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Ultimo, Vol. 1
Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei. Viz, $9.99 (219p) ISBN 978-1-4215-3132-8
In this bizarre international coproduction, Marvel Comics legend Lee (Spider-Man; X-Men) pairs up with artist Takei (Shaman King). Lee himself cameos as a crazy inventor-cum-scholar in 12th-century Japan transporting two doll-like robot boys to his clients. Bandits attack and activate the robots as Lee reveals that one is an incarnation of pure good and the other pure evil, named Ultimo and Vice, respectively. Lee has invented the robots to discover, outlandishly enough, "which is stronger, good or evil." Cut to present-day Japan, where average high school kid Yamato stumbles upon an …