At first glance, Ultimate Marvel’s “Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is an exciting read, a page-turner, and, if a one hundred thousand mile long swarm intelligence scares the bejesus out of you as it does me, the cause of a few nightmares.
I can count on one hand the number of times I experienced the inability to put a comics series down before I finished the whole thing, and I am happy to count “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” among those times along with Y, THE LAST MAN, THE WALKING DEAD, and ULTIMATE X-MEN.
“The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is a set of three limited series runs ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, ULTIMATE SECRET, and ULTIMATE EXTINCTION. Each limited series is written by Warren Ellis with various artists. At its best, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” flawlessly flows from issue to issue, making it near impossible to stop until the entire trilogy is finished. Sometimes, a slew of different artists working on a singular story can cause disjointedness but, instead, the art in each limited series worked in perfect tandem with the writing, enhancing it through epic cinematic visuals while capturing the most personal of moments between characters.
While being an amazing read, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is not without its flaws. While it seemed to perfectly encapsulate and even enhance the humanity of characters like Captain America, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Thor by exploring their flaws and intellectual and emotional limitations, for those of us who tend to root more for the female characters, we were left wanting in the cases of Jean Grey, Susan Storm, and Black Widow. That being said, the depiction of Carol Danvers throughout the story is hilarious when it needs to be without losing the seriousness of the character who climbed the ranks through the American Military Industrial Complex.
In the 89th episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast, ComicsVerse Marvel Section Editors Kat Vendetti and Alex Bisignaro join CEO and host Justin Alba, Columbia University Ph.D. student Nolan Bensen, and ComicsVerse X-Men writer Marius Thienenkamp for a discussion of “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” that examines themes of extraterrestrial life science, religion and Galactus as the un-creator, gender and sexism, and the role of government in Ultimate Marvel’s comics.
The discussion may be heavy, but a fair share of lighter funny moments did arise. After all, this is the ComicsVerse Podcast. Would you expect anything less than to laugh your butts off while learning a lot?