The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – U
We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!
Here‘s an archive of A-T.
Today we look at a different approach to superheroes.
Ultra, by Jonathan and Joshua Luna, was a fresh, cool look at superheroes.
It was about a trio of superheroes in a universe where superheroes make money through endorsement deals, and the various heroes are managed by “agencies” like models. The attractive female heroes are the most popular heroes out there and the book follows three superhero friends.
The main character is the fairly down-to-Earth Ultra (Pearl Penalosa), who is looking to find a normal guy she can love in a world where she is one of the most famous (and most powerful) people on Earth.
The series had a ton of back matter, which was great – articles and stuff like that written from the perspective of what the world would be like if superheroes existed.
It was really low-key, character-based comic books, and the artwork by the Lunas was nice, as well.
I’d say the book was great for about 6 1/2 issue, and it really went off the rails a bit towards the end, as the brothers seemed to be looking for some grand overarching PLOT rather than letting their unconventional but wonderful comic continue as it was, which was a great comic.
Unsurprisingly, a pilot was made (unsurprisingly because this would work really well as a TV series) starring Lena Headley as Ultra. It was not picked up, sadly. Barbara Hall (the lady behind Joan of Arcadia) was behind it, so it could have been really good.