Ultimate Marvel gets reinvented post-Cataclysm

Far from being decommissioned as rumors had dictated, Marvel Comics’ Ultimate line is about to become Ultimate Marvel NOW! with a massive overhaul.

“The Ultimate Universe is relatively young, which yields more opportunities for real change, real dangers, and dramatic avenues left unexplored in superhero comics,” says ALL-NEW ULTIMATES writer Michel Fiffe.

And exploring new avenues is just what Marvel intends to do with the Ultimate line after Galactus’ rampage in the pages of Cataclysm left the alternate universe head-over-heels upside down. Marvel has a series of revamps for its tiles set in the Ultimate Universe and they mean much more than introducing a few new heroes or shaking up a roster or two; this is wholesale stuff here.

It all starts in April with ALL-NEW ULTIMATES, from the creative team of Michel Fiffe (Copra) and Amilcar Pinna (X-Men: First Class). Spider-Man, Black Widow (formally Spider-Woman), Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, Cloak & Dagger officially unite to tackle the vicious, rampant crime wave overtaking Hell’s Kitchen! But can this new team of Ultimates stand up to the murderous gang known only as the Serpent Skulls?

Ultimate Marvel NOW! continues through the spring of 2014 with the launch of ULTIMATE FF by Joshua Hale Fialkov (Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men) and upcoming superstar artist, Mario Guevara. The FF – Future Foundation – is all that stands between the Ultimate universe and COMPLETE AND UTTER DOOM! Can Sue Storm, Tony Stark, Machine Man and Sam Wilson face the oncoming devastation directly after the events of Cataclysm?

And finally, Miles Morales is back in his own web-slinging solo-series, MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN by creator Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men) and artist Dave Marquez (Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, All-New X-Men). In the wake of earth-shattering events, Miles is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life! But there is no time to sit back and relax. A BIG villain from Peter Parker’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down.

Expect to see a lot more on the new lineup very soon. And for those who like their comics both physical and digital, you’ll be happy to know that all comics with the Ultimate Marvel NOW! branding will indeed include codes for e-copies so you can take your collection on the road with you sans longbox.

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