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Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 - Part One Review

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S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to clean up the Roxxon mess while Cloak and Dagger go home.

The Good

Taking place right after the events of ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #28, this mini-series deals with the characters in the ULT SM series and their transition into the current CATACLYSM storyline.

This is how ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN should have ended and led into CATACLYSM. The last issue of the series, featuring the same creative team, was a big let down and the natural conclusion truly happens here. What really works for this overall issue is that in the LAST STAND issue, we already see Miles and how the coming of Galactus affects him. This issue deals with not just Spider-Man but also Spider-Woman, Bombshell, Cloak, and Dagger. We get to see everyone in the current Spidey-books, not just Miles himself. It's a bigger story than the title claims.

The coolest moment is how the public reacts to seeing Spider-Man back in action. At first, they think he's a faker and doing everything in poor taste. After Miles shows off his webbing, there's this sigh of relief over the New York people. It's a very cool moment to see an NYPD officer give Miles a big old hug instead of drawing a gun on him.

Cloak and Dagger are probably the most interesting part of this issue. They're journey home, after spending time as lab rats for Roxxon, was quite the emotional one. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has really made these Ultimate characters incredibly compelling. They were ripped from their homes, experimented on and make their way back only to realize that Dagger's family had moved on.

The final page is what ties into the Cataclysm storyline. It's a beautiful two-page spread from artist David Marquez and colorists Justin Ponsor and Paul Mounts (Not sure if they both colorists worked on this page or if only one of them did, but I have a good feeling it was solely Paul Mounts). Cloak and Dagger look towards the city only to see a silhouette of Galactus. Marquez has been fantastic on this series. His art work feels so right for this book. He has a fantastic was at getting real emotion across on a completely silent page. In addition, Ponsor's colors, in the first half of the book, always compliment Marquez's art. There's little things that make it stand out like the highlights in Spider-Man's suit and how Ponsor works with different colored light in a scene, in general.

The Bad

The only real problem with this issue is that the vast majority of it feels completely disjointed with the main CATACLYSM story. It feels like this issue should have come out before ULTIMATES LAST STAND #1, since the events in the first issue take place after this issue, which mainly features Miles at street level helping people out.

This also isn't the best place for new readers. Sure, it's the start to a new mini-series, but it's so tired in to what happened with the last Ult Spidey volume that it will be hard for new readers to just jump in.

The Verdict

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 seems to be a very nice edition to the current Cataclysm story line. While the vast majority of the issue doesn't have much to do with what is actually going on in Cataclysm, it's a really fantastic wrap-up to the last volume of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN. Seeing as how the last issue was a bit of a let down, this issue makes up for the recent problems in the main series. The transition between the last volume and this new story line is fantastic. New readers may have a bit of trouble jumping right into this story, but overall, this was a fantastic read.

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Edited by Captain13

Good review. I can't wait to read this.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

Loved it, the scene with the ultimate made me laugh

Posted by cobra88king8

Loved the Ultimates and Jessica Drew scene. I get the feeling that Bendis wanted to start off on a high note as from here on in it's going to be a rather depressing event

Posted by PunyParker

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

Edited by danhimself

Bendis has said that the Cataclysm mini does count towards issue 200 so in that sense it's not really a mini at all

Posted by danhimself

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

check out my thread...it's got a couple links from Bendis's tumblr that strongly indicate that the UU won't be ending

Posted by frozenedge

@danhimself: It didn't seem like the UU was ending since Bombshell, Dagger, and Cloak all seemed to be hinting at enjoying the previous team-up with Miles and Jessica. I'm starting to think that once Catalclysm is over, those five may join back-up again to form the Ultimate version of the Young Avengers

Posted by danhimself

@frozenedge: I think that's a strong possibility....I don't think that the UU is going to end but I think that Cataclysm is going to change the landscape a ton kind of like what Ultimatum did

Edited by frozenedge

@danhimself: That's definitely going to happen. The UU was always better at actually going through with how drastically the world changes after some cataclysmic event

Edited by Captain13

This was an awesome issue. There were some great character moments.

  • I like how Miles displays his intelligence in this issue. He's smart, but it's different from Peter's smart. I think of Peter as mix between Iron Man and Captain America. He's funny, flawed, and scientifically brilliant, like Iron Man but he has a greater sense of responsibility and an aspiration toward a Captain America type of nobility. Miles is similar in the Captain America respects, but instead of having Iron Man as his other influence, he has Nick Fury. Miles is definitely more of a people person and history buff. I think that, his membership in SHIELD, and his powers will lead him to become a spy-type Spider-man.
  • I am starting to ship Miles and Bombshell because of their similar backgrounds. Kate is kind of boring in this book, and they could use some relationship drama.
  • I like the development Cloak and Dagger got. They could probably use this interpretation of them on a tv show.
  • I really like Bombshell now. I wonder if she'll join SHIELD now as well.
  • It was great seeing Hawkeye retain his Ultimates morality/real-world mentality.

My only nitpick is that Ultimate Captain America felt less 1610 and more 616, but whatever.

4.5/5.

Posted by Captain13

@punyparker said:

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

check out my thread...it's got a couple links from Bendis's tumblr that strongly indicate that the UU won't be ending

I think the Ultimate books will all relaunch and use Ultimate Spider-man as a model for the Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men. New number ones under Marvel Now. New heroes instead of recycled old ones. Capturing the original magic of these books with new characters and all that.

Posted by CommanderShiro

Man I really enjoyed this issue. Great character moments

Posted by Ando123

I really great comic.

Posted by jwalser3

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

No. They'll probably get Evil Reed to build a Ultimate Ultimate Nulifier.

Posted by danhimself

@jwalser3 said:

@punyparker said:

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

No. They'll probably get Evil Reed to build a Ultimate Ultimate Nulifier.

Reed wasn't really evil

Edited by jwalser3

No. They'll probably get Evil Reed to build a Ultimate Ultimate Nulifier.

Reed wasn't really evil

Fixed.

Posted by danhimself

@jwalser3 said:

@danhimself said:

No. They'll probably get Evil Reed to build a Ultimate Ultimate Nulifier.

Reed wasn't really evil

Fixed.

better lol

Edited by GrenadeFlow

This was an awesome issue. There were some great character moments.

  • I like how Miles displays his intelligence in this issue. He's smart, but it's different from Peter's smart. I think of Peter as mix between Iron Man and Captain America. He's funny, flawed, and scientifically brilliant, like Iron Man but he has a greater sense of responsibility and an aspiration toward a Captain America type of nobility. Miles is similar in the Captain America respects, but instead of having Iron Man as his other influence, he has Nick Fury. Miles is definitely more of a people person and history buff. I think that, his membership in SHIELD, and his powers will lead him to become a spy-type Spider-man.
  • I am starting to ship Miles and Bombshell because of their similar backgrounds. Kate is kind of boring in this book, and they could use some relationship drama.
  • I like the development Cloak and Dagger got. They could probably use this interpretation of them on a tv show.
  • I really like Bombshell now. I wonder if she'll join SHIELD now as well.
  • It was great seeing Hawkeye retain his Ultimates morality/real-world mentality.

My only nitpick is that Ultimate Captain America felt less 1610 and more 616, but whatever.

4.5/5.

Hmm I was shipping with Gwen but that would be interesting too

Posted by danhimself

@captain13 said:

This was an awesome issue. There were some great character moments.

  • I like how Miles displays his intelligence in this issue. He's smart, but it's different from Peter's smart. I think of Peter as mix between Iron Man and Captain America. He's funny, flawed, and scientifically brilliant, like Iron Man but he has a greater sense of responsibility and an aspiration toward a Captain America type of nobility. Miles is similar in the Captain America respects, but instead of having Iron Man as his other influence, he has Nick Fury. Miles is definitely more of a people person and history buff. I think that, his membership in SHIELD, and his powers will lead him to become a spy-type Spider-man.
  • I am starting to ship Miles and Bombshell because of their similar backgrounds. Kate is kind of boring in this book, and they could use some relationship drama.
  • I like the development Cloak and Dagger got. They could probably use this interpretation of them on a tv show.
  • I really like Bombshell now. I wonder if she'll join SHIELD now as well.
  • It was great seeing Hawkeye retain his Ultimates morality/real-world mentality.

My only nitpick is that Ultimate Captain America felt less 1610 and more 616, but whatever.

4.5/5.

Hmm I was shipping with Gwen but that would be interesting too

I think both are to old for him...they're both like 3 or 4 years older than him

Posted by GrenadeFlow

@grenadeflow said:

@captain13 said:

This was an awesome issue. There were some great character moments.

  • I like how Miles displays his intelligence in this issue. He's smart, but it's different from Peter's smart. I think of Peter as mix between Iron Man and Captain America. He's funny, flawed, and scientifically brilliant, like Iron Man but he has a greater sense of responsibility and an aspiration toward a Captain America type of nobility. Miles is similar in the Captain America respects, but instead of having Iron Man as his other influence, he has Nick Fury. Miles is definitely more of a people person and history buff. I think that, his membership in SHIELD, and his powers will lead him to become a spy-type Spider-man.
  • I am starting to ship Miles and Bombshell because of their similar backgrounds. Kate is kind of boring in this book, and they could use some relationship drama.
  • I like the development Cloak and Dagger got. They could probably use this interpretation of them on a tv show.
  • I really like Bombshell now. I wonder if she'll join SHIELD now as well.
  • It was great seeing Hawkeye retain his Ultimates morality/real-world mentality.

My only nitpick is that Ultimate Captain America felt less 1610 and more 616, but whatever.

4.5/5.

Hmm I was shipping with Gwen but that would be interesting too

I think both are to old for him...they're both like 3 or 4 years older than him

Bendis made Lana younger she's Mile's age so I think he probably did the same with Gwen

Posted by danhimself

@danhimself said:

@grenadeflow said:

@captain13 said:

This was an awesome issue. There were some great character moments.

  • I like how Miles displays his intelligence in this issue. He's smart, but it's different from Peter's smart. I think of Peter as mix between Iron Man and Captain America. He's funny, flawed, and scientifically brilliant, like Iron Man but he has a greater sense of responsibility and an aspiration toward a Captain America type of nobility. Miles is similar in the Captain America respects, but instead of having Iron Man as his other influence, he has Nick Fury. Miles is definitely more of a people person and history buff. I think that, his membership in SHIELD, and his powers will lead him to become a spy-type Spider-man.
  • I am starting to ship Miles and Bombshell because of their similar backgrounds. Kate is kind of boring in this book, and they could use some relationship drama.
  • I like the development Cloak and Dagger got. They could probably use this interpretation of them on a tv show.
  • I really like Bombshell now. I wonder if she'll join SHIELD now as well.
  • It was great seeing Hawkeye retain his Ultimates morality/real-world mentality.

My only nitpick is that Ultimate Captain America felt less 1610 and more 616, but whatever.

4.5/5.

Hmm I was shipping with Gwen but that would be interesting too

I think both are to old for him...they're both like 3 or 4 years older than him

Bendis made Lana younger she's Mile's age so I think he probably did the same with Gwen

Lori is the younger Bombshell...the wiki here has them reversed for some reason....the only way that she would be Miles's age would be through retconning since Lori was in Peter's class, Peter was 16 when he died, it's been one year since then...Lori should be late 16 or 17....Gwen should be the same

Posted by GrenadeFlow

@danhimself: He probably retconned it. I'm not complaining though I like it that they're the same age

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

Do you think this is the end for the Ultimate U?

check out my thread...it's got a couple links from Bendis's tumblr that strongly indicate that the UU won't be ending

Interesting.

Posted by Captain13

@danhimself: He probably retconned it. I'm not complaining though I like it that they're the same age

Me too. And a retcon, since she was now born 14-15 years ago, could be an indication of a relationship down the line. They both are trying to overcome criminal family histories and could be pretty bad*** SHIELD agents together in 10 years.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

@grenadeflow said:

@danhimself: He probably retconned it. I'm not complaining though I like it that they're the same age

Me too. And a retcon, since she was now born 14-15 years ago, could be an indication of a relationship down the line. They both are trying to overcome criminal family histories and could be pretty bad*** SHIELD agents together in 10 years.

Shield nah, superhero stuff only