Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Art: Natacha Bustos and Taurin Clarke
Release Date: January 6th, 2021
Finally, the Ultimatum story is over! It is always a make it or break it when a writer starts a new story arc. How can they change to make things different but still keep the magic of the book? It feels like the first 21 issues of his run were all built up for Ultimatum. After reading his Ms. Marvel book, I have full faith in Ahmed.
Our issue begins and right away you can notice the change in the art team. The art is good but it feels like a bit of a downgrade. However, as soon as I opened up the comic, I could tell this was going to be a cool down issue. We begin with Jeff trying to get Miles to relax after the events that occurred recently. The dialogue is great in this opening scene. The moments with Jeff and Miles together are some of the most essentials junctures in Miles’ life.
Now, the best way to relax is to patrol with Starling I guess. And thankfully, we get a baddie to fight. Someone from Ahmed’s run makes a comeback and this foe is certainly interesting. Before, I could have cared less about it, but he improved his character. Nevertheless, one thing that stayed the same even with the new art team was some great action scenes, which all lead to an unexpected moment with Starling.
All while Miles and Starling are fighting crime, we see Judge, Ganke, and Barbara meet with the Congresswoman. We got a slight mention of C.R.A.D.L.E., but it wasn’t too over the top. Ahmed overall has been doing a great job with this Outlawed event. It wasn’t his but he had two books that were affected by it showing he can make the best of any situation.
For a cool-down issue, this was a great comic! The only downside was the artwork. It was okay and I have no doubt it will grow on me. However, it was still a downgrade from what we got before. The story was very fun, enjoyable, and the dialogue matched it! I recommend giving this issue a look.