Hunger #4 (Marvel)


Rating: 3/5 – A lead in for the next big Ultimate Universe event.

Hunger number four wraps up the mini-series and leads into the Ultimate universe’s next big and rumored final event, Cataclysm. I reviewed the first issue of Hunger and was disappointed to say the least.  Although the series did get better by the conclusion, ultimately it failed to deliver the epic Galactus storyline I was hoping for, and looking back on it, I feel as though it could have worked better as an oversized issue leading into Cataclysm.  As a four issue series it felt a bit long, and this final issue left you felling a bit unfulfilled leading into the next big event.

The high mark of this series is the great art by Leonard Kirk.  He makes the space scenes and sequences dealing with Galactus feel large.  He’s able to portray scale effectively which isn’t easy when dealing with a character the size of Galactus, as well as throwing in different alien ships, the Silver Surfer and more.  There’s some great big splash pages to drive this point home, and his rendition of the Silver Surfer is fantastic.  Not everyone can draw this type of space action well, but Leonard Kirk does so with ease.

In terms of the story, the Galactus from the 616 Marvel Universe and the Gah Lak Tus from the Ultimate Universe have combined to threaten the Ultimate universe, and specifically the Kree home world of Hala.  After Captain Marvel sacrifices himself in the last issue, series hero Rick Jones dons the Captain Marvel costume and name, and does battle with Galactus.  The action is well done and well paced, but writer Joshua Fialkov’s Rick Jones never becomes like-able enough to root for so your investment into the character is lessened.  I found myself rooting for Galactus for the majority of the story, and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t intended.  And regrettably as mentioned above, the ending doesn’t satisfy as rather than completing the story, it sets it up for another.

Overall this issue is solid, but the series as a whole was a bit of a let down.  If you’re looking to jump on board the next Ultimates Event, this isn’t a must read.  You’d be fine reading that first issue’s recap/setup page to know what you need to follow that series.  I’m not sure what will happen with the Ultimates Universe post Cataclysm, but series like this shows that the Ultimate Universe is not the exciting and fresh universe it once was.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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