The cover brands it a “Ultimate Comics’ Cataclysm” #0.1, but the indicia simply identifies this comic book as “Cataclysm” #0.1, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Mico Suayan, Mirco Pierfederici and Leonard Kirk, with colors from Nolan Woodward and letters courtesy of Clayton Cowles. While I have always thought of point one books as a jumpstart to a plot, this issue serves as a bridge between the events of “Hunger” and the further adventures of Galactus in the Ultimate Universe throughout the upcoming “Cataclysm” storyline set to spread throughout all three “Ultimate Comics” titles.
Joshua Hale Fialkov does a fine job with the story in “Cataclysm” #0.1 in a story presented through the thoughts of Ultimate Vision. I certainly did not expect the conclusion of this issue to congeal as it does. “Cataclysm” #0.1 provides the full adventures of Vision, complete with a conclusion that would certainly be missed by readers choosing to skip over a comic book with seemingly inconsequential numbering. Fialkov proves that Point One books can pack a punch, make a mark and alter the landscape. In addition to setting the formative machinations of an impending epic in motion, Fialkov provides readers with insight to a character that could easily be overlooked or dismissed.
I’m sure the conclusion of this story will stretch out or be succinctly summarized in “Cataclysm” #1, but “Cataclysm” #0.1 is a snappy primer for the Ultimate Universe, offering a quick overview of the differences between Gah Lak Tus and Galactus and their respective universes. Artists Suayan, Pierfederici and Kirk unite through the coloring of Woodward and the letters of Cowles to provide a visually coherent book that flirts with being spectacular, but settles on being really pretty. The visual bookends created by the similar styles and line economy from Suayan and Kirk launch the story with impact and conclude “Cataclysm” #0.1 with layers of emotion. Pierfederici’s centerpiece is clean and shadowy, like a blend between Mike McKone and Sal Velluto.
Despite the setting and supporting cast gathered from the entirety of the Ultimate Universe, the story in “Cataclysm” #0.1 is personal and focused, pitching Galactus against Ultimate Vision in a battle for the fate of everything. I’m not the most dedicated reader of the Ultimate line, having been lured over to “Hunger” via the goings-on in “Age of Ultron” and the heavy hints dropped by Marvel editors and creator about the significance of Galactus’ visit to the Ultimate Universe. Content with the conclusion of “Hunger,” I was ready to let go of the Ultimate Universe once more, but the similarity between Ultimate Sam Wilson (as seen in the preview for this issue) and the Falcon briefly glimpsed in the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” trailer was enough for me to peek through this issue. From there the artwork was enough to hook me into buying it. Fialkov’s story is enough to keep me interested in the story ahead as it unfolds.