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Quote1.png There's only one problem, Erik. The truth. Mutants weren't chosen by God. They weren't genetically gifted. Or aberrations either. They were made in a laboratory. By a crazy ass doctor who thought he could change the world. Ordinary men who were used like lab rats to be super-soldiers. That's all you are, you bastard. Quote2.png
Nick Fury

Appearing in "The Ugly Truth"

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Synopsis for "The Ugly Truth"

Magneto killing Wolverine

Magneto kills Wolverine by ripping the adamantium from his bones. Nick Fury arrives with Mister Fantastic, Doctor Doom, and Zarda, and implements his contingency plan. Using Jean's telepathy, Fury transmits his memories to Magneto, showing him that the existence of mutants was in fact the result of a misguided genetic super soldier experiment. Disillusioned, Magneto immediately reverses the damage he had done to the Earth's magnetic poles. Despite insisting that Charles Xavier would have forgiven him, Cyclops kills Magneto with his eyebeams. The heroes destroy the citadel and leave.

Eight days later, the world has begun to recover from the devastation. Cyclops gives a speech in Washington D.C. before a crowd of anti-mutant protesters. He acknowledges Magneto's crimes, but pleads for peace between humans and mutants. He also announces that Congress is currently voting on a bill that will require all mutants to turn themselves into the US government, or be shot on sight. However, Cyclops is fatally shot in the head by an unknown assassin. In Latveria, The Thing kills Dr. Doom. In Wundagore, Quicksilver is revealed to be alive, and reveals that he was the one who assassinated Cyclops. He then takes Magneto's helmet and swears to carry on his father's dream, all while in the presence of Moira MacTaggert.

Solicit Synopsis

Is this what the end of the world looks like? You better believe it!! As only Emmy & Eisner award-winning writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artist David Finch can deliver, it’s an apocalyptic conclusion where every, and we mean EVERY, score is settled! The Ultimate heroes have faced their final judgment…and when the dust settles will they be found wanting? If you can handle the growing body count, stick around as ALL is answered in this explosive series finale that will shock fans for years to come!

As with the rest of the series, "The Ugly Truth" was met with almost universally negative reactions from critics and fans alike. Ultimatum appeared on IGN's list of the Worst Comic Book Events[1]. IGN's review for "The Ugly Truth" was entitled "The Ultimate Nightmare comes to a close" and criticized the poor use of dialogue, the "brief and easy finish" and the attitudes of the heroes in the story: "The heroes in this issue don't behave like heroes at all... heroes in this issue murder villains in cold blood and with little provocation" [2].


  • At the back of the book is a listing of all the characters who died in Ultimatum: Angel, Beast, Blob, Cannonball, Captain Britain and the European Initiative, Cipher, Cyclops, Daredevil, Dazzler, Detonator, Forge, Emma Frost, Hardrive, Juggernaut, Longshot, Lorelei, Madrox, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Polaris, Psylocke, Hank Pym, Janet Pym, Dr. Franklin Storm, Stephen Strange, Sunspot, Syndicate, Thor, Toad, Dr. Doom, Wolverine, Charles Xavier, and listed as Missing In Action are: Firestar, Havok, and Spider-Man.

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