Ultimate Galactus, known as “Gah Lak Tus” in Ultimate Marvel, formidably opposes the Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men in an epic showdown brilliantly crafted by Warren Ellis. If the idea of a one hundred thousand miles long swarm intelligence scares you as it does me, you might have a few nightmares.

What is the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy?

At first glance, Ultimate Marvel’s “Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is an exciting, page-turning read. I can count on one hand the number of times I experienced the inability to put a comics series down before I finished reading it entirely. I am happy to count “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” among greats like Y, THE LAST MAN, THE WALKING DEAD, and ULTIMATE X-MEN in this regard.

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“The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” contains three limited series runs ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE, ULTIMATE SECRET, and ULTIMATE EXTINCTION. Warren Ellis created each limited series with various artists. At its best, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” flawlessly flows from issue to issue. As a result, it is near impossible to stop reading until the entire trilogy is finished. Sometimes, a slew of different artists working on a singular story can cause disjointedness. Instead, the different artists worked in perfect tandem with the writing. The collaboration balanced epic, cinematic visuals with capturing the most personal of moments between characters.

The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy Thrills, but Nobody’s Perfect!

While being an amazing read, “The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy” is not without its flaws. First, it seemed to perfectly encapsulate and enhance the humanity of characters like Captain America, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Thor. This was accomplished by exploring their flaws in addition to intellectual and emotional limitations. Second, 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. The opposite is true regarding the depiction of Carol Danvers. Throughout the story, she is hilarious when she needs to be without losing the seriousness of a character who climbed the ranks of the American Military Industrial Complex.

So, What’s in the Podcast?

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.” We examine themes of extraterrestrial life science, religion and Gah Lak Tus as the un-creator. We also discuss gender, sexism, and the role of government in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

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Finally, 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?

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  1. Justin Gilbert Alba

    April 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks so much for listening! This is definitely one of the Ultimate Marvel series/trilogies that I recommend!


  2. D. Bethel

    April 6, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I haven’t read any Ultimates comics except for the Jeff Loeb/Art Adams Ultimate X run, but I found this so very well-contextualized that even in my ignorance I followed the conversation fully and clearly and got a lot of wonderful criticism out of it. Well done.


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