Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

Acer Bloodgood :

Ultimate Extinction + Last Planet Standing

What is the plural of “apocalypse”? Marvel comics finds out with both the galaxy-shattering introduction of “Gah Lak Tus” to the Ultimate universe in Ultimate Extinction, and the resurgence of the planet-devouring M2 universe Galactus in Last Planet Standing.

 

Ultimate Extinction


This five-issue series follows Ultimate Nightmare and Ultimate Secret to conclude Warren Ellis’ introduction of “Gah Lak Tus” to Marvel’s Ultimate continuity line.

In place of Jack Kirby’s stoic giant clad in purple and blue, Ellis substitutes a flotilla of city-sized mechas with a violent abhorrence of organic life. Gah Lak Tus takes a three-pronged approach to planetary destruction: first, heralds wage a devastating psychological war on a planet’s sentient life before releasing a flesh-eating virus to extinguish what’s left. Finally, Gah Lak Tus cracks open the planet itself to feed off energy in the planetary core.


Fortunately, Marvel’s finest in the form of Nick Fury, Reed Richards, and Charles Xavier stand ready to thwart this terrible plot using a three-pronged approach of their own. Also featuring Captain America, Iron Man, the Falcon, and Jean Grey, this series introduces Ultimate versions of Misty Knight and Moondragon (Heather Douglas) and presents Gah Lak Tus’ first heralds as a cadre of unnamed silver men. However, no one gets left behind to effectively become the Ultimate version of Norrin Radd.

 

 

 

Last Planet Standing


After devouring the Shi’ar throneworld, and a quick pit-stop in Asgard, Galactus returns to Earth to implement plans for his own evolution. Unfortunately, his great leap forward calls for Earth’s destruction as well as that of half the known universe.


Teetering always on the brink of its own extinction, Marvel’s struggling MC2 continuity line had been all but canceled by the time of this five issue mini-series, which brought together the stalwart heroes of the lighter-hearted MC2 alternative universe to beat back Galactus’ threat, including the Fantastic Five and Spider-Girl.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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