Ultimatum 1 NM Limited Ed McGuinness Variant Cover Magneto 1st print Jeph Loeb c


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Ultimatum (2008 Marvel) #1B Limited Ed McGuinness Variant Cover

Published Jan 2009 by Marvel
Limited Variant Cover by by ED McGUINNESS
Written by JEPH LOEB
Pencils by DAVID FINCH
32 PGS
Ultimatum (part 1)
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. If you want to get in on the most astounding changes taking place in all of comics, this is the place to be. You have been told!

We begin at the Baxter Building with Reed getting ready to propose to Sue. We then cut to Johnny talking with his father, Dr. Storm. Dr. Storm asks Johnny when he is going to finally get off his butt and do something with his life. Dr. Storm comments that when Sue was Johnny’s age she had…Johnny then cuts off his dad and yells for him to stop comparing him to Sue. Johnny yells that his dad doesn’t get him and that he never will.

We cut to the Avengers Mansion where Tony is telling Steve to loosen up and have a drink with him. Tony then adds that Steve also needs to stop thinking about another man’s wife (Janet). We see Thor training with Valkryie. We then see Hank Pym in his new Yellow Jacket outfit. Hawkeye cannot believe that Janet is even talking to Hank after all he has done. Hank snaps for Hawkeye to butt out of their conversation. Hawkeye comes back with the witty comeback of “Bite me, freak.”

We slide over to the L train where Peter Parker, MJ, Kitty Pryde, Gwen Stacy and Kong are all heading over to the Baxter Building to hook up with Johnny Storm. Their plan is for Johnny to get them into some cool hotspot so that they can party.

We then zip to Broadway in the Theater District where Beast, Angel, Nightcrawler and Dazzler are strolling about. They all talk about how hard it is for them to fit in with the “normal” people around them.

Suddenly, a massive storm breaks out. We see the ocean completely flood Manhattan. We cut to the Baxter Building where most of the building is underwater. We see Johnny and Dr. Storm drowning. We see a blue whale crash through the building and collide with the Thing. We see Sue using her force field to carry her and Reed to the roof of the Baxter Building.

We see the Avengers Mansion underwater. Suddenly, a gigantic Yellowjacket comes out of the water and screams “Jan!” We cut to Midtown Manhattan where Bruce Banner is drowning in the water. He transforms into the Hulk and swims to the surface of the water. The Hulk then sees one of the Watcher totem poles in front him.

We shift to the L train where Kitty phases Peter through the roof. Kitty tells Peter to slip into his Spider-Man costume and get to work. Spider-Man swings off and wonders what he can do to help during a catastrophe like this one.

We cut to Angel swimming under the water and spying Dazzler’s body floating under the water. Angel grabs Dazzler and flies her out of the water. Angel screams to Dazzler “You’re not going to die on me!” Dazzler appears to be dead and Angel softly whispers “No.”

We slide over to the Avengers Mansion underwater. We see Iron Man grabbing an unconscious Captain America who is drowning in the water. Iron Man flies Captain America out of the water. Captain America wakes up and asks where Thor, Wasp and Hawkeye are. Iron Man answers that he does not know what just happened and he has no idea where anyone is.

We zip over to the roof of the Baxter Building where Sue tells Reed that she thinks she can push back the flood water. Sue makes a massive force field that starts to push the flood water out of Manhattan. Blood begins to pour from Sue’s nose and she collapses from the massive strain.

The Thing ends up climbing up to the roof. Reed stammers that Sue is barely breathing. The Thing then says that he thinks that Johnny and Dr. Storm are dead. Reed gets a stunned look and then stretches away from the rooftop. The Thing asks Reed where he is going.

We cut to Reed in a Fantastic Four water ship racing across the water. Namor suddenly comes out of the water and spits that he knew that Reed would come for him. Reed yells that Namor killed everyone. Namor yells that he could care less what Reed thinks, but that Namor did not destroy New York. Reed asks why he should believe Namor. Namor answers because he would never harm Sue.

Reed and Namor start fighting and Reed uses an electrical device that blasts Namor unconscious. Reed stands over Namor’s body and wonders if it was not Namor who attacked New York then who was it?

We cut to Latveria with Doctor Doom wondering what has happened to everyone. Doom sees that all of his people have been frozen under a massive snow storm.

We slide over to the X-Mansion where Professor X suddenly collapses in pain. Wolverine and Cyclops rushes to Xavier’s side. Professor X says that Beast, Dazzler and Nightcrawler are gone. That millions are dead. Professor X says that something terrible has happened. Professor X stammers that “Have to tell them…warn them…”

Professor X then telepathically contacts Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Reed Richards and the Thing. Professor X tells them that he knows what happened. Professor X says that the person responsible for these catastrophes will not stop until it is much worse.

Xavier says that they must band together for the coming fight. Xavier states that he is sending what is left of his X-Men and that they will have the coordinates of where the heroes need to go. Xavier then adds that he is now going to give each hero a mental image of where they have to go.

We cut to a giant city floating in the sky. Xavier states that this is where the heroes must go. Xavier says that the person behind these catastrophes once told him of his Doomsday Plan that he had been working on. Xavier comments that he always thought it was a theoretical plan and that the person would never be able to actually act on it.

Xavier says that the Doomsday Plan calls for the murder of 6 billion people. Every man, women and child on Earth. We zoom into the floating city and see Magneto sitting on a throne. We see Thor’s hammer next to Magneto’s throne.

Professor X says that the heroes must stop Magneto. Magneto growls “Yes, bring them, Charles. Being everyone so I can tell them myself. For what they’ve done…They will have to pay the ultimate price!” End of issue.

Loeb wastes absolutely no time kicking off this big event. Loeb gets the story moving quickly as there is very little set-up performed in this issue. Loeb gives the reader plenty of massive destruction as natural disasters strike Manhattan and Latveria.

I have to admit that I just love the Ultimate version of Tony Stark. With the 616 universe Tony Stark practically unrecognizable after what Marvel did to him during Civil War and all of the subsequent stories, it is great to see playboy Tony in full effect. All the man wants are some ladies and a nice stiff drink and not necessarily in that order.

I also dig that we get to see Hank Pym assuming his Yellowjacket identity in this issue. I think I am probably one of the only Hank Pym fans in all of comic fandom. It would be nice if Pym would be able to use the Yellowjacket suit in order to redeem himself.

I enjoyed David Finch’s artwork. Miki does a solid job inking Finch’s pencils in this issue. Finch does a phenomenal job bringing this big event to life. Finch’s double page splash shot of Manhattan being flooded effectively conveyed the massive scope of this catastrophe.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.