Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Ultimates, Volume 1, Super-Human

OK. I want to stay with SHIELD and the black Nick Fury who looks like Samuel L Jackson so I am rereading The Ultimates, Volume 1, by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, a work of graphic fiction with production values comparable to those of a high budget feature film. On previous rereadings, I have continued to the end of the fourth volume.

Instead of merely scanning the dialogue and turning the page to follow the story, I stay a while longer with each page because the quality of the visuals consistently matches the quality of the writing. In fact, I originally borrowed these works from the public library but then bought copies to reread.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (see here), the collective villain is Hydra whereas, later in The Ultimates, it is the Chitauri, but, in both cases, this is a villain that sets out to destroy freedom because it is a threat to order.

The graphic novel is a more leisurely way to enjoy characters, scenes, action and issues similar to those presented in the films.

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