YMMV / Ultimatum


  • Critical Research Failure: The comic interchangeably says that Magneto has offset the Earth's axis and its magnetic poles. The Earth's axis has nothing to do with magnetism. And even if they were, all of the results of his actions, including the massive flooding of New York City, couldn't be caused by manipulating either the magnetic polls or the Earth's axis.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The comic was so ridiculously dark that many readers either swore off the Ultimate continuity or were discouraged from getting into it. It doesn't help that an interlude features a dead pool (not that one) suggesting the whole thing is nothing to be concerned about.
  • Dork Age: Almost universally agreed to be this for the Ultimate Universe, due to taking Darker and Edgier Up to Eleven and killing off pretty much 75% of the cast.
  • Idiot Plot: It actually takes 4 issues for the heroes to actually start acting like heroes. Not to mention the idea that the heroes literally stood back and did nothing while they watched Magneto rip Wolverine to shreds, killing him.
  • Narm:
    • The random deaths, all gory, become sort of funny after a while.
    • One of Wolverine's lines to Magneto during their fight? "I got news for you — if you're God, then God is dead!"
    • Probably the crowner is the moment where Doctor Doom demands to know how the Thing managed to enter through an open door.
  • Narm Charm: Captain America showing up with no explanation even from himself to help Thor take on Hela's army of the living dead because we get to see Captain America and Thor take on Hela's army of the living dead.
  • Never Live It Down: No matter how many good things he writes, Jeph Loeb will likely never escape the reputation he gained from this comic.
  • Older Than They Think: Magneto's evil plan is to screw with the Earth's magnetic poles? The last time he thought of this, he was under the heavy influence of drugs...which were actually the essence of a sentient bacteria...while apparently not actually being Magneto but a Chinese mutant with a star for a brain. Look, just don't have Magneto mess around with the planet's magnetic poles.
  • Signature Scene: The Blob eating the Wasp, graphically biting flesh out her ribcage while muttering "tastes like chicken" in a graphic splash page is the image by which Ultimatum became notorious and proverbial.
  • Squick: The scene of Blob eating the Wasp's corpse.
  • The Untwist: The author of the great flood is only revealed at the end of the first issue. However, the "Road to Ultimatum" comics had already been building that Magneto intended to enact a vengeance against everyone.