The Ultimates 8 (November 2002)

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See, if you make the Nazis aliens… you can sell your comic books easier to Germans….

Millar’s “Secret Invasion” thing here–shocking he didn’t get mad at Bendis, also shocking there’s a big rip-off of a Men in Black moment–is a huge cop-out as far as real problems go. It’s sensational and bombastic, but it also gives the Ultimates an enemy who can be killed in hugely cinematic ways–just like The Matrix, which is another reference for the issue.

Sure, Millar takes the time to have Tony Stark “freak out” about alien invasions, but Hitch’s art’s static in the one panel with Stark freaking so it comes off as sarcastic instead of emotional.

The issue ends with Captain America getting ready to beat the crap out of Hank Pym, which may or may not just be Millar lifting the Jesse vs. Cassidy conflict from Preacher.

Eh.

CREDITS

The Experts; writer, Mark Millar; penciller, Bryan Hitch; inker, Paul Neary; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Brian Smith, C.B. Cebulski and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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