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Ultimates Vol. 3 #5: I don’t get it

The title of this post probably tells you everything you need to know, but seriously, when it came to the finalultimates issue of Ultimates Vol. 3, I didn’t get it.

-Yeah, I understood the Magneto close and it definitely made sense going into the Ultimatum event. As IGN’s Jesse Schedeen eloquently put it: “For the first time, I feel as if I can actually explain the premise of Ultimatum to a layman without resorting to vague generalities.”

-Yeah, I kinda understood that apparently Dr. Doom was behind the ‘criminalization’ of Hank Pym’s Ultron…I guess. What’s his motivation? Why and how? I need to understand more here other than a single-page splash to close out the book.

Finally, I understood that the book left me with a strange feeling. I re-read it to make sure I caught everything, but perhaps it was the time elapsed since the fourth issue or something else, but I can’t say I liked it. It came across as thrown together and not an end to a well-orchestrated tale. In checking out some other reviews and chatting with Ben, I don’t think I’m alone either. It’s irritating because I don’t think you should leave a reading of a book confused in a bad way and that’s what I felt after reading this.

Perhaps it’s the Jeph Loeb critisicm that is working in the back of my mind, but this was a strange and seemingly forced end to what was turning out to be a decent mini-series.

At least, I think it was.

Near Mint Episode 004 – “Monthly Momentum”

In this episode, the boys talk about comics derailed by the monthly schedule. We dive into Secret Invasion and Spider-Man New Ways to Die. Ben recaps the Granite Con and continues to be confused by Batman RIP. Josh gives us news including Denny Oneil and Stephen Colbert. Reviews and Previews include Ultimate Origins, Mighty Avengers, DC Last Will and Testament, War Heroes, Captain America and more.

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Baltimore Con News: Slott’s new gig, Bendis/Kirkman debate, Ultimate Wolverine/Hulk

Some newsbits out of this past weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con for you… (Some comic fan I am…I was in Baltimore flying and out of BWI after speaking at a conference Saturday and had no idea the Con was going on. Damn it!!!)

News on a public Bendis/Kirkman debate, who is taking over on Mighty Avengers and another Mark Millar project going to the big screen after the jump…

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Embrace Change – Marvel airs Secret Invasion TV Commercial on ESPN2

Amidst the wave of teaser images, house ads and other clever marketing gimmicks, Marvel comics reached back into it’s 1980’s playbook and pulled out something it hadn’t used in a long time – traditional on-air TV advertising.  This 30-second TV spot promoting Marvel’s Secret Invasion aired last night during the Minor League Baseball Championships on ESPN2.  The ad leads viewers to embracechange.org, which is really just a link to the Secret Invasion page on marvel.com.  With Secret Invasion already 6 issues in, this ad is presumably aimed to boost sales on trade paperback which will be released once the mini-series concludes in November.  While it remains to be seen how effective the TV campaign will be, it’s nice to see Marvel pushing their core product – comic books – in a mainstream media venue.  That’s something we haven’t seen since the 1980’s ads for G.I. Joe comics.

Bendis Leaving Avengers, Dark Reign coming, Marvel Noir, Ultimate Avengers, More

Spider-Man Noir...coming 2009.
Spider-Man Noir...coming 2009.

Monte cristo, it’s been a busy few days. Let’s jump into it:

-Bendis to launch Dark Reign storyline, leaving Mighty Avengers: Marvel uber writer Brian Michael Bendis made an unannounced appearance at the Diamond convention in Vegas last night and certainly left some big news in his wake. BMB said the post-Secret Invasion storyline will be called Dark Reign and will tie in some key Marvel Universe titles. A new title launched out of this includes Dark Avengers that he will write with art by Mike Deodato. As a result, BMB will leave Continue reading Bendis Leaving Avengers, Dark Reign coming, Marvel Noir, Ultimate Avengers, More

Episode 3 is up!

The third episode (which is actually a continuation of the second episode, but who’s counting) of Ben & Josh’s Near Mint Comic Show is live!  Go to the Podcasts page to listen to this episode along with the first two, or subscribe to our feed through iTunes.  

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