I think Matt's father having anger issues as quite consistent. He very much wanted his son to be different from him. He wouldn't have emphasized the non-violence so much if he himself didn't have problems with it. (Ok, so maybe just being a boxer and a lowly mob enforcer could have accounted for it...)
It reminds me of that Bill Engvall stand-up routine, "Here's Your Sign." In it, he talks about watching his son play out in the yard with another boy. He sees his son hit the other boy and goes out to punish his son saying, "Hey" -- (smack!) -- "we don't hit!" He then realizes what a completely stupid tactic that is to teach not to hit.
The Ultimate line doesn't do much for me. Ultimate Spidey's all right, I guess. It just seems like "more of the same", just with less backstory.
Less backstory, less regretable storylines/villains, less continuity to worry about, and it's more accessable for new fans. Still, there are probably better ways of fixing those problems. The gangbanger look of Mr. Sinister may be a step in the direction of said regretable villains.
I am drooling to see what Joss Whedon does with X-Men.
Re: Venom Vs. Carnage wrote:
Oh boy. Just what we needed.
Yeah, it's another cash cow title that's not likely to be good. But isn't it pretty? ::Stares for bit:: Shiny.
Also, there are three more Marvel previews
up: Ultimate FF4 #7, Mary Jane #1, and Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One.