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Ultimate Comics Ultimates #30: Ultimates Disassembled Finale

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The final issue of Ultimate Comics Ultimates before the start of Cataclysm and I must say that it did not disappoint. It does feel a little clustered with all the information packed in. Probably the only downside to the whole “Ultimates Disassembled” story arc. I’ll try to avoid spoiling as much as possible so you can enjoy reading it and be shocked. IT has a lot of fights and interesting dialog that not only moves the story forward but also explains Ultimate Kang’s origins and motivation. So this issue is laying the groundwork for Cataclysm which will change the face of Ultimate Marvel as a whole and we see that for the Ultimate Marvel Universe to survive, the Ultimates had to de disassembled (pun intended i know). So the Ultimate emerge victorious and victory is won, but the Ultimate Marvel will suffer from their interference. The art is a little clustered and confusing at times but you have to read each page slowly to fully grasp the implications. This single issue pretty much rewrites the history of Ultimate Marvel and Ultimate Reed Richards.  Pretty much it explains WHY Reed Richards went the path he went after the Ultimatum Wave. This is major to say the least. Joshua Hale Fialkov have done a good job in laying the groundwork for Bendis’ Cataclysm.  

 

A good read if you read all Disassembled issues from 25-30.  Let’s wait and see what Cataclysm brings

 

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What Cataclysm Means to Me

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Honestly with a name like Cataclysm The Ultimates Last Stand it doesn’t leave much to the imagination . For many the Ultimate Marvel Universe is coming to an end. I don’t think it’s happening but I do believe that it will means several things.

1.The end of the Ultimates as we know it. I think the name says it all. It will be the Ultimates last battle. The current roster of Ultimate Captain America, Hawkeye, and the rest (it may include the Dark Ultimates) in a battle with Galactus.
2. Like Ultimatum was a hiatus to the mutants, this will be the same for the Ultimates.
3. A Ultimate Marvel NOW like relaunch. I see it as a strong possibility. A new team of Ultimates (like MC2 version).

AND bedside…..joining Ultimate Marvel with 616 (regular) universe is stupid just to save Miles Morales. I seriously doubt that MARVEL will kill Miles Morales. He’s an original Ultimate creation. So you are telling me that you will transport Miles into the regular marvel and screw his family, friends and network? SERIOUSLY? I doubt it, but this event will means changes to Ultimate Marvel. Time will tell.

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How Ultimate Marvel Is Stealing Marvel Universe’s Groove…Again

Think of Ultimate Marvel as DC Comics’ Earth Two where characters are taken into directions the regular universe cannot go. That is what Ultimate Marvel started with in 2000 with Ultimate Spider Man and Ultimate X-Men. 13 years later we have so much material and great stuff coming out of it (despite Jeph Loeb’s attempt to derail it from 2006-2009). And as much critics and stuff is being said about Ultimate Universe, nobody cannot deny it’s unique storytelling is influencing Marvel and beyond.

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Without a doubt, THIS event is where Ultimate Universe deviated from the 616 (regular) universe. It showed us where this universe will go to show that things ARE different here. With the X-Men practically decimated and changed the way events are held. Sure people hate Loeb for Ultimatum but in the long run he liberated writers and established a golden rule : once dead, they stay dead. I’m a firm believer that comic books deaths have in the long run ruined events since we know they will not die or will be revived soon thereafter. NOT in the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE.

There is also a point of characters growing up and evolving. Whether good or bad, characters growing is always welcomed as they indicate that this world is never static. The most dramatic example of a character evolving to parallels never before is Ultimate Reed Richards.

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Sure, he turned into a “villain”, but when you read his storyline, abandoned by the government after the Ultimatum Wave, abandoned by Sue Stormm and Ben Grimm, it’s hard not to feel sympathy for him. has he done horrible thing, yes. But he managed to prove that to save the world you need to be ready for anything. Not that I condone what he has done but I understand his mindset. Bullied by his father, other students and kids, and then Sue herself, I am not surprised he turned the way he did.

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But now he’s part of the “Dark Ultimates” and he’s saving the world ( Ultimate Comics Ultimates #26).

Plus, no character is safe in this universe:

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Death of Spider Man is one of those storylines that has left an incredible impact when it comes to the death of a superhero. Amazing Spider Man #700 suffered because Ultimate Spider Man #160 did such a superb job in describing Parker’s last moments among the living. PLus his successor Miles Morales is in many ways a better Spider Man than the “Superior” Spider Man of Dan Slott.

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Plus his suit is cooler looking than the “Superior” counterpart.

So how is Ultimate Marvel Universe stealing the groove of Regular Marvel Universe?

1.Character likeness: Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury for starters. Regular Marvel Universe Nick Fury is white and yet for the movies, the animation (Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider Man TV SHOW) and the general consensus that Fury is a cool looking black dude that knows what’s going on.

2.Costume Design: Captain America’s outfit in the films and in the animation is based on what was done with THE ULTIMATES than the general Marvel comics.

3. The writers: When Ultimate Marvel started, you had Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis making a bolder take on the properties Marvel had and making them relevant as well as modernizing their origins. For a time, that pool of talent that infused Ultimate Marvel better were moved to the regular Marvel Universe while Jeph Loeb started to LOebtomize Ultimate Marvel.

4. Limited comics: Right now, Ultimate Marvel is limited to 3 ongoing comics: Ultimate Comics Spider Man, Ultimate Comics Ultimates and Ultimate Comics X-Men. There is the advantage that with only 3 currently running books, you can coordinate better the stories and create a more cohesive universe. With Brian Woods on UXM, Bendis on UCSM, and Josh Fialkov on Ultimates, it s clear that this universe is going to be shaken and give us stories to talk about for years.

I’m still a little skeptical about “Hunger” the new crossover between regular marvel and ultimate marvel ( the first one is Spider Men). A lot can go wrong and ruin this universe. But I still have a little hope that this storyline will be cool.

What you guys think? Stay gold and bang….till next time

YES the quote is from toonami ……please don’t sue

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What I Leave Behind on Comics I Will Drop

I re-starting reading and collecting comics in 2011, with the emergence of DC Comics’ New 52 initiative and Ultimate Marvel Reborn by Marvel Comics. So I’m returning to a hobby I left behind in 2006 or so and I may be a little rusty on collecting. But one thing for sure is that my reading habits are at a constant evolution. Some comics I’ve decided to leave behind and others I have managed to hold on. And still others I have managed to get ahold of and keep reading. There are many factors on why I keep or leave behind and many who can read comics do the same. But so far this is my list of comics I read this year and I will include comics that I have left behind this year or planning to do so and I will explain my reasons. You may not agree to em, but we can agree to disagree.

What I CUrrently Read:

1.All New X-Men
2.Aquaman
3.Batman Beyond Unlimited ( Batman Beyond Universe)
4.Captain Marvel
5.Fanboys VS Zombies
6.Flash
7.Ghostbusters
8.Green Lantern
9.Green Lantern: New Guardians
10.Justice League
11.The Manhattan Projects
12.Planetoid
13.Superior Spider Man
14.Ultimate Comics Spider Man
15.Ultimate Comics Ultimates
16.Ultimate Comics X-Men
17.Uncanny X-Men
18. X-Men

It looks like a lot and trust me it is but it is time to admit that some of these Comics I will be droping soon for various reasons. Some I will drop entirely and others I will get em only online.

What I’ll Drop :

All New X-Men- This may shock some but not everything that Brian Michael Bendis writes is good, however it is good enough for me to get online. I expect this series to finish after X-Men Battle of the Atoms in September.

Captain Marvel: This one I will drop because of budget concerns that I may be overextending and the fact that I cannot afford to get the current crossover here.

Fanboys VS Zombies: Liked it when Sam Humphries was there at the helm but unfortunately I will drop it soon since he left.

Ghostbusters: This one I’m limiting to online, but not physical print.

Green Lantern: Geoff Johns run was nothing short of epic but I feel like it’s time to move on.

Green Lantern New Guardians: The fact that I grew to hate the blue bastards and seeing em here with Kyle Rayner means that I’m leaving this series. I liked it when there were all members of the lantern coprs interacting wit heach other.

“Superior” Spider Man: This “bash” Peter Parker’s legacy is tiring me and after issue 9 I knew that it’s time to let it go. CANNOT STAND that comic anymore.

Uncanny X-Men and X-men: Both are going to buy online only.

There are 2 comics that are upcoming and decided to hatch on and see where it goes from here on:

1.Superman Unchained: Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. Sure Snyder kinda screwed up Death of the Family in the end but I still have faith in him.

2. Batman Beyong Universe: This is one universe that refuses to die and since I watched Batman Beyond as a kid I am glad that it keeps living on even if it is on the comic medium.

stay gold and later

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