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Some jobs are just too dirty for the Ultimates. For these, Nick Fury must gather the Avengers, a black-ops team willing to do the missions that others won't. What role will an infamous mass killer play in Fury's plans? Find out here, as the Punisher returns to the <u>Ultimate Universe</u>! The blockbuster team of Mark Millar (<i>The Ultimates</i>) and Leinil Francis Yu (<i>Secret Invasion</i>) Some jobs are just too dirty for the Ultimates. For these, Nick Fury must gather the Avengers, a black-ops team willing to do the missions that others won't. What role will an infamous mass killer play in Fury's plans? Find out here, as the Punisher returns to the Ultimate Universe! The blockbuster team of Mark Millar (The Ultimates) and Leinil Francis Yu (Secret Invasion) present this explosive story that can only be called Crime and Punishment. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 1-6


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Some jobs are just too dirty for the Ultimates. For these, Nick Fury must gather the Avengers, a black-ops team willing to do the missions that others won't. What role will an infamous mass killer play in Fury's plans? Find out here, as the Punisher returns to the <u>Ultimate Universe</u>! The blockbuster team of Mark Millar (<i>The Ultimates</i>) and Leinil Francis Yu (<i>Secret Invasion</i>) Some jobs are just too dirty for the Ultimates. For these, Nick Fury must gather the Avengers, a black-ops team willing to do the missions that others won't. What role will an infamous mass killer play in Fury's plans? Find out here, as the Punisher returns to the Ultimate Universe! The blockbuster team of Mark Millar (The Ultimates) and Leinil Francis Yu (Secret Invasion) present this explosive story that can only be called Crime and Punishment. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 1-6

30 review for Ultimate Comics Avengers: Crime and Punishment

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    In Marvels Ultimate line of comics, the team called the Ultimates is what a long time fan would consider the traditional Avengers with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor making up the team. However, the Avengers in this reality are a covert black-ops wet work group that gets the jobs that are too dirty for the more public Ultimates. Since theyre doing the bloody work, Nick Fury needs a bullet-happy maniac on the payroll so naturally he captures Punisher and forces him on the team by In Marvel‘s Ultimate line of comics, the team called the Ultimates is what a long time fan would consider the traditional Avengers with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor making up the team. However, the Avengers in this reality are a covert black-ops wet work group that gets the jobs that are too dirty for the more public Ultimates. Since they’re doing the bloody work, Nick Fury needs a bullet-happy maniac on the payroll so naturally he captures Punisher and forces him on the team by implanting a device in his skull that will give him painful jolts if he doesn’t stick to killing only the people that Fury wants dead. The Avengers are also made up of War Machine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and a new character named Tyrone Cash who was the beta version of The Hulk, and their first assignment together is a doozy. Some freak with a flaming skull and a motorcycle with fire for wheels has been killing several rich men connected to the White House. Since politicians can’t have their biggest campaign donors getting ganked, the order has come down to find and kill the guy everyone assumes is a mutant or some other super-powered weirdo. The Avengers don’t realize that they’re going up against a genuine spirit of vengeance from hell called Ghost Rider. I usually like Millar’s darker style with superheroes and the way he manages to ground his stories in a recognizable and more realistic world. He actually managed to get me interested in this Punisher (Who I generally don’t care for.), and I was excited to get the Ultimate version of Ghost Rider. The problem was that there’s some apple and orange mixing going on here. There’s a lot of set-up with the background and capture of Punisher and the recruitment of Cash and that had a lot of promise, but making their target be a supernatural entity just doesn’t work well. There’s a bit of common ground in motivation between Punisher and Ghost Rider, and the Ultimate version of Hawkeye, but having a team that’s primarily about big guns and punching stuff really hard fighting a demon from hell just doesn’t work very well. It’s too out of balance. Still kind of fun and with some decent character work, I would have liked a villain that was more closely matched to the heroes of the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    Mark Millar returned to the Ultimates to save it from the fiasco that was <i>Ultimatum</i>. Still, I'd rather he made <i>Ultimates 2</i> his defining moment; he had nothing left to prove by returning to the Marvel Ultimate Universe. His collaboration with Bryan Hitch was career defining and he risked watering down his legacy here. His comeback just isn't as good this time without Hitch. It has none of the cinematic widescreen experience Hitch brought to the table.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    In the Ultimate universe, the public team of heroes are The Ultimates. But there is a non-public team now, for real dirty work, and Nick Fury is demoted to running these behind-the-scenes "Avengers". Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and War Machine recruit the Punisher and the First Hulk to attempt to defeat the demonic Ghost Rider.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael J.

    A better than average superhero saga by the team of writer Mark Millar and artist Leniul Yu.<br />Things take place in the former Ultimate Universe, an alternate version of the Marvel Universe featuring the same characters but in sometimes different roles and always (at least the books that Millar wrote) grittier, and more violent with a sprinkling of cynicism for seasoning. <br /> The Ultimate Avengers are the team assigned to take on the dirtier assignments the more wholesome Ultimates Team would prefer not A better than average superhero saga by the team of writer Mark Millar and artist Leniul Yu. Things take place in the former Ultimate Universe, an alternate version of the Marvel Universe featuring the same characters but in sometimes different roles and always (at least the books that Millar wrote) grittier, and more violent with a sprinkling of cynicism for seasoning. The Ultimate Avengers are the team assigned to take on the dirtier assignments the more wholesome Ultimates Team would prefer not to handle. Both teams are directed by Nick Fury, and he's not beyond a little manipulation or blackmail in order to coerce participation, in this case Frank Castle The Punisher and the Ultimate version of the very first Hulk (a crippled intellectual who gets the Gamma Ray treatment courtesy of Bruce Banner, turning him into a muscular but more handsome Hulk that acts like a pimp a la the Max version of Luke Cage). Along with the Black Widow, War Machine, and Hawkeye their assignment this time is to take down the Ghost Rider, who's been exterminating a long list of people who've wronged him as his sights now turn to the Vice President. This rendition of Ghost Rider is extremely powerful and the bike has flight capabilities. Things get crazy when a second Ghost Rider enters the fray. This story arc is long on action and short on commentary, although there are many amusing exchanges between the characters, especially between Punisher and Hawkeye. I was entertained. Yu's artwork is expressive and his action scenes burst off the page, although some of the panels are a bit confusing because of the clutter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Nick Fury continues recruiting for a new Avengers team, a black ops squad, as an opposite to the Ultimates to do the stuff that would sully their good image. Enter Tyrone Cash, a Hulk-type beast, who apparently taught Banner everything he knew (!) being enormous and hyper-intelligent, and Frank Castle the Punisher, who is "captured" by the new Avengers and suited up in a Punisher/Captain America crossover costume and urged to fight for them. <br /><br />This new team is suddenly called into action when a series Nick Fury continues recruiting for a new Avengers team, a black ops squad, as an opposite to the Ultimates to do the stuff that would sully their good image. Enter Tyrone Cash, a Hulk-type beast, who apparently taught Banner everything he knew (!) being enormous and hyper-intelligent, and Frank Castle the Punisher, who is "captured" by the new Avengers and suited up in a Punisher/Captain America crossover costume and urged to fight for them. This new team is suddenly called into action when a series of strange murders start happening and the suspect is sighted - a leather clad biker with a flaming skull and a kickass bike. That's right, Ultimate Avengers 2 is new Avengers vs. Ghost Rider, with the Vice President's life at stake! It's a pretty good read for the most part. I think some of the characterisation was a bit off for Cash and War Machine (underused here and made to seem completely ineffectual in combat) but on the plus side Millar gives Ghost Rider his balls back after such poor treatment in the movie version (thanks Nic Cage!) and the targets in the book are so unsympathetic that you're rooting for the Rider to bring justice every step of the way. The story moves at a fast pace and I never found myself bored. The artwork is pretty awesome too, Leinil Francis Yu did some outstanding work and the set pieces look fantastic. Overall, a satisfying, fun read for an excellent ongoing series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Juffer

    For not being very familiar with all the characters of the Marvel world or all of the plot lines that brought me to this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I fell into the story.<br />The art was good. The writing was even better. <br />Definitely a keeper!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    The Punisher, Hawkeye, Rhodes &amp; more take down the 'Ghost Rider'. Overall good short stand alone story. Recurring themes of loss and revenge link three major characters well. (Great bargain at $5)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frans Karlsson

    The Ultimates, Punisher and Ghost Rider

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Yikes. My weak stomach is glad Mark Millar doesn't write an ongoing Punisher book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    While not perfect, and certainly with some things going against it, this particular volume of Mark Millar's Ultimate Avengers still manages to score 3 stars with this reader. Here's my review, broken down in 3 points:<br /><br />The good: (1)The Punisher joins the Avengers (albeit against his will), (2)a scene reminiscent of "The silence of the lambs" in which the Spider trades iformation with the Black Widow, and (3)the way Hawkeye "frees" the Punisher from the Avengers' control. That was cool. <br />Further back While not perfect, and certainly with some things going against it, this particular volume of Mark Millar's Ultimate Avengers still manages to score 3 stars with this reader. Here's my review, broken down in 3 points: The good: (1)The Punisher joins the Avengers (albeit against his will), (2)a scene reminiscent of "The silence of the lambs" in which the Spider trades iformation with the Black Widow, and (3)the way Hawkeye "frees" the Punisher from the Avengers' control. That was cool. Further back stories of different members of the team, and typical Millar action and dialogue keep this book entertaining (although I lost count of how many times characters used the words "idiot" and "moron"). The bad: Tyrone Cash (probably one the worst characters ever invented - one-dimensional and an obvious Hulk stand-in, but I guess that's the point) and the way the coloring is done in the book. Everybody's got that plastic-y sheen, as if they're all oiled-up or something. Ugh. And it must be noted that once the Avengers get the Punisher, he doesn't really do much. The ugly: The final throw-down between Ghost Rider and Blackthorne. As if one Ghost Rider isn't enough, now we have two. The fight itself is a bit messy in the sense that it's confusing and I found my interest in this part of the story to be practically non-existent. So, to sum things up: an entertaining but also forgettable story, and ultimately non-essential reading. 3 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    In the second volume of Mark Millar's post-Ultimatum Ultimate Avengers series, we get another look at some of the darker characters introduced in Ultimate Comics Avengers Vol. 1: The Next Generation. This time around, the Punisher is recruited to help the team take down the Ultimate Universe version of Ghost Rider.<br /><br />Story - Mark Millar is obviously enjoying spending time on the darker side of the Ultimate Universe. This is a dark, violent tale without much in the way of "pure" heroics or clear lines In the second volume of Mark Millar's post-Ultimatum Ultimate Avengers series, we get another look at some of the darker characters introduced in Ultimate Comics Avengers Vol. 1: The Next Generation. This time around, the Punisher is recruited to help the team take down the Ultimate Universe version of Ghost Rider. Story - Mark Millar is obviously enjoying spending time on the darker side of the Ultimate Universe. This is a dark, violent tale without much in the way of "pure" heroics or clear lines between good and evil. Millar tells a good tale, and his dialogue is brilliant as always. Art - I've been a fan of Leinil Francis Yu's style since his `90s X-Men work, and he does not disappoint here. I'm not keen on some of the character designs, but Yu has a great style, and his keen sense of storytelling certainly helps. The inking and coloring are also first rate. As much as I enjoyed Crime and Punishment, I'm at the point where I'm ready for Millar to get these secondary stories out of his system and serve up a "real" Ultimate Avengers saga. I want Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man in action again, and a proper follow-up to the legendary The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 and Ultimates II Ultimate Collection. Hopefully he won't keep us waiting too long.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rigoberto

    I would have to say that this storyline was pretty good, as well as the artwork. Seeing the motivations of the Punisher in the Ultimate Universe were done well, considering how his reason for murdering was not altered. Having the Ghost Rider used in the story was done well, though I was ticked off that he wasn't used again after this storyline. The introduction of Tyrone Cash was a nice addition to the team, since he was as bad as the other memebers. The story also provides more insight in regards I would have to say that this storyline was pretty good, as well as the artwork. Seeing the motivations of the Punisher in the Ultimate Universe were done well, considering how his reason for murdering was not altered. Having the Ghost Rider used in the story was done well, though I was ticked off that he wasn't used again after this storyline. The introduction of Tyrone Cash was a nice addition to the team, since he was as bad as the other memebers. The story also provides more insight in regards to how the Black Widow of this team has known Nick Fury and why she and him are divorced. The ending did leave me wondering why Punisher would think that his family would say that he should keep up his work, since I feel that it is more likely that the residents of Hell want him to continue his punishment so that Castle would most likely secure his spot in Hell, on account that he is murdering people. Overall, this was a nice continuation to the Ultimate Avengers storyline, and would recommend reading it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I felt a little let down by this one. After reading <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7217312.Ultimate_Comics_Avengers_Next_Generation" title="Ultimate Comics Avengers Next Generation by Mark Millar" rel="nofollow">Ultimate Comics Avengers: Next Generation</a> I felt like the line was starting to re-gain it's footing after the bubble of shitiness that surrounds Ultimatum. But this volume, as much as I enjoyed reading it, felt too much like a main stream marvel comic. I didn't feel like Ultimate ghost rider or Punisher was all that different from the main stream one, and the inclusion of overtly supernatural beings took away from the realism that was present (well, I felt a little let down by this one. After reading Ultimate Comics Avengers: Next Generation I felt like the line was starting to re-gain it's footing after the bubble of shitiness that surrounds Ultimatum. But this volume, as much as I enjoyed reading it, felt too much like a main stream marvel comic. I didn't feel like Ultimate ghost rider or Punisher was all that different from the main stream one, and the inclusion of overtly supernatural beings took away from the realism that was present (well, by super-hero standards)in the Ultimate universe. Those complaints aside, it was a good read. and I REALLY liked getting to see the Spider some more and was left REALLY REALLY wanting to know more about him. also, the little added touch of Ultimate Nick fury slowly sleeping with EVERY woman his wife knows, multiple times was fitting. The character seems hell bent at having the crown of royal high douchebag.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldyn

    This isn't like some of Millar's other books where there's a consistent social theme running through the entire arc or layered characters. This is simply a revenge-filled, gritty ride of bloody vengeance as the Marvel Ultimate line's darkest characters do what they do best. If you want a violent spectacle, this is a decent choice. Fast-paced, hard and dirty. <br /><br />Crime and Punishment is also the arc that introduces Ghost Rider to the Ultimate Universe, so it makes sense that this piece would put character This isn't like some of Millar's other books where there's a consistent social theme running through the entire arc or layered characters. This is simply a revenge-filled, gritty ride of bloody vengeance as the Marvel Ultimate line's darkest characters do what they do best. If you want a violent spectacle, this is a decent choice. Fast-paced, hard and dirty. Crime and Punishment is also the arc that introduces Ghost Rider to the Ultimate Universe, so it makes sense that this piece would put character depth and commentary aside in lieu of mayhem and brutality. And for what it's worth? I found it very solid. Yes, Millar has done "better", but this is him kicking back and having fun. He's delivering a platter of carnage weaved in a framework appetizing to the average reader. Simple. Efficient. it aspires to ensnare that Reptilian brain in a dance of carnage. Nothing more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lin Gui

    Mark Millar does a decent job in making this a quick and reasonably fun read, but there are some elements of his writing that I dislike, namely:<br /><br />(1) His fixation on sex. Not the actual act, but references to it, inserted almost pointlessly and distastefully into the story. Did Johnny Blaze really need to know his resurrected girlfriend was having sex twice a week, and furthermore that it was good? Do we readers really have to know Nick Fury was screwing Black Widow's family and friends, and even Mark Millar does a decent job in making this a quick and reasonably fun read, but there are some elements of his writing that I dislike, namely: (1) His fixation on sex. Not the actual act, but references to it, inserted almost pointlessly and distastefully into the story. Did Johnny Blaze really need to know his resurrected girlfriend was having sex twice a week, and furthermore that it was good? Do we readers really have to know Nick Fury was screwing Black Widow's family and friends, and even her mom, multiple times? Too much information, methinks. (2) Minor story discrepancies. E.g. Black Widow tells Punisher that he needs to wear a costume so the public wouldn't know it was him that SHIELD had in their employ, yet in the very same panel we see that Punisher's new costume still has his trademark skull emblazoned clearly on the front.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emmett Spain

    Punishers on the Ultimate Avengers, the black ops team that does the job the day guys cant.<br /><br />Its Mark Millar, so most of you know what to expect. Murder. Mayhem. Blood. Cursing. Gratuitous cleavage.<br /><br />Sadly this is more of the same, Im afraid. Millar isnt stretching himself here. Its compulsively readable, and a very quick read at that, but its the comic book equivalent of eating chocolate.<br /><br />First time readers of Millar will likely get down on this. Long time readers will enjoy it, but its nothing he hasn Punisher’s on the Ultimate Avengers, the black ops team that does the job the “day guys” can’t. It’s Mark Millar, so most of you know what to expect. Murder. Mayhem. Blood. Cursing. Gratuitous cleavage. Sadly this is more of the same, I’m afraid. Millar isn’t stretching himself here. It’s compulsively readable, and a very quick read at that, but it’s the comic book equivalent of eating chocolate. First time readers of Millar will likely get down on this. Long time readers will enjoy it, but it’s nothing he hasn’t done before.

  17. 4 out of 5

    arjuna

    Oh, this is glorious! The Punisher, coerced by Nick Fury into joining the Avengers black-ops squad, ends up going head to head with Ghost Rider over a little social rectification, as is his wont. Do I really need to say more? Fast, funny, perhaps kinder to Fury/Frank/Johnny Blaze than to War Machine but hey, I'm happy with that. Damn good fun all round (half an extra star for poor Frank's costume :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sineala

    I didn't like this as much as the last book, but that's mostly because I am really profoundly meh about Ghost Rider and the Punisher and none of the characters I liked from the Ultimates were here. Yu's art is lovely, though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Very Nice! <br />And with some sweet characters not normally treated well by "the Avengers" like Punisher for instance. <br />Throw in Ghost Rider and I am beside myself.<br />All handled nicely with Millar's usual subversive touch.<br /><br />Excellent art.<br /><br />These guys know their craft.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TJ Shelby

    Went in with pretty low expectations after volume 1. It was an interesting read though. Reintro of Punisher and Ghost Rider to the Marvel Universe. Add in a great ending twist with Hawkeye and I enjoyed this story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Friedrich

    Hm, a ghost rider in the Ultimate Marvel Universe? Sounds weird, and it's that way, because there's been no "ultimizing" of the Ghost Rider. That's a missed chance.<br />But if you ignore the fantasy aspects, you still get a good read with the new Avengers of the Ultimate Universe.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Yanan Melo

    Crime and Punishment presents a dull, unimaginative, colorless narrative except when it comes to the different shades of brutal, scarlet violence. But the extravagant amount of gore does not negate the fact that its story-that-isn't-really-a-story is as boring as crap.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    The Punisher. Ghost Rider. Vengeance central - and as dull as Mondays, just like I should have known it would be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Yu's outstanding artwork elevates Millar's typically awful, quasi-nihilistic rubbish.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bryson McCheeseburger

    Not much for Punisher fans in this one even if he is a central character. Cool to see Ghost Rider and a few others, but I bought it for Punisher and didn't really get what I wanted.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Confusing art, sloppy writing. I have come to expect a higher degree I quality and care from Millar and Yu. I hope the sales were weak enough on this title to get it retooled.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Since Millar finished his run on the Ultimates pre-Ultimatum, I've found the series a bit out of whack. This was a fairly fun story, but it had no substance. No weight to it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tamahome

    Getting more on the violent, unpleasant side. I'm not a fan of the 'scratchy' style of art either. Really 2.5 stars. I also read the whole book in 40 minutes. Somehow comics used to be longer.<br /><br /><br />

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    A solid continuation of the new black ops Ultimates, that feels big picture like the old Ultimates did. Sadly, the characterization doesn't have the strength of the earliest volumes.<br />

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Gritty, dark and violent, but the villain doesn't fit the story.

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