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Subj: And an excellent Eulogy for ( SPOILERS ) on BLOG@NEWSARAMA
Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:06:14 pm EDT (Viewed 282 times)
Reply Subj: Ultimatum #4 Ongoing Death Toll
Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 04:17:16 pm EDT (Viewed 427 times)

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There's plenty more senseless brutality ( emphasis on the senseless ) in this issue, and these are the latest Ultimate casualties...

SPIDER-MAN: Disappears in a flash of light when the Hulk blows up Dr. Strange's Sanctum, with nothing left behind but his mask. We know for a fact that the Ultimate Spider-Man title will be continuing, but the idea that it will continue without Peter Parker seems more possible ( though the no body, no death rule remains, even in the Ultimate Universe ).

DR. STRANGE: Strangled by Dormammu until his head literally explodes. A mysterious figure teleports his body away, but in the mortal sense of the term, Stephen is dead. Then again, I'm not sure anyone really warmed up to legacy-hero college kid Dr. Strange, so he may remain dead in all senses of the term.

ANGEL: Had his wing bitten off and his neck crushed by Sabretooth. He might survive, but it won't be in a condition with any expected quality of life.

MAGNETO'S ARM AND SABRETOOTH'S EYE: Neither counts as an actual life lost, but as long as I'm totaling up the bloodshed, these deserve mentions.

To be fair, the Ultimate Comics transition also has some strong advantages for the line; for the start it will just be Spider-Man and Avengers/Ultimates, the only two Ultimate books that really mattered. Just two comics by the Ultimate line's original architects, both of which seem poised to correct the problems those books developed ( Spider-Man gets a fresh start after running its course with the SHIELD/Goblin/Symbiote conspiracy theory material, while Ultimate Avengers will have multiple artists to alleviate the delays that plagued Hitch's run ); even if there is continuity now, the Ultimate line has cut back its output enough to be special again.

But I agree with the author's general sentiment.

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