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-The Howling Commandos continue to fight the Gah Lak Tus infused bad guys, who include Hulk.
-During the Fight, everyone but Hercules, Dugan, and Ketch are infected and transformed.
-At Reed's abandoned City, Falcon confronts Tarleton, who is preparing to become Galactus's Herald.
-Tarleton launches the City airborne as the fight continues.
To be concluded!
This is exactly what I have been worrying about. Three issues just isn't enough for the tie-ins. I like this issue on its own, but as part two of three, it feels a little empty. It's action packed - and a lot of fun action, at that - but that's about it. There's little room for character or plot development with so much craziness going on.
I liked what little development there was a lot, though. Ketch is a great character, and serves as a nice POV, and Hercules is even better. The team's interactions with one another are a blast, but they're a little too sparse. Like I said, the action was solid, but I think Fialkov should have condensed it to make room for the team to develop a bit. And plot wise, there was almost nothing. I'm not crazy about the flying City, but it's a cool visual (and better than the stupid Flying Triskelion). I really like Tarleton's plans to become a Herald, as obvious as they might be. It's just, again, that I would have liked more here.
DiGiandomenico is a perfect fit for these Howling Commandos. I still think it was an odd style for Ultimates - though it worked due to the tone change the book has had over the past year or two - but I love it here. The action and character designs are exciting and kinetic, so the book is at least a fun read, even if it's a quick one. Some of the action is a bit tough to follow at times, but I think that adds to the craziness.
Altogether, this is a fine issue, but just that. As part two or three of five, this would have been a blast. But it's tough to judge it in a vacuum, knowing that there's only one more issue of this tie-in. I still think it's a better read than the main book - and certainly more exciting. It seems, though, that X-Men is going to take the lead as my favorite Cataclysm series.