I was under the same impression that the god stuff wont be completed before Spencer leaves and that Wood will adreess it after his first 12 months on the book dealing with Divided We Fall and the rest of the initial story he has planned, so I had no expectation that we would be getting any resolve in this issue or the next.
What I was hoping for out of this issue and the next was that the stakes would be raised and we would get some decent set-up for Divided We Fall and IMO it delivered that in spades!!
Yes, it was very decompressed, but so has Spencers entire run so I'm not sure why this would surprise anyone
What I loved about this issue:
Captain Walker looks like he could be a great new character that Wood could utilise in the year ahead.
Revisiting Valarie Cooper in the situation room and her reference to The Ultimates so we can get a feel for how this all ties in with the timeline.
Raising the stakes by showing the Nimrods are killing humans too for being sympathisers and the damage they have done to four major city's (Yes, Ultimatum was worse on a global scale, but within the U.S it only effected New York. This event has decimated four major city's! And someone comented that what is happening currently in The Ultimates is much worse. True, but remember, these events are taking place before Washington was bombed so the charcter who said it wouldn't know that yet!)
I also loved the fact that the President ceded power over the south-western states, setting things up nicely for what we know of Brian Wood's run dealing with Strykers Regime!! If done right the next year of stories in both X-Men and Ultimates could be EPIC!!
I also thought the giant Stryker sentinal at the end was one of Spencers best final splash pages yet! That was until Wyokid ruined it for me by pointing out he looks like he's about to cry! Now it's not so menacing
And finally the last thing I loved about this issue... KITTY!! Damn I've been missing her since issue #6!!
I'm really looking forward to next weeks now as I agree with one of the above posters, it does look like Spencer has adjusted the scripts slightly to help set things up for Wood's run, so hopefully he'll go out with a bang after all!!