This Entire Review Is a Spoiler
Things are about to get climatic.
I have expressed my love for The Ultimates on several occasions and bemoaned how they have been cast in Civil War II, but let's leave all that behind for a second. All the infighting. All cross comic tie-ins. The Hickman-like long view storylines. Let's just let set it aside for a second to resolve one issue that we have all wanted resolved.
He got Anti-man to bust him out of jail by tricking him telepathically (we all forget that Thanos can do that). He then goes into his supervillian monologue to sway Conner, but Conner runs away because deep down he is a good person who is horrified at his own existence. There is only one thing left to do.
This is it... Can you feel the tension building again? This is when Carol Danvers gets so to take out all her frustration on one giant punching bag called Thanos. Going "Binary" has it's draw backs, but after all that has happened, she has ceased caring about the consequences. But punching Thanos really hard won't work; he has learned from their last encounter. They have to try something new.
So instead of punching really really hard, Blue Marvel whips up his usual inventions on the fly and turns off the synapses inside of Thanos' head. So instead of Carol meeting the same fate as the previous Captain Marvel, the threat has been neutralized. But the Mad Titan is not dead, which leads to Black Panther wondering...
So now that's done, we can get back to the Civil War nonsense. Miss America has to stand up to Captain Marvel one more time... get her adolescent licks in. Carol isn't taking it anymore. She's not about to kick a kids ass, but she going to say what we have all been thinking.
The book ends with a promise of an "ENDGAME." We all can agree, it's needed.
What can I say that I haven't said before. I love Al Ewing's writing. I hear the authors' voice through Carol's last monologue. I know things will end badly in Endgame, for how can they not? Ewing refuses to the reader forget how the multiverse was reshaped last year with little tid-bits of dialog. While we are dealing with very personal Civil War type stuff, we should forget about all that has changed. It's masterfully done, and I wish the team would stay together after all of this is done... but I know that cant happen.
Kenneth Rocafort gives the reader the cathartic release that we have all been hoping for. We get to see heroes actually fight a villain and not each other. We get to see Thanos smack cosmic level super-heroes around while the less than powerful heroes try to figure out how to stop him. Thank you sir... I needed that.
If you haven't been collecting these books, I guess you can always wait for the trade paperback. The Ultimates is a great comic that continues to keep me interested despite all the shenanigans going on elsewhere.
Rating: 9/10 Loving Death References