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The Ultimates, Volume 2: Homeland Security

(The Ultimates (Collected Editions) #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,952 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 5th 2006 by Marvel
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My 2nd time reading this and I still think it's a pretty awesome conclusion to Super-Human.
Plus, it has one of the best Captain America one-liners ever:
Apologies to my French friends - we know you guys are ass-kickers.


This one does a good job introducing Hawkeye and Black Widow as the badass black ops agents signing on to work with the superheroes. Millar shows you that they're able to not only hold their own, but they're also needed because of their skills and experience.


And let's face it, i
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little movie called The Avengers came out last week and grossed all the money that’s ever been printed by the US Treasury according to the entertainment news.

This will probably mean that a bunch of people who don’t ordinarily read comics will see the flick, get all excited to get more stories so they’ll rush to the comic book stores and grab something with Avengers in the title, and then probably be extremely disappointed when they don’t see anything that looks close to the movie because Joss
kim hannah

Oh man! That was epic!! A lot better than the first 6 issues. It was action-packed and with a good plot line. The graphics are also pleasing to the eyes! 😍😍 Can't wait to see what's next!!

Black Widow:
"Would you please just shut up and do as you're told, you disobedient, little man?"

Just fangirling a little bit! (I just recently picked up comics but am a big fan of Marvel movies. I think I need more Black Widow comics!! Anyone got any recommendations? Cheers!)

And Jan at the end. Good on you
Aldo Haegemans
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No bullshit Just save the world wathever the cost!
Sam Quixote
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Following the devastation wreaked by the Hulk in the first book, Bruce Banner is locked up for his irresponsibility. Nick Fury reveals a secret that could destroy Earth. And alien Nazis are running rampant! This could only be a job for - the Ultimates!

Mark Millar follows up his popular first book on the Ultimates with another strong volume. Homeland Security is in a way the ultimate distinction between good and evil - evil aliens intent on destroying Earth who are inhabiting the bodies of Nazis
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
I’ve never been one to fear change, but reading The Ultimates: Homeland Security makes me wonder if that creeping illness of aging is starting to catch up with me because I don’t like what Mark Millar’s done to my favourite comic book hero and my favourite super team.

Now, I get that the Ultimates aren’t the Avengers and that the Ultimates universe is some sort of weird parallel land or something, but no matter how we dress it up, The Ultimates is an attempt to “reboot” the Avengers in an age of
Arun Divakar
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Following the adventures of the hooligans from vol.1, Mark Millar’s characters steps into territory which finally does bring out their heroic side. It left me feeling discontented completely with the only saving grace being the art.

Even before getting into my thoughts on the book, I must admit that the whole gamut of superhero team-up’s have started to become very stale to me. There could definitely be exceptions but then so far what I have seen has been rather clichéd versions of fighting alien
Amal El-Mohtar
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Ye flippin' gods. Where to even begin.

Millar phoned in this dialogue by carrier pigeon. It clunks when it's not laughably bad, which is basically the whole second half. Female characters are (further) reduced to sexual jokes. Sterling lines like "Hulk not Sissy! HULK STRAIGHT!" and the infamous "SURRENDER?" bit are representative samplings, but also kind of over the top in ways that gloss over the more mundane inadequacies of writing: repetition, the inexplicable and unironic use of the word "d
Hermina Oláh Vass
Spoilers ahead: Much, much, much better than the first volume. Betty's behavior takes an unbelievable turn. She's actually likable in this one, the slutty edge remains, but never mind that. Also, Cap kicking Dr. Pym's sorry ass takes away the awkward tension. The ending is as close to a happy one that you can get in a universe full of superheroes. ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimates is the closest I've seen to a comic being a movie. The plot was kickass, the writing + illustration were awesome, and I was just a huge fan of it. V2 was def better than v1, but mainly because there was a lot less random sexism, AND Black Widow showed up. A+. ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I wish I'd read The Ultimates in order, I think I'd have gotten more from the story. I was happy to have Hawkeye in there now, that's worth 4 stars on its own. The story was pretty exciting. ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Better than volume 1 but still not good enough
Francisco Becerra
What would happen if the Avengers wouls be written as if they were The Authority? Here is the answer: widescreen non-stop action, with witty language and clever punchlines. Not much in terms of story, but great characterizations and phenomenal drawing take the lead in the best version of the Avengers ever done.
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
The good: very nice art. Everything looks like a big screen comic book movie.

The bad: everything else. The entire cast is either jerks, seriously messed up or unable to speak unless they have something clever or snotty to say.
The only stable characters are Sam Jackson... I mean Nick Fury and Captain America, and they spend most of their time playing babysitter to the other 'heroes'.
Millar basically took the original heroes, found their most negative trait and made that the personality for the Ul
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-series
For the record, these are not your father's Avengers. Mr. Millar manages to kill hundreds with the Hulk, and sacrifice 20,000 good guys to a red herring. There is blood, violence, gore, brutality in abundance, and nevertheless, the situations are more real than most other 4-color sequential art! Make Mine Marvel! ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-read
Slightly better than the first volume, but not much. I still couldn't connect with any of the characters. I understand they're humans after all and they have flaws, but I don't want to see that when I'm reading about superheroes, especially when it came to Captain America. I just couldn't tolerate his action on the battlefield. ...more
Michelle Morrell
Now that the team is meshing, a threat from beyond earth tests their talents. Captain America is pretty awesome, can't believe it took me this long to "discover" him. ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Really? Nazi aliens? And there's a second book? Where else could that possibly go? ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the art and action in this book. Story included humor with the excitement like all good comic books.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice alternate reality version of the Marvel Avengers series. Good story and art. Recommended
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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Book Info: This collection contains The Ultimates issues #7-13.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}



The city of Manhattan is still in mourning following the last volume's Hulk incident, and Doctor Bruce Banner is being held indefinitely at a high-tech holding cell in the Triskelion since S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists found that his "Hulk intrabodies" are bonding permanently to his DNA. Elsewhere, Janet Pym (aka The Wasp) is in the process of recovering from the injuries she
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tpbs
Yeah, volume 2 has things just go off the rails as Millar is hell-bent on getting edgy with the characters and this story just basically turns into a nicely drawn shit-show.

Every unlikable characteristic about The Ultimates you saw in vol. 1 gets taken up another notice. Maybe it's an clever commentary on how super-heroes are like celebrities and you don't really know anything about them and the image they project is just an image that doesn't reflect anything about their reality...except it's n
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Actually' appears way too many times in this story. I see how it's a common verbal tick, but it gets 'actually' annoying after a while.

Jan was seriously harmed by Pym's ants and Hank Pym has disappeared. Rogers is looking for him when he finds that their domestic violence issues go a long way back. (view spoiler)

Black Widow and Hawkeye are assaulting two towers and doing a quick and bloody j
Ronan The Librarian
I did not like this. It’s a wonder how many good reviews I see for this (albeit mainly from years ago).
I’ll admit, the quality of the art and writing is probably 3-star territory, but the characterizations are terrible. This is all through the lens of the edgy 2000s (a theme they nail to a fault), and man did this feel dated. I get they were going for a more “realistic” take on the Avengers or to make it grittier and more adult, but that doesn’t mean “just make everyone an asshole”. But that’s
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
This second volume ups the ante for the newly formed Ultimates team and introduces some new members. Millar maintains his dramatic and angsty tone, but he infuses a good deal more plot and suspense to the series. There's plenty of action and a great climactic battle, all drawn wonderfully by Bryan Hitch. This first series is definitely Captain America's story, but each member of the team is given satisfying arcs. The same creative team from volume one puts in great work for this seven issue run, ...more
C. Scott
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Less awesome than I remembered it on a second reading. I still really enjoy how this series grazes from the entire Marvel universe to create a fresh new version. Here we get Black Widow, and Hawkeye added to the Avengers mix. Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver pop in for some comic relief as well. Also, we get red Skrull, Herr Kleiser, an alien Nazi who's a dead ringer for Robert Carlyle AKA Franco Begbie in Train Spotting. I know people like the big Captain America surrender line "You think the let ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than volume one by far, but still some super problematic areas, including the Hulk's unnecessary homophobia near the end. The domestic violence situation seems a little better, but (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 20, 2019 added it
Millar and Hitch roll The Ultimates to its powerhouse conclusion by introducing a world-ending threat for our heroes to stop. The second volume is less character focused than the first, being more about fighting. That’s not a complaint, because the fights are huge and cinematic. So, this is nothing more or less than fun superhero stuff, albeit with a hard edge. Give it a read if that description piques your interest. You won't be disappointed. ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Ultimates has earned a reputation for being meanspirited and aging poorly but I have to disagree with that idea. I think this book is fantastic, especially the art. My only complaint is that I don't like that the shape shifting lizard aliens worked with the Nazis because that conspiracy theory is a big antisemitic thing so making them Nazis is a bit questionable. Otherwise, very good book if you like some cinematic flair and Mark Millar edge to your superhero books. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
I felt the plot was disappointing, but the writing was still pretty good considering the circumstances.

But come on, Nazi aliens??? Another reader mentioned this ridiculousness as well.


(But really, read the first volume.)
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, Jupit ...more

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