It’s no secret that Ultimate X-Men is one of my favorite file comics right now and the reason for that is exactly the same as the reason I was really excited to jump in on the comics train when the New 52 launched – it’s free of the burden of all the stories that came before it.
Yes, I realize Ultimate X-Men has 100 issues of backstory, but ultimately, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much in the 10 issues I’ve read thus far. Sure, some of the details might be nice to have (and, I’m picking up the trades from EPL as I can) to fill that all in, but if the trades weren’t easy to get, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.
What I love about the Ultimate universe is that there’s only a handful of books that cover the whole universe (right now, it’s Spider-Man, Ultimates, and X-Men), compared with the huge number of titles in the regular Marvel U. If I wanted to read everything that occurred in the Ultimate Universe, I could easily do that. The Ultimate U also gives writers the chance to give characters a different story and a chance to make different choices. It’s all very compelling (and I’m sure it would be moreso if I was more familiar with some of the characters).
Hell, without the Ultimate Universe, we wouldn’t have Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury.
Now, this brings me to Earth 2 from DC. I wasn’t going to get this book. I have enough in my file and there’s a number of great-looking independent titles coming in the next few months that I’m looking at picking up. So, I was going to avoid wave 2 of the New 52.
Then Brandon (as @wizardscomics) tweeted:
Earth 2 is pretty fantastic. Feels like an Marvel Ultimate comic, with a clear cut DC taste.
All my resistance was shattered. DC’s own Ultimates line. Well, that was great news for everyone except my wallet.
And let me tell you – this book did not disappoint one bit. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are some pretty gut-wrenching moments during the first part of the book. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the heroes in the world begin to take shape. It’s very exciting for me. So far, there’s only the one book set on Earth 2 (World’s Greatest has Earth 2 inhabitants trapped on Earth Prime, so it doesn’t count), so you can grab one comic and have the entire Universe. That’s awesome.
So, if you want to read a superhero comic and have been afraid to, now’s the time. Go buy Earth 2. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.