They meddled in Godâ€™s domain
I love how Marvel introduced the Watchers into the Ultimate Universe.Â Throughout the five issue run of Ultimate Origins, they have been the silent central characters who bare witness to all the key moments in this universeâ€™s history.Â And now that this prequel to Ultimatum is over, it suddenly clicks.Â Beware! Major Spoilers of Ultimate Origins #5 ahead!
It started in the first issue when it was revealed that everyone is connected.Â For four issues we have been lead to believe that every mutant is some how related to to some central source – be it a super soldier serum, a weapons X project, or some weird lab experiment gone awry.Â But as we reach the end of this series, it suddenly becomes apparent that those words were not meant for mutants alone.Â Itâ€™s been sitting in front of our faces the entire time – Homo Superior is not the result of a natural genetic mutation, but instead are created by humans – an experiment carried out on a mass scale.Â After the final revelation, it suddenly makes you realize that Erik has good reason to be a grumpy goose.
Ultimate Origins promised to reveal the origins of the Ultimate Universe, and to a large extent it does; we get to see how Nick Fury came to be, where most of the major players picked up their powers, and as just mentioned, itâ€™s all connected.Â I love the moment when the readers discovers how Charles Xavier ended up in a wheelchair, and the true love/hate relationship he and Magneto have with one another.Â The proclamation that Earthâ€™s devastation is coming, is one that sends a chill down your spine as you begin to wonder if the lone Magneto poster Marvel has been sending around could be quite literal in its meaning.Â Will Magneto go wacky-in-the-wikky-woo and blow it up?Â Will the imprint take a totally different direction featuring Ultimate Charlton Heston living in a world of damn dirty UltimApes?
To help in the transition into a new world order, the Watchers have chosen a herald.Â And the last page reveal of Rick Jones as that herald is a real shocker.Â Weâ€™ve never seen the side kick at all in any Ultimate titles, and suddenly he is thrust before us naked and glowing, as we wonder what is going to happen next.
The cliff-hanger ending may have a few upset that this mini-series wasnâ€™t wrapped up with a nice little bow, and thatâ€™s okay.Â Ultimatum is still a ways off, and in order to understand what is to come, this first chapter delivers a lot of important stuff that will no doubt be important later on.Â Or I could be totally off, only Bendis knows what Bendis will deliver.
The art by Butch Guice is good.Â I like how he is able to cram a slew of Ultimate characters into a page and a quarter spread.Â Whoever lands this original art is going to have a nice history of what Marvel has accomplished over the last eight years.
Is this truly the beginning of the end of the Ultimate Universe?Â It only takes a quick look at the January 2009 solicitations to see only one Ultimate title on the list – Spider-man, the first Ultimate title Marvel released.Â The good news is the Ultimate Universe is not going away, I just hope they donâ€™t pull a One More Day type swerve to reset everything for a new batch of readers to jump on board.
I like the Ultimate Universe.Â Itâ€™s about the only Marvel titles I read on a regular basis with Ultimate Spider-Man appearing on my monthly pull list for the last six years.Â I enjoyed Ultimate Origins, as it had plenty of â€œOh Snap!â€ moments that made for an enjoyable read.Â This issue is a great closing chapter, and I love the big reveal, however I wish there were about four more pages to give us a hint of things to come.Â This is a good issue, but not a perfect one.Â Iâ€™m giving Ultimate Origins #5 4 out of 5 Stars.