I really wanted to drop Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men this month. Obviously I ended up buying both. What a bozo.
Ultimate X-Men is DEFINITELY not going to be on my shopping list next month. I will probably borrow the trades from the library when they come out, but I'm done with paying for a book which has gone off the boil and shows no sign of heating up again.
I don't understand how as brilliant a writer as Robert Kirkman can fail to produce a good X-Men book but he has and, after 15 largely uninspiring issues, I'm getting out. Honestly.
Ultimate Fantastic Four was actually OK. Good enough for me to come back next month in fact. I still don't like it as much as I did when Millar was writing it, but the current arc is a lot snappier than "God War" which seemed to impress everyone who read it except me.
Ultimate Spiderman is in recovery. It hit a rocky patch with the appalling "Silver Sable" and "Deadpool" arcs, but the "Clone saga" and the current "Ultimate Nights" storyline have put the book back on an even keel.
When he's on form, Brian Bendis nails Peter Parker. I don't read all the Spidey books that are out there, but from what I've seen only Jeff Parker in the excellent Marvel Adventures* really gets how to write Spidey as well as Bendis does.
To be fair, anyone writing the character in the mainstream Marvel universe is hampered by the fact that Peter Parker has grown up. Bendis gets to write him as a wisecracking teenager and for me that's always been the best version of Spidey.
Other than the Ultimate titles I bought the second issue in Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's Batman run. Standard Batman fare really - the first half of the comic works best if you read it while listening to the Ski Chase music from "On her Majesty's Secret Service".
Inspired by 2000 AD Prog Slog I also bought my first issue of 2000 AD for about 10 years. Obviously I haven't a clue what's going on in any of the stories, but I still enjoyed it in a nostalgic sort of way. Nice to see Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra are still on board. I might buy it again next week.
* I forgot to mention Marvel Adventures in my last weekly shop, which is a shame as it's one of the comics I look forward to most. It is written for kids, BUT if you like your comics there's plenty for you to enjoy here, including a brilliant take on Spidey and a Hulk who still says this...