A Year of Cool Comics – Day 281
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Andrew Currie’s second volume of Ultimates, Ultimates: Homeland Security!
Homeland Security is not exactly the deepest of comic book stories, but what it IS is a roller coaster ride of action-packed drama with awesome artwork by Bryan Hitch – and that’s pretty darn cool.
The storyline ostensibly begins in #7, but that’s mostly an epilogue to the first Ultimates storyline. #8 is where the action REALLY begins, where we see the “black ops” component of the Ultimates in play, as Hawkeye and Black Widow (and a SHIELD support team, of course) take down an office building filled with aliens. Tragically, the aliens chose to blow up part of the building rather than let SHIELD get a hold of their information – this put Hawkeye into a precarious situation, leading to an awesome sequence where Black Widow saves him…
Talk about cinematic comic book storytelling!!!
I also love the bit later in the issue where we meet Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as members of the Ultimates, and Quicksilver explains that they WERE helping out Hawkeye and Black Widow…
Okay, the main plot of Homeland Security is that there is this alien race (basically the Skrulls) who have been trying to control Earth since World War II (they backed the Nazis).
Captain America had a series of conflicts with them during the war, including this cool bit from the beginning of issue #10…
So the Ultimates are hot on their tail, but as it turns out, while the Ultimates were tracking THEM, the bad guys were infiltrating the Ultimates’ own headquarters!!! The Wasp tries to warn the other heroes, but…
And we get to meet the head bad guy…
Cool reveal, huh?
Of course, the good guys didn’t ACTUALLY die, but instead we get #11-13 being pretty much three entire issues of battling, drawn really well by Bryan Hitch.
This was the Ultimate as “summer blockbuster,” only a more entertaining blockbuster than most actual blockbusters. I bet that the Avengers movie uses this as their blueprint.