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Ultimate Six #2

Posted: Sunday, October 5, 2003
By: Cody Dolan

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Trevor Hairsine (p), Danny Miki (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

I sometimes think that Bendis secretly wants to join a sewing circle or support group of some kind. How else can you explain his penchant for writing scripts where people sit around (usually in a circle) and talk for pages and pages? Seriously, the man needs a social life. Unfortunately, Iím thinking that if he were to miraculously acquire one that the industry might shut down completely, so hereís to shut-ins! Given that thereís a lot of talking in this issue I still have to say this is one of the better comics I read this week and has become a series that I actively look forward to.

Trevor Hairsineís work continues to impress even though the majority of the issue has him drawing people sitting around gabbing. Hairsine obviously came from the Bryan Hitch School of Realism, because all of his characters look like real people. There were times I felt I knew these people in a physical sense because I felt I had seen them somewhere before. Hairsineís artwork does look a bit rushed in places due to the fact that some lines to continue to their normal termination points, but on the whole Iím thoroughly enjoying his work. Fellow SBC reviewer Paul Brian McCoy brought up a great point on the message boards, though, that I have to mention here. Where in the hell are Electroís ears? The man has none and, besides by creepy, just doesnít make sense.

Story wise things are shaping up nicely, but I do wonder why it took so long for the bad guys to make their move. I realize that we have to believe their motivations and that Doc Ockís subterfuge would have seemed rushed had he done anything sooner, but that doesnít mean I like reading almost two full issues of exposition in a short series. We all know by now that Bendis can craft remarkably lifelike characters and have those characters speak in a manner that apes reality. Enough already, get to the big fight scenes.

Once again, Spider-Man is nowhere to be seen in a book that has his name on the cover. This is shaping up to be Bendisí take on the Ultimates and, while Iím glad someone is writing about them on a consistent basis those characters are not the authorís bread and butter. Sure, heís good at writing for them, but Iím anxiously awaiting the appearance of our favorite wall-crawler. The villains in this book feel incredibly dangerous (something I rarely got from the original Sinister Six), so it makes sense for the super group to play a large role, but I think this series should heavily feature Spidey, and that hasnít been the case. Also, itís a sad commentary on the ďmonthlyĒ Ultimates title that I could barely remember whatís happened in that book. I couldnít for the life of me remember why Hank Pym left the team and didnít recall that information for a good fifteen minutes after finishing this issue.

The next issue promises to amp up the action and Iím hoping that pledge is fulfilled. Even though Iíve enjoyed the series so far, I need some action for it to keep my interest. Bendis obviously knows how to write these characters in the conference room, no I want to see how he does on the battlefield.

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