In case you needed any more proof that this mini-series is not just your ordinary tie-in, and really is vital to the ongoing story of Miles Morales, then just look at the last page of this issue, serious, monumental stuff is going down, as Miles unmasks and ‘comes out’ as Spider-Man to his dad, which is… wow, this is a big deal.
Jefferson Davis’ hatred of superheroes has been a big part of this series, so him discovering the truth about his son is huge, and yet more proof, to me at least, that the Ultimate Universe is going nowhere. In case you forgot that Miles’ dad hated metahumans, Bendis provides a flashback to demonstrate this fact, showing what Miles’ family did during the last event of this magnitude in the Ultimate Universe…. Ultimatum. We see Miles and his parents (man, I got a little choked at seeing his mum again) stuck in traffic trying to escape from New York after the flood, and this stress causes Jefferson to just rage against Mutants, even going so far to say that if Miles was a Mutant, he might disown him. Which just shows what a big deal the ending of this issue is.
Other characters are also flashing back to Ultimatum, as Dagger remembers what happened on that day to her, and how her mother was very selfish, and didn’t want to help others. She realises how wrong her mother was, and so she and Cloak head right on into the fray, teleporting right up to Galactus’ eyeball, which is crazy. Dagger throws some, well, daggers at Galactus, but all that does is annoy him, as he gears up some laser-eyes right at them. Luckily, Cloak is able to teleport away just in time. Realising they are outmatched against Galactus, the duo start to do what they can, and teleport injured people to hospitals.
Also helping out is Bombshell, who, hilariously, hadn’t actually noticed the arrival of Galactus because she’s had her headphones on. She runs into an ex-boyfriend on the street, who points out what’s been going on, and then immediately is killed by falling debris, in a moment that actually is sort of funny, but also really scary and good at showing the huge amount of random deaths Galactus is causing. This spurs Bombshell to help out, and she heads over to where Spider-Man and Spider-Woman are to help out. Whilst Bombshell stops some looting, in her first act as a superhero, Miles helps a young kid return to his dad. It was awesome to see Bombshell really make that step into becoming a hero, and I really am just loving how Bendis is developing both her, and Cloak and Dagger, just great characters.
Miles reuniting that kid with his dad is what spurs him on to go find his dad, who is stood on the doorstep, shouting for Miles. When Spider-Man lands in front of him, Jefferson is angry, and shoves him, which is when Miles calls him dad, and eventually unmasks. I can’t wait to see what the fallout from this is, it’s going to be big.
This is a great mini-series, it’s doing really well at showing the street-level impact of Galactus’ attack, as well as continuing the established Ultimate Spider-Man plots, heck, it’s not just continuing them, it’s exploding them! David Marquez’s art is just getting better and better, and man, some of Justin Ponsor’s colours here are amazing too. If you’re reading Cataclysm, you need to be reading this tie-in, as well, it’s more than just a tie-in.