Ultimates Vol. 3 #5: I don’t get it

The title of this post probably tells you everything you need to know, but seriously, when it came to the finalultimates issue of Ultimates Vol. 3, I didn’t get it.

-Yeah, I understood the Magneto close and it definitely made sense going into the Ultimatum event. As IGN’s Jesse Schedeen eloquently put it: “For the first time, I feel as if I can actually explain the premise of Ultimatum to a layman without resorting to vague generalities.”

-Yeah, I kinda understood that apparently Dr. Doom was behind the ‘criminalization’ of Hank Pym’s Ultron…I guess. What’s his motivation? Why and how? I need to understand more here other than a single-page splash to close out the book.

Finally, I understood that the book left me with a strange feeling. I re-read it to make sure I caught everything, but perhaps it was the time elapsed since the fourth issue or something else, but I can’t say I liked it. It came across as thrown together and not an end to a well-orchestrated tale. In checking out some other reviews and chatting with Ben, I don’t think I’m alone either. It’s irritating because I don’t think you should leave a reading of a book confused in a bad way and that’s what I felt after reading this.

Perhaps it’s the Jeph Loeb critisicm that is working in the back of my mind, but this was a strange and seemingly forced end to what was turning out to be a decent mini-series.

At least, I think it was.

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