Ultimates 2 Vol. 2
Secret Empire wreaks havoc on the Ultimates! As Steve Rogers makes his move, the team fi nd themselves on the wrong side of his plans. With an existential threat in control of Earth, Galactus might be the planet's last hope...but the Lifebringer has problems of his own! COLLECTING: ULTIMATES 2 (2016) 7-12

Ultimates 2 Vol. 2 Details

TitleUltimates 2 Vol. 2
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ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302906764
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel

Ultimates 2 Vol. 2 Review

  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    The final volume of the Ultimates provides a nice conclusion to the series(es). Much of the story is played out on the abstract multiversal stage, which is where Ewing has done some of his best work. There is a particularly awe-inspiring spread in the last issue which introduces a half-dozen new abstract entities and opens up the doors for many future stories.The Ultimates themselves actually get somewhat short shrift in this volume. They spend most of their time throwing themselves pointlessly The final volume of the Ultimates provides a nice conclusion to the series(es). Much of the story is played out on the abstract multiversal stage, which is where Ewing has done some of his best work. There is a particularly awe-inspiring spread in the last issue which introduces a half-dozen new abstract entities and opens up the doors for many future stories.The Ultimates themselves actually get somewhat short shrift in this volume. They spend most of their time throwing themselves pointlessly at the wall of Secret Empire, which might be a metaphor for how Marvel writers feel when forced to constantly tie into these way-too-frequent crossovers. Still, it's nice to see them one last time, particularly characters like the Blue Marvel whose time may now be done.And yay to Ewings for taking the time to touch upon his team's namesake, the original Ultimates, and give some of those characters one more chance to shine. We may never see them again, but this ending for them is much more joyful than the one leading to Secret Wars.
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  • Axael
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read a story this big, this ambitious, perhaps the only other story of this scope that I love is Jonathan Hickman's Time Runs Out (including Secret Wars).Every issue builds upon the last, everything is taken into account. It truly feels like a cosmic adventure, and that is so difficult to conceive, even for experienced writers and artists. However, the way this series manages to feel mysterious while also giving new information, it's fascinating.The best thing about this, is that it's I've never read a story this big, this ambitious, perhaps the only other story of this scope that I love is Jonathan Hickman's Time Runs Out (including Secret Wars).Every issue builds upon the last, everything is taken into account. It truly feels like a cosmic adventure, and that is so difficult to conceive, even for experienced writers and artists. However, the way this series manages to feel mysterious while also giving new information, it's fascinating.The best thing about this, is that it's not without consequences, this changes things for good. The Cosmic landscape had never this fun.
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Collects Ultimates 2 (2016) issues #7-9 and issue #100From start to finish, Al Ewing's run on "Ultimates" and then "Ultimates 2" has been fantastic, cosmic fun. Of all of the post-"Secret Wars" series, this is the title that continued on with the epic feel of Jonathan Hickman's writing. This collection introduces a new and surprising team of heroes called the Eternity Watch, and their mission is to save Eternity, as well as their Multiverse. In some ways, it felt like the series came to an abrup Collects Ultimates 2 (2016) issues #7-9 and issue #100From start to finish, Al Ewing's run on "Ultimates" and then "Ultimates 2" has been fantastic, cosmic fun. Of all of the post-"Secret Wars" series, this is the title that continued on with the epic feel of Jonathan Hickman's writing. This collection introduces a new and surprising team of heroes called the Eternity Watch, and their mission is to save Eternity, as well as their Multiverse. In some ways, it felt like the series came to an abrupt ending, however Ewing had time to tie up any loose ends. The story is complete, and has a satisfying ending. This is one of my very favorite, recent Marvel titles.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]First, the Ultimates find themselves cut off from Earth as the First Firmament makes its final move, meaning that they're powerless to stop it. But the Troubleshooters aren't about to let them get away any time soon; plus, the Maker, the High Evolutionary, a new Eternity Watch, and the original Ultimates!Secret Empire sabotages the final volume of the Ultimates saga, which is a damn shame. The first few issues are Ewing doing his best to write around the story and make it [Read as single issues]First, the Ultimates find themselves cut off from Earth as the First Firmament makes its final move, meaning that they're powerless to stop it. But the Troubleshooters aren't about to let them get away any time soon; plus, the Maker, the High Evolutionary, a new Eternity Watch, and the original Ultimates!Secret Empire sabotages the final volume of the Ultimates saga, which is a damn shame. The first few issues are Ewing doing his best to write around the story and make it work in his favour, which is usually something he excels at, but both Ultimates and USAvengers don't seem to stick the landing the way his previous attempts have. Instead, the Secret Empire issues flip the focus over to Ego the Living Planet and Galactus as they form a new Eternity Watch to battle the First Firmament and Logos.The story really kicks into high gear once we leave Secret Empire behind as the Ultimates, Troubleshooters, and Eternity Watch face off against the First Firmament for the last time. The high concept cosmic storytelling that Ewing does so well really plays out great in these issues, and the conclusion is very cleverly constructed, using everything from both this series and the last one in unexpected ways.Aud Koch pencils the Secret Empire issues and, while Travel Foreman's visuals are the real winners here, Koch makes an impressive debut. But really it's all about Foreman, whose insane pencils match the craziness of the storyline just as well. I don't think there are many other artists at Marvel that could have pulled this series off this well, to be honest.Not as strong a finish as I'd like, but the ultimate (geddit?) conclusion is some masterful storytelling, as usual. Ewing does it again.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty much all of the interesting modern Marvel comics that I love have been cancelled now, which is a terrible shame. The Ultimates (in this Al Ewing era) was the place for all the giant cosmic idea mixed with ultimate versions of characters that I've followed for over 30 years. Highly recommended, especially if the full run gets issued in one of those lovely big hardbacks sometime soon.
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    Fun crazy ideas and Travel Foreman continuing his growth as an artist. Sad to see the book go.
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars.Review to follow.
  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    Now this is the good shit. As the High Evolutionary observes with suitable awe and bafflement, "We're watching existential concepts punch each other". The team's human-ish members try to enlist Galactus' help with the whole Secret Empire business, but he has far more on his plate, like rounding up a bunch of other cosmic entities to take down the old order of creation which has Eternity - the embodiment of all that is - in chains. Meanwhile, Ultimate Reed Richards tries to lend a hand, but eithe Now this is the good shit. As the High Evolutionary observes with suitable awe and bafflement, "We're watching existential concepts punch each other". The team's human-ish members try to enlist Galactus' help with the whole Secret Empire business, but he has far more on his plate, like rounding up a bunch of other cosmic entities to take down the old order of creation which has Eternity - the embodiment of all that is - in chains. Meanwhile, Ultimate Reed Richards tries to lend a hand, but either he's even more cracked than we thought, or he's seriously miscalculated. Oh, and in order to justify that legacy renumbering of what would have been issue 10 to Ultimates #100, he's brought some friends. Cool friends. Edgy friends. A belated rejoinder to a much-mocked Millar line ensues, and even though I quite liked the original, I think I like this version more. The climax basically looks at the history of cosmic conflict in Marvel and says "That's not a knife", while also wrapping up the series' sly commentary on corporate shared comics universes in general. A shame the book has to end now, but it feels properly paced, and an unnecessary continuation would betray everything it was trying to say. Which, the obligatory creator afterword reveals, evolved significantly (and very much for the better) as it went along. Time for something new.
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