The Ultimates by Mark Millar

The Ultimates

A teenager is climbing walls in Manhattan. Mutants are attacking the White House. Nick Fury, head of the elite espionage agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., knows the only way to combat these strange new threats is with a team of his own superhumans. Backed by a billion-dollar budget, Fury recruits Giant Man, the Wasp, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. And while the team is strong enough to engage in a ferocious battle with the Hulk, will they implod...

Details The Ultimates

TitleThe Ultimates
Release DateMay 24th, 2006
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Comic Book, Fiction

Reviews The Ultimates

  • Sesana
    The Ultimates comes very highly recommended, from more than a few people. But for me, it was far from living up to the hype.The basic concept of the Ultimate 'verse is to make the familiar Marvel heroes more "real" and "edgy". In The Ultimates, Millar attempts to do that by making nearly every single character a complete jerk. Even unnamed extras are jackasses for no other reason than because it's "realistic" (no, it really isn't). Hank Pym is ab...
  • Jesse A
    The Ultimate universe, where apparently everyone is an asshole. Felt like a warped version of the Avengers we know and love. It is a very good Avengers story if you can just get past the Avengers being dicks.
  • Bookwraiths
    This was a great story. The first half of the book was 5 stars easy. The second half was a bit less amazing though which drug it down to a 4 stars. Overall though my favorite Ultimate series easy.
  • Hannah G.
    "You think this letter on my head stands for France?" still makes no damn sense and will never make sense because mark millar thinks he's an edgy and gritty writer when all he is is try-hard. honestly, if you recommend ultimates to me and tell me it's a better universe and better depiction of the avengers because it's more "realistic" then we can't be friends. we just can't.
  • Aldo Haegemans
    4,5/5 I like the take no prisoners attitude the ultimates seem to have compared to the Avengers
  • Gavin
    This massive Hardcover covers all of the Ultimates Vols 1 & 2.As a whole, this is rather enjoyable, and I can see where some of the look for the Avengers movie came from.There are however, parts I wasn't super keen on, and wonder if Mark Millar isn't actually mentally damaged...wife beating, teasing Hulk with stupid 13yr old comments, having most of the characters be gigantic assholes...However, all this "new" characterization, and yet: Hank Pym ...
  • Caitlin
    The ULTIMATES showcases the good, the bad, and the rapey characteristics of comics neatly into one volume!What started out entertaining quickly devolved as soon as Bruce began interacting with his ex, Betty. Banner is portrayed as a victimized male, boo hoo, who goes into a Hulk rapey rage. He murders hundreds of people, wants to eat The Avengers—oh, sorry, THE ULTIMATES—and can't stop talking about how horny he is and how he wants to sexuall...
  • Alex
    In the early 2000's, Marvel reinvented many of their flagship titles to appeal to the shift in demand for comic books. Basically, this addressed the fact that comic book fans had entered an alleged state of adulthood and they wanted their comic books to reflect their more "mature" state of mind.With that in mind, I can totally picture the meeting in which the Marvel bigwigs decided on having Mark Millar write The Ultimates, which was their re-vam...
  • Jbainnz
    This is a really hard one to put my finger on. It was enjoyable to most extent, but some sections were a bit shaky. I originally gave it 4 stars cause it didn't deserve a 3, then again it doesn't warrant a 4 star either. Damn you GR for not including decimal points!This is actually my first Marvel comic I have bought. I am and will always be a DC man, but above all I'm a comic book fan. And like hell I'm going to miss out on a good read just caus...
  • Holden Attradies
    When I really started getting into reading super-hero comics this was the first thing that simply blew me away. The writing is amazing, the only word I can think of to describe the art work is "cinematic". There were moments that were so emotionally charged it brought me to tears from levels of shear realistic uncomfortableness (the domestic abuse between the Pym's) and pages that brought me to tears of laughter (just about any thing where the Hu...
  • James DeSantis
    Originally gave this one a 5/5 but Upon re-reading some of the dialog really sucks haha. It's borderline silly and over the top. I especially dislike the way Millar makes out Hulk as a horny creature who just wants to fuck everything. On the flipside I love this no fucks giving Cap. He will knock you out, be somewhat sexist, and racist, and somehow it works. I also really enjoy Tony and Thor in this universe. I think it's a lot of fun, especially...
  • David Brown
    This book has Samuel L. Jackson. Done. Nuff said. Everything else is just icing on the cake Beautiful panels check, interesting characters check, compelling story check. The Ultimates is modern and gritty. A retelling of characters that are decades old. Turing super Heroes into super stars of a digital age. Super stars that might have abilities the rest of don’t, but they make mistakes just like everyone else. While vets of the genre may take o...
  • Logan
    Ah, another Mark Millar book that I read before I decided to swear him off forever. This comic book has its fans, but I think people mistake hard edge for maturity. Like many "mature" books, the writing here comes off more as childish.Before I bear my fangs, I will say that Millar does have the ability to write exciting stories. They're framed like movies, since nowadays he only writes books that he thinks could be adapted to screen. However, the...
  • Labyrinth
    I'm being generous to these books and attempting to rate them as if I'd never seen Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, or any Avenger before. They're not Avengers. They're "Ultimates." The story is fast paced, action packed, and cinematic, but I have to make this distinction because these certainly aren't the characters that I love. For example, the Cap that I know is the best of all good characters, American VALUES. In the Civil War series, he choo...
  • Bradley
    in 1963, Marvel comics consisted of a group of unconnected superhero titles, which, for the most part, ignored eachother. Only in Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four had they even hinted that all these characters existed in the same world. Then Stan Lee created a new book, the Avengers, which threw these powerful heroes together for the first time. They were really just a superhero club, hanging out at there rich friends house and occassionally fig...
  • Saif Saeed
    There is so much to hate in the Ultimates Universe, so much to hate.Every character is a jerk. If you have unlikable characters, it makes them more real, I get that. What I don't get is how over the course of 12 issues, every single character becomes a piece of garbage. Every female character is written like an idiot damsel in distress except for the ten or so panels Widow is in. The characters couldn't stop name-dropping celebs if their lives de...
  • Natalie
    I hated this book.So I started this thinking, "let's get into some modern-day Avengers comics"... and then was confronted by some pretty blatant misogyny/sexism/violence towards women - from the main characters - and I finished the first volume, but I'm not reading further.I don't know if they get better over the course of the next few volumes. I don't care. Pretty much every character you're supposed to like is a massive asshole.In summary: to b...
  • Chelsea
    This is an .... interesting(?) spin on the Avengers. Everyone's personalities are completely different, to the detriment of characters like Bruce Banner and Steve Rogers. It's a jarring read and I much, much prefer other spins on them. But go ahead and read it if you feel like not letting the years of Avengers history weigh you down.
  • Corrina
    Read my full review at!I’ve heard of The Ultimates before as a version of the Avengers, but I’d never read the original series until now. This is a gritty, modern, realistic take on superheroes, deeply flawed and troubled people with remarkable abilities that they don’t always use wisely. The Ultimates will be jarring to anyone who’s mainly familiar with the Marvel MovieVerse–Banner deliberately becomes ...
  • Arun Divakar
    There seems to be a certain addiction that comic book writers have for the origin story of characters or teams. The affectionately call it ’the reboot’ and one of them seems to surface every two months or so when a new writer comes on board. So in countless books we see a lone spacecraft coming to Earth from planet Krypton, there is an awkward teenager is bitten by a radioactive spider, a nerdy scientist gets hit by gamma rays and a millionai...
  • Gavin Smith
    Rereading The Ultimates, I can't say I enjoyed it nearly as much as I did back when it was new. There are several problematic elements, some which have always been there, and others that have become apparent as the book ages. And this book HAS aged. Using Hollywood actors as character models and filling the dialogue with references to contemporary culture really ties The Ultimates to the early 2000s. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it date...
  • C
    Mark Miller's 2004 reboot of the Avengers seems to be written with the adult audience in mind: those who grew up with Marvel and were, at the time, looking for a fresh spin on it. It's grittier, angrier, and gorier than what I've seen of the older comics (admittedly, I haven't seen much) or the more recent movie reboots. Most of the characters in The Ultimates are more antihero than hero. While I understand that the Stan Lee versions have those e...
  • Arqui Himself
    Mi resistencia en lo que refiere al Universo Ultimate ha llegado a su fin, en gran parte debido a las recomendaciones y criticas positivas que he leído sobre The Ultimates, justamente en el momento en que este universo parece haber colapsado junto al Marvel 616.Monumental sería la palabra para describir a esta obra. Millar ha dotado a su guión del máximo realismo que creo un comic de superhéroes puede soportar, con muy buenos diálogos y con...
  • Myles
    Ultimate Marvel did it again, I realize I'm almost a decade behind on these titles but I'm impressed at the reinvention that's taken place in these titles.Unlike the other big Ultimate titles, the Ultimates were more limited story-arcs that can be much easier read apart without worrying about picking up the next trade.The dark tone was pretty evident here, Hank Pym and Jan in a domestic dispute was almost more fucked up than the Ultimate X-Men on...
  • Shane Perry
    This is my third time reading this story, but my first time writing out some of my thoughts. It's very interesting to read this story and see the huge influence it has really had on Marvel's Cinematic Universe, particularly with The Avengers. The Ultimate universe is one of the best things Marvel has done in the past 20 years and this is one of the many stories to prove it. I love how Mark Millar completely re-imagines the origins of the Avengers...
  • Chris
    The Ultimates is a really fine update to the Avengers to fit them within our modern landscape (social, political and what have you). I've been a fan of many of the main characters, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor, especially with their cartoon series in the mid-90's, so it was good to see them done with a bit of a twist. I was never into Cap like that - I thought he was some sort of cappie propagandist character - but he came out as being my favorite ch...
  • Davy
    For a long time I've been reluctant in reading The Ultimates. There were so many Avengers-teams in the last years that I didn't really wanted 'another' team, that started all-over again. I was very wrong. But I should have known seeing Mark Millar as writer. Millar makes the Avengers so much more 'real'. They are superhumans, but still human (even Thor ?), with all their faults. While in the "regular" Avengers the faults are mostly only mentioned...
  • Danny
    The Avengers for... adults? That's all.
  • Jonathan
    Say you want to see the greatest big budget superhero action movie of all time? Well, you can't find it in theatres. Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch serve up superhero action that has appropriatly been as "widescreen." Featuruing all the heroes you want to see kick ass from Marvel, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Giant Man, Thor, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Black Widow and The Wasp all star as America's super-secret super-team. This is ...
  • Tony Cafiso
    The Ultimates was basically an old version of the Avengers story. Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man are all in it and part of the shield agency. In this version the Hulk ends up being the enemy thinking it would help bring the rest of the team together and give them some positive publicity. I enjoyed reading this and seeing an old take on the avengers story. It was particularly interesting when the characters started talking about who ...