Writer: Mark Millar
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend & Andy Owens
Publisher: Marvel Comics
While Xavier tries to make contact with the Ultimates to explain the role he played in Magneto's return, the Ultimates find themselves targeted by Magneto, and the attack serves to strengthen the feeling that the X-Men are directly involved.
This issue brings us to the halfway point of the story, and the two teams have yet to meet. On one hand this does build up a nice sense of anticipation, but I have to confess that I'm starting to get a bit concerned that Mark Millar is spending a little too much time arranging the pieces on the board that the big event won't have enough room to do it justice. Still this issue does have itself a pretty intense encounter between the Ultimates & Magneto, and Ultimate X-Men fans get themselves a pretty big surprise, as the death of an X-Man is revealed in these pages, before it was offered up in the pages of the monthly title. As for the art, I'm a fan of Chris Bachalo's work, and I'm glad to see his work on such a high profile project. However, action sequences have never been his strong suit, and as such I'm not sure he's such a good fit for this action heavy miniseries, as the Ultimates battle with Magneto in this issue lacks the visual punch & clarity it needed to have.
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