Review: Ultramega #2
I was a bit mixed on the debut issue of Ultramega. There was a lot of it I liked but its over-the-top nature is what really stood out to me. The story was ok with some interesting concepts thrown in but overall, it was the story buildup before the credits of the film roll. Ultramega #2 is much of the same with an interesting world teased but not enough fleshed out.
Written and with art by James Harren, Ultramega #2 takes us to a world where kaiju are now worshipped and the former hero of Ultramega is now a bit frowned upon. We just accept this state of things going from giant battles of the previous issue to this apocalyptic land. We’re presented with factions that are rather typical and expected delivering a world that feels like its been seen before. None of it is bad but the story as a whole doesn’t jump out as anything really new or exciting.
There’s some small details that make the issue a bit memorable but the end result is a lot of good concepts that aren’t fleshed out enough much like the debut. The comic opens, for instance, with the creation of Ultramega and its kaiju nemesis not long after the creation of the universe. The how and why are left open but its other aliens introduced are just left out there. It glimpsed at something more that’s so far not delivered on. I fully expected it was a story being told by the new society setting up their new belief system. Nope, it’s just something presented. Much like the debut issue we’re delivered on a bit of a feint as well. The most interesting aspect of the second issue is really a fake-out for something else, setting up the conflict to come.
The art, like the first issue, is the more interesting aspect of the comic. There’s a kinetic and energetic feel about it. The designs are interesting and world really well thought out. It’s a look though we have seen before though and a style that’s not common but been there. There’s something interesting about it all though, and I’m not quite sure exactly what that is. There’s a pop sensibility that Harren brings infusing multiple influences to deliver a series that relies heavily on its visuals.
Ultramega #2 isn’t a bad issue but much like the first it left me wanting. There’s too much that’s left out there that readers just need to accept. Some explanation of the history and world would have helped the story and an opening that ties a bit more into the actual story would have helped as well. As is, the comic is a bit choppy as presented. Ultramega #2 does bring a pop-sense to the concept of kaiju which makes it stand out a bit from the other similar titles but the reliance on those visuals also seem to be holding the series back a bit.
Story: James Harren Art: James Harren Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review