Tag Archive: Marvel


Ultimate Back Issue #1

Welcome, greetings and possibly even salutations; for you are entering the world of my mind and comics in what I’m in no way affectionately calling Ultimate Back Issue! Why Ultimate Back Issue for the name on my weekly series on my reading of the Ultimate Marvel Universe? Well because it’s the Ultimate Universe, hence the Ultimate word in the title. Plus I’m rereading from the beginning; hence that whole back issue part. Geez, it’s not like it is rocket surgery or something.

A couple of weeks back after our rewatching the movies leading up to The Avengers, as well as our third viewing of The Avengers itself, my wife informed me that she wanted to start reading Marvel comics with me. “Holy shit, Garrus does hear my prayers!” was all I could think in that moment for this is something I had hoped and dreamed about for nearly 8 years. I had already watched every single one of my favorite shows through and through, as well as most movies. At this point reading comics with her had been at the top of my list, but it never seemed like the right time to approach the topic. Finally the opportunity was there and I offered her my entire collection of Ultimate Marvel comics as the playground for us to explore.

Where to begin became the overriding question, when suddenly it occurred to me that at this point, 12 years since the Ultimate Universe began, there must be some accepted reading order for someone wanting to take a continuity-ridden stroll through decade-plus worth of comics. That’s when I found this! What you see there is the best example of a proper reading order for the Ultimate Marvel Universe that I have found at this time. Through research I have made a few small tweaks, which I will post in next weeks issue since I don’t have access to it at this time. For now if you’re interested in catching up and reading along, or simply seeing where we are, you can use the previous guide.

As it has been a little over two weeks since we began this adventure, we are a decent way into the list, but still fairly early on. For instance, I have only just finished the Return to Weapon X storyline from Ultimate X-Men, while Charnell is just beginning Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #14. See, only a few dozen or so issues to read and you can easily catch up to us. Doesn’t that sound fun!

For our initial issue I’m going to cover each title that we’ve started in broader strokes in an effort to get the set-up and basics out of the way. Starting next week I plan to go more in-depth with what we’ve read up to this point. Even though Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra and Ultimate Elektra are featured fairly early on, I’m still going to hold them off for next week or maybe even the following week so I can go into more detail on them. This week we will be covering the first two trades of Ultimate Spider-Man. I’m actually much further along in the list, but in an effort to get this article out only two days late I’m going to focus simply on our favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Next week we’ll tackle the first couple of books of Ultimate X-Men and probably Ultimate Marvel Team-Up also.

This week I won’t be able to give you the planned, lengthy heavily researched look into where the Ultimate Universe came from and exactly why Marvel started it, so stay tuned for that next Wednesday. (Yes, next Wednesday Ultimate Back Issue will be featured on the proper day, ye of little faith.) Until then, let’s jump into some comic-y goodness.

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man #1

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ConCal Site Update

Some of you may have noticed that there has been a lack of regular news updates on Constantly Calibrating over the last couple of weeks. The reasoning for this is that trying to work on my first book and summer travel plans have eaten into my schedule. Have no fear though, for regular updates will be happening for most major upcoming events such as E3 and San Diego Comic-Con. Starting this week I will also be instituting a series of new columns on the site each and every weekday. Here is a rundown of what to expect from this point out:

Mondays – Starting today I will be writing a weekly column called “Creative Day” (Seriously, if anyone has a better name for this just recommend please.) “Creative Day” will be focused on whatever random thing I feel like writing about in that moment. This week’s article will likely focus on my opinions of cruises, seeing as I’m currently on one. Then again I haven’t written it yet, so maybe my opinion will change in the next few minutes.

Tuesdays – Tuesdays will be weekly editions of “Shut Up and Take Our Money!”, which will focus mostly on Kickstarter campaigns I’m currently fond of, but may transition into any other awesome nerdy items I happen upon in my internet travels. If you see a Kickstarter you would like me to discuss you can post it here.

Wednesdays – Comics are the focus of Wednesdays. Coming up with a name for Comics is also a goal I’m working on. My wife and I started reading (rereading in my case) the Marvel Ultimate Universe of comics last week and I thought it might be interesting to write-up a combination review, commentary, rantathon each week for what we’ve read.

Thursdays – Thursdays will switch off each week to every three weeks between two columns. The first is our incredibly popular “RetroRewind”. For those not familiar, in “RetroRewind” I take a look at older games and do a bit of commentary and review. You hopefully are familiar with my Leisure Suit Larry series I did last month. If you would like to recommend a game for me to play, let me know in the comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.

All other weeks we will feature a column called “Active Play”. In “Active Play” I will simply discuss what I’m actively playing. Funny how that works. Any topic related to video games may be featured, so we’ll see what I think of for this week.

Thursdays, starting again June 7th, will continue to be the release day for new episodes of “Constantly Calibrating” hosted by myself and the lovely and talented Steven Needham.

Fridays – “A Week(ish) in News” makes its semi-triumphant return! I’m not dropping news all together, but instead moving it into a variety column of sorts for Fridays. All news related to all things nerd culture can, and will, be featured from the prior week.

That about covers the upcoming changes to Constantly Calibrating; more is still to come so stick around for news and announcements as we think of them!

On today’s podcast Steven and I are frelling exhausted. As such I have decided to leave the podcast unedited for your listening..ummm….pleasure? On this episode we discuss The Avengers and its earth-shattering earthyness. We also get constantly distracted. It’s fun!

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The Morning After: The Avengers

The trailers have come to an end; lights have dimmed to optimal movie-viewing levels. You can hear your fellow moviegoers, yourself included, fidgeting in their seats. The Marvel logo appears on-screen and before anyone can begin to cheer a voice rings out from across the theater: “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!” The screams and cheers that the Marvel logo might have elicited previously have grown to thunderous proportions interspersed with laughter from the crowd. This is the midnight premiere of The Avengers, a small indie film by some new director named Joss Whedon, and it was one of the best movie-going experiences of my life.

Avengers Movie Poster
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