For those that perhaps don’t read a lot of Marvel, things can be a little confusing. Take Spider-Man. There’s Superior Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man…what?
Basically, the Marvel Universe (or Earth-616) is one of a multiverse which includes the Ultimate universe. In Ultimate Comics Cataclysm #0.1, the problem is not in the Ultimate universe, but in another dimension. In this universe, superhumans’ abuse of time travel creates rips in the space-time continuum, allowing Galactus to arrive.
That’s all backstory and events to come though – this issue focuses on Vision: her relationship with Sam Wilson, her programming, and her detection of Galactus. As most Marvel fans know, when Galactus shows up, things get pretty death…like. Also, explodey.
Something interesting to note about this comic book: there are three different artists, Mico Suayan from pages 1-11, Mirco Pierfederici does pages 12-15 and Leonard Kirk for pages 16-20. It’s great to see how similar the art is – I didn’t notice that different artists worked on different sections of the book until I checked.
You don’t need to be a big Ultimate Comics reader to understand this – while there is little said about what the Gah Lak Tus Swarm, we don’t really need to know much about it. It functions more as a plot device than a real enemy. In addition, Vision compares the Ultimates Universe to Earth-616, summing up some major differences much better than I ever could. Joshua Hale Fialkov does an excellent job with making us sympathise with the Vision, who despite starting to experience “humanity”, is still an android, and thus fundamentally different from most other superheroes.
All in all, a surprisingly touching book, with more focus on Vision and her relationship with Sam and with humanity, rather than focusing on a large amount of action.