Everyone else has a crisis, why canâ€™t we?
Ah, the title spanning crisis method of story telling.Â Marvel perfected the idea of events happening in one series affecting the universe in another.Â While the Ultimate Universe has had a few cross overs here and there – most notably in the Ultimate Spider-Man titles, this particular corner of the Marvel U, hasnâ€™t had a major shakeup since its inception.Â Until now…
Thereâ€™s been a lot of hype built around this â€œthe universe will never be the same, again!â€ tale of shaking up the Ultimate U, and the first issue does deliver on the shake ups.Â Reed Richards is about to propose to Sue Storm, Peter Parker and friends are set to see The Dark Knight for the tenth time, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are hanging out, X-Men are doing X-Men things until all hell breaks loose in the Big Apple in a disaster of epic movie proportions.
Unfortunately, the ocean spilling into New York City, and everything in Latveria getting the fast freeze treatment would have been more shocking and impressive if we hadnâ€™t already seen it happen in The Day After Tomorrow.Â Itâ€™s almost like Jeff Loeb gave up on trying to find a great disaster idea, and ran with whatever was in his DVD player at the time.Â Those might seem like harsh words, but when the double page splash of the streets being flooded looks like a direct swipe from the movie, one has to wonder what Loeb was thinking when he scripted the story?
There are some interesting events that occur from the disaster; it looks like some of the bigger characters may have been killed off – for as long as death lasts in comics – but Iâ€™m concerned that everyone who appears to have died in this issue are all females (Sue, Janet, Alison).Â Whatâ€™s up with that?
I also like how Xavier is able to contact all the heavy hitters with that big brain of his, and tell them they must team up to fight Magneto.Â Weâ€™ve all seen the preview art, and even though we see Thor standing on the rooftops during the disaster, it is still interesting to see Thorâ€™s hammer at Magnetoâ€™s feet.
Considering Brian Michael Bendis basically built the Ultimate Universe, Iâ€™m surprised he isnâ€™t the one penning this series.Â For me, it almost feels like this isnâ€™t the Ultimate Universe I know and love, but rather an amalgam of 616 and Uu.
After all the hype and the buildup in the March on Ultimatum mini-series, I was hoping for something great to kick off this series, but ultimately Iâ€™m disappointed.Â Everything from the writing, art, and pacing is just okay.Â Itâ€™s better than the stuff weâ€™ve been seeing in Ultimate Fantastic Four, but pales in comparison to Ultimate Spider-Man.Â Â Because of this, I can only give Ultimatum #1 2.5 out of 5 Stars.