Friday, July 11, 2008

Ultimate Origins #2 Review

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Butch Guice

Who doesn't know Captain America's origin? Doesn't matter what universe. Anyone? You in the back? You want to go the bathroom? Go ahead. Anyone else? Alright, with that out of the way, I will proceed to sum up this issue of Ultiamte Origins #2 in as few words as possible.

We get 15 or so pages featuring Captain America's origin story (The other pages are basically filler). You know the one. He's a scrawny wimp, can't get in the army because he can't pass the physical and gets enlisted in a secret project where he's injected with the Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain America.

That's what happens here. It's long, it's boring and we've seen it a million times before and there was only one thing added to this origin and it's a retcon of Millar and Hitch's Ultimates version of Cap. Apparently, he didn't have a relationship with Gail and he only confessed he loved her on the night he went off to war.

They had no real relationship prior to that and she kinda / sorta loves him back in an awkward, "your going to war and will probably die, so I'll say I love you back", kind of way. That heartwrenching story about Steve Rogers finding out the woman he loves moved on and married his best friend, Bucky, after he disappeared? Doesn't make much sense based on the relationship painted her, which means I'll just be ignoring this retcon in the future.

Verdict - Avoid It. Don't know Cap's origin? Could probably Check It. Otherwise it's a lesson in frustration and giving money away for nothing. All this is doing is complicating the Ultimate Universe more than it need be, especially since it's supposed to be all about how easily accessible it is compared to the 616 universe.

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