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In Ultimate Fantastic Four, something strange has happened at Nursery Two, the Baxter Building's Think Tank counterpart in Oregon. It's disappeared, seemingly swallowed up by the earth itself And if you think that heralds the return of the macabre Mole Man, go to the head of the class. In Ultimate X-Men, Dazzler has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in dea In Ultimate Fantastic Four, something strange has happened at Nursery Two, the Baxter Building's Think Tank counterpart in Oregon. It's disappeared, seemingly swallowed up by the earth itself And if you think that heralds the return of the macabre Mole Man, go to the head of the class. In Ultimate X-Men, Dazzler has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in deadly peril And even her former fellow X-Men may be powerless to save her as a betrayal within the ranks has left them shellshocked. In Ultimate Spider-Man, Punisher and Daredevil return While Foggy Nelson offers Spidey some legal advice, Police Captain Jean DeWolfe gives him some other advice - on how to take down the Ultimate Kangaroo And in The Ultimates, as the Ultimates clear the wreckage from the recent attack on the United States, a monstrous evil from the past rises from the ashes to launch an attack when America is at her weakest. And with the ranks of the Ultimates severely depleted, all that stands in the path of the long-thought-dead bio-fanatic Arnim Zola is the indomitable Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America, and Sam Wilson, the high-flying Falcon. Collecting: The Ultimates Annual 2, Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual 2, Ultimate X-Men Annual 2, & Ultimate Spider-Man Annual 2


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In Ultimate Fantastic Four, something strange has happened at Nursery Two, the Baxter Building's Think Tank counterpart in Oregon. It's disappeared, seemingly swallowed up by the earth itself And if you think that heralds the return of the macabre Mole Man, go to the head of the class. In Ultimate X-Men, Dazzler has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in dea In Ultimate Fantastic Four, something strange has happened at Nursery Two, the Baxter Building's Think Tank counterpart in Oregon. It's disappeared, seemingly swallowed up by the earth itself And if you think that heralds the return of the macabre Mole Man, go to the head of the class. In Ultimate X-Men, Dazzler has awakened from her coma only to discover her life is in deadly peril And even her former fellow X-Men may be powerless to save her as a betrayal within the ranks has left them shellshocked. In Ultimate Spider-Man, Punisher and Daredevil return While Foggy Nelson offers Spidey some legal advice, Police Captain Jean DeWolfe gives him some other advice - on how to take down the Ultimate Kangaroo And in The Ultimates, as the Ultimates clear the wreckage from the recent attack on the United States, a monstrous evil from the past rises from the ashes to launch an attack when America is at her weakest. And with the ranks of the Ultimates severely depleted, all that stands in the path of the long-thought-dead bio-fanatic Arnim Zola is the indomitable Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America, and Sam Wilson, the high-flying Falcon. Collecting: The Ultimates Annual 2, Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual 2, Ultimate X-Men Annual 2, & Ultimate Spider-Man Annual 2

30 review for Ultimate Annuals, Volume 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This was when the Ultimate books were good. https://youtu.be/wbSOdcWJe5Q This was when the Ultimate books were good. https://youtu.be/wbSOdcWJe5Q

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Even though most of the Annual issues collected in the Ultimate Annuals trade paperbacks will likely appear in the trades/hardcovers of their respective titles, I still think collecting them in one book is a neat idea, especially for those who don't read the entire Ultimate Marvel line. Here's what you get in volume 2: Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 - The not so triumphant return of the Mole Man, featuring artwork by series regular Stuart Immonen and Frazer Irving (doing his best Matt Wagner i Even though most of the Annual issues collected in the Ultimate Annuals trade paperbacks will likely appear in the trades/hardcovers of their respective titles, I still think collecting them in one book is a neat idea, especially for those who don't read the entire Ultimate Marvel line. Here's what you get in volume 2: Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 - The not so triumphant return of the Mole Man, featuring artwork by series regular Stuart Immonen and Frazer Irving (doing his best Matt Wagner impersonation). The Fantastic Four seemed like secondary characters here, and I wasn't wowed by the story until the end, which should prove interesting down the road a bit. Ultimate X-Men Annual #2 - This issue puts the spotlight on Nightcrawler, and I don't think anyone could have seen this one coming! It's very disturbing, and should have long-term consequences for Xavier's students. Leniel Yu's artwork, as always, is exceptional. They need to get him on board for a run on the ongoing series. Ultimates Annual #2 - Captain America and the Falcon take on Arnim Zola, a WWII-era foe that Cap thought was long dead. Aside from the focus on the issues of race and progress in America, this could have been a "regular" Marvel Universe tale. It just doesn't have that Ultimate feel to it. It's definitely not as edgy a story as I'd expect in an Ultimates issue. Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 is the best of the bunch, bringing together Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, and the Punisher to take on one of Kingpin's rivals. This is a very well-written story with a lot of angles, and the focus on so many characters is reminiscent of Bendis's work on Daredevil. In fact, I kept imagining what the story would have looked like with the trademark Alex Maleev artwork. If you already collect the trades of each Ultimate Marvel title, you may want to skip this collection. If not, then it is definitely worth checking out. It would also serve as an ideal introduction to anyone unfamiliar with the Ultimate Marvel Universe, as it gives a nice preview of each title in one inexpensive volume.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Computer just ate my review. Here's the short version: Ultimate Fantastic Four: Army think tank, Mole Man, kidnapping. UFF, underground ancient abandoned city, rescue. Decent story, but the art and the color and the plot and the dialog (except Ben Grimm) all fall short of the usual UFF Marvel-ous standards. Ultimate X-Men: Dazzler, Nightcrawler, kidnapping. X-Men, underground hideout accessible only by teleport, Rogue rescue. I found the plot lame ((view spoiler)[mutant with PTSD kidnaps love inte Computer just ate my review. Here's the short version: Ultimate Fantastic Four: Army think tank, Mole Man, kidnapping. UFF, underground ancient abandoned city, rescue. Decent story, but the art and the color and the plot and the dialog (except Ben Grimm) all fall short of the usual UFF Marvel-ous standards. Ultimate X-Men: Dazzler, Nightcrawler, kidnapping. X-Men, underground hideout accessible only by teleport, Rogue rescue. I found the plot lame ((view spoiler)[mutant with PTSD kidnaps love interest, lies to her, won't surrender and defeated when Rogue steals his power, mutants are at odds over what to do, as always (hide spoiler)] ). Art and color not bad, but not glorious, either -- seemed more 1985 than 2005, more 'standard' than Ultimate. The Ultimates: Captain America, the Falcon, Dr. Armin Zola in flashback. Zola evolved, lots of kidnappings, road trip, explosions, hordes of villains, moral lessons. I thought this one, well, sucked. Some charming dialog, but the dark, shadowy art lacked clarity, and the colors only rarely enhanced the work. The lesson was pretty heavy handed and the stuttery plot plot had holes or shortcomings galore. Ultimate Spider-Man: This was goo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ood. The all-too-brief return of NYPD Captain Jeanne De Wolfe (unknown to Spidey and her department, a dirty cop in the employ and bed of super-crimelord The Kingpin). Spider-man vs. (fifth-time loser) the Shocker. Spider-man vs. (gangster version) the Kangaroo. Daredevil vs. the Kangaroo. Daredevil vs. Spider-man. The Punisher vs. the Kangaroo, Daredevil AND Spider-man. Moon Knight vs. Punisher. Spider-man vs. Moon Knight and Punisher. You'll think all this mayhem is resolved when the NYPD shows up to find Daredevil has beaten the Kangeroo and Spiderman tells De Wolfe the Punisher is webbed up on the roof. But it's not over yet. So. I'm pretty sure that three of these annual issues were also collected in volumes of Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Spider-man, and Ultimate Fantastic Four. If the only reason you have to read this is the Ultimates annual, well, consider yourself warned that it ain't much of a reason.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Annuals picking up from the main storylines

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    no substance - 1.5 stars. 2 stars to the cap America/Falcon has merit, cap grows as an individual, a lot has happened since the 50s... but not great all the same.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    A terrific Fantastic Four story is really the only high point of this collection, and you can find it collected with better work in one of the Ultimate Fantastic Four volumes. It really is a great story, with moody art by Immonen (he seems to be having a blast imagining subterranean monsters and fungus-based super-baddies) and a Mole Man origin story that made me laugh out loud more than once. This incarnation of Mole Man is my favorite, with an arrogant personality, no self-awareness, and endea A terrific Fantastic Four story is really the only high point of this collection, and you can find it collected with better work in one of the Ultimate Fantastic Four volumes. It really is a great story, with moody art by Immonen (he seems to be having a blast imagining subterranean monsters and fungus-based super-baddies) and a Mole Man origin story that made me laugh out loud more than once. This incarnation of Mole Man is my favorite, with an arrogant personality, no self-awareness, and endearingly bizarre quirks (there's a washerwoman disguise that keeps reappearing). The X-Men story aims for something really creepy in the story, but it is told with such bright colors and serene settings that the menace doesn't really come through as something genuine. It may have had more impact on me if I had been more familiar with the state of the X-Men team at that point, but it is pretty weak on its own. It is followed by a truly useless two-page back-up strip that fails at every attempt to tell a story. I read it more than once, with an open mind, and not only do I not know what effect it should have on my understanding of other stories, I don't understand the oblique reference that forms the "punchline," and the art isn't even clear enough for me to know what's happening. It looks like there's.. a monster? And a cat? And a blonde, maybe the White Queen? And then the cat again? There are pretty colors, but they don't correspond to shapes or objects, and I don't understand how some editor could have looked at this garbage and decided that it was worth publishing once, much less that it needed to be included in a collected edition. Spider-Man's story is not bad. Not good, but not bad. It gives an excuse for Moon Knight, Punisher, Daredevil, Kingpin, and Jean DeWolfe to interact, and the Ultimate treatment given to their characters (especially DeWolfe) is intriguing, but the story isn't memorable when DeWolfe isn't on the page. I imagine that this story is also collected with stronger Spider-Man stories somewhere. The Ultimates story is pretty miserable. It's Captain America and the Falcon, bopping around middle America and having the beginnings of what could be an interesting conversation about contemporary race relations, but there's a murky plot about.. Zola? And racists? And genetic experimentation? It's not presented well, and the art, while OK, is not good enough to compensate for the stupid written story. I got this collection because I love the Ultimates, I hoped that the Ultimates story would be good, I knew I liked the Fantastic Four story, and I found a good price on a used copy. Unfortunately, it just isn't a good collection of stories, and I do not recommend it to anyone. Find the Fantastic Four story elsewhere, it really is that good, but don't pay good money for the other stories in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    heidi

    One of the better-written Marvel books in the deluge of so-so offerings of late. I chuckled at the one-liners of Ultimate Fantastic Four - very entertaining! Also delighted in the refreshing portrayal of Kingpin as a human being capable of grief in Ultimate Spiderman. Oops. Must stop here lest I give the plots away!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I read the previous volume, and I have to say this one is getting better. These anthologies collect annuals of various comics in Marvel's Ultimate series. For casual readers like me, they are pretty good because they allow a reader to sample a bit of everything. Definitely a good read. I read the previous volume, and I have to say this one is getting better. These anthologies collect annuals of various comics in Marvel's Ultimate series. For casual readers like me, they are pretty good because they allow a reader to sample a bit of everything. Definitely a good read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Ian

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  11. 5 out of 5

    CJ

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Wolford

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Nafpliotis

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benedict

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jipi Perreault

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kartik

  28. 5 out of 5

    FFB Lane-Teen Reads

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Howard

  30. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

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