Cataclysm Ultimates #3 Review

The epic conclusion to the epic Cataclysm tie-in!

The Good

This issue, and the tie in as a whole, is able to add to the main event while not repeating too many details of it. It is always a shame when a tie-in comic pads the length of the book with page after page of exposition detailing events of the main event book. This book doesn't do that, yet it still manages to keep us up to speed. The fight between Hercules and Tarleton, AKA Ultimate M.O.D.A.K., is both awesome and a much needed boost of hope for the future of the Ultimate Universe. The sacrifice and rebirth of one of our heroes was a grand moment not to be missed.

The Not So Good

Agent Coulson. While I love this character in the Marvel cinematic universe, he seems shoehorned in here as if part of some corporate mandate. I'm not a fan of the cover art by Mukesh Signh. Fury looks like a sad old man, Thor has an odd facial expression, and the background just seems bland. Not a great way to attract readers to this epic finale.

The Bottom Line

Fans of the Marvel Ultimate Universe, this is the beginning of what just might be the end of the Ultimate line of comics. While I was never a huge fan of the Ultimate Universe, I did appreciate its unique take on classic Marvel characters, I will admit a huge group of Marvel fans will be let down if it goes away. This issue gives fans a small bit of hope that it won't end, but I doubt that after several overhauls this line of comics will be given yet another chance to continue. Unless you just don't like the Ultimates or the Ultimate Universe I suggest picking this one up for its Marvel comics historical significance if nothing else.

3.5 / 5
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Cataclysm Ultimates #3
Released January 15, 2014
Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Artist Mukesh Singh

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