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The Ultimates #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 18 critic ratings.


Spinning out of Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli’s Ultimate Universe #1, rising stars Deniz Camp (Children of the Vault, 20th Century Men) and Juan Frigeri (The Invincible Iron Man) assemble an all-new team of The Ultimates in a series that kicks off the next chapter of the new Ultimate line.

Six months ago, Tony Stark sent Peter Parker a radioactive spider to set him back on the course to become Spider-Man. Since then, Iron Lad (Stark), Captain America, Doom, Thor and Sif have begun to do the same for other lost heroes, building a network of super-powered heroes hungry for change… Now they must band together to destroy the Maker’s Council and restore freedom and free will to a world ruled from the shadows!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
37 pages
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18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    The Ultimates #1 is a striking debut issue that captures the magic of a fledgling universe, building out from the previous Ultimate books into a cutting thesis statement. Camp’s writing center Tony Stark’s jaded optimism ensures the book rockets forward on every page as set-back after set-back occurs. That rational optimism functions as the fulcrum of conflict, as it clashes with the more person-centric hope embodied by Captain America and the jaded pragmatism exhibited by Doom. Frigeri’s artwork elevates those discussions by making every exposition sequence read like a propulsive action set-piece.

    When the book does break into those action moments, the artwork matches that energy, putting a character-driven weight to the fights, grounding the book in specificity. The Ultimates #1 is a must-read debut issue that draws the reader in immediately and sets a rock-solid foundation for the title. This is a first issue that will be studied for years as a masterclass in establishing stakes, worldbuilding, and making every moment feel grandiose without losing the people. This is a book that needs to be on every Marvel fan’s pull list, whether or not you’re an Ultimate fan. The book is a lean, mean, storytelling machine, proving that a first issue can lead with the best foot forward, even under the weight of a shared universe.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The Ultimates #1 shows a world trying to rebuild. It’s fascinating to see a universe that has been hobbled and forced to find its heroes individually. The slow, stuttering start works against the deadline for Tony Stark and the rest of the Ultimates.

    Hickman’s aura can be sensed in every issue of the imprint, building from the foundations he started. But the creators have had enormous space and literal cities to play with. Camp has added to Hickman’s positive elements, making the book lively and visceral. The dialogue has a bite to it. The battle at the end was the invigoration this whole imprint needed to feel alive. Not the new era in the Ultimate Universe can begin.

  • 100

    Capes & Tights

    We are truly excited with the debut issue of and where it is potentially headed. It has a gripping story and wonderful artwork that delivers on all fronts. Deniz Camp and Juan Frigeri crafted a story that has us gripped and eagerly waiting for the next issue. This new Ultimate Universe Marvel has created is scratching that itch I have wanted from them for a long time.

  • 100

    Graphic Policy

    As the new Ultimate Universe puts out hit after hit, The Ultimates #1  shows no signs of stopping, especially since the issue is its strongest first impression yet. Camp and Frigeri are proving to be a fruitful collaboration, and I cannot wait to see what characters will be introduced in future stories. The Ultimates #1 is an incredible first issue with a robust, complete narrative that exceeds expectations.

  • 100


    As seen in this first issue, the skies are the limit with Ultimates. The creators fundamentally understand superhero comics while building on what we know about the characters and putting new spins on them. Ultimates is one of the most exciting superhero comics you’ll read all year. It’s ambitious, with deep ideas and awesome action.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Spectacular start to a new saga.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    While the original Ultimates ushered in a more modernized way of storytelling, this newly relaunched version exceeds all the expectations to bring the readers an edgier tone but brings with it a whole new vision; Introducing the members of the team while adding in the time-traveling aspects to great effect that “Avengers: Endgame” could never do as Tony Stark (aka Iron Lad) brings the key characters together to continue to reshape the world after The Maker made a mess out of it but I should also point out the extreme fight sequence featuring Captain Britain that ends in disaster for him (**NO SPOILERS**) but at the same time establishes the team as outlaws willing to fight for a better tomorrow. Right away, the creative team of Deniz Camp and Juan Frigeri proved that their bold and originative storytelling is just the right formula this title needs to distance itself from the volumes that came before this, and with them at the helm, The new version of The Ultimates harkens back to the earlier days of the MCU with major excitement that’s worth anyone’s attention.

  • 90


    The plot is clever, the characters are interesting, and the art looks really solid. This is a worthy addition to a line of titles that are getting better by the month.

  • 90

    The Ultimates #1 is a comic book with tremendous expectations placed upon it. The original Ultimates was the prestigious cornerstone in a line of comics that modernized Marvel Comics’ storytelling tropes and style for the 20th century. Even today it remains a hotly discussed series with readers seemingly only set to agree on the stylistic merits of Bryan Hitch. Relaunching Ultimates as the narrative foundation for an entirely new Ultimate Marvel universe nearly 20 years later provides writer Deniz Camp and artist Juan Frigeri with inevitable expectations for how their vision of a remade Earth-616 will measure up against once-revolutionary superhero comics. Camp and Frigeri prove they are more than up to the task in The Ultimates #1.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first issue. The Ultimates team seems like they are going to save the world. The only thing that I am nervous about, is if they all start to argue. I want them all to get along, and use their abilities to do good for the rest of the comic run.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, The Ultimates #1 is a suspenseful and thought-provoking first issue that leaves you wanting more. Pick it up if you’re a fan of the Ultimate Universe or enjoy superhero stories with complex team dynamics and a race against time. If you’re new to comics entirely, this might be a good jumping-on point for a fresh take on classic characters.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Camp crafts an entertaining and thrilling story in this first issue. The plot is simple, but executed in a way that is compelling to new readers as well as fans of the original Ultimates run. I really enjoyed the slow burn of the story and how it challenges the conventions of trying to recreate the world as Stark thinks it should have been. It allows for the complications of humanity and creates new circumstances and challenges that make me want to read more. Hank Pym’s role in events is done extremely well and I continue to find interest in the possibilities of this new world and its heroes.

    Frigeri crafts beautifully detailed and dramatic art throughout the issue. The action is incredibly well done and beautifully builds to its finale.

  • 85

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    The Ultimates #1 provides a unique modern retelling of the setting while introducing iconic heroes into this new universe.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    The Ultimates #1 is a solid start. It fills a role that’s much needed and gives us an idea of the bigger world and answers some questions readers might have had. It most importantly entertains, delivering a debut that’s perfect to sit back with and enjoy as the temperatures heat up.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Ultimates #1 is a foundation setter. There are a lot of big ideas presented for what the series will be tackling for the greater Ultimate Universe. By establishing this Deniz Camp and Juan Frigeri get across that readers can expect the Ultimates to be the premiere superhero team for the Ultimate Universe. Through all of this Camp and Frigeri are able to develop solid chemistry between the members that will make up the Ultimates. That chemistry ends up creating questions for the direction things will go from here with how the rest of the world will view the team. It all makes The Ultimates #1 be a comic book that strengthens that strongest publishing line for Marvel.

  • 80


    Heavy on the world-building and lore, but there’s more than enough strong character work and excellent artwork to make an enjoyable issue of superhero comics.

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    The Ultimates #1 is a perfectly serviceable introduction to get readers on board with the new Ultimates Universe, the heroes, their mission, the stakes, and the timeline. Frigeri’s art is rock-solid, and Camp’s script is technically, thoroughly proficient, but the story fails to deliver any emotional beats that give the reader a reason to care.

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