apparently Spider-Woman is going to be in issue #5 in December. I may have to pick this book up, especially if she's going to be a regular.
I've read #1 and #2 and it's kinda annoying for two reasons:
The first reason is that Hickman is clearly undoing all of Loeb's work and some of Millar's later work. This is a good thing as those stories were terrible, it's just annoying because we can't just have good, new stories, we have to first wade through the crappy environment to get something good out of it. It's annoying that Hickman has to take a moment to explain how Tony can have a new Jarvis, how there can be a Captain Britain at all, and so on, when I'd rather see Hickman just do what he wants because the guy's fun to read. He shouldn't have to apologise for other writers' mistakes.
The second reason that I find it annoying is that THE REPUBLIC IS BURNING is way, way too sci-fi. One of the things that made the Ultimate comics so unique was that they felt very much in today's world. They felt like very contemporary versions of the characters. The drawback to this is that they can be a bit dated in hindsight (as is the case with Hulk wanting Freddie Prinze Jr) but they still feel contemporary. Hickman's Ultimates could take place on Yargzon XII in the Jingitaxis Nebula without missing a beat. It's arcane as hell. Yes, some political elements are mentioned but they are so irrelevant and undefined it could be anything. This is fine for FF where we've got cross-dimensional Reed Richards and time-travelling Inhumans and Kree invasions and everything. The FF is supposed to be sci-fi and his sci-fi in THE ULTIMATES is good sci-fi (the Dome is a nice ultimization of Terminus from Byrne's FANTASTIC FOUR), I do like it. But it feels wholly inappropriate for THE ULTIMATES. It feels more like RED WING.
It's good stuff, but it's not THE ULTIMATES. Maybe THE AUTHORITY. Maybe, once he's done clearing the deck and he's building his own Ultimate team, maybe he'll turn it down but I seriously doubt it. I just hope I can acclimatize to the crazy sci-fi in a title called THE ULTIMATES.
Hickman is clearly undoing all of Loeb's work and some of Millar's later work. This is a good thing as those stories were terrible, it's just annoying because we can't just have good, new stories, we have to first wade through the crappy environment to get something good out of it. It's annoying that Hickman has to take a moment to explain how Tony can have a new Jarvis
I agree in part about the sci-fi elements, but in retrospect, ALL of the sci-fi stuff is tied into Reed's Dome. Reed being the reason and crux point for that higher element of sci-fi in the title makes sense, at least to a point. There is a line in the sand that shouldn't be crossed, but in my opinion, it hasn't happened yet.
As for the undoing previous writers stuff, I agree it'd be nice just to get the story he wanted to tell, but as part of the Ultimate line's "more cohesive continuity" (which I personally am a fan of), I understand his need to explain these changes.
And again, I'm loving Reed as a villain. As far as I'm concerned, he's the biggest threat the Ultimate universe has ever faced, yes, even bigger than Gah Lak Tus or Magneto, if only because Reed was smart enough to stop them in part previously, but there's no one smarter or more technologically capable than him. I appreciated Hickman's Dome idea (even if it was borrowed and been done before) and it seemed like a perfectly logical outlet of Reed's plan for "benevolent" world domination. I mean, for God's sake, they killed Odin and most of Asgard!
To be fair, Tony had a new Jarvis in the first issue of New Ultimates. So Loeb did it first.
On the second page he says "My new 'Jarvis' makes a dirty martini that sparks. She's sexy too. Asian. 23. 24. And apparently doesn't mind me calling her 'Jarvis' even thought her name is Linda."
How do you know the Maker is Reed?
As for the killing of Odin and Asgard: again, this is Hickman getting rid of the Asgardians. It's clear (look at how he dispenses with Hela) that Hickman is not up for having the Asgardians in the Ultimate-verse (which I agree with) and so he has to get rid of them. Unless this is going to 'reset' at the end of the arc. But while I agree there shouldn't be Asgardians running around being ridiculous, I also don't think we should have super sci-fi of thousand-year old cities built in five minutes.