Spinning out of the aftermath of Age of Ultron, Galactus has crossed into the Ultimates Universe – and he’s hungry!
I was looking forward to this comic as it’s been a while since I read a Galactus-centred book, so it’s disappointing that even in his own series, he barely shows up. Instead, the bulk of the comic features Rick Jones, a herald of the Watchers (kind of like the Ultimates version of the Silver Surfer), as he tries to get a burger then gets teleported out into space to witness a battle between the Chitauri and the Kree.
If you’re not a fan of Rick Jones (which is almost everyone), you’re unlikely to be swayed by the annoying chatterbox who blathers his way through this mediocre comic, complaining like a twenty-something Bart Simpson to the stoic personality-vacuum of the Watcher. The entire time I was reading this I kept waiting for Galactus to show up – this is his comic, right? That is him on the cover, so where is he?
Then Gah-Lak-Tus shows up. This is the Ultimates version of Galactus, appearing as a swarm of planet-devouring robots who, when viewed from afar, appear in the shape on Galactus’ helmet. Ok… still not the real Galactus though.
And THEN, in the final few pages of the comic, space seems to tear open, a pair of giant hands opens up the rift even farther, and out steps Galactus – FINALLY!
Gah-Lak-Tus moves its attention to Galactus and the two fuse together to become an even more powerful, super Galactus. This is definitely the best part of the comic and really should’ve been the start of the issue rather than the end. What will double Galactus do now? We’ll have to wait until Hunger #2 to find out.
Hunger #1 really annoyed me in that it barely lived up to its promise of a Galactus comic. At the end of Age of Ultron we see Galactus has entered the Ultimates Universe and yet we’ve got to see that appearance once again in this book – why not just take the cue from Galactus’ first appearance in Age of Ultron and go from there instead of repeating it? The Rick Jones/Watcher stuff might be relevant later on but reads instead like filler – like we’ve been waiting for the main act to appear and instead we get the warm-up band for most of the show with the headliner showing up for 5 minutes before disappearing.
Moreover, there’s no real sense of a story here. Galactus shows up – fine, but why? Rick Jones is involved – fine, but why? There’s been talk recently about the Ultimates Universe coming to an end and maybe that’s what Galactus is here to do, ending the UU by devouring it? That’s a cool idea but if that’s so, it would’ve been better if we’d had some indication that that was the storyline. Instead we get – nothing.
The double-Galactus idea is good and Leonard Kirk’s art isn’t bad though it’s far from being consistently good throughout. Hopefully now that the table-setting is taken care of, the series can now get going with Galactus in the spotlight as expected, but this first issue is something of a wet firework.
Hunger #1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Leonard Kirk is out now
This article was first posted on July 25, 2013