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Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley create the final issue ever set within the Ultimate Marvel Universe.  For those of your looking for a big, exciting story to end the universe with, unfortunately, you won’t find it here.  I really had high hopes for this mini-series.  I understand that the creators probably had some really strict guidelines that they were forced to work within, but I think think the Ultimate Universe deserved a better sendoff than what it got here.  This final issue in the series does shed a little more light on how and why these specific characters are here, but ultimately, everything just feels empty.  It almost seems like the only reason this series even existed was to provide a transition for Miles Morales into the regular Marvel Universe, which I guess I can accept… no… sorry, I can’t.  There would have been better and easier ways to accomplish it.  Perhaps even a mini-series dedicated strictly to Miles, rather than what we got that claimed to be the “Ultimate End.”  What was once a great comic universe on par with any of the others sure ended with a whimper.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #5:
2 out of 5

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I seem to be perpetually behind these days.  I’m trying to fix it, I promise.

Ultimate End #4 brings this series back full circle, and we finally see a little bit more coherence with the plot threads, but sadly it’s still not enough to make it very interesting.  The whole series up to and including this issue seems to just be meandering toward an end, and it’s ultimately been pretty boring.  However, in this issue a character who has seemingly been hiding resurfaces, and hopefully that will mean a big ending for the series in issue #5.  We can only hope, anyway.  Bagley’s artwork is still good for the most part, but it’s really not enough to save this mini-series from being anything more than mediocre.  Unless something drastic happens in the final issue, this will end up being a very disappointing send off for the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #4:
3/5 – Meh…

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The final story of the Ultimate Marvel Universe continues with the third issue, but just because it’s the last one, does that also mean it’s a good one?  Let’s find out.

Ultimate End #3 gives us the lead up to what happened in issue #2 that led to a fight between the Ultimate Hulk and the Earth 616 Hulk while also showing some of the aftermath of the destruction their fight caused.  The inmates released after the Hulk fight wrecked a prison are starting to run rampant across New York City, and there’s one vigilante in particular who has taken it upon himself to stop them all.  Permanently.

Bendis is seemingly trying to tell two stories at once here.  One going backwards that tries to explain the end of the previous issue, and another going forward that shows the aftermath and gives a preview for what’s happening next.  Unfortunately, the end result is kind of confusing, and worse than that, just not really that interesting.  I also feel like the reason for the beginning of the Hulk fight is pretty weak, and the meeting of two other alternate reality characters that could have been immensely interesting is pretty much over before it even begins.

Bagley’s artwork in this issue is good.  I found no major flaws in it, but he does seem to be much more comfortable drawing books that focus on one single character vs. a book with large groups of characters.  His style has a distinct look to it that can sometimes make it difficult to distinguish who is who in a larger group.  Aside from that, I’m satisfied with the art in the series so far.

Unfortunately, for this being the last story in the Ultimate Universe, I’m a little disappointed so far.  It just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  I’m trying to hope for better as this series begins to near its conclusion, but it’s becoming more difficult to do so with each new issue that comes out.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #3:
3/5 – Meh…

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The story of the (supposed) end of the Ultimate Marvel Universe is back for round two, but is it good enough for you to pick up?  Let’s see.

Ultimate End #2 picks up immediately following the ending of the first issue.  The Thor Corps of Battleworld has arrived to warn the heroes against any attempt to try and fix the incursion anomaly.  God king Doom knows that they want to separate the universes again, and he will have no part of it.  The Thors even make a dramatic display of power to illustrate just how serious they are.  Needless to say, the heroes pay little mind to the warning and the two versions of Tony Stark continue to investigate the reality melding anomaly.  Meanwhile, two separate versions of the Hulk have gotten into a fist fight for some unknown reason and are smashing parts of the city in the process.

Bendis’ writing here is on about the same level as it was in issue #1.  Good enough to move the plot along, but nothing really spectacular or earth-shattering.  The banter between the two Starks is still pretty funny, and there’s a touching scene between Earth-616 Peter Parker and Earth-1610 Aunt May and Gwen Stacy (Four year old spoiler alert, Ultimate Peter Parker died), but ultimately the plot doesn’t really seem to be going anywhere.  We get the same basic premise that we did in issue #1 more or less repeated.  These characters from two different universes co-exist now, there’s tension, some get along, some don’t, they’re trying to figure out how to reverse the incursion.  This issue doesn’t really establish anything new that wasn’t already laid out in the last issue.  The only difference now is that we appear to be heading toward a pretty big action sequence.

Bagley’s art is just as good as it’s always been.  It’s hard for me not to like what he does because I’m so familiar with his work in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.  With more than 100 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man to his name, his style essentially defined the look of the Ultimate line.  However, something does seem a little off with his drawings of Earth-616 Peter Parker.  For whatever reason, it just didn’t look right having him on the same page as the Earth-1610 versions of May and Gwen, but I guess that’s to be expected considering the characters are from two different worlds and are supposed to look that way.  I feel like the fight between the Hulks was also a well illustrated action set-piece from this veteran artist.

Overall, the dialogue is pretty well-written, and the artwork is solid, but the story just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  Hopefully that’s something that will change over the remaining three issues in this mini-series, because I really would like to see a great bookend story for the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #2:
3/5 – Meh…

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