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This week, readers witnessed the worlds-shaking conclusion of Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch’s ULTIMATE INVASION limited series where a new generation of heroes was born to save the future! Their saga continues in November’s ULTIMATE UNIVERSE #1 where Hickman will team up with Stefano Caselli to lay the groundwork for a new line of Ultimate Comics. In this extra-sized foundational one-shot, enter a new age of Ultimate storytelling filled with bold takes on iconic Marvel characters and special previews of upcoming Ultimate titles, including the recently revealed Ultimate Spider-Man and more.

"What made the Ultimate Universe originally really interesting was that it was a reflection of the world outside your window, in the moment that you were living in. What does it look like in the world we’re living in now?" Hickman said. "It’s kind of shocking how much the world has changed in that period of time. The idea of what it would be like to see the genesis of Super Heroes in a brand new world is a really fascinating exercise."

Check out never-before-seen interior artwork as well as Bryan Hitch’s newly revealed main cover that features the line’s all-new trade dress. Check with your local comic shop regarding availability and preorders for this milestone issue and learn more about Hickman’s Ultimate Spider-Man and the future of the Ultimate Universe next month at the Marvel: Next Big Thing Panel at New York Comic Con!

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Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Colors by DAVID CURIEL
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On Sale 11/1

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So the art looks fantastic..but ugh.. just die already Ultimates Universe!!

....guess I still hold some residual bitterness on how this version of Marvel was forced down our throats in every medium (comics, Ultimate Avengers cartoons, Ultimate Alliancw default suits...)

Then of course Marvel ruined their own cash cow with terrible writing and decisions....

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Right from the start I've always though that the Ultimate Universe was an exercise in brand confusion because it was "different" but not different ENOUGH.   They kept referring back to and comparing itself to the mainstream  Marvel Universe. They then based the movies off a hybrid between the Ultimate and mainstream Universe and it became even more confusing.
AND THEN they tried to close shop with the Ultimate Universe and tear it all down.............and then again........they tried to bring it all back.

Sorry, but.........personally speaking, this just gives me BS fatigue.  It's like the New Universe all over again.........and again, and again and.......it's a worse play than what DC did with all their Crisis stories.
it's muddled, confusing and dare I say.........impenetrable, because what the attractive appeal about diving into an utter mess??

I read some of the Ultimates stuff early on. The characters were frequently ugly and malicious and that made any progression in the stories to be bleak.  Sure, they could be cinematic, hence basing the MCU on a lot of it....but a lot of the time they weren't heroes----they were more psychos or monsters.  That turned me off the line and there was never any draw back to it.

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On 9/30/2023 at 7:08 PM, TheArrow said:

Right from the start I've always though that the Ultimate Universe was an exercise in brand confusion because it was "different" but not different ENOUGH.   They kept referring back to and comparing itself to the mainstream  Marvel Universe. They then based the movies off a hybrid between the Ultimate and mainstream Universe and it became even more confusing.
AND THEN they tried to close shop with the Ultimate Universe and tear it all down.............and then again........they tried to bring it all back.

Sorry, but.........personally speaking, this just gives me BS fatigue.  It's like the New Universe all over again.........and again, and again and.......it's a worse play than what DC did with all their Crisis stories.
it's muddled, confusing and dare I say.........impenetrable, because what the attractive appeal about diving into an utter mess??

I read some of the Ultimates stuff early on. The characters were frequently ugly and malicious and that made any progression in the stories to be bleak.  Sure, they could be cinematic, hence basing the MCU on a lot of it....but a lot of the time they weren't heroes----they were more psychos or monsters.  That turned me off the line and there was never any draw back to it.

Well said. I did like the first iteration of the Ultimates; the new approach, the artwork etc was fantastic... but ultimately (no pun intended) it just couldn't sustain itself.

Old fashioned, perhaps, but I find superheroes at their best when their motivation is "I have abilities and I'm using them to fight for justice" or that kind of thing. These characters are just there to show off, to act out, to play to their egos. Maybe that's a reflection on who's writing these stories. 

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On 10/3/2023 at 11:46 AM, Atlantis said:

Well said. I did like the first iteration of the Ultimates; the new approach, the artwork etc was fantastic... but ultimately (no pun intended) it just couldn't sustain itself.

Old fashioned, perhaps, but I find superheroes at their best when their motivation is "I have abilities and I'm using them to fight for justice" or that kind of thing. These characters are just there to show off, to act out, to play to their egos. Maybe that's a reflection on who's writing these stories. 

You are speaking 100 my friend. All these writers know how to do is self insert themselves into our beloved characters. They care nothing or know nothing about what the readers want. All they do is get the reigns and do what they think is cool from their own perspective. Nothing made that more apparent than Children of the Atom. No creativity in building any characters. They were all just cheap imitations of existing characters mixed with a lot of contemporary fads. We want to see superheroes do superhero stuff but instead we get to read about their adventures in cosplay and Reddit and Mutant Music. Like what does that even mean? Total amatuer hour.

At least the art looks good.

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There was a moment waaaay back in the original Ultimates--the Chitauri arc--that set a "tone" with me for the title and brand as a whole:
IIRC, SHIELD or some soldiers and the Ultimates had thwarted some Chitauri incident, it's in the aftermath, and so kid looks on the soldiers with what is drawn as a bit of awed expression.

And they mockingly push the kid to the ground.

I looked back at that story and immediately picked up a mean-spirited under-current throughout, and I know enough about writing to know that something like that isn't accidental. It was subtle, but it was sure there if one read a bit between the lines and the panels.
Subliminals are either parody, or something the writer is trying to convey beyond parody. 
I don't know if the new series will contain the same tugly one, but it really tainted my impressions of the whole Ultimates brand.

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went by my local some time ago, picked up a few of these issues. That was months ago....still only got through one of them. Maybe I just need to focus a bit more.

Man, back in the day comics had me reading cover to cover, absorbing the panels, the writing style, even the letters column

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Last week’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 was the most talked about launch in recent Marvel Comics history! Hailed as “a fully realized and fresh take” and “one of the most eagerly awaited new comics of 2024,” the issue’s introduction of the Parker family—including a very much alive Uncle Ben—has shown fans just how extraordinarily different Jonathan Hickman and Marco Checchetto’s vision for Spider-Man storytelling will be. Today, get a sneak peek at the excitement that lies ahead in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2, on sale February 21!

Marvel’s new Ultimate Universe was shaped by the evil Reed Richards variant known as the Maker. Travelling back in time on a parallel Earth, the Maker prevented young Peter Parker from ever being bit by that fateful radioactive spider. Now, 20 years later, the Universe’s own Tony Stark has given Peter the chance to reclaim the heroic destiny that was stolen from him! Taking on great responsibility as Spider-Man, an adult Peter web-swings into the New York skies for the first time, ready to use his newfound abilities to help fix the world in any way he can, all while balancing his new role with being a devoted husband and loving father. Taking place a month into Peter’s burgeoning super hero career, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 will see Peter’s first super powered brawl—an electrifying battle with the SHOCKER!

Peter won’t be the only Parker embarking on new adventures and taking down super villains. Peter’s beloved uncle Ben is an award-winning journalist, and alongside his trusted partner J. Jonah Jameson, he’ll pursue the truth of their corrupt world and the unrest that’s stirring around every corner—starting with discovering the identity and motives of the newly emerged Green Goblin! Get a glimpse at all this and more in today’s all-new preview.

“My love for this character is no secret to anyone,” Checchetto shared. “As soon as I received Jonathan Hickman’s plot of the series, I was immediately fascinated with how he managed to create something truly fresh and new, while keeping the spirit and essence of the web-slinger intact. I really loved the dialogue and got chills drawing these scenes. We have the opportunity and privilege to create our version of Spider-Man, and for me, to create the entire design of the series.”

“Throughout our run, expect changes and both classic and new versions of characters,” he continued. “One of the first you’ll meet is Shocker. He’s at the beginning of his career, so I wanted to create something different. Shocker wears a bomb squad suit to protect himself from the powers of his gloves, but still maintains some details of his classic costume. I had a lot of fun, and I believe it helps convey that we are at the dawn of a new storytelling universe. I would also like to talk about the origin of the Green Goblin's design, but I think it's more exciting to let you discover it by reading the fantastic story created by Jonathan!”

Check out all-new interior artwork, variant covers, and Checchetto’s original design sheets and preorder ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 today! If you missed ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1, ask your local comic shop about snagging the upcoming second printing, available on February 14—exactly one week before issue two arrives!

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 – 75960620796100211
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art and Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Colors by MATTHEW WILSON
Variant Cover by DIKE RUAN – 75960620796100216
Virgin Variant Cover by DIKE RUAN – 75960620796100217
Variant Cover by MATEUS MANHANINI – 75960620796100221
Variant Cover by ELIZABETH TORQUE – 75960620796100231
Connecting Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY – 75960620796100241
On Sale 2/21

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I'm...............not a fan.
I looks to me like they've pared down all the things that made those character designs appealing, interesting and........well, fun.
Oh, I get it........not everything can be a cartoon, not everything can be drawn like it came from the hand of Dave Cockrum, John Romita Sr. or John Byrne, but these designs have no.....draw to them. They almost look like the aim was to NOT go near the classic looks at all. 
They look.............bland.......like they are trying too hard to be concept designs for cinema.

And therein lays my perennial complaint about the Ultimate line: that they dip their toe too deep into the mainstream Marvel, but try to stand far apart from said Marvel.  My opinion, my thought has long been they should have kept only the names of the characters, and foregone the rest.  Do a TOTAL re-think of the characters from square one/the ground up.  It would have given them carte blanche and wholly new approaches possible.  It's timid, and I think they could push it more.

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