So… what are you reading?
I’ve been reading The Ultimates. I never really clicked with Mark Millar until Kick-Ass came out… and even then, I thought that he stumbled across a story that worked with what I assumed his one-trick pony style was (he takes a catchphrase and then turns it on its head… “With Great Power Comes Something Something” became “With No Power Comes Something Something” in Kick-Ass, for example).
Either I mis-judged him or he’s becoming very good at finding characters that work when their catchphrases get flipped. This is the Ultimates version of The Avengers (that is to say, it’s a secondary continuity where writers have pressed the reset button and can start over and clean up the canon to make history a little less messy). If you’re not particularly familiar with the Ultimate Universe (I wasn’t), this is as good an entry point as any… but, be advised, if you read comics for “modern mythologies” more than “soap operas in tights”, you’re probably better off picking up DC collection. If, however, you want to see how modern Marvel has refined its Super People having Normal Problems formula, this will have you surprised at how the book is able to tackle such things as domestic violence, repressed emotional problems, and being an open-minded 1945 kinda guy in a closed-minded 2010 kinda world.
Check it out.