This Week in Comics: 'Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates #2' and 'Jonah Hex #1'
Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates #2
The man who single handedly ruined the Ultimate Universe with series like “Ultimates 3” and “Ultimatum” is given a third — or was it fourth — chance with “Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates?” Really Marvel? I know Jeph Loeb is on contract, but come on! The last good thing he did was “Batman: Hush” — Red Hulk doesn’t count — and it wasn’t even that great.
My problems with Loeb aside, it’s really confusing having Captain America in both New Ultimates and Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers; does that mean there are two teams now, both lead by Captain America? That’s ridiculous, especially since the Ultimate Universe was created to eliminate past conventions and to make the characters and situations more believable.
The only thing I look forward to in this book is Frank Cho’s sweet detailed and smooth art, other than that Loeb better not drop the ball. In the past, Loeb has proven that he is an adequate writer and I really do hope he returns to form, but until then, I will never forgive him for “Ultimatum” and bring it up whenever I can.
Jonah Hex #1
I haven’t written much about Jonah Hex because cowboy comics don’t tickle my fancy, but after seeing the Jonah Hex movie trailer, you have to buy today’s reprint, the title depends on it. So maybe it doesn’t, but the Jonah Hex movie looks terrible; it’s filled with supernatural elements, gadgets and campy dialogue that have no place in a western comic book. It’s like a bad version of “Wild Wild West,” and not even a double-platinum soundtrack could redeem that God-awful film.
You can tell comic book writer’s Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey are fans of the western genre as they appropriate every element present in the films and transfer them to the book. Their plotting and pacing of the film is so precise, you can almost hear an Ennio Morricone score playing in the middle of a shoot-out sequence. It’s that good. Instead of paying $7 to hear Megan Fox speak in a terrible Southern accent and see Josh Brolin make a fool of himself, you can just mosey on down to a comic book store and get “Jonah Hex #1” for $1.