Ultimatum #1
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Ultimatum #1

Event\Storyline: Ultimatum Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: David Finch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 5, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 11
6.3Critic Rating
4.4User Rating

Massive climatic disturbances are wreaking havoc with the planet and even the assemblage of the Ultimate U's mightiest is no match for this worldwide destruction! Featuring Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Ultimates, the Hulk and more!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Jan 1, 1970

    As always, I cant recommend this series enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 1, 1970

    An image of Oberon from a previous issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 7, 2008

    It's difficult to judge this comic, given that it's cut short just as the story gets rolling, but it promises to be an unpredictable series, and the final shot certainly prompts several questions. But the answers will have to wait for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Nov 5, 2008

    Of course, David Finchs pencils are fantastic. He can handle everything, from general, everyday interactions to something like the Thing keeping a whale out of the Baxter Building. Everything is top quality, thats the best way to put it. Some of the better panels within the comic book are the extreme close-up of Professor X, which embodies both a weariness and desperation simultaneously, and the large panels of the New York cityscape, which are done with an intense amount of detail. There are no shortcuts in the art, every window is drawn, every line and crevice given attention and I think this took an already artistic work to another level. My only complaint may seem strange, but the characters are just too good looking. They all have a stunning beauty to them which is strange and creates a very shallow aspect to the art. Someone like Peter Parker is supposed to be an every man, but he is almost a rock star in this. Besides this, Finch is a very talented artist. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Nov 6, 2008

    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 Im disappointed. Everything from the writing, art, and pacing is just okay. Its better than the stuff weve been seeing in Ultimate Fantastic Four, but pales in comparison to Ultimate Spider-Man. Because of this, I can only give Ultimatum #1 2.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ben Berger Nov 5, 2008

    Although a lot of fans don't like Jeph Loeb's writing, I tend to in general; feeling that he's more hit and miss than most. I didn't read Ultimates 3 but the consensus wasn't good. Still "the end" of the Ultimate U is an interesting idea in itself. What's frustrating about the book is that there's too much setup of the universe and not enough for the story. Most of the book shows the major players and recaps their relationships. That's fine, but one would have to assume that anyone reading Ultimatum would be up to date with these relationships. If I hadn't read Ultimate Origins, I'd be clueless to what was going on, and I'm still not so sure. Generally I like to give an arc at least two issues before I decide to pass on it, and it's a good thing here because it looks like the story won't start till issue 2 . I agree with Andrew though, this story's appeal is more on the event than the characters. But now, we have a broad-strokes idea of the world, so hopefully things can get spaced ou Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Nov 10, 2008

    While Loeb hasn't ironed out the flaws many found in his recent "Ultimates" run, there is at least a sense of moving in the right direction. Some weak characterization and dialogue notwithstanding, the issue has a comprehensible plot, and the events alone should be enough to make "Ultimate" fans stay interested. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 6, 2008

    Loeb also does a good job of introducing the cast of characters here. Ultimatum #1 is something of a crash course on the icons of Marvel Comics; it doesn't really matter that it's an intro to the "Ultimate" versions or not. Of course, at this point in pop-culture history, I think Marvel would be hard pressed to find a reader that really needed this primer on its biggest characters. Film and television have done the work for them, certainly when it comes to the scant detail provided here. Overall, this opening issue just barely gets the story moving. Sure, Big Things happen, but the real conflict and explanations lie ahead. It's really too early to judge this story as a result, though as I mention earlier, I wonder if some readers might make a judgment call about whether or not they got real value for their four U.S. greenbacks. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 5, 2008

    Bryan's Score: 6.6 Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Hodum Nov 11, 2008

    A rough start to this Universe altering event. If you're a fan of any Ultimate series, you're almost obligated to pick it up, but you might want to wait for the trade. Read Full Review

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