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Ultimate Invasion #2 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

The Maker plans to make sure Earth’s Mightiest Heroes never become heroes at all. And then he can reshape the universe into exactly what he wants it to be…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    The creativity of this story and the way Hickman deconstructs the Marvel Universe is impressive, bold and direct.

    Bryan Hitch offers some epic sequences where he extrapolates his imprint where he presents that unique flexibility that he gives to the anatomies of each particular character.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Ultimates Invasion #2 is good but just feels lacking in character motivation, action, and appeal. Couple that with the heavy sci-fi topic and a sense of predictability and Hickman’s story just seems to be lacking a bit more pomp and circumstance than it normally has attached to it. Now, I know this makes it sound like I hate the issue. However, that’s not the case. Why? Well, just like most Hickman stories, the pieces will be revealed given the proper time. As I stated earlier, his stories are oftentimes better in trade when you can digest it all at once without breaks. But in small snapshots, they can be difficult to navigate.

    Moreover, as someone who loves time-traveling, multiversal romps, I’m still locked in on Ultimates Invasion. Nevertheless, I’m struggling to see how this all deeply connects to the Ultimates Universe, who the “heroes” will be, and how they could possibly stop the Maker, especially in a story that feels like it’s been done before. But, there is still a tone of story to go and Hickman hasn’t let me down yet. As for now, I’m still all in and would recommend this story and event over 90% of what DC or Marvel is pushing out right now.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Ultimate Invasion #2 explores more facets of The Maker’s true plans while the universe grows ever more complicated. The large focus on Howard Stark is interesting, but will ultimately be pointless if not paid off later down the line.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The mystery within this series is getting good. I love the layers of the Maker’s plans and how those layers have created a unique and wholly interesting world. I like the progression of the story and how interesting and unexpected the reveals are. I also really enjoy the unpredictable nature of the story and how it can continue to excite, entertain and intrigue all at the same time.

    The Art: Hitch delivers some beautiful art in the issue. I really love the attention to detail of the characters as well as the thrilling action. A great looking issue.

  • 85


    Ultimate Invasion #2 offers a fresh look at a world built by a supervillain’s hand. Anyone not already immersed in the Maker’s story may find it difficult to keep up, but the excellent art and characterization should be enough to keep all viewers entertained. As the rebirth of the Ultimate universe charges on, Ultimate Invasion continues to thrill.

  • 80

    Ultimate Invasion #2 offers readers a lot more context about Maker’s plans for his new setting in a familiar pattern of establishing alternate Marvel universes. The combined visual montage and data page makes it clear just how much has already been accomplished and it makes for a disturbing vision. However, even as readers are brought up to speed on this setting, Maker’s endgame remains unclear and the stakes of a battle in one unfamiliar place set amongst infinite varieties are unclear. Panels and dialogue that play out as near-perfect recreations from Ultimates make for fun easter eggs, but don’t clarify how this miniseries relates to that source material. Yet the fireworks that erupt before the issue’s end provide plenty for readers to enjoy even as the purpose of this event narrative remains elusive. Alternate versions of Marvel heroes and villains are pulled into a sci-fi spectacle with violent sequences that remind readers why Ultimates was such a hit. More answers are teased in the final few pages and they can’t come soon enough.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Ultimate Invasion works mainly because of Jonathan Hickam’s ability to create detailed plots around razor-sharp dialogue, expert pacing, and subtle use of action. Diehard Ultimate universe obsessives and those as clueless as I will surly enjoy this entertaining slant on the Marvel Universe.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    Since the end of this issue does mark the halfway point for this limited series, I do hope Hickman starts to transition into revealing more about the Maker’s plans and goals. With Marvel’s plans for this series to lay the groundwork for the return of the Ultimate universe, we’re getting dangerously close to that happening without an understanding as to why. However, as a standalone story, Ultimate Invasion appears on it’s way to being another Hickman classic.

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    The Maker’s plan comes into the picture as we see the world he’s shaped after his escape in the first issue. The question that’s raised is the world seems great, but we’re not really shown the negative. The Maker is supposed to be this evil person but beyond preventing heroes from their origins, he’s generally benevolent to the end. It’s something that sticks out in an otherwise interesting concept. There’s some solid art in moments that deliver some shock. Overall, an interesting series so far but not one that really stands out as amazing… yet.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Ultimate Invasion #2 takes a peak at the Maker’s utopian society on Earth-6160, right before variant Avengers from the future arrive to kill him. The art is fantastic, and Hickman’s sci-fi elements are certainly creative, but Hickman delivers more confusing questions than answers, which damages the satisfaction level.

  • 50

    Comic Book Revolution

    Ultimate Invasion #2 is another disappoint issue that is only saved by strong artwork. The pacing for the story always feels like it is disconnected with the aspirations for this event. This is certainly not hitting nowhere near the quality that is expected from a comic book written by Jonathan Hickman.

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