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Ultimatum TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

David Finch , Jeph Loeb
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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27 Jan 2010 Graphic Novel Pb
The end is here! Or, is it a new beginning? Massive, climatic disturbances are wreaking havoc with the planet - underwater volcanic eruptions, tidal waves crashing over whole cities, and snowstorms burying entire countries - 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, find out whose lives are at stake in this defining moment of truth for the Ultimate Universe. Brought to you by award-winning scribe Jeph Loeb and superstar artist David Finch, this is the must-have book that will set the stage in the Ultimate U for years to come! Collects Ultimatum #1-5.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (27 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785129456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785129455
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemous! Let us never speak of this AGAIN! 7 Dec 2010
The Ultimate universe was SUCH a blessing upon comic readers. With Joe Quesada, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar heading the scheme, Marvel succeeded in reinventing their classic universe with such a refreshing take for a new generation of fans. Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers (or rather Ultimates) were all rewritten and redrawn with such radical, yet fascinating panache.

Ever since the beginning, Ultimate Marvel can (in general) be regarded as a true success. So when news of the first-ever Ultimate crossover beckoned, it was something to look forward to.

How on Earth it ended up being such a disaster (in EVERY sense)...I haven't a clue.

The premise of Ultimatum goes like this. Magneto has lost his daughter, The Scarlet Witch. Enraged like never before, the Master of Magnetism goes berserk and is more determined than ever to destroy humanity. All of Earth's heroes are targeted, and many casualties will rise as Magneto and his Brotherhood wreak their vengeance and terrible slaughter.

With such Ultimate stakes (pun intended), deaths, families shattered forever and the fact that this is the first-ever Ultimate Marvel Universe crossover...you'd imagine this story would round up the entire saga with the big bang it deserves. Unfortunately, Ultimatum just degenerates into a gross, over-violent, uncharacteristic, unnatural mess that is both downright insulting and completely unnecessary.

And it's all Jeph Loeb's fault. And it really pains me to say that, given how the man has written such classic Batman tales like The Long Halloween, Dark Victory and Hush, as well as Spider-Man: Blue. You would've thought he'd be the ideal man for writing Ultimatum, given his talent and reputation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lo how the mighty hath fallen 9 April 2010
Jeph Loeb used to be able to write good stories. Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Hush. These are names that inspire feelings of excitement in many comic book fans, but Loebs run on the Ultimate universe seems to be met only with disgust. And with good reason.

The idea of Magneto creating a wave to wipe out humanity is a decent start, it's a good worldwide catastrophe that throws the world into peril, and many heroes are lost. But here's where things get iffy. While heroes should be sacrificed for the sake of such an event, there was no need for such graphic gore and many unecessary deaths just ofr hte sake of it. One character is crushed to death and we get to see his head explode over 3 panels. That's not shock violence; That's self-indulgent grotesquery. Another character has their dead body cannibalised and we see their entrails ripped from their stomach. The Ultimate universe has always been dark and violent, but even with the violence of "The Ultimates" 1 and 2, Bryan Hitch and Mark Millar had the sense to use discretion shots, which kept in the shock of the violence, without being needlessly vulgar.

Besides the quibbles with the gore, which many may call me squeamish for, which I assure you I am nothing of the sort, there is also the ridiculous conclusion where the climax is done in the space of five seconds, and feels totally out of character and completely forced, wasting years of build up.

The art itself is competent but the writing is lame. Spidey and the Fantastic Four have more or less no involvement in the main event of U-day and it's all X-men and Ultimates. The side quests that the four and our friendly neighbourhood webslinger are led on seem only to try and add in more deaths.

Overall a thoroughly bad piece of comic book writing, whose only solus is that it paves the way for "Ultimate Armour Wars" and Mark Millar's "Ultimate Avengers" which are fantastic reads.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible 2 Feb 2010
With so many years of backstory behind the 'original' Marvel universe, the Ultimate line was fantastic for new readers like me. It started again from the beginning and brought the characters and stories up to date. I'd enjoyed it for many years, which is why it's so disappointing that this is the way they chose to end it.

It is, quite frankly, terrible. Characters are killed off left and right, seemingly for no other reason than shock value, and some in unnecessarily gruesome ways. The few characters that do survive disappear and reappear with no explanation (this may be covered in the spin off issues, but after the disappointment of "Ultimatum" I will not be buying those). The story isn't particularly coherent, again, perhaps to make way for content for the spin-off issues. There is no closure whatsoever, and you are left hanging with yet another mystery and a twist that makes no sense.

Loeb's Batman stories "The Long Halloween" and "Haunted Knight" were excellent. I don't know what went wrong here and I can't understand how it was ever allowed to go to print.

I've heard that they're rebranding the Ultimate Line as "Ultimate Comics" and continuing the stories, but "Ultimatum" has put me off for good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why...just...why? 28 Feb 2014
By Drewson
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After hearing how this comic had ruined the ultimate universe as the worst story arc ever, i had to read it myself to find out why and now i have and i just have to say: WTF?!!! This really is the worst of the worst and the ultimate universe is never gonna be the same. Jeph Loeb, the guy who wrote this just killed off most of the favourable ultimate characters in a meaningless and lazy way, it was so out of character. He was like a mean kid with a magnifying glass picking which ants to fry for fun. This story left so many questions left unanswered and left holes that will not be filled. It is despicable 100%
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe all the negativity
I don't usually bother writing reviews but the sheer negativity on here compelled me to speak up and help give a more balanced score. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cinaclov
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather gory end to this chapter of the Ultimate Universe
The Ultimate universe is a secondary universe created by Marvel to update their characters in the twenty-first century and keep them fresh and appealing for new readers. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J Brackell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, given the potential
I've been a fan of the Ultimate universe since its inception. It was a smart update of the superhero genre, jettisoning a lot of the baggage that haunts the standard universe and... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by R. M. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why this is getting such a bashing it's great if your not...
I read the other reviews for this before I bought it and the negative comments actually made me buy it ! Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Surfing Silver
4.0 out of 5 stars Fearful and Wagnerian. I found this a compelling read
This is the Ultimate Marvel Universe's version of Third World War. The first strike capability of Magneto is terrifying, relentless and more importantly sudden. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Ghostgrey51
3.0 out of 5 stars better than ultimate's 3 but still not great
Ultimatium is a very strange comic as it effictivly splits the ultimate universe into two halfs pre ultimatium and post ultimatium. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by William MccAndless
4.0 out of 5 stars Heads are bitten off!
True men read comics, it is an undisputed fact, because these men are comfortable with their masculinity. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Simon Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ultimates 3 but not great
After reading Ultimates 3 literally anything would have been an improvement and this definately is.

That said, it falls way short of the standard set by Millar's... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by J Witts
2.0 out of 5 stars Read it, but don't expect much
Ultimatum relies purely on shock value to tell the story. Though I reacted at times the overall story was filled with poor writing and a very thin story. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Iain
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst I've ever read!
Laughable plotlines and dialogue make this offering by Jeph Loeb (some of whose work is on a par with the best comics ever) woeful. This is something to avoid like the plague. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Mr. A. J. Mann
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