kill Nikoli or he'll kill her baby. She kills her husband and he kills her baby anyway. So she has since wanted revenge on the Red Skull for that encounter. Which makes her purpose in the story all the more compelling. Monica Cheng is the new Black Widow and has no problems adapting that name because the Ultimate Natasha Romanov betrayed the Ultimates and killed Hawkeye's family. She has a lot of the same skills as Natasha but is a more trustworthy character than Natasha. War Machine is a colonel who uses an advanced Iron Man armor to carry out military operations. What makes the Ultimate War Machine armor cool is that it is a Transformer and is it has an arsenal at his disposal. Nerd Hulk is a clone of the Hulk created by Gregory Stark. He has the Hulk's body with Bruce Banner's brain. Anyone would expect that an intelligent Hulk would mean that the Hulk would smash stuff and not talk in third-person. However, Nerd Hulk actually prefers not to use violence and can be a bit of a chicken at times. When the Avengers were apprehending Captain America, Nerd Hulk threw Cap. to the ground and told him to stand still so he wouldn't have to fight Cap further. When the Avengers fought Red Skull, Nerd Hulk mostly stayed on the sidelines until Black Widow II convinced him to do something since he had the Hulk's body. Ultimately, Nerd Hulk serves as the comic relief because you wouldn't expect a competent Hulk to be a coward, but he is. Spider is the least developed of the crew, and that's mostly because he is in one panel. He's established as being a disturbed character who is locked in a tube. He doesn't really serve that much of a purpose in this Ultimate Avengers graphic novel, he plays a bigger role in later installments. Point being Mark Miller assembled a great cast of characters in this Avengers story. Artwork Ultimate Avengers hs some of the finest artwork I've seen in a graphic novel. Carlos Pacheco does a great job of giving good looks to good characters. Greg Stark looks like a blond version of Tony Stark making it obvious that they're related. He is also shown wearing all-white suits. Nick Fury looks like Samuel L. Jackson and Steve Rogers looks like Chris Evens. Captain America looks like a stars-bangled soldier wrapped in the American flag. The Ultimate Red Skull look was great. Even though he is not a Nazi or a German national, there are still some German symbols as part of his look. He has an iron cross tattooed on his forehead, it doesn't get more German than that. I assume that was done to show how far Red Skull went to repudiate his father. War Machine looks awesome. Instead of looking like Iron Man in a black and grey armor with a machine gun turret on one shoulder and a rocket turret on the other; he instead dawns a hulking mech-like armor that can summon turrets and rocket launchers from his wrists. Which is pretty fricking awesome. Nerd Hulk wears mostly suit and ties with glasses, which creates the impression that he's smarter than the actually Hulk. He's also green, which is weird because the Ultimate Hulk is normally grey. Red Wasp looks just like the Wasp, except she has a red garnet and a stinger helmet. Black Widow just looks the first Black Widow, except she wears a mask. Spider wears a Spider-Man costume. The Ulitmate Hawkeye wears a purple militaristic outfit with a mask that conceals everything except his hair. It all has a target on the mask. Point being the characters look amazing. On that note, I will say Ultimate Avengers the Next Generation was a blast to read. With a compelling story and cast of characters, this is ultimately one of the best Avengers stories I've read. Couple that with amazing artwork and you have a wonderful story. This is a must-read for any Avengers fans.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zelsh

    Maybe it was a mistake to start reading this one as my first comic on the Ultimate Universe. Maybe that was why I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted. But, normally, I really like reading this kind of adventures, plus, Mark Millar is such a good writer that I honestly thought I was going to love it. But the truth is that I've found it overly-violent, the characters are ALL pretty awful with each other, and part of the main problem is so... dumb. Plus, I still don't know if Steve Rogers was an ass Maybe it was a mistake to start reading this one as my first comic on the Ultimate Universe. Maybe that was why I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted. But, normally, I really like reading this kind of adventures, plus, Mark Millar is such a good writer that I honestly thought I was going to love it. But the truth is that I've found it overly-violent, the characters are ALL pretty awful with each other, and part of the main problem is so... dumb. Plus, I still don't know if Steve Rogers was an asshole because he was suffering (and stupid, let's be honest, all of his strategic logic is simply not there) or he's just an asshole all the time. And I LOVE Captain America; for me to say that I didn't like Steve... Well. Yeah. That's enough of a statement. And can we please kill the Starks? No, seriously, I can't stand Gregory, and Tony is so, so apathetic here. I think the story as a whole wasn't that bad. But the details, the hows and whys didn't work for me. And that's ok. Maybe they'll work for someone else. Maybe someone else will find Cap's sense of humor here funny or is going to find relatable the fact that none of the characters try to be a team. Anyway, I don't think I'm going to read the rest of this universe, but I'm glad to know about it. The art is amazing, though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A different universe for the Avengers,where Steve Rogers had a son who became the Red Skull.The rest of the heroes also don't have clean morals and motivations. Tony Stark has an older brother,who is an @$$hole with no regards for the wellbeing of other people. Good story and drawings.👍 A different universe for the Avengers,where Steve Rogers had a son who became the Red Skull.The rest of the heroes also don't have clean morals and motivations. Tony Stark has an older brother,who is an @$$hole with no regards for the wellbeing of other people. Good story and drawings.👍

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    I'm back to not trusting Millar. After progress toward more intellectual character studies, this arc devolved into the macho banality I've been so critical of in past reads. I like that the Ultimate Universe is continuing to bring in classic characters with new twists, but the handling is just too bro-ish for me. I'm back to not trusting Millar. After progress toward more intellectual character studies, this arc devolved into the macho banality I've been so critical of in past reads. I like that the Ultimate Universe is continuing to bring in classic characters with new twists, but the handling is just too bro-ish for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    The Book Moo

    This had potential but just didn't live up to my expectations unfortunately! This had potential but just didn't live up to my expectations unfortunately!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    I thought this Cap-centric story was actually pretty interesting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The Red Skull surfaces and it turns out to be Steve Rogers son

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee Robb

    Woah...where did this storyline come from?? It’s so out there. And I love it!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    After the abomination that was Ultimates 3: Who Killed The Scarlet Witch? (v. 1) and the insult to injury of Ultimatum, Marvel finally wised up and brought Mark Millar back to the title he and Bryan Hitch made famous. This time around they're calling it Ultimate Comics Avengers, and Carlos Pacheco is handling artistic duties, but this initial volume in the Ultimate Avengers reboot has a lot of the same spirit as the excellent The Ultimates Omnibus series. Story - Mark Millar serves up a darker ta After the abomination that was Ultimates 3: Who Killed The Scarlet Witch? (v. 1) and the insult to injury of Ultimatum, Marvel finally wised up and brought Mark Millar back to the title he and Bryan Hitch made famous. This time around they're calling it Ultimate Comics Avengers, and Carlos Pacheco is handling artistic duties, but this initial volume in the Ultimate Avengers reboot has a lot of the same spirit as the excellent The Ultimates Omnibus series. Story - Mark Millar serves up a darker tale this time around. Captain America has gone rogue, the Red Skull (a seriously creepy version of Cap's old nemesis) is after the Cosmic Cube, and Nick Fury is back with a new team of black ops Avengers, including Hawkeye, War Machine and new incarnations of the Hulk, Black Widow and Wasp. It's not like a typical Avengers story, and not much like the previous Ultimates tales either, but even with the focus on new characters and "behind the scenes" maneuvering at SHIELD, it's still a huge relief to see this title back in Mark Millar's able hands. He delivers all the treachery, clever dialogue and brilliantly choreographed action I've come to expect from him. Art - I've been a fan of Carlos Pacheco's style since his earliest works, and he does not disappoint here. I admit it took a while to get used to reading Millar's story without Hitch's brilliant artwork, but Pacheco does a really good job here. He hits the sweet spot between Hitch's realism and Joe Madureira's manga style artwork. The inking and coloring are also first rate. It's obviously not as amazing as the first two Ultimates installments, but it's beyond gratifying to have Mark Millar back writing this team's (or teams') adventures. It's also the perfect story for helping us pretend Ultimates 3 never happened!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    It’s Mark Millar. It’s over the top. This you will know if you’ve read a Mark Millar comic before. Taking the reigns off himself even more lately (likely prompted by his success with Kick-Ass), Millar has pumped out uber-violent, saucy language, snappy fare like Nemesis, Kick-Ass 2, and of course this, the successor to his wildly successful and just plain excellent Ultimates series with Bryan Hitch. This series follows the Ultimate Avengers—a black ops style team who handle all the stuff the “day It’s Mark Millar. It’s over the top. This you will know if you’ve read a Mark Millar comic before. Taking the reigns off himself even more lately (likely prompted by his success with Kick-Ass), Millar has pumped out uber-violent, saucy language, snappy fare like Nemesis, Kick-Ass 2, and of course this, the successor to his wildly successful and just plain excellent Ultimates series with Bryan Hitch. This series follows the Ultimate Avengers—a black ops style team who handle all the stuff the “day guys” can’t. What follows is mass murder, cursing, and death-defying theatrics. It’s fun. Crazy, wild fun. The problem is that in making everyone a bad ass—which Millar seems to be working his butt off to do—characterisations are all but flushed down the loo. Captain America talks like a cross between Spider-man and the Punisher, which is the most glaring instance of ‘way off’ characterisation. And in order to establish the bad guy, what do we get? A guy who murders almost 250 people in one sitting, then cuts off his face and licks the knife on a full blown splash page. Yeah. It’s that far over the top. If you haven’t read any of Millar’s earlier work, this may very well blow your mind. But for those who have, this is another exercise in excess that feels like drinking a glass of melted chocolate. Tastes sweet at the time, but makes you feel less than satisfied when you’re done.

  29. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Edmunds

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just finished it this morning. Like most readers, I felt Cap and Hawkeye were the only two heroes that had a particle of sense. And don't get me started about...NERD Hulk? Dang, the name certainly does him justice. Although I didn't hate it, I didn't love it too much either. Truly Cap is the one that shines here and if the goal of the Ultimate line was to shock and confuse readers? Consider me so. Cap's son carving the skin off his face was pushing the envelope a little too far for me. But the act Just finished it this morning. Like most readers, I felt Cap and Hawkeye were the only two heroes that had a particle of sense. And don't get me started about...NERD Hulk? Dang, the name certainly does him justice. Although I didn't hate it, I didn't love it too much either. Truly Cap is the one that shines here and if the goal of the Ultimate line was to shock and confuse readers? Consider me so. Cap's son carving the skin off his face was pushing the envelope a little too far for me. But the actions panels were packed with a lot goin on and certainly "eye-candy" for one who's sole basis of a good read is visual carnage and spoilage. And for that it gets its rating:) What doesn't get the good rating for me is the sudden change in attitude with regards to Cap's son who turns out to be the villain in this compilation. Fine, he was spirited away and trained to be a second Cap, but just because he was secluded most of his life, he becomes bitter and eventually the villain? You would think that psychiatric profiling and maintenance also occurs at a military facility. What more so in one that is hidden and equally hides the illegitimate son of Steve Rogers. As for Nick Fury, dang he really is one Machiavellian SOB! And I mean it in a good way... of course. Wouldn't want SHIELD to come after me. ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    This was my first exposure to the ultimate universe version of Avengers and even though it's a beginning (issues 1-6) it obviously isn't the very beginning so I was a bit lost at first. It wasn't terribly complicated though so it was mostly some confusion about character backgrounds and connections. Mostly it made me want to find out more. The Red Skull story was interesting enough and the ending was sad. I think all the ultimate stuff is purposely depressing though so happy endings shouldn't be This was my first exposure to the ultimate universe version of Avengers and even though it's a beginning (issues 1-6) it obviously isn't the very beginning so I was a bit lost at first. It wasn't terribly complicated though so it was mostly some confusion about character backgrounds and connections. Mostly it made me want to find out more. The Red Skull story was interesting enough and the ending was sad. I think all the ultimate stuff is purposely depressing though so happy endings shouldn't be expected. The art was nice, though I wanted everyone to look younger than they did. I guess I was used to the idea of Ultimate X-Men where things were taken back to the beginning and everyone seemed like teenagers again just starting as (depressing and cynical) new heroes, though it's been very long since I read any of those. Once again I wish half stars were an option. Emotionally I didn't connect enough to give it 4 stars but I feel like it was a good enough story and art that it deserves more than just the 3 stars I seem to give for not hating something. Merged review: I think this app likes eating my reviews... I know I read this recently but I can't recall what opinions I had at the time.

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