Descripton: In the fourteen-issue Ultimate Marvel series, a large set of interweaving stories including Magneto, the Sinister Six, the Chitauri, Doctor Doom, and Thanos at the center of the mayhem that called upon the best Marvel has to offer. Some issues from the series were dedicated to Thor - his origins, his initial rejection to help the Ultimates and then inevitably join forces with them. His reluctance to join is lead by his apprehension to help the US government on the premise that they will destroy the world at the cost of spreading Western values. The comic book as a complete work, autographed by writer Jonathan Hicks, is a feat to behold. Quite a lot of forethought and a lot more tedious art have been produced by co-creator and artist Bryan Hitch, whose main challenge of meeting deadlines were redeemed with his acclaimed cinematic compositions across the pages and spreads in this comic book. This issue contains the creators' and Mark Miller’s conception of Thor Odinson’s beginnings in Asgard before his tie-in with the Ultimates.
Descripton: As enigmatic an artist as he is an expert with his defined and single-stroke cover drawings, Ken Haeser is a serial remarker of comic books, indiscriminate towards the category they fall under - be they Marvel, DC, or whichever universe My Little Pony comes from. His work with Dynamic Forces has been one of the most versatile to date, with a style and pen just as effective, as is this comic book on which he portrays one of Marvel’s famed superheroes. In this issue, an alternate timeline of the many escapades of Spider-Man draws to a shocking end.
Descripton: Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom novels, Dynamite brings back a century of adventures in this miniseries about John Carter, who has been revived and rejuvenated through retellings of his timeless tales., Writer Arvid Nelson and artist Stephen Sadowski placed focus on the Martian princess and lead female protagonist, Dejah Thoris, who is featured on the limited Ale Garza cover. In a similar light, Garza, who also signed the cover, worked on new-generation comic books, the likes of Batgirl and Supergirl, that bring the typically secondary characters into titular focus. Garza’s adventure into the comic world has just begun, and he’s already avoiding the damsel in distress trope.
Descripton: The first in the “Gods of Mars” arc, we return to the epic of John Carter’s arrival back to Mars. This issue followed the previous mystery and suspense issue prominently Dejah Thoris’s inspection into the greatest threat to the planet. A nude portrait of Dejah by Ale Garza placed her as the primary character in the previous issue, different form the damsel in distress she portrayed in the Edward Rice Burroughs’ novels. Although this arc brings us back to John Carter’s adventures on Mars, the storylines in this comic book no longer follow a linear storyline, as different arcs start to take place within the same time frame.
Descripton: In an homage to the classics on a fairly recent comic book, Ken Haeser’s drawing of masked Wolverine’s mug scowls behind cover artist Marko Djurdjevic’s Spider-Man, who is immersed in his thoughts over his suffering Aunt May and a decision that can change everything. Suffering is a constant in many of our heroes’ stories, and two Marvel heroes that fit the theme well are the two on this very cover. Both coming from tragic back stories, their later runs don’t change; Spider-Man gives up any recollection of his marriage to Mary Jane in order to save Aunt May, and the Wolverine undergoes several bouts of brainwashing, amnesia, fusing adamantium to his bones, having the adamantium ripped out of his body, fusing it back… No end in sight for the amount of pain these heroes must go through. That factor alone can make or break a dynamic hero. Placing these two together can instigate nothing less than the role pain plays in our favorite stories.