Ultimate Comics Cataclysm #0.1 (Marvel)


Rating: 3.5/5 – A solid, but not required, read leading to the end of the Ultimate Universe?

At the end of the Hunger mini-series, Galactus remained in the Ultimate Universe after coming through a tear in the fabric of the universe from the events of Age of Ultron.  This one-shot, titled Ultimate Comics Cataclysm is another step toward the rumored “end” of the Ultimates Universe.  It was an entertaining story, but one that is not a required read before heading into the Cataclysm mini-series starting this month.

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, who also wrote the Hunger mini-series puts the focus on the Ultimate Universe Vision and how she deals with this version of Galactus.  In the Ultimate Universe, this Vision was designed to warn the world of cosmic level threats, including Gah Lak Tus.  When she deals with the 616 version, things don’t go exactly as planned.  The strength of this issue lies in the fact that it’s just the one issue.  It’s a stand alone tale that works.  Where the Hunger series ran too long and felt as though it could have been a larger sized one shot, this story feels tight, focused and deliberate.  Again, not required reading, but overall solid.

Three different artists work on this issue, Mico Suayan, Mirco Pierfederici and Leonard Kirk.  Kirk is by far the strongest in the book, but all the artist’s work is well done.  Obviously the art doesn’t flow as nicely as it could, and Suayan’s art looks very different than the other two which makes the overall look of the book feel jumbled and inconsistent.  It’s surprising that three artists were chosen to work on this book, which gives the impression that this book may have not been planned as properly as it should.

If you’re a fan of the Ultimate Universe then this will be a solid read with some nice character moments with the Vision.  If you’re going to just jump on board for what may be the last Ultimate Universe mini-series, then you don’t need to read this issue as not much changes from the end of Hunger, to the end of this issue.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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