Let’s see… America gets invaded by a coalition of rogue nations who have built up a small army of super humans, and they’re led by a pissed off radical Muslim. It’s almost like Mark Millar is just a pen name for Glenn Beck.
I kid, I kid. Actually all the set-up work in the previous volume Gods & Monsters pays off nicely here. With a couple of the Ultimates apparently dead, one locked up for being crazy town banana pants, another arrested for being a traitor who led a deadly attack on a fellow team member’s family, and the entire world angry at the US for using the team to disarm a Middle Eastern country, it’s the perfect time for an all out attack on the US. Almost as if someone had orchestrated all these events…
This one is big on the super powered action and the scale is epic. Millar does a nice job of creating an atmosphere of doom and defeat so that it’s extra sweet when the good guys start fighting back. The Oh-Hell-Yeah! moments come fast and furious then.
This one has some fairly disturbing moments of violence and is definitely geared towards adults and not the kids.