â€œAmerica Strikes Backâ€.Â The greatest problem with the Ultimates is not the art, the story-telling or the characterization. Â Itâ€™s the fact that this is a â€œMade-for-tradeâ€ type of comic book.Â By that, I mean, all the issues are meant to be read in a trade paperback format, not individually.Â The Ultimates is notorious for taking 2 to 3 months, or even LONGER, to come out with each installment.Â By then you either donâ€™t remember what happened last or you just donâ€™t care anymore.Â But thatâ€™s really the titleâ€™s only major problem.
The issue-itself didnâ€™t seem to cover much ground on its own.Â The members of the Ultimates still active regroup to counter the terrorist strike, Iron Man runs off to do â€œsomethingâ€, and we get the usual Millar cliff-hanger/catch-phrase ending.Â This oneâ€™s pretty cool, but you can tell heâ€™s reaching at this point.Â The art and action are fantastic, but it just doesnâ€™t feel like ANYTHING happened in this issue. Â And again, thatâ€™s because theyâ€™re not meant to be read in installments. Â Unfortunate they have to be released that way or I wouldnâ€™t be complaining.