Ultimate End (Secret Wars) #1
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Mark Bagley
Cover by: Mark Bagley
Released: May 20, 2015
The story picks up in Manhattan. Both Manhattans. Simultaneously. You see, the Manhattans of both the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes now exist in the same location. There are two Baxter Buildings for instance
Much of this issue deals with the heroes of the two universes convening to discuss this predicament. How did this happen and where do they go from here? The first issue of Ultimate End is a talky issue, but at this point, would anyone expect anything less from a Bendis-written Ultimate story?
The dialogue is sharp in the writer’s traditional manner. He is so good at setting a scene and giving a sense of world through the way his characters interact. Impressively, most characters sound different from their alternate-reality double. Ultimate Tony Stark is cockier and brasher than 616-Tony Stark. That sort of differentiation holds true for most characters, save a couple lines from Spider-Man that sound like they were ripped from the mouth of his teenage counterpart. In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.
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