The midnight “Yesterday’s” Comic review mentioned how anti-climatic Ultraman’s fight with the evil counterpart and arch enemy Gudis was. I thought I’d take advantage of this week’s Friday Night Fight to show you just how lame it was. Remember, this is the guy Ultraman fought time and again in Towards The Future and in the Harvey adaptations. Plus you have an evil Ultraman. That must stand for something, right? Well, nobody was standing after this one, but not in the awesome exhaustive finish way.
“Battling Jack” round 12
The Battlefield: Ultraman #4 (Harvey/Nemesis; September, 1994) “The Source Of Strength”
The Promoters: Larry Yakata (writer), Ernie Colon (penciler), Alfredo Alcala (inker), In Color (coloring, obviously), and Dan Natrosis (letterer)
This is the third time they fight in a two-part comic…all in this issue. Pacing is not Yakata’s strong suit. Gudis and his evil Ultraman beat him the second time, but instead of dying Ultraman and Ace (Yakata’s replacement for Jack Shindo, and not to be confused with Ultraman Ace) get sent into their ancestry as ghosts or something and somehow come back all merged up again. Trust me, it doesn’t make any more sense when you read it.
Also, how does Raptor breathe in space in what passes for human form? And why is it never explained why Raptor looks like a bad Liefeld drawing? So many questions in this comic. So apparently one of these powers Gudis isn’t aware of (because he didn’t have it until now) is creating his own gravitational force. Yeah, I don’t get it, either.
But turning the bad guys into pancake batter isn’t all Ultraman has planned.
Just out of curiosity I asked E.Z. Rider, host of Toku Time, if he ever knew of this or any Ultraman calling a foe ugly and he pointed out that Ultramen rarely talk in Ultra-form, even if they’re only pretending to be a human instead of bonding with one. So…heck of a final battle, eh?
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