This confused the hell out of me. The banner at the top, where we expect the title to be, says Ultimate Death of Spider-Man; at the bottom it says Avengers vs New Ultimates 1. Fortunately I didn’t have to work out what it was, since it’s by Mark Millar so an automatic buy for me. It’s a good thing that that was my reason, since there is no detectable connection to the upcoming death of Spider-Man.
Millar and McViven’s Nemesis is based around the realisation that, actually, being the bad guy has a not-so-subtle attraction. Good guys? They have morals and qualms. Bad guys have none of these things. They blow things up and maim and kill people in spectacular fashion, which is much more enjoyable in a trash aesthetic sort of way.
I’ve enjoyed this series. I said in a recent Shazam! review that I think writers taking on existing characters need to think about what makes them special, what their particular requirements and opportunities are. I know Mark has created most of these, but clearly the Ultimate characters are variations on established stars.
After one of the more effective plugging campaigns in decades, Clint, the adult anthology touted as a comics event akin to the Eagle and 2000AD launches, has been unleashed into British newsagents and supermarkets. Who are confused as buggery about it.