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If only a few super heroes survived Ultimatum - who is left to become the next super powered team to be reckoned with? The NEW Ultimates! With Thor gone, Loki takes his revenge unleashing the worst of Asgard on Earth. Iron Man must gather the heroes for their biggest Ultimates adventure yet. But who has made the final cut? And who can't be trusted? The Ultimates face evil If only a few super heroes survived Ultimatum - who is left to become the next super powered team to be reckoned with? The NEW Ultimates! With Thor gone, Loki takes his revenge unleashing the worst of Asgard on Earth. Iron Man must gather the heroes for their biggest Ultimates adventure yet. But who has made the final cut? And who can't be trusted? The Ultimates face evil once again and you'll never guess the new enemies they'll find...or should we say old friends? Collecting: New Ultimates 1-5


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If only a few super heroes survived Ultimatum - who is left to become the next super powered team to be reckoned with? The NEW Ultimates! With Thor gone, Loki takes his revenge unleashing the worst of Asgard on Earth. Iron Man must gather the heroes for their biggest Ultimates adventure yet. But who has made the final cut? And who can't be trusted? The Ultimates face evil If only a few super heroes survived Ultimatum - who is left to become the next super powered team to be reckoned with? The NEW Ultimates! With Thor gone, Loki takes his revenge unleashing the worst of Asgard on Earth. Iron Man must gather the heroes for their biggest Ultimates adventure yet. But who has made the final cut? And who can't be trusted? The Ultimates face evil once again and you'll never guess the new enemies they'll find...or should we say old friends? Collecting: New Ultimates 1-5

30 review for Ultimate Comics New Ultimates: Thor Reborn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Eh. Did anyone else have a problem telling Enchantress, Carol Danvers, and Valkyrie apart when they were just showing a head shot? Three blondes, with the same haircut (or veeery subtle differences?), and they all had the same face! It's the little things, you know? It was ok, I guess. Nothing spectacular to report. No socks blown off or anything. Just a blandish story about Thor's return from the world of the dead. This should have been a pretty easy win for Loeb, though. If he'd focused the story on Eh. Did anyone else have a problem telling Enchantress, Carol Danvers, and Valkyrie apart when they were just showing a head shot? Three blondes, with the same haircut (or veeery subtle differences?), and they all had the same face! It's the little things, you know? It was ok, I guess. Nothing spectacular to report. No socks blown off or anything. Just a blandish story about Thor's return from the world of the dead. This should have been a pretty easy win for Loeb, though. If he'd focused the story on Thor. But he didn't. Instead, it's mostly a story about Valkyrie. Psst... She's LAME. Carol and Hawkeye were the only remotely cool characters in the whole thing. Tony acted like semi-pathetic pussy monster, Thor acted like a semi-pathetic rage monster, and Captain America acted like a semi-pathetic old fart. Wah, wah, wah! I've been displaced in time. Wah, wah, wah! I miss record players and 25 year old virgins! I say semi-pathetic, because it wasn't all bad. It was esay to read, and it held my attention. Disclaimer: I read this to take a break from the GIANT edition of X-Men: Days of Future Past Omnibus that I'm trying to slog through. Maybe anything would seem like a step up in terms of entertainment? It's not what I'd call required reading, but it wasn't horrible, either.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    It's starting to get late in the 'evolution' of the Marvel Ultimate Universe, and it shows here in Thor Reborn. Plots and subplots are twistier, and there is less interest by the writers in showing us, Dear Reader, what has come before. Suffice it to say, Thor has gone on to Valhalla, although the Ultimates just appear to believe he is missing. Can he be brought back? And will the world survive his return? It's starting to get late in the 'evolution' of the Marvel Ultimate Universe, and it shows here in Thor Reborn. Plots and subplots are twistier, and there is less interest by the writers in showing us, Dear Reader, what has come before. Suffice it to say, Thor has gone on to Valhalla, although the Ultimates just appear to believe he is missing. Can he be brought back? And will the world survive his return?

  3. 5 out of 5

    HBalikov

    When Macbeth lamented, "It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing," he was speaking of life not Thor Reborn. Yet, that quotation succinctly captures my thoughts about this failed effort to reboot the Avengers and give us the "New Ultimates." The plot's main stem has Loki working (for reasons not disclosed initially) to bring his brother, Thor back from the land of the dead. When that deed is eventually accomplished we have an insane Thor who only wants to battle and When Macbeth lamented, "It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing," he was speaking of life not Thor Reborn. Yet, that quotation succinctly captures my thoughts about this failed effort to reboot the Avengers and give us the "New Ultimates." The plot's main stem has Loki working (for reasons not disclosed initially) to bring his brother, Thor back from the land of the dead. When that deed is eventually accomplished we have an insane Thor who only wants to battle and kill. (oops, if you are surprised at this, I am sorry) The rest of this 2010 series of comics is taken up with petty romance and even more unbelievable grievances. The plot is confusing and there are definitely too many blond females for easy tracking of who is doing what with whom. If you just skip this effort you can avoid being confused. Having said that, the artwork is top drawer though unfortunately employed in a unworthy effort. The graphics are beautifully rendered on my Kindle Fire. Even with that, I am glad that I got this at a "fire sale" price or I would be really disappointed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    A post Ultimatum earth has been decimated of many of its heroes, and all mutants have been criminalised! When Loki strikes, where and how can Iron Man find a new team of Ultimates to protect the masses? The title of this volume tells what's a crackin'. A solid 8 out of 12, this Thor kicks ass. A post Ultimatum earth has been decimated of many of its heroes, and all mutants have been criminalised! When Loki strikes, where and how can Iron Man find a new team of Ultimates to protect the masses? The title of this volume tells what's a crackin'. A solid 8 out of 12, this Thor kicks ass.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Hmmm... let's see the back cover here for a moment: "Thor Reborn is an epic tale of betrayal, loss, and wild adventure". Epic? Not so much. Wild adventure? Meh. What we have here is 3 or 4 issues' worth of story stretched into 5 parts (mercifully not more) with *seemingly* a lot happening, but in reality quite the opposite. Here's a quick recap of the WHOLE story: #1-Ultimate Defenders tussle with the New Ultimates and steal Mjolnir; Hela wants an heir from Thor; Tony Stark and Carol Danvers are k Hmmm... let's see the back cover here for a moment: "Thor Reborn is an epic tale of betrayal, loss, and wild adventure". Epic? Not so much. Wild adventure? Meh. What we have here is 3 or 4 issues' worth of story stretched into 5 parts (mercifully not more) with *seemingly* a lot happening, but in reality quite the opposite. Here's a quick recap of the WHOLE story: #1-Ultimate Defenders tussle with the New Ultimates and steal Mjolnir; Hela wants an heir from Thor; Tony Stark and Carol Danvers are knocking boots; Loki (with Mjolnir) shows up to stir up some $*#%. #2-Enchantress "turns" Zarda, Valkyrie, and (seemingly) Carol Danvers against the New Ultimates, who are later subdued by these 3 ladies; Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Black Panther fight some dragons and trolls - mostly off-panel. That's their big contribution. #3-More fighting; Hela is pregnant with Thor's baby; Loki kills Valkyrie and resurrects Thor in the process. #4-Thor's back, but extremely sore that Valkyrie's dead, and starts fighting everyone, even the good guys; Hela makes Valkyrie a real, um... Valkyrie; Thor finds (and takes down) Loki. #5-Thor's not done. He's aaaangry. He fights the New Ultimates. Again; Valkyrie kills Loki as he's about to whack Thor with Mjolnir; Valkyrie tells Thor to love mankind just like he loved her. His tantrum over, Thor's all calm now. Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Black Panther pack up and move to L.A.; Zarda goes back to her own dimension. Loki befriends Thor's young son. [cue ominous cello] So, yeah. Award for most useless character in this story? Three-way tie between Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Black Panther. There are moments where Jeph Loeb is going for "over-the-top" but doesn't quite get there. Also, it was hard for me to place this story at a specific point in Ultimate continuity in relation to Mark Millar's run on Ultimate Avengers, since Hawkeye and Captain America both appear in both series (same goes for Tony Stark and Carol Danvers). And how did Loki end up with Mjolnir in issue #1? On the plus side, we get some background on Valkyrie, and the art is simply gorgeous to look at (and no, I'm not [just] talking about the women). Frank Cho's art is crisp and clean and... BIG (I don't know how else to describe it, and - again - no, I'm not [just] talking about the women). This book could've been shorter and certainly more "epic". Definitely NOT "the most mindblowing Thor saga of them all". 3 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James

    I bought this for less that half the cover price, and I'm not sure it was worth it. Well, I should probably explain. I like Frank Cho's art a lot. Actually, I *love* Frank Cho's art. And he's actually (in my opinion) getting better with each of these projects. Yes, it's slick and highly commercial, especially his women (his true area of expertise), but it's also very pleasing to the eye, and the compositions are becoming more dynamic as he goes along. Compare this to, say, his work with Bendis on I bought this for less that half the cover price, and I'm not sure it was worth it. Well, I should probably explain. I like Frank Cho's art a lot. Actually, I *love* Frank Cho's art. And he's actually (in my opinion) getting better with each of these projects. Yes, it's slick and highly commercial, especially his women (his true area of expertise), but it's also very pleasing to the eye, and the compositions are becoming more dynamic as he goes along. Compare this to, say, his work with Bendis on Avengers a few years ago and you'll see what I mean. But. I used to like Jeph Loeb's writing a lot, maybe a decade or so ago. Two decades? Anyway, it used to be something I would look forward to. But he's really fallen off his game, and this collection is really dreadful. Where Loeb used to shine was in originality and wit and panache, but now, he writes like a guy with an outline in thick Magic Marker in front of him, looking forward to his next paycheck. This collects five issues, and each one is written from the perspective of a different character in the story, but their monotonous whining makes them all sound exactly alike, so that it takes a while to figure out whose whining you're following. It's really brutal. I'll probably keep this around for the art, but I don't think I could re-read this as a story if my life depended on it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    Mixed bag. The art wasn't bad (though the number of @ss shots of the ladies in thongs and skintight suits was ridiculous). I was a bit disappointed that in a graphic novel titled "Thor Reborn" there wasn't more Thor. Kinda weird how Thor has this Eternal Love (though I didn't read the comics where she was properly introduced, so I probably shouldn't judge this aspect too harshly). Definitely not a fan of the monologuing. Wasn't necessary to the story, didn't really develop the character, and ten Mixed bag. The art wasn't bad (though the number of @ss shots of the ladies in thongs and skintight suits was ridiculous). I was a bit disappointed that in a graphic novel titled "Thor Reborn" there wasn't more Thor. Kinda weird how Thor has this Eternal Love (though I didn't read the comics where she was properly introduced, so I probably shouldn't judge this aspect too harshly). Definitely not a fan of the monologuing. Wasn't necessary to the story, didn't really develop the character, and tended to go on waaaaaaaaaaay longer than necessary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Thor's in Valhalla and Loki invades Earth (or New York which basically stands for Earth apparently) with an army of trolls. Enchantress plays her part by brainwashing the women heroes who take down the Ultimates. Not the best setup given that it's expected that Thor returns and beats up the trolls, which he does of course far too easily. I loved Mark Millar's run on the Ultimates and thought it was the best possible start a writer could give to Marvel, incorporating all of their beloved heroes i Thor's in Valhalla and Loki invades Earth (or New York which basically stands for Earth apparently) with an army of trolls. Enchantress plays her part by brainwashing the women heroes who take down the Ultimates. Not the best setup given that it's expected that Thor returns and beats up the trolls, which he does of course far too easily. I loved Mark Millar's run on the Ultimates and thought it was the best possible start a writer could give to Marvel, incorporating all of their beloved heroes in a fascinating storyline. That is, unless you give that promising storyline to a sub-par writer like Jeph Loeb who then proceeds to mess it up. A large part of the book is given to repeating all that went on in Millar's Ultimates run which I felt was really redundant, then Loeb seems to not know what to do next so decides upon a stupid Loki scheme that's far too simplistic for this interesting character and is just catnip for Thor. Loeb's storytelling approach is to have a character narrate their story whilst the current storyline plays over it. This is a really distracting technique as, for example, while you're being told Valkyrie's life story you see what she's doing in the present. It's a very sloppy way of telling a story and I for one really disliked it. Frank Cho's art is so-so but he's far too fond of drawing women in barely any clothing and making them look like background dancers in a rap video. Overall it's a very weak continuation of the Ultimates storyline Millar started a few years ago. All you really need to know is Thor is Reborn, as the title says. I did think it was cool when Thor returned but he basically acted like the Hulk only with thunder, though his peacenik demeanour in Millar's Ultimates books is explained here. Reading the book is just a formality for anyone wanting to continue with the series as it has little ingenuity, no real flair in the way the story is told, and nothing memorable being told to the reader. Fans only, this is definitely a missable comic book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Obviously this Ultimate Marvel world is different than the regular Marvel Universe, but in this one, there aren't many heroes left at all. The New Ultimates are the only real team left (Cap, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Valkryie etc.) In this world, Thor is dead, but Loki is up to his tricks, and we still see what Thor is up to in Valhalla. What will happen when the God of Thunder returns from the dead? Who will be safe and who will be targeted? Everyone is kind of an asshole in this book, Obviously this Ultimate Marvel world is different than the regular Marvel Universe, but in this one, there aren't many heroes left at all. The New Ultimates are the only real team left (Cap, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Valkryie etc.) In this world, Thor is dead, but Loki is up to his tricks, and we still see what Thor is up to in Valhalla. What will happen when the God of Thunder returns from the dead? Who will be safe and who will be targeted? Everyone is kind of an asshole in this book, even Cap comes across like a whiny bitch. The asshole part works fine on Tony Stark, but everyone else is just a little ridiculous. An interesting story, but not essential in any way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Seldom have I read a more pointless story. Only slightly enlivened by multiple superheroines with large breasts...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam Soule

    Loeb wrote this? Did somebody put a gun to his head? Reads like it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    Many heroes dead, including Thor. Tony's drunk and has cancer and is banging Carol Danvers. Steve is having an existential crisis (when isn't he?). Clint is pissed at everything. And the ladies seemingly in charge are hyped up on anger and apparently steroids that make them physically indiscernible from one another. Meanwhile, who's the one person who knows Thor being dead is a thing that should be fixed and actually does something about it? Loki. Who's the one who gets skewered in the end for a Many heroes dead, including Thor. Tony's drunk and has cancer and is banging Carol Danvers. Steve is having an existential crisis (when isn't he?). Clint is pissed at everything. And the ladies seemingly in charge are hyped up on anger and apparently steroids that make them physically indiscernible from one another. Meanwhile, who's the one person who knows Thor being dead is a thing that should be fixed and actually does something about it? Loki. Who's the one who gets skewered in the end for actually bringing his brother (and thus, some balance) back to the universe? Loki. Who doesn't bang the goddess of the underworld, thus producing a god-hell spawn, in a lame (and vain) attempt to escape being dead? Loki. He may be dramatic and exhibiting more Slytherin tendencies than the entire Malfoy family, but Loki knows how to get shit done, which is more than can be said for literally every 'hero' in this particular series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maurice Jr.

    Finally the mystery of the Defenders having powers is solved! Thor is coming back! And Iron Man is desperately trying to hold the Ultimates together after losing so many members, only to find Loki attacking New York while his brother is away. And what does Amora the Enchantress have to do with all this? Good story- ties up a lot of loose ends and gives the Ultimates a new direction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    While I give the first issue in this collection some credit as it is clearly a love letter from Jeph Loeb to his late son (and an effort on his part to work his grief out), the rest of the comic plays like the Avengers by way of series one TORCHWOOD. That isn't a good thing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Voulgari

    A new version of the Avengers,where we have a female Thor and a few other new characters. Plus,Tony Stark is dating Carol Danvers! The original Thor is in Hela's realm and has to pay a price to be released while his brother Loki is wreaking havoc in New York.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Ballendine

    How much does Jeph Loeb suck at writing? Read this book to be surprised at the depths he can go!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    The art and story made me want to pick up the trades which come before this book, but I'll have to wait until I can find them cheap.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan Rheingans

    Enjoyed this Ultimates trade paperback, tells a good story, albeit with some lulls at times. I love Fran Cho's art so that was a huge upside. Good Read and addition to the collection

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    What happened when Thor stayed in Hel is answered.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Cameron

    Are you a fan of the New Avengers? Then you should look into the New Ultimates. Just like the Ultimates are the Ultimate versions of the Avengers, the New Ultimates are the Ultimate Universes New Avengers. In New Ultimates Thor Reborn, Jeff Loeb tells a great story about the gathering of the New Ultimates to stop Loki, paired with great characters and good artwork from Frank Cho. Story New Ultimates Thor Reborn begins when the New Ultimates find the Defenders trying to steal M'Jionr (Thor's Hammer Are you a fan of the New Avengers? Then you should look into the New Ultimates. Just like the Ultimates are the Ultimate versions of the Avengers, the New Ultimates are the Ultimate Universes New Avengers. In New Ultimates Thor Reborn, Jeff Loeb tells a great story about the gathering of the New Ultimates to stop Loki, paired with great characters and good artwork from Frank Cho. Story New Ultimates Thor Reborn begins when the New Ultimates find the Defenders trying to steal M'Jionr (Thor's Hammer). Meanwhile Thor's is in Hel and he is about to have a baby with Hela. Enchantress has turned all the female Ultimates against their comrades until her spell is broken. Meanwhile, Enchantress convinces the female Ultimates to betray the male ones as part of Loki's master plan. Once Loki kills Valkyrie Thor's love Thor is resurrected and seeks vengeance. The thing I like about this is yet again it's a Marvel team dealing with a classic villain, Loki. In the Ultimate Univers, Loki is still Thor's evil half-brother, a characteristic the pretty much has remained unchanged in the Marvel Multiverse. One complaint I do have is that the Defenders don't get much character development, I would like to see more of them and know more about them all I know is that they were wannabe superheroes until they got superpowers from Loki. They mostly serve as backstory for ValkYrie than an essential part of the story. To me they deserved more time. Other than that the story is great. Characters New Ultimates does justice to the cast of characters in its narrative. Thor is a buffoon who will fight his own allies when he's angry. Thor attacks the Ultimates after he comes back to life to see Valkyrie sain by his half-brother. Valkyrie is a fan of Thor, who fell in love with him after they met in person. Her love for the point where it angered her to have Captain America bring it up as an attack. Captain America is a team leader and is always vigilant of his team, and becomes skeptical of Valkyrie after the New Ultimates were attacked by the defenders. Iron Man is a cocky playboy who is flirtatious with Carol Danvers. Danvers is the director of SHIELD and she very much has the personality traits of Ms./Captain Marvel. Hawkeye is the quippy self-aware marksman we've all come to love. Power Princess is Marvel's answer to Wonder Woman, and she is much more warrior-like than her DC counterpart. Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Black Panther don't get much panel time and that to me hurt their purpose in the story. They mostly just fight Loki's army before the New Ultimates arrive. I don't care that much for Ka-Zar and Shanna, but I was disappointed to see Black Panther get the short end of the stick. As for the villains, Loki and Enchantress are great. Enchantress is manipulative and can persuade her subjects to enact her will. Loki is deceitful and very treacherous when he's in combat. Very much the trickster we all know and love. As I previously stated, the Defenders don't get much of an appearance. Nighthawk, Marvel's Batman, gets the most character of them as being the team leader and the one who named Valkyrie, but still he's nothing more than a glorified cameo. Power Man, Hellcat, Hellstorm (Son of Satan in the book), and Hellcat get almost nothing for character and serve as nothing more than glorified henchmen which is honestly a waste of good characters. Aside from that Jeff Loeb does a great job with handling these characters. Artwork Frank Cho's artwork made this a blast to read from cover to cover. His character designs were amazing. The Defenders even looked cool, which only made it a shame that they were so underused in New Ultimates: Thor Reborn. That being said the Iron Man Thor/Hulk Buster suit looked a little lame and didn't have much of an Iron Man ring to it. The Thorbuster looked like a generic mech suit and not an Iron Man armor. Other than that Cho did an amazing job with character designs. Overall I'd say that New Ultimates: Thor Reborn was a great read. The book's story, artwork, and a cast of characters all made it worthwhile. Even if some characters were underutilized. This definitely a must-read for Avengers/Ultimates fans.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Seriously, the first real Ultimates series post-Ultimatum and it's written by Jeph Loeb, the guy who essentially ruined the franchise in the first place? His Ultimates 3 series was awful, and the less said about Ultimatum the better, yet he somehow got asked to put all the pieces back together again. New Ultimates: Thor Reborn finds the team - original members Captain America, Iron Man and Hawkeye plus newbies Black Panther, Zarda, Valkyrie, Ka-Zar and Shanna - facing off against the Enchantress Seriously, the first real Ultimates series post-Ultimatum and it's written by Jeph Loeb, the guy who essentially ruined the franchise in the first place? His Ultimates 3 series was awful, and the less said about Ultimatum the better, yet he somehow got asked to put all the pieces back together again. New Ultimates: Thor Reborn finds the team - original members Captain America, Iron Man and Hawkeye plus newbies Black Panther, Zarda, Valkyrie, Ka-Zar and Shanna - facing off against the Enchantress and Loki with Thor trapped in the underworld. I'm shocked to admit this, but Loeb actually wrote a pretty decent story here, and one that's in keeping with the original spirit of the Ultimates series. It has a big screen action feel, but with clever dialogue and some keen pop culture observations. There's enough intrigue to keep things moving, and the final battle is suitably spectacular. Frank Cho provided artwork for this series, and if it's not quite at Bryan Hitch level (what is, really), it's still pretty terrific. I always associate him with cheesecake-style images, and there's some of that here, but he draws a mean superhero battle as well. His out of control Thor and Valkyrie towards the end of the book really stand out. I'd still prefer to see the Ultimates in the hands of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, but Jeph Loeb and Frank Cho did a really impressive job on this series. It was well-written, well-illustrated, and more or less puts things in order for the team going forward. It will be interesting to see the Ultimates and the Avengers square off in Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Frank Cho on an Avengers book is a great idea, but I wish Jeph Loeb had a better story to tell. There's a lot of eye candy with double-page spreads because Cho is known best for drawing curvy women and dinosaurs well. But I could do away with Loeb's usage of character inner-thought text captions all together as locale captions and dialogue are enough to propel a story for me. The technique worked fine during his first Batman/Superman story (six issue) arc, but less so here. I'll try to be as dire Frank Cho on an Avengers book is a great idea, but I wish Jeph Loeb had a better story to tell. There's a lot of eye candy with double-page spreads because Cho is known best for drawing curvy women and dinosaurs well. But I could do away with Loeb's usage of character inner-thought text captions all together as locale captions and dialogue are enough to propel a story for me. The technique worked fine during his first Batman/Superman story (six issue) arc, but less so here. I'll try to be as direct and sensitive about this as I can, but it appeared Loeb didn't get enough of writing about his son's real life battle with cancer out of his system (as seen in Superman/Batman) that he had to incorporate it into a Marvel story. I'm no Ultimate universe expert, but having read Hickman's excellent Ultimate Thor book prior to this one: why does Thor have his traditional Mjolnir hammer and not the one he's been sporting all along from the beginning? Some other questions you'll not find the answer to: Why is Captain America hitting a woman and acting out of character? Why would a strong female character be attracted to Tony Stark, loathe him, and still sleep with him? Why are most of the male characters portrayed as jerks and the women portrayed only as receptacles for their love making?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    The Ultimates story lines deliberately shoots for edgier. The heroes don't necessarily like each other and they have no regrets when killing the bad guys. Okay, I get it. But every hero in Thor Reborn walks around with a chip on his/her shoulder, and every one sees a physical confrontation as the solution regardless of it's a teammate or enemy. Because of this, the characters are bland. Iron Man is a jerk, but so is Hawkeye. Zarda loses her temper and so does Thor. They're all walking power kegs, The Ultimates story lines deliberately shoots for edgier. The heroes don't necessarily like each other and they have no regrets when killing the bad guys. Okay, I get it. But every hero in Thor Reborn walks around with a chip on his/her shoulder, and every one sees a physical confrontation as the solution regardless of it's a teammate or enemy. Because of this, the characters are bland. Iron Man is a jerk, but so is Hawkeye. Zarda loses her temper and so does Thor. They're all walking power kegs, their makeup only differing by the powers they possess. Loki is the most interesting one of the lot because he actually acts like Loki. What makes Captain America "Captain America" is his unbending principles, only turning to violence as a last resort and never to kill if all possible. He doesn't seek confrontation, he just realizes force is best met with force. He's not a jerk with a shield. I did like the art in this book, however.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Frank Cho is an amazing artist and has always delivered great artwork but it's a shame its wasted on Jeph Loeb's New Ultimates. Jeph Loeb has yet to win back my affections after the horrid Ultimatum and this series although not as bad certainly doesn't redeem him in my opinion. The story is mediocre; I didn't care for the conflict which was silly and the progress of the story was slow and rather boring. Once again characters engage in relationships that aren't crucial to the story; although I did Frank Cho is an amazing artist and has always delivered great artwork but it's a shame its wasted on Jeph Loeb's New Ultimates. Jeph Loeb has yet to win back my affections after the horrid Ultimatum and this series although not as bad certainly doesn't redeem him in my opinion. The story is mediocre; I didn't care for the conflict which was silly and the progress of the story was slow and rather boring. Once again characters engage in relationships that aren't crucial to the story; although I did enjoy the shocked look on Thor's face when he sees Hela pregnant. The conclusion is acceptable but this series wasn't necessary it's sole purpose is probably to introduce readers to the characters that will comprise the New Ultimates before Avengers versus New Ultimates hits the stands.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I know, I said I wasn't going to after Ultimatum but it was in the library so it's not like I paid for it. Still wasn't worth it. Actually, I thought it was by Hickman and didn't really check - if I had realised it was by Loeb I definitely wouldn't have bothered. So, what happens? Lots of fighting and bickering, lots of recaps and an annoying narrative device where a single character (different each time) provides a background expositionary commentary. Trouble is, each voice sounds the same throu I know, I said I wasn't going to after Ultimatum but it was in the library so it's not like I paid for it. Still wasn't worth it. Actually, I thought it was by Hickman and didn't really check - if I had realised it was by Loeb I definitely wouldn't have bothered. So, what happens? Lots of fighting and bickering, lots of recaps and an annoying narrative device where a single character (different each time) provides a background expositionary commentary. Trouble is, each voice sounds the same throughout. And the story is frankly stupid. I quite like Frank Cho but I didn't feel this was his best work. After everything Miller created with the Ultimates, this just seems a further slap in the face. Giving up on the Ultimate universe. Again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    Another Jeph Loeb Ultimate book that only seemed good because I was expecting it to have no reading qualities what so ever. Again with this distracting narration through each issue that adds nothing to story and in fact takes away from what is happening on page. Although the art was good, I found the over sexualization of the female characters very distracting. On at least one occasion the only thing in panel of one of these characters are her boobs. The writer and artist took a retailing of a cla Another Jeph Loeb Ultimate book that only seemed good because I was expecting it to have no reading qualities what so ever. Again with this distracting narration through each issue that adds nothing to story and in fact takes away from what is happening on page. Although the art was good, I found the over sexualization of the female characters very distracting. On at least one occasion the only thing in panel of one of these characters are her boobs. The writer and artist took a retailing of a classic Marvel story (Enchantress turning all the female heroes against their male partners) and threw away the chance to update it in a meaningful manner.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    The Ultimate universe started very strong but leading up to the Ultimatum event, the event itself, and what first followed, the universe has been declining. This might be step forward finally. The story was really good, while too salacious for the hero books I enjoy. I always love a good Loki story and this is what this book truly is. The house got cleaned and hopefully the future will continue on this path. The art by Frank Cho is, of course, amazing. He meshes cheesecake with cartoony action p The Ultimate universe started very strong but leading up to the Ultimatum event, the event itself, and what first followed, the universe has been declining. This might be step forward finally. The story was really good, while too salacious for the hero books I enjoy. I always love a good Loki story and this is what this book truly is. The house got cleaned and hopefully the future will continue on this path. The art by Frank Cho is, of course, amazing. He meshes cheesecake with cartoony action perfectly. Overall, a very good book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Who approved Jeph Loeb to write on the Ultimate universe again? All of the other Ultimate Comics line are trying their damnedest to recover from the mess that was Ultimatum but we have to suffer through another Loeb penned work. The narrating is god-awful. One character narrates each issue and really it has little to do with what is happening on panel. I'm fairly certain you could read every issue without it and it wouldn't make a difference. I love/hate Frank Cho. He does great pin-up women, but Who approved Jeph Loeb to write on the Ultimate universe again? All of the other Ultimate Comics line are trying their damnedest to recover from the mess that was Ultimatum but we have to suffer through another Loeb penned work. The narrating is god-awful. One character narrates each issue and really it has little to do with what is happening on panel. I'm fairly certain you could read every issue without it and it wouldn't make a difference. I love/hate Frank Cho. He does great pin-up women, but they all look the same. Yawn.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rigoberto

    Well, it had its issues, but I guess it's redeeming Loeb from the catastrophe that was Ultimatum. The artwork was mediocre, though they could have added different facial features onto the females. Zarda just acted weird and didn't seem right for the team. Iron Man was ok, though he could have been handled better. The romance between Valkyrie and Thor to me barely made sense, and the ending seemed meh to me. Overall, this can be passed for most readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Generally a good volume, particularly the first three issues which have nice characterization for two of the Ultimates and for Valkyrie. It weakens a bit at the end, which devolves into a two-issue big fight.

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