What happened to the Ultimate Universe?

Ultimates
Before the year ends and begins anew, I wanted to take a final look at what was once Marvel’s most innovative segment and a personal favorite of mine early in my comic collecting, The Ultimate Universe.
 It used to be Marvel’s best line of books, a wellspring of creativity and constant sales. So why did it disappear?

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

We finally made it. Some old favorites, some new favorites and everything in between. These are the ten best comics of 2015 Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best Single Issues

Comics in their essence are a serialized art form. We might discuss arcs and runs, trading waiting and so on, yet , most comics are still centered on the experience of reading individual chapters parceled out over a (typically) monthly basis. With this in mind, I offer my third annual list of the year’s most memorable single issues.

I start with my choices for the two very best:

Sandman Overture 6 J.H. Williams III
J.H. Williams III

Sandman Overture #6 by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III:  Dream’s cosmic journey across a universe (or two) came to a stunning conclusion in this issue. The issue contained several callbacks to Gaiman’s classic work, yet not none of them felt like self-serving fan service. Instead they enriched even further the fascinating personalities of the Dream Lord and his siblings. At the same time, Gaiman offered  a story where the stakes were huge. Williams more than ably met the challenge of Gaiman’s script handing in page after page of stunning art. His detailed, imaginative work defied any traditional sense of page layouts, spilling the action in all directions. Rarely have words and pictures blended so well to create a truly emotional experience on an epic scale. For more, read Cosmo’s staff review.
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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Gets Nuts

When I first discovered Squirrel Girl, I was in the 8th grade & thought it was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard. Like the villains that she’d defeated, I doubted the power of the squirrel. Never have I been so wrong about such an amazing character. Who would have thought that a comic about a girl who can talk to squirrels would be so good? Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Gets Nuts

This Year’s Finest 2015: Ms. Marvel Can Change The World

It’s difficult to talk about Ms. Marvel without talking about her real-world importance. We live in a time of xenophobia akin to the attitudes that led to Japanese Internment. The Republican front runner believes we should register Muslims and ban them from immigrating to America and people actually support it. Because that’s obviously Constitutional! We live in a climate where we let our fear of the actions of a few cloud our judgement of over 1.6 billion people and this fear destroys our compassion when it comes to people like refugees who need help. This is where Ms. Marvel comes in. In the real world, and out of it, she’s a hero and inspiration, which is why, in San Francisco, people have been defacing Islamophoblic ads with pictures of her. That is amazing. Kamala has only been around for two years and yet she’s making a huge impact in both the Marvel universe and real world. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: Ms. Marvel Can Change The World

Cthulhu Hits the Campaign Trail

With a U.S. presidential election in 2016, many candidates are currently seeking the nation’s highest office. One such candidate is the fearsome cosmic deity (and regular Nothing But Comics contributorCthulhu. The independent candidate’s website presents Cthulhu’s vision for a strong economy, global conquest, and a steady climate change agenda. As the candidate takes a leave of absence from our site to pursue the presidency, Nothing But Comics examines public reaction to the Cthulhu campaign, as well as Cthulhu’s legacy as a comics journalist.

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This Week’s Finest: Saga #32

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Fiona Staples

By Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

The holidays are a time of bustle and confusion. It may sound cliché that we often lose track of what really matters, but, you know what? There is a fair amount of truth behind such clichés. So, it seems rather appropriate that for this final Finest of 2015, I selected a book centered on an exploration of family.

Last month, Saga returned from its intra-arc sabbatical with an update on Hazel. The issue focused on how well (or not) the child was adapting to life in a refugee detention center. This week, the series shifts the focus to her parents, asking how well they are handling their daughter’s absence. The answer is not too bad, under the circumstances.
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This Year’s Finest 2015

Hey chums, it’s almost Christmas and the NBC family has been gifting you with This Years Finest a treasure trove of writing on our favorite comics related things of 2015. While we’re not stopping anytime soon, here’s a handy dandy guide to what we’ve done so far

Browse all the This Years Finest content here

Articles:

Lumberjanes by Katharine

The Empire Strikes Back In Marvels Star Wars by Pat

Shutter, The Story So Far by Dean

Saga Teaches Family First by Dean

The Omega Men Awaken by Pat

Batman, Endings & Begginings by Dean

Secret Wars Shows Me A Hero by Pat

The Manhattan Projects Space Is Depressing by Dean

Convo On The Year In Comic Adaptations on Television by Cosmo & Josh

Convo On The Year In Comics Adaptations On Film by Cosmo & Pat

Lists:

The Ten Best Writes of 2015

The Years Best Covers by Cosmo

The Ten Best Artists of  2015

The Ten Best New Series of 2015

The Most Memorable Characters of 2015 by Cosmo

Expect more including best single issues, best series, a special Wic+Divine/Phonogram Playlist and more. Until then, happy holidays from the NBC family to you & yours