I review Hunger #2 (of #4) by Joshua Hale Fialkov, with art from Leonard Kirk, published by Marvel Comics.
HUNGER #2 (of #4)
Story: Joshua Hale Fialkov | Art: Leonard Kirk | Colours: Jesus Aburtov | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $3.99
The fallout from AGE OF ULTRON rips open a dangerous rift in the universe! Prepare for a hunger so strong, that no universe is safe. Is this the beginning of the end? All the details will be revealed when Age of Ultron #10 hits stands everywhere! PREVIOUSLY SOLICITED UNDER THE CLASSIFIED NAME OF AGE OF ULTRON #10 UC
Well, Joshua Hale Fialkov certainly knows how to impress, and Hunger #2 proves an interesting second instalment in the aftermath of Age of Ultron, that feels more like a build-up to the third part of a story than an actual aftermath, much like Age of Ultron felt towards the end that it only opened up potential for more stories rather than being a closed event.
Set in the Ultimate Universe, a Universe that I have little knowledge about aside from Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man: Who Is Miles Morales? By Brian Michael Bendis, Hunger spends much of its time with the focus on Ultimate Rick Jones, a character who I mentioned in my review of #1 that I haven’t encountered before. He, and the Silver Surfer, who features in this issue ahead of a possible new ongoing series for the character as part of Marvel Now! Wave Two, find themselves in over their heads against Galactus.
Hunger continues to be the best thing that’s come out of the Age of Ultron event so far and I’m really enjoying this mini-series. Fialkov has crafted an incredible story and I’m really looking forward to seeing where he takes the reader with the remaining two parts, my only real worry is that this won’t tell a standalone story, rather set it up the next main event that Marvel throw at us, which presumably will focus around the Ultimate Universe characters such as the aforementioned Miles Morales having to deal with Galactus, as teased at the end of Age of Ultron #10.
The art provided by Kirk and enhanced by the colours of Aburtov really works well, fitting nicely with #1, with a particularly awesome cover art that features Rick Jones and the Surfer escaping from Galactus. These two characters make an awesome team and I’ll be pretty interested to see if this affects the possible upcoming Silver Surfer series.
The issue is pretty solid and has me really excited for #3 with another intense cliffhanger. If you’re a fan of either Galactus or the Ultimate Universe, this is really the only push that you’ll need to buy this book. You don’t really have to have read Age of Ultron beforehand, although I recommend reading #1 when you can.
This is a strong comic that deserves to have a few more people reading it and it makes it pretty clear that any future ongoing (or limited) series that I see by Fialkov, especially since he’s now at Marvel, I’ll pick up. This is one of the most fun books that I’ve read this week with a very interesting team up between Rick Jones and the Surfer, with very high stakes in store, and if it had come out in a week without the likes of Green Arrow and Trillium, then it would most certainly have been pick of the week.