Comic Book: The Ultimates
All your favorite Marvel superheroes... only jerkier.
The idea behind The Avengers is that the Marvel Universe's biggest players all get together and fight all the biggest supervillains they can't defeat individually, whereas Ultimates 2 is an exploration of what happens when a bunch of ordinary people are turned into super-soldiers and being groomed to fight the real-life war on terror.
Marvel Comics reimagining of The Avengers
as part of their new Ultimate Marvel
continuity, courtesy of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. As the above quote says, this series is not merely a retelling of the classic crossover superhero team, but goes the extra mile and reimagines the Avengers in this reality as a superhuman strike force team founded by S.H.I.E.L.D.
as an attempt to curb the rising threat of super terrorism and other Persons of Mass Destruction
. The first two volumes were well received and their influence can be felt in Marvels Cinematic Universe. The Ultimates 3 was penned by Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira and wasn't
very well received and led to the universally reviled event known as Ultimatum
. After that, the concept was rebooted into two series: Ultimate Avengers
and New Ultimates
. Ultimate Avengers, by Millar and various artists was told over the course of 3 six issue arcs, centering on the returned Ultimate Nick Fury, Hawkeye along with featuring new Ultimate versions of Marvel characters and original creations for the team of Black Ops super heroes. New Ultimates by Loeb and Frank Cho told the story of most of the remaining original Ultimate team, including Captain America as they faced off against another threat.
The two teams would clash later on in the Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates
crossover,which tied into the Ultimate line event "The Death of Spider-Man" leading to a line reboot that had The Ultimates
get another series titled Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates
, as well as giving Ultimate Hawkeye
his own mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, until after issue 12, where Sam Humphries takes over as writer of the team. After issue 25, Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of I, Vampire
becomes the writer of the team.
It has recently been announced that following Cataclysm
, the title will be relaunched as part of the Marvel NOW!
initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature Spider-Man
), Cloak & Dagger
, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and the newest Black Widow
The comic's main series was made up of the following series:
- The Ultimates. 13 issues, from March, 2002 to April, 2004.
- The Ultimates 2. 13 issues, from February, 2005 to February, 2007.
- The Ultimates 3. 5 issues, from February to November, 2008.
- Ultimate Comics: Avengers. 18 issues (over 3 numbered mini series), August 2009 to January 2011.
- New Ultimates. 5 issues, from March 2010 to February 2011.
- Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates. 31 issues, from August 2011 to November 2013.
- Cataclysm: The Ultimates. 3 issues, from November 2013 to January 2014.
- All-New Ultimates. Ongoing series beginning April 2014.
Tropes in the Ultimates include:
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- And Now For Something Completely Different: The new volume features an entirely new team, with none of the previous Ultimates returning.
- Beach Episode: Issue #4 has the female members of the team going to Coney Island.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The New Ultimates' first formal outing as a team was not a pleasant experience. Jessica was poisoned, Cloak was injured, and Bombshell was so scared that she might have died that her powers started acting wonky and she quit the team afterwards.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Diamondback beats up two of her henchmen for trying to take advantage of a paralysed Bombshell and warms them not to touch her.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Jessica suffers one during the battle with the Serpent Skulls as one person had Poisoned Weapons.
- Legacy Character: Miles Morales as the second Spider-Man and Jessica Drew as the third Black Widow.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Before the series was announced, the same grouping of characters appeared in the final arc of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, as well as the Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man mini-series.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Effectively describes the team as a whole
- Miles Morales was just another average joe until getting bit by a similar genetically altered spider that bit Peter Parker. Unlike the latter, Miles didn't really take well to his gift until Peter's death which Miles felt he could have prevented given the two's similar power set if he were less timid and more accepting of his spider powers. After Losing his mother to Venom, Miles threw in the towel and tried to live a normal life which lasted for a full year until recent events such as Cloak and Dagger breaking out of Roxxon headquarters and learning where the Venom symbiote came from caused him to reconsider.
- Jessica Drew in this reality was a female clone of Peter Parker and was royally fed up with SHIELD turning a blind eye to the atrocities Roxxon was committing i.e genetically tampering with people's DNA to give them superpowers against their will in an attempt to compete with the likes of Justin Hammer or Norman Osborn
- Bombshell was born with her powers due to her mother being experimented on by Roxxon while pregnant. After a life of crime, Lana wanted to see what it felt like to do good for a change and what better way to do that then get even with the ones responsible for your not-normal life!
- Cloak and Dagger were just two regular hard working teenagers who happened to meet by chance and fell in love with one another. After a car crash on prom night left them comatose, Roxxon kidnapped them, faked their deaths and used their unconscious bodies as an excuse to illegally experiment on them. Naturally, the duo don't take too kindly to learning that Roxxon turned their lives upside down and are eager for payback!
- Kitty Pride was once a member of the X-Men until Ultimatum wiped out quite a number of them. In addition, she was Peter Parker's former girlfriend and quite upset with his untimely death at the hands of Norman Osborn. For a time, she led a group of surviving mutants in the mutant sanctioned piece of land known as Utopia until conflict with Jean Grey led her to step down.
- Mob War: Pretty much the main point of emphasis for the New Ultimates as, unlike the previous iteration who dealt with terrorists and invasions, the new Ultimates are more street level and focus on super powered gangs.
- Rage Quit: After a disappointing defeat with the Serpent Skulls and her losing control of her power during the battle, Bombshell quits the team in a rather angry fashion. She returns by the next issue.
- Skilled, but Na´ve: The new team is not exactly sure how to work as a team in the beginning as they no longer have SHIELD or government backing since SHIELD was shut down. They have only worked together twice prior to becoming an official team and both situations pail in comparison to what they face as a formal team.
- Vigilante Man: Scourge is killing off Serpent Skulls and other gang members in order to incite gang warfare.