Sixty-Eight Pages Of Colossal Carnage: ‘Utramega’ #1 Advance Review

by Tito W. James

“In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega… but is this a war they can even win?”

At the start of the new year I made a wish to read comics that were so good they would make me feel insignificant by comparison. My prayers were answered in the form of James Harren and Dave Stewart’s Ultramega.

Ultramega #1  is a new twist on the giant hero vs giant monster genre popularized in Japan. I’ve found most early Kaiju films to be pretty cheesy so my expectations were low going into Ultramega. My preconceived notions of the Kaiju genre were curb-stomped by the colossal foot of Harren’s incredible art, Stewart’s eye-popping colors and the epic world of Ultramega.

This is a series worth going into cold, but I will tease that the comic is about much more than giant monsters hitting each other. Fans of dark deconstructionist manga like Devilman will not be disappointed. There is an incredible amount of empathy built into each character so that you feel the weight of each titanic punch. And boy, this comic doesn’t pull any punches.

I’m honestly flabbergasted at how unique this vision is, and how well it was pulled off. I tip my hat to the entire creative team and can’t wait to see what’s in store. The word “masterpiece” seems too small for such a colossal comic. It can only be described as ULTRAMEGA!

Look for Ultramega #1 from Image Comics Wednesday, March 17th, at your local comic shop

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