Luke and Devin get close to the end of the Ultimate Universe again and everything goes alright. Actually it is great! Solid stories and comics, nothing even coming close to the bottom half of the list. Oh, and Luke lost his job and is dealing with that anxiety by playing with dice which got picked up.
- Hunger #1–4
- Cataclysm #.01
- Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1-5
- Cataclysm: X-men #1-3
- Cataclysm: The Ultimates #1-3
- Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1-3
- Survive #1
Check out the notes and image gallery after the jump (once Devin sends them)!
Writer – Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art – Leonard Kirk, Colors – Jesus Aburtov, Letters – VC’s Cory Petit
Rick Jones, Nova, returns to Earth for a burger when the Watcher possesses an employee warning him he needs to keep watching and he gets teleported out to space where the Kree and Chitauri are fighting. The Kree sense that the Gah Lak Tus swarm is coming and try to make peace only for the Chitauri to turn them down as the swarm appears. Unfortunately due to the Age of Ultron, all realities break apart for a second as 616 Galactus appears and the Gah Lak Tus swarm merges with him, and he releases the swarm as his new heralds.
Nova evacuates the Chitauri and Kree he can down to a planet only for Galactus to come and release the swarm. Nova tries to fight against it but they overwhelm him until Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer, saves him and shares what he knows, only for Galactus to take notice of them, and he grabs the Silver Surfer.
Meanwhile the Kree commander, Ro-Nan, leaves, preparing to destroy Galactus with a supernova, and Surfer after sensing Galactus’ pain escape returning to Earth, as Galactus is consumed by the sun, only to survive, while a swarm of Galactus drones followed the pair through the teleporter and start converting humans.
Meanwhile in space, Mahr-Vehl, Captain Marvel, who has been staying on Earth as Captain Marvel is called to deal with the Galactus situation.
Back in the beach, Nova and the Surfer work to fight the drone which is increasing in size until Marvel shows up to destroy it. Believing Marvel can handle it, Nova returns home and sees the memorial to Peter Parker. Mary Jane shows up, recognizing him and asks if he did great things.
Ro-Nan meanwhile returns to Hala with enough time to say goodbye to his family before Galactus appears. Marvel and the Surfer appear to face Galactus who tries to kill them, only for Nova to stop him so Galactus sends the swarm to feed on him, but Marvel gets in the way, nearly killing him. Marvel says goodbye to his home and Nova dons the helmet, taking the title Captain Marvel. Surfer and Marvel work to allow the Hala escape shuttle to leave with Surfer running interference while Nova opens a portal and he succeeds only to be caught by Galactus. Marvel is given the chance to engage the Kree Galactus killer but he refuses when innocents might be hurt and he waits until the end to activate it, sacrificing himself and allowing the Kree to escape.
But Marvel survived and found out he instead moved Galactus through space, closer to Earth, while he is trapped somewhere else.
Writer – Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art – Mico Suayan, Mirco Pierfederici, Leonard Kirk, Color – Nolan Woodard, Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles
Vision has been having nightmares and senses that Galactus was on earth for a moment, disrupting her time with Falcon. They head to the Bahamas where they find Iron Man investigating for the Ultimates with help from Dr. Storm. Vision finds out that Galactus is from another world and he is now sent to come to earth and she says goodbye and leaves, to go find Galactus.
She launches a salvo attack to try and kill Galactus who simply hungers and she ends up making him stronger instead and she is destroyed. She sends a goodbye to Sam with her last moments and tells him he can be destroyed – with Reed Richards.
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1-5
Writer – Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils – Mark Bagley, Inks – Andrew Hennessy, Colors – Jason Keith, Letters – VC’s Cory Petit
Miles and Ganke are hanging out when Galactus appears and starts absorbing energy, destroying all of New Jersey.
Miles works to protect people while the Ultimates go in to fight Galactus and quickly find they are unable to do anything to him.
Miles makes his way over and realizes he doesn’t know what to do so he joins up with the Ultimates in a similar situation and the Ultimates move to trying to help people. Tony meanwhile recognized that the energy of Galactus matches the 616 universe and since they can’t nuke it they need to reach out to the other universe and to do that, they need help. First they reach out to Mysterio and when they show him Galactus he tells them to talk to Reed Richards since he stopped Galactus on the 616.
The Ultimates gathered around the portal where teen Dr. Amadeus Cho has been working on the portal. They work to decide who they need to send in and Miles volunteers followed by Ultimate Reed. After getting punched, he suggested that since 616 and Ultimate Peter shared DNA, he would share DNA with his alternate universe self as a backup.
Tony talks to Miles and gives him a repulsor in case Reed turns on him before letting Reed and Miles enter the portal. They go into the building with Reed overriding security and find the Galactus information and Reed makes two copies of the Galactus files. That’s when Valeria shows up, recognizing things are wrong and Reed lets miles leave before returning through the portal followed shortly after by Reed who apologizes to Susan for every mistake he made, preventing their world from being like that one.
In New York, Kitty, Jean, and Jimmy have arrived with some of the other X-men which is when President America asks for their help and specifically the help of Kitty. They plan to give her Giant-Man serum so she can phase through Galactus destroying his machinery if Jean can’t talk with Galactus. Jean reaching out gets the notice of Galactus who attacks their base, sending the flying Triskelion crashing down.
Miles, Kitty and Reed emerge from the wreckage as Kitty starts to grow and phases through the machine before punching out Galactus. Reed then activates the second part of the plan before Galactus turns around on her, and is able to disrupt her intangibility. Reed meanwhile opens a portal to the Negative Zone to suck in Galactus but Kitty is also in danger and Reed is willing to sacrifice her. Luckily Thor pushes Galactus in and Miles saves Kitty, but unfortunately Thor is close and Reed forces Iron Man to make the choice to lock him inside the Negative Zone.
Cataclysm: X-men #1-3
Writer – Josh Fialkov, Pencils – Alvaro Martinez, Inks – John Lucas, Raul Fernandez, Colors – Jordie Bellaire, Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino
Rogue and some of the other X-men are looking for survivors in Tian like Pixie when Galactus appears, disrupting their powers. Jimmy starts smelling fear and finds a group of mutants – Silence, who can calm people, Strong Guy who is strong, Amp who can amplify powers, Beak who looks like a feathered dinosaur and Pixie. Pixie freaks out, Amp accidentally amplifies her power and the X-men and other mutants teleport into the Negative Zone where the Galactus swarm was banished. Jimmy gets attacked and his body has to fight the infection, before Silence gets murdered and the other X-men – have to fight. Luckily Captain Marvel, Rick Jones who Iceman recognizes, is there to help.
So the team of Iceman, Captain Marvel, Jimmy, Rogue, Blackheath (the plant guy), Storm, Mach 2 (with magnet powers), Strong Guy, Pixie, Beak and Amp realize they’ll need to fight back. Mach 2 uses her magnet powers to remove an infection from Strong Guy before they decide to move underground for protection so Pixie can get her strength to get them back to him.
Unfortunately they become immune to the powers of Captain Marvel and Jimmy is infected again so they prepare to leave him again but Rogue decides instead to take powers from everyone to fight Jimmy until Amp can get close to charging his healing factor. Pixie then prepares to take them all home before she gets stabbed through the chest.
Rogue takes more powers, refusing to let other people die but she goes into a battle fury so Rick goes to talk to Rogue asking for her to take control of herself and then they make out. As Pixie is dying she gives Rogue the last of her life so she can help them escape but they have to leave Captain Marvel behind to hold off the swarm and they head off to New York City.
Cataclysm: The Ultimates #1-3
Writer – Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art – Carmine Di Giandomenico, Inks – Lorenzo Ruggiero, Colors – Wil Quintana, Jim Charalampidis, Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles
Nick Fury’s team including Danny Ketch and Stature are in Belarus where a communicable cult of Gah Lak Tus worshippers have been growing out. Falcon has been examining it and has found that it is caused by nanites of Galactus but he’s also upset over the loss of Vision.
The leader of the organization turns out to be the leader of AIM, George Tarleton, who uses his robot parts to shut off all of the technology, stripping and converting it while transforming the worshippers as well into monsters.
Fury is hesitant to kill innocent people and decides to try one last solution – sending in the Hulk – but Tarleton expects it, and meanwhile is sending his own people to the ruins of The City of Tomorrow. When Hulk lands he is immediately converted into a Galactus monster.
The remaining team consists of Nick Fury, Emil Blonsky, Hercules, Danny Ketch, Stature, Dum Dum Dugan, The Punisher and Abigail Brand who is already being converted. Hercules moves to hold off the Hulk. Meanwhile Falcon comes to see Tarleton who explains they will be his herald and have converted the mechanical mass into a massive robotic creature. More members of the team get converted including Blonksy and Stature so Fury is forced to teleport them out but unfortunately they find the converted Punisher and notice the massive city while Hercules is left to fight for his life.
Fury decides to just start murdering people, starting with the Punisher, and gathers up Hercules, Dugan and Ketch to move into the city.
Falcon meanwhile has been prepping the controls for the massive city monster and they destroy the main controls before Danny moves in to sacrifice himself to interface and control the system, allowing Hercules to decapitate Tarleton. Danny meanwhile is dying as he connects to the computer and starts to deactivate the virus in everyone. Tarleton tries to escape so Danny explodes the city once everyone else is free, killing himself in the process. Only to wake up under the guidance of Agent Coulson as the Machine Man, made of the former nanites of the Gah Lak Tus swarm.
Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1-3
Writer – Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils – David Marquez, Colors – Justin Ponsor, Paul Mounts, Letters – VC’s Cory Petit
Jessica Drew is in trouble for what she did to Roxxon and Jessica wants to investigate it which Monica Chang has issues with.
Meanwhile Lana Baumgartner is in trouble with her parole officer for using her powers even though she was doing it to do good.
Miles is out stopping crime as Spider-Man again and the police are happy to see him, and Cloak and Dagger realize they can never go home, just before Galactus arrives.
We then get a flash back to 2 years ago when the Ultimatum Wave hit and Tandy wanted to help other people and now she still feels the same. They teleport in front of Galactus and try to attack but nothing happens.
Miles and Jessica are trying to help people, and Miles flashes back to his Ultimatum event when his dad got really angry towards mutants.
Lana meanwhile is wearing headphones and a friend of hers who tried to warn her is crushed by a car so she decides to try and help, sees Spider-Man and suits up. She’s told to try and help and sees some people looting and stops them, while Spider-Man returns a kid home and the kid’s father tells Spider-Man nothing is more important to a father than his son.
Cloak and Dagger realize that they can’t fight Galactus and realize they can evacuate people.
Miles meanwhile sees his dad looking for him and reveals that he is Spider-Man. Jefferson gets angry and Miles tries to calm him down but a plane crashes into the street, so once he secures his dad, he goes to help, putting his mask back on and inside he finds J Jonah Jameson who wants to help him. As the plane turns into a fire, Cloak and Dagger start to evacuate people. Jameson seeing Miles continuing to help people promises to change his life.
When Miles gets home his house is empty and he gets called in to help fight Galactus by President America.
Writer – Brian Michael Bendis, Art – Joe Quinones, Colors – Rainer Beredo with Joe Quinones, Letters – VC’s Cory Petit
President America died in the crash of the Triskelion and so he gets a eulogy.
Monica Change previously met with Franklin Nelson while trying to fix things because she is essentially being sacrificed as the sacrificial lamb for everything that went wrong and SHIELD is set to be dismantled.
Reed meanwhile is haunted by the world he could have had and what he did and he finds Susan at the old headquarters. Susan doesn’t want to deal with Reed knowing he’d want to get back together and he wants to prepare for the future in a world without SHIELD.
The White House had sent people to Kitty’s home to talk to the president because thanks to her, the new president can legalize mutants ending the fear of them.
Miles and Jessica meanwhile have formed a new team and they announce it at the funeral – Jessica, Kitty, Spider-Man, Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger are forming The New Ultimates.
Cataclysm #.01 – Vision
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1-5
Cataclysm: X-men #1-3
Cataclysm: The Ultimates #1-3
Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1-3