Man, I couldn't agree more.
Every point you mentioned was spot on. Such a shame the state the Ultimate Universe has reached. While Millar's Ultimate X-Men no where near reached the quality of his Ultimates, but it was actually very enjoyable. Even Bendis' run wasn't bad (maybe because Finch's art; but Bendis had some really good stories actually).
I could bash Loeb, but he's not the only one guilty of destroying the Ultimate Universe.
Like you said, it was good while it lasted (at least in the beginning).
: In the end, Ultimate Spider-Man was the only
: redeamable mag of the bunch.
: That being said, the following are the
: mistakes that crushed reader interest in the
: book (for me anyway)
: 1. In the last 7-8 there were only 28-30
: (aprox) issues published. I actually called
: because I thought they were getting lost in
: the mail. There have got to be people out
: there who would jump at the chance to retcon
: these heroes in the original vision of the
: Ultimate universe and get the issues out on
: a timely basis. That's just good business.
: 2. They didn't take their time developing
: the characters. The Ult X-Men threw way too
: many people into the mix early on. (That
: was the problem with the last X-Men movie
: too) I was reading X-Men in the late 70's
: and early 80's and remember when new
: 'members' only came around every 20-30
: issues or so. About 33 issues or so passed
: between Kitty Pryde and Rougue coming on
: board. You got to know those characters as
: a unit. Ultimate Spider Man actually
: handled this pretty well.
: 3. It became too much like the 616
: Universe. After the Annihilus story in the
: UFF, the stories hardly differed at all from
: the mainstream stories. That goes for the
: Ultimates as well. U3 might as well have
: been the Avengers. Ult X-Men started
: looking too familiar after the Hellfire Club
: 4. On a personal note, I'm a big Defenders
: fan, and they totally dropped the ball for
: the Ultimate Defenders. They could have at
: least spoofed the Champions and made the
: U-Df cool.
: I hate to see it go, but it was fun (at the
: beginning at least) while it lasted.
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