Synopsis:As Galactus constructs his planet devouring kit in what used to be New Jersey, Mile Morales is at a loss for what to do. At that moment a helicopter whooshes over his head, which Spidey takes as a sign. He fires a webline at the helicopter and learns what immediate regret feels like as it pulls him towards the giant purple man.
Spider-Men to the Ultimates who weren't present for it, saying that Galactus matches the energy signature of the universe that the adult Peter Parker came through. He also discerns that the machine Galactus is constructing will bend the energies of the planet so as to consume them. After the Ultimates briefly argue about what to do with the entity (including sending Galactus back to his own dimension.) Sue Storm asks if there is anyone from 616 that they can talk to, giving Tony the idea to visit such a person. He confronts Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, in his prison cell at the Cube, asking him if he knows of the cosmic being. Mysterio, while flattered that the Ultimates consider him in the same league as Galactus, tells them that Reed Richards was the one who saved his Earth from the Devourer of Worlds.
Elsewhere, on the island Utopia, the X-Men are watching a new report on the destruction of New Jersey by Galactus. Colossus thinks they should get involved, but Jean thinks otherwise, asking if the humans would do the same for mutants. Kitty Pride in turn asks if that really matters as the report continues, saying that it looks like the end of the world...
Bendis also uses the multi-dimensional premise to build upon the events of Spider-Men as well as Age of Ultron. The inclusion of Mysterio makes a lot of sense and it's almost laughable to see the Ultimates treat him like a dangerous psychopath given his relatively minor status in his own universe. I was happy to see my request to see the X-Men appear granted and it wouldn't surprise me if they appeared in the final issue to lend a hand. Having personally not read any Ultimates or Ultimate Fantastic Four, it was pretty interesting to see Reed Richards with such an arrogant and downright unlikable personality, as well as Sue and the rest of the FF view him with contempt. So much for happy families.
Once again, Mark Bagley packs this issue with action, fire, dynamically posed characters and even more fire! Seriously there's a lot of that particular element in this issue, making the apocalyptic connections all the more vivid, though there's a lot more purple visible than what you'd expect from the apocalypse. Overall, another entertaining issue...