The Ultimates 6 (August 2002)

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Another all action issue. Sort of. There’s the dinner party with Captain America, Thor and Iron Man–lots of awkward close-ups here… Millar’s obviously trying for a movie feel, but it’s like Hitch doesn’t know how to frame for those kinds of panels. There’s also the whole Hank versus Janet thing going on.

It’s a really problematic issue because there’s the cool stuff–not gay Jarvis trying to cruise Captain America–but the little stuff, like the boys enjoying a joke. It’s believable, following a somewhat tense situation.

The Janet and Hank stuff… well… I guess it’s cool when he talks about her mutation involving her laying eggs six days a week. I mean, it’s a gross detail but an effective, imaginative one. I don’t think they push Ultimate mutations so much in Ultimate X-Men. But otherwise it’s a sensational, cruelly-minded attempt at showing an abusive marriage.

CREDITS

Giant Man vs. The Wasp; writer, Mark Millar; penciller, Bryan Hitch; inker, Andrew Currie; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Brian Smith, C.B. Cebulski and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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