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SDCC 2013 – Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm by Joe Blakeslee

Back in 2004, Marvel released a miniseries for its Ultimate Comics line called Ultimate Nightmare. The first part of a three part series that was meant to introduce the world devouring Galactus to the Ultimates universe. The final result was uh…well, it was a little underwhelming.

No longer the giant imposing figure with a really sweet hat, Galactus (now Gah Lak Tus) was now a massive swarm of ships that used a flesh eating virus to eliminate a planets lifeforms before breaking it down. Ultimately, it just didn’t have the same punch that the classic purple planet eater had.

So you can imagine my confusion when at the end of Marvel’s latest major story event Age of Ultron, they showed an image of Miles Morales looking up at the imposing silhouette of the classic Galactus. Was this a new version of Gah Lak Tus? Is it more cross dimensional tomfoolery like 2012’s Spider-Men miniseries? Did somebody just color Spider-Man’s suit wrong?

I wasn’t sure, but I couldn’t wait to find out!

It wasn’t a very long wait.

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel editor Mark Paniccia and artist Mark Bagley unveild Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand, the next major storyline for the Ultimate Universe written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Bagley.

The Ultimate Universe is no stranger to earth shattering events. 2008’s Ultimatum saw the death’s of many major characters throughout all of the Ultimate titles. And based of Paniccia’s comments, Cataclysm plans on following suit.

“I can’t help but say some things will change forever—and they will—that there’s going to be tragedy and destruction and death, but big events beat those drums all the time and I also want to stress that this is going to be a very heroic story. There will be some inspiring moments, some sad moments and some moments where you won’t be able to help yourself but smile and be reminded of why comics are such a great experience. This is Bendis in top form.”

Galactus’ ultimate goal for the Ultimate Universe is still unclear. But if he has dinner on his mind, the question is “Which heroes will be the appetizers?”





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