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Who is the face of true evil in the Ultimate Universe? What is the biggest secret the world doesn't know? Join the gathered heroes as they embark on an adventure unlike anything seen in Marvel Comics...and that's a promise!! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Enemy 1-4, Ultimate Comics Mystery 1-4, Ultimate Comics Doom 1-4


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Who is the face of true evil in the Ultimate Universe? What is the biggest secret the world doesn't know? Join the gathered heroes as they embark on an adventure unlike anything seen in Marvel Comics...and that's a promise!! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Enemy 1-4, Ultimate Comics Mystery 1-4, Ultimate Comics Doom 1-4

30 review for Ultimate Comics Doomsday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Interesting. I thought I read this back in August 2012. But I just read it the last two weeks or so, and nothing was familiar about it. So, a brand new review for the second time, 12 issues of adventure in the Marvel Ultimate Universe, bound together in one glorious hardback for your reading enjoyment: (Ultimate) Spider-woman Jessica Drew is investigating Roxxon Corporation, the evil company responsible for her creation, when half the building is engulfed in a mutant tentacle-blob. Nick Fury (disg Interesting. I thought I read this back in August 2012. But I just read it the last two weeks or so, and nothing was familiar about it. So, a brand new review for the second time, 12 issues of adventure in the Marvel Ultimate Universe, bound together in one glorious hardback for your reading enjoyment: (Ultimate) Spider-woman Jessica Drew is investigating Roxxon Corporation, the evil company responsible for her creation, when half the building is engulfed in a mutant tentacle-blob. Nick Fury (disguised, presumed dead, and deep undercover) is attacked by an armored alien. Spiderman is attacked, and Reed Richards, his home, and his family are all destroyed by an unknown assailant. Thus begins twisty, multidimensional search across the Ultimate Marvel universe(s) for the source of the attacks on the world's most brilliant minds, and a way to end the threat. A good tale, but you need to be familiar with the Marvel Ultimate universe in order to get the most enjoyment out of it. Cute little "cameo" by the original Nick Fury.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    First of all: I am *way* behind on most all my comic book reading, what with the working all the time and having a girlfriend and moving (again!) into a new place with aforementioned girlfriend. For instance (and here we come to the back matter for this particular book), I haven't really read any of Ultimatum, from Marvel's Ultimate line, although I'm familiar with the broad outlines of it. Also, I *have* read enough of Marvel's Ultimate line to be largely familiar with most of the backstories o First of all: I am *way* behind on most all my comic book reading, what with the working all the time and having a girlfriend and moving (again!) into a new place with aforementioned girlfriend. For instance (and here we come to the back matter for this particular book), I haven't really read any of Ultimatum, from Marvel's Ultimate line, although I'm familiar with the broad outlines of it. Also, I *have* read enough of Marvel's Ultimate line to be largely familiar with most of the backstories of the Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Fantastic Four--which is mainly what you'll need to know if you're going to read this book. (The Ultimates show up for maybe two pages--and there's really no Ultimate X-Men at all except for Iceman.) Also, I'm very partial to Brian Michael Bendis's work, even if much of it lends itself to pages and pages of various characters saying, "Oh my God!" often and with great volume. So: this book collects three Ultimate miniseries into one volume, and while it has some parallels with the last "trilogy" of its kind (Warren Ellis's Ultimate Galactus, which is most remarkable for its enormously crappy ending), Bendis is more interested in a complete game changer, which is what this is. And Bendis does here what's he's best at: taking years and years of storylines and making them all pay off in one huge, fell swoop. I was entertained, which is all I really ask from any of these things. The reason I'm only giving it four stars, though, is really the artwork. I'm not saying the art is totally bad, but it does seem a bit rushed and inconsistent most of the time, often to the point of distraction, at least for this reader. So by all means, give this a go if you're looking for a nice hour-or-so of widescreen superhero distraction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    I read this during the Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand event. This book was the last big event comic in the Marvel Ultimate Universe before the status quo changing crisis event Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man. It is a very good comic for what it established and at least one precedent from this comic survived Secret Wars. This storyline spanned across three different mini-series and it detailed the end of the Ultimate Fantastic Four and the rise of the Ultimate Universes vers I read this during the Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand event. This book was the last big event comic in the Marvel Ultimate Universe before the status quo changing crisis event Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man. It is a very good comic for what it established and at least one precedent from this comic survived Secret Wars. This storyline spanned across three different mini-series and it detailed the end of the Ultimate Fantastic Four and the rise of the Ultimate Universes version of Roxxon. The one thing that has survived into the current Marvel Comics Universe is that Ultimate Reed Richards turns out to be evil and started going by the name The Maker. The Maker survived the Secret Wars event and is the antagonist in New Avengers: A.I.M. Vol. 1: Everything Is New (New Avengers. So I can recommend this to the curious for being one of the better reads from the now-defunct Marvel Ultimate Universe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Good. Really good. My plot note spoilers: (view spoiler)[Invaders from another dimension wreck havoc on Roxxon, Reed Richards' home, Baxter Building, Nick Fury, Spider-Woman's home and Spider-Man's home. Ben Grimm professes love to Sue Storm. Ben gets blasted by an alien attacker, and eventually loses his rock shell (but not his powers). Captain Marvel (Kree) sent by Fury to defend Project Pegasus (where US stores all objects of power and value they need to hide). Rick Jones (Nova) comes to preven Good. Really good. My plot note spoilers: (view spoiler)[Invaders from another dimension wreck havoc on Roxxon, Reed Richards' home, Baxter Building, Nick Fury, Spider-Woman's home and Spider-Man's home. Ben Grimm professes love to Sue Storm. Ben gets blasted by an alien attacker, and eventually loses his rock shell (but not his powers). Captain Marvel (Kree) sent by Fury to defend Project Pegasus (where US stores all objects of power and value they need to hide). Rick Jones (Nova) comes to prevent "destruction". Marvel gets taken over by the invaders and attacks. Jessica Jones gets job undercover at Roxxon, then gets found out by others at Roxxon (Misty Knight, Arnim Zola III, Layla Miller, Nathaniel Essex, Samuel Sterns). Sterns apparently is a Hulk. Doc Ock is behind the team who captured Jessica. Susie discovers Reed is behind the attacks (turned "heel"), and is bitter about their breakup - but he sent the cure to Ben. Nova attacks and destroys "The Vortex" that Reed was using to send Pegasus stuff to the other dimension. Susie figures out where Reed went (Negative Zone), and then we see all the attacked locations (also includes Doom's castle, Stark Industries, and a Seattle biotech lab, plus Triskelion). Nova collects Spidey x2 and Doc Ock to help Susie break into Reed's Negative Zone base, and they bring everyone. Reed gets fire-scarred by mad Johnny Storm (revenge for Sue), and the gang steals Reed's systems/tech, then Reed stays behind in collapsing base. Fury mind-wipes everyone and disappears, Doc Ock offers to cooperate with SHIELD (Danvers), Carol offers Spider-Woman a job, and Sue and Ben get together. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Color me shocked. I didn't hate it. After reading THE STEAMING PILE OF SHIT Ultimatum, I had serious reservations about giving anything with an Ultimate title another try. Now, don't get me wrong, I still think that the Ultimate universe is starting to border on ridiculous. If you want to change every single character or give them an entirely new back story, then maybe you should just come up with new characters. It's just a thought. (view spoiler)[For example, in this one Reed goes of 3.5 stars Color me shocked. I didn't hate it. After reading THE STEAMING PILE OF SHIT Ultimatum, I had serious reservations about giving anything with an Ultimate title another try. Now, don't get me wrong, I still think that the Ultimate universe is starting to border on ridiculous. If you want to change every single character or give them an entirely new back story, then maybe you should just come up with new characters. It's just a thought. (view spoiler)[For example, in this one Reed goes off the deep end and turns into an evil villain. Ben Grimm mutates/evolves back into his human form, but retains his strength and has a force field..sort of? He's also in love with Sue. Sue falls in love right back, and proposes to Ben at the end of the book. Hmmm. Sooo, yeah. A little different. (hide spoiler)] However, even though I had problems with it, the story is still well-written and interesting. I couldn't stop myself from turning the pages. It wasn't the train wreck I thought it would be, it was just...different. I think if you are a fan of the Ultimate line, you will definitely like this. Even if you're not, you might still enjoy it like I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aydin

    This book is my entire heart and soul. I read it about twice a year and love it every time. It /does/ require quite a bit of prior knowledge of the Ultimate Universe, as it is a massive crossover event that makes use of previous continuity from Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimatum, Ultimate Power, and possibly other series. But that makes it all the more rewarding and engaging for the reader who /is/ neck-deep in the Ultimate Universe. For a plot-thick event, the characters are This book is my entire heart and soul. I read it about twice a year and love it every time. It /does/ require quite a bit of prior knowledge of the Ultimate Universe, as it is a massive crossover event that makes use of previous continuity from Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimatum, Ultimate Power, and possibly other series. But that makes it all the more rewarding and engaging for the reader who /is/ neck-deep in the Ultimate Universe. For a plot-thick event, the characters are given stellar attention and internality, particularly Sue Storm. The whole of the Ultimate Fantastic Four are made far more interesting than they ever were in their own series (save for Johnny Storm, forgivably, as he's gotten considerable spotlight in Ultimate Spider-Man). Sandoval's art is dynamic and lovely. Characters' long hair is always flowing nonsensically like a solid mass in a nonexistent wind, but I happen to love the effect. The colors are rich and beautiful. All around, one of my favorite crossover events of all time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    N!V3K

    Holy fucking shit wow!! After that atrocious story line we all know as Ultimatum I swore never to read an Ultimate comic again (except for X-Men). But I took a leap of fate and decided to resume "Operation ULTIMATE!" with the Doomsday story line. Reed Richards, seriously, fuck you! Why the fuck didn't you just leave this leave this fucking dimension and go live in another one...? -_- But noooooooo, instead you decide to destroy this one just to prove how messed things are here? This just proves Holy fucking shit wow!! After that atrocious story line we all know as Ultimatum I swore never to read an Ultimate comic again (except for X-Men). But I took a leap of fate and decided to resume "Operation ULTIMATE!" with the Doomsday story line. Reed Richards, seriously, fuck you! Why the fuck didn't you just leave this leave this fucking dimension and go live in another one...? -_- But noooooooo, instead you decide to destroy this one just to prove how messed things are here? This just proves that you don't give broken people powerful minds, they will eventually snap and destroy stuff. That's the way of the world, sadly. This is a good comeback for the Ultimate Marvel team after Ultimatum and I liked it a lot! And although I approve of the Ben-Sue pairing, did they really have to get MARRIED??! Anyway, five stars, bitches! They deserve it! *thumbs up*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dlotempio

    What was ULTIMATE DOOM like? ULTIMATE DOOM attempts to be a mystery thriller that ... "oh hey girl version of Spider-man what are you doing saturday night other than cleaning up after that icky bio-terrorism bomb and HEY LOOK Nick Fury is alive the eye patch is so cool, what are you - 12, grow up, no one uses the word "icky", Sue storm, i love you, what is Rick Jones doing here, who the heck is Rick Jones, omg my alien DNA was hacked, how did your DNA get hacked Can DNA be hacked, am I the only p What was ULTIMATE DOOM like? ULTIMATE DOOM attempts to be a mystery thriller that ... "oh hey girl version of Spider-man what are you doing saturday night other than cleaning up after that icky bio-terrorism bomb and HEY LOOK Nick Fury is alive the eye patch is so cool, what are you - 12, grow up, no one uses the word "icky", Sue storm, i love you, what is Rick Jones doing here, who the heck is Rick Jones, omg my alien DNA was hacked, how did your DNA get hacked Can DNA be hacked, am I the only person who is more concerned that he said "alien," NEW POWERS, hacking alien DNA is icky, hey boy-version of me did you just ask me out on a date for Saturday night, ICKY.....and then ends with Reed floating somewhere in space. And THAT, is what ULTIMATE DOOM is like. Your mileage may vary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love the idea of evil Reed Richards and there was some good stuff in the book but it was just ok. These 4 issue 3 part mini series from the ultimate universe always seem like theres 4-6 issues of story through all 3 parts and the rest is them dragging in out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frans Karlsson

    Someone is trying to kill the Fantastic Four, Spider-man and Fury and it leads to a hunt to both survive and catch the culprit.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Xavi Marturet

    What a job did Rafa here! About the story: I really like what Bendis did with 4F and Richards in the Ultimate Universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Wanted to give it a higher score but the end was messy and unsatisfying. Good character work and I liked the use of Jessica.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    I liked this one, even though: **I have absolutely NO interest in the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man (neither "regular" nor "Ultimate", especially); **Bendis' WITTY dialogue gets on my nerves more often than not. I'm not reading a transcript of a sitcom, am I? Sometimes feels like it... **In typical Bendis fashion (except for a few notable exceptions - like "SIEGE"), this story is de-compressed and stretched to 12 issues. I'm pretty sure by cutting down on useless splash pages and toning down the b I liked this one, even though: **I have absolutely NO interest in the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man (neither "regular" nor "Ultimate", especially); **Bendis' WITTY dialogue gets on my nerves more often than not. I'm not reading a transcript of a sitcom, am I? Sometimes feels like it... **In typical Bendis fashion (except for a few notable exceptions - like "SIEGE"), this story is de-compressed and stretched to 12 issues. I'm pretty sure by cutting down on useless splash pages and toning down the banter between characters, 8 or 9 issues would have been plenty. **Spider-Man, as written by Bendis (which, let's face it, is a LOT), "Ultimate" or otherwise, is as annoying to me as, say, reading "Deadpool" or anything with Deadpool in it. - - Hey Bendis: Just write a Deadpool/Spider-Man buddy comic, why don'tcha. And make it... 12 issues long . Don't get me wrong, I like Bendis and his stories, jus not the whole comedy shtick that he feels is a necessary part of most of his books. Seems like this book had a lot of things going against it, no? Well... Here's what I DID like about it: **The art. Rafa Sandoval's art reminded me of Stuart Immonen's, as seen recently in "Secret Avengers" and "Fear Itself". Sure, they're not identical, but I find they're similar in style. And the colouring was really well done! **For once, a good guy becomes a bad guy. And not a C-lister either; no no, we're talking about one of the most recognizable comic book characters ever created. Why can't the "regular" Marvel Universe have something like that happen to it (and not get reversed six months later)? You know, shake things up! **The story itself was good. Big things happening, involving different corners of the Ultimate Universe, with (I hope) lasting repercussions. It's sort of the missing link between "Ultimatum" and Jonathan Hickman's "Ultimates" run. I'm curious, though, as to where it fits in regards to Millar's "Ultimate Avengers" run. Thor is in there, so it has to be AFTER Loeb's "New Ultimates: Thor Reborn". Maybe someone has an idea... This book gets 3 stars, but it could've gotten 4, if all the unnecessary CRAP stuff had been left out and the number of splash pages had been toned down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Ever since the disastrous Ultimatum event, I've been waiting for someone (anyone) to pick up the pieces of the Ultimate Marvel Universe and get the characters back into circulation. Fortunately Brian Michael Bendis and artist Rafa Sandoval were up for the task, and did it in style with Ultimate Comics: Doomsday, which ran the course of three consecutive 4-issue limited series (Ultimate Comics: Enemy, Mystery and Doom), all of which are collected in this surprisingly slim hardcover. Bendis starts Ever since the disastrous Ultimatum event, I've been waiting for someone (anyone) to pick up the pieces of the Ultimate Marvel Universe and get the characters back into circulation. Fortunately Brian Michael Bendis and artist Rafa Sandoval were up for the task, and did it in style with Ultimate Comics: Doomsday, which ran the course of three consecutive 4-issue limited series (Ultimate Comics: Enemy, Mystery and Doom), all of which are collected in this surprisingly slim hardcover. Bendis starts this mammoth undertaking with a massive attack on the Ultimate Universe's scientific resources - the homes of Reed Richards and Spider-Man, the Baxter Building and others. The story focuses on Spider-Man (not a surprise with Bendis holding the pen), the remnants of the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury and SHIELD and Captain Marvel, with a handful of peripheral characters (no X-Men though) popping in and out. Bendis sets the story up pretty well, and keeps us in the dark as to the true villain for quite a while. The big reveal (and it's pretty big) is controversial to say the least, and left a bad taste in my mouth, but it also made for a hell of a story. Bendis has a way with dialogue, and he definitely took a fresh look at the Fantastic Four dynamic while at the same time looking back at past Ultimate Universe events. The artwork for this series was also impressive. I had never seen Sandoval's work before, but he has a good style that's somewhere between Stuart Immonen and Steve McNiven. It's very stylized and very dynamic. It was a little too cartoony at times, but for the most part worked well with the story. I'm still mad at Bendis for this, and I think Ultimate Galactus Trilogy was a better overall story, but I can't deny that Ultimate Comics: Doomsday was a good story and very much the kind of mega-event the Ultimate Universe needed after Ultimatum.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Ultimate Comics Enemy issues #1-4, Ultimate Comics Mystery issues #1-4, and Ultimate Comics Doom issues #1-4 This is a trilogy of miniseries (sort of). The stories run seamlessly together, so I'm not sure why the issues were branded under three different names when they were originally released. I don't want to spoil anything, but this is a fun mystery with a great secret villain pulling the strings. One thing I appreciate about the Ultimate Marvel universe is that writers are able to rea Collects Ultimate Comics Enemy issues #1-4, Ultimate Comics Mystery issues #1-4, and Ultimate Comics Doom issues #1-4 This is a trilogy of miniseries (sort of). The stories run seamlessly together, so I'm not sure why the issues were branded under three different names when they were originally released. I don't want to spoil anything, but this is a fun mystery with a great secret villain pulling the strings. One thing I appreciate about the Ultimate Marvel universe is that writers are able to really shake things up in these stories. Characters can (and should) act completely different than their 616 counterparts. This particular collection really skews some characters down a different path. Many Ultimate superheroes are featured in this collection, but the ones featured most prominently are the following: -The Fantastic Four -Spider-Man -Spider-Woman -Carol Danvers -Nick Fury -Rick Jones Timeline-wise, this story takes place shortly after the event, "Ultimatum." On a side note, I was first starting to explore modern comics again when this story was about to come out in 2010. Even as someone that had been removed from comics for years, the idea of a mystery villain was intriguing to me. Who is the Ultimate Enemy?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Colour me pleasantly surprised. This came out around the time I gave up on the Ultimate Universe (Spidey aside) - basically after the terrible Ultimatum series. I'd been curious about this though, despite my reservations and the library turned it up. If I had read it at the time I may have stuck with the universe. Possibly. The return of the Ultimate FF is welcome (I quite liked their ultimate series, short-lived as it was), Bendis succeeds in rounding out some hanging threads and recent characte Colour me pleasantly surprised. This came out around the time I gave up on the Ultimate Universe (Spidey aside) - basically after the terrible Ultimatum series. I'd been curious about this though, despite my reservations and the library turned it up. If I had read it at the time I may have stuck with the universe. Possibly. The return of the Ultimate FF is welcome (I quite liked their ultimate series, short-lived as it was), Bendis succeeds in rounding out some hanging threads and recent character introductions and it was lovely spending some more time with Pete (RIP). The story works well even knowing who the big bad was going in (I think it's a little obvious, albeit still shocking) and the spectacle is handled well (though eventually becomes a little repetitive) balanced nicely with the character work, which is especially strong for a large event. So, yeah...not bad and it feels more like a turning point for the Ultimate Universe than Ultimatum did. For me, it feels like some closure for the time I (mostly happily) spent in the Ultimate Universe. If you gave up after Ultimatum consider giving this a shot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    Reading this restored my faith in the Ultimate line post-Ultimatum. It felt like, once again, ultimatum could have been. It also tied up a lot of loose plot pieces from many of the different Ultimate lines and did a good job setting up the universe going forward. It also felt like a very good ending to Ultimate Fantastic Four and left those characters free to go their separate ways from that point on no longer being the fantastic four. Reed as this stories big bad was an amazing little touch. Goin Reading this restored my faith in the Ultimate line post-Ultimatum. It felt like, once again, ultimatum could have been. It also tied up a lot of loose plot pieces from many of the different Ultimate lines and did a good job setting up the universe going forward. It also felt like a very good ending to Ultimate Fantastic Four and left those characters free to go their separate ways from that point on no longer being the fantastic four. Reed as this stories big bad was an amazing little touch. Going back through the issues and showing snippets from past issues and a few snippets I assume were made for this since I don't remember seeing them helped really tie in how he became this stories big bad. Yes, they probably didn't plan this out, but Reed as he was written in Ultimatum always had a dark side that seemed to organically grow with him. Going back and highlighting that kind of helped make it REALLY believable that not just the characters misread who Reed was but we the readers misread him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    My main purpose in picking this up was to get myself up to speed on some of the Ultimate FF backstory before diving in on the Ultimate universe reboot. And I feel like this volume was perfect for these purposes. This book mainly serves as a turning point for the Fantastic Four and you really don't need to be current on their goings on to jump in and get what's happening here. All of the art is done by Sandoval and it leads to a pleasantly consistent feel to the storytelling. Bendis' story is str My main purpose in picking this up was to get myself up to speed on some of the Ultimate FF backstory before diving in on the Ultimate universe reboot. And I feel like this volume was perfect for these purposes. This book mainly serves as a turning point for the Fantastic Four and you really don't need to be current on their goings on to jump in and get what's happening here. All of the art is done by Sandoval and it leads to a pleasantly consistent feel to the storytelling. Bendis' story is strong and interesting, but maybe not some of his best stuff. I don't think he really shines on team books (which this is). All in all this would be one of those volumes to pick up and hit the highlights of what you need to know about things that went on in the Marvel Ultimates universe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Doomsday represents the first major crossover event in the Ultimate Marvel Universe post-Ultimatum. Mostly it serves a reunion for the Fantastic Four (with some Spider-Man thrown in). I really don't have much to say, it's a good read. The only gripe I have is that the revealed villain never seems to have a clear motivation for his/her/its actions. There's a little bit, but not quite enough to explain the gravity of the situation. Considering this villain has resurfaced later (spoilers?), I wish t Doomsday represents the first major crossover event in the Ultimate Marvel Universe post-Ultimatum. Mostly it serves a reunion for the Fantastic Four (with some Spider-Man thrown in). I really don't have much to say, it's a good read. The only gripe I have is that the revealed villain never seems to have a clear motivation for his/her/its actions. There's a little bit, but not quite enough to explain the gravity of the situation. Considering this villain has resurfaced later (spoilers?), I wish there was more there. Also I'm left wishing that The Thing would show in the Ultimate Universe again in the current comics. But seriously, it's Brian Michael Bendis writing in the Ultimate Universe, what's not to like? And the art by Rafa Sandoval is gorgeous. Highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Brian Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man has been, for not far off 200 issues now, excellent. Brian Bendis incorporating Ultimate Spider-Man into a big explode-y crossover which is primarily intended to wrap up the story of the Ultimate Fantastic Four - always the Ultimate comic which made the least impression - well, that's not so great. This is also the nadir of Bendis' tendency towards decompressed storytelling, in that it collects 12 issues but has so many big splashes (without the art to justify Brian Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man has been, for not far off 200 issues now, excellent. Brian Bendis incorporating Ultimate Spider-Man into a big explode-y crossover which is primarily intended to wrap up the story of the Ultimate Fantastic Four - always the Ultimate comic which made the least impression - well, that's not so great. This is also the nadir of Bendis' tendency towards decompressed storytelling, in that it collects 12 issues but has so many big splashes (without the art to justify them) and fast action scenes that it takes at most 45 minutes to read, so thank goodness I didn't buy the blighter or I would feel rather short-changed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hrishi

    Wow. And again, Wow. Read this in (almost) one stretch and it blew my mind. The artwork is epic, and the story surprisingly good, although I remain unconvinced about the motivation of the villain of the piece (who shall remain unnamed here). They only partially explain why he as doing it, and they don't really explain WHAT he was doing. Or maybe I missed something. Anyway. Great way to wrap up some of the hanging storylines post-Ultimatum and pre-(view spoiler)[Death of Spider-man (hide spoiler)] Wow. And again, Wow. Read this in (almost) one stretch and it blew my mind. The artwork is epic, and the story surprisingly good, although I remain unconvinced about the motivation of the villain of the piece (who shall remain unnamed here). They only partially explain why he as doing it, and they don't really explain WHAT he was doing. Or maybe I missed something. Anyway. Great way to wrap up some of the hanging storylines post-Ultimatum and pre-(view spoiler)[Death of Spider-man (hide spoiler)] . In my book this one packs about the same in world impact as Ultimatum, but resonated more in terms of storytelling and characterization. Fantastic read

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    I haven't read the Ultimatum story arc that seems to be referenced in this a lot, but I still enjoyed Doomsday very much. I've never been a big fan of the Fantastic Four, who feature prominently in this book, but I really enjoy the differences between the 616 universe FF we're all familiar with and the younger ones of this universe. Ultimate Spider-Man, whom I was already familiar with, also features heavily in this book, and was enjoyable. It's pretty big, so is good value for money, and due to it I haven't read the Ultimatum story arc that seems to be referenced in this a lot, but I still enjoyed Doomsday very much. I've never been a big fan of the Fantastic Four, who feature prominently in this book, but I really enjoy the differences between the 616 universe FF we're all familiar with and the younger ones of this universe. Ultimate Spider-Man, whom I was already familiar with, also features heavily in this book, and was enjoyable. It's pretty big, so is good value for money, and due to its size it doesn't feel rushed, and manages to quite gracefully incorporate a lot of different heroes' viewpoints together into this pretty big event in the Ultimate universe.

  23. 4 out of 5

    TJ Shelby

    Okay I really liked this. And when we're talking about twists and turns...this one has a couple doozies! I won't give it away though... Also, I really love Bendis' dialogue. Here's an example: (Jessica Drew is Spider-Woman who, in the Ultimate world, is a clone of Spider-man) Jessica Drew: "Do you think that the only thing standing in the way of you being a full blown master criminal is LADY PARTS?" Spiderman: "Maybe." Jessica Drew: "Wow. You're frustrated." Spiderman: "I WAS frustrated but you brough Okay I really liked this. And when we're talking about twists and turns...this one has a couple doozies! I won't give it away though... Also, I really love Bendis' dialogue. Here's an example: (Jessica Drew is Spider-Woman who, in the Ultimate world, is a clone of Spider-man) Jessica Drew: "Do you think that the only thing standing in the way of you being a full blown master criminal is LADY PARTS?" Spiderman: "Maybe." Jessica Drew: "Wow. You're frustrated." Spiderman: "I WAS frustrated but you brought up lady parts and now I'm nauseous." Classic Bendis...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ernest

    There’s physically a lot to read in this volume, but do not automatically conflate quality for quantity. Understanding this volume requires at least a working knowledge of the previous events of the Ultimate Universe (whether from reading it previously, finding out what happened online etc.). There are some fun moments in here, I liked seeing the new interpretations of the Marvel 616 characters and the reveal of the villain was really surprising, but in the end, there was too much going on in th There’s physically a lot to read in this volume, but do not automatically conflate quality for quantity. Understanding this volume requires at least a working knowledge of the previous events of the Ultimate Universe (whether from reading it previously, finding out what happened online etc.). There are some fun moments in here, I liked seeing the new interpretations of the Marvel 616 characters and the reveal of the villain was really surprising, but in the end, there was too much going on in this volume and ultimately too little that really grabbed me into saying this was a great read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    B

    So I read this book knowing the "big surprise" to see if it made sense or whatever. But once you get past the big surprise and a couple of very meaningless surprises, there's not much here. The whole thing is pretty disjointed and makes me wonder if there weren't "tie-in" issues that didn't explain the whole thing. (I lost track of my negatives there.) Point is: This seems like an incomplete outline rather than a story. Even the division into three "mini-series" doesn't make any sense.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Wish I liked it more than I did, but the story is just too hectic and fast-paced. Drawings aren't always easy to make out. I got tired of how the old Ultimate Fantastic Four revolved around stories where every bad thing that happened was the result of some stupid thing Reed Richards had done. Well, I guess this kind of takes that idea to its extreme. It was kind of nice to see Ben Grimm evolve beyond his "rock" self into something new, and for him and Sue Storm to fall in love. Otherwise, this w Wish I liked it more than I did, but the story is just too hectic and fast-paced. Drawings aren't always easy to make out. I got tired of how the old Ultimate Fantastic Four revolved around stories where every bad thing that happened was the result of some stupid thing Reed Richards had done. Well, I guess this kind of takes that idea to its extreme. It was kind of nice to see Ben Grimm evolve beyond his "rock" self into something new, and for him and Sue Storm to fall in love. Otherwise, this was just a case of too much bombast and too little real substance.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Praxedes

    Terrific art, good story, uneven dialogue. I cannot provide more specifics without giving away the ending. The conclusion is interesting, but the motive is not fully explained. Was there a prior arc that set up the cause(s) for the villain's behavior? Furthermore, random heroes appear out of nowhere without set-up or explanation. Perhaps it's a literary technique, I don't know. The timeline of disasters portion of the book was nice, though. If you are an arc-lover like me, then definitely check th Terrific art, good story, uneven dialogue. I cannot provide more specifics without giving away the ending. The conclusion is interesting, but the motive is not fully explained. Was there a prior arc that set up the cause(s) for the villain's behavior? Furthermore, random heroes appear out of nowhere without set-up or explanation. Perhaps it's a literary technique, I don't know. The timeline of disasters portion of the book was nice, though. If you are an arc-lover like me, then definitely check this work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Big read. It's like the size of reading two regular sized TPBs because it's 12 issues long. The art was nice and there's plenty of action, but I really didn't like how the plot played out because it seemed very out of character that a particular protagonist suddenly became the major antagonist. Still, there's plenty to like about the work especially if you're like me and enjoy Bendis' dialog and an interesting romance occured that I don't ever recall seeing played out in the 616 universe.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    While it's a pretty good story overall, the Ultimate universe is clearly going off the rails in a big, both within the storyline itself and creatively. It's a shame, too, because Ultimate Spider-man and Ultimate Fantastic Four had so much promise and were so good in the early days. This book feels like a last hurrah before the sun sets, but it's just another "event" storyline. I'd been hoping the UU would stay away from those, especially after Ultimatum, but they seem to be ramping up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Boz

    When I think of the reasons I enjoy comic books, this exemplifies each one. It has great artwork, it's filled with larger than life characters, it surprises you a little bit throughout, and has a great twist ending. It's not that there is any one thing that makes it "fantastic," but that it executes a well-crafted story extremely well. Not to be too vague, but if you enjoy comics, super-powers, and the heroes of the Marvel universe, you'll probably love this one.

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