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"I say we keep it simple and just take All-New Ultimates."

The All-New Ultimates were a superhero team, created by Michel Fiffe in 2014. It was set in the Ultimate Marvel universe. The Ultimates break up after Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand, as Captain America had died and Thor got lost in the Negative zone. The team is composed by:

Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, noticed a ton of illegal genetic research activity going in Roxxon, so she decided to investigate them. However, she could not do it alone, having tried it before and gotten caught and nearly vivisected by the scientists. Also, she could not enlist the help of the Ultimates since SHIELD had contracts with them. So she decided to reach out to Miles Morales while he was still in mourning from his KIA mother. It took some time, but he eventually signed on. They go and investigate their first leads and results of Roxxon experimentation and come across a distressed Bombshell who was worried that her previous attackers, Cloak and Dagger were still after her. Both Jessica and Miles console her and try to piece her connection to Roxxon only to be attacked by Taskmaster who was hired by the evil corporation to take Bombshell out. During the battle, Cloak and Dagger help defeat the assassin after which all of them talk and notice their eerie connection to Roxxon. So they all decide to take Roxxon out in spite of overwhelming odds. They defeat the corporation and then decide to become a team afterwards. Far from the international conflicts of the original team, the All-New Ultimates worked against a Mob War. Crime in New York had been made worse after Cataclysm, as S.H.I.E.L.D. was closed in the aftermath. The team fought against Diamondback and Crossbones, the vigilante Scourge, and an anti-gang police unit.

Not to be confused with the 2010 "New Ultimates" miniseries, starred by the original team.



  • 15 Minutes of Fame: When the book starts, Kitty is hidden at Jessica's home because she can't endure all the fame she got from the fight against Galactus. Later on, she leaves with no problem: the fad has died down, and the media has moved to the next big shiny thing.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The Ultimates fight against Vermin and find Terry at the sewers.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Lana is complaining that Poey has completely disappeared, and one of her classmates mentioned in passing that he was trying to stay under the radar at his uncle's home. Then he remembered that it was supposed to be a secret. Too late, Lana goes there and starts a What the Hell, Hero? discussion with him.
  • Action Prologue: Issue #5 starts with a fight against gangs right off the bat.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Kitty did not like the way that Jessica drafted her to the team, and initially refused to take part in it. But, as their first mission went badly, she accepted to join them.
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  • Art Shift: Art in issue #7 takes a turn for the worse.
  • Atrocious Alias: Spider-Man does not like being called "Spidey".
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Cloak told Dagger that they need a plan against the Femme Fatales. Her plan is to kick that lady's 'UNGH!'
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: One of the Skull Serpents was about to kill Terry. O'Reilly saved him in the nick of time.
  • Beach Episode: Issue #4 has the female members of the team going to Coney Island.
  • Becoming the Mask: Crossbones was a SHIELD agent, sent as a mole to infiltrate Renee Deladier's gang, and get info about her drugs. Renee was actually working for Hydra. However, he liked being a bad guy, so he abandoned the "mole" part and joined them for real.
  • BFG: One of the watchdogs had one, for use against the reinforcement cops, but work just as well against superheroes.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The first fight between the Ultimates, the Serpent Skulls and O'Reilly's unit ended when a full SWAT Team shows up to cease the conflict.
  • Breaking Out the Boss: When they learned about him, the watchdogs broke Scourge out of prison.
  • Broken Pedestal: O'Reilly used to be grateful of Scourge trying to help the police on his own. He was detained and interrogated, and it turns out that he was a racist maniac.
  • The Cameo: The Ultimate FF show up to take prisoner some villains that the Ultimates defeated.
  • Canon Character All Along: The police cops that we have seen eventually become Terror Inc.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Cloak and Dagger cannot be texted, because they don't have cell phones. They are officially dead, so it may be difficult for them to get in a cell phone plan.
  • Chase Fight: Taskmaster captured the Ultimates and placed them all in his van. Sidewinder hotwired and stole the van, with the unconscious Ultimates in it, right in Taskmaster's nose. And, while he tries to retrieve his prey, Bombshell is also after the whole group, to save the Ultimates.
  • The Church: Their base of operations is an abandoned church in Hell's Kitchen which also serves as Cloak and Dagger's home.
  • Circling Birdies: Miles Morales saw stars when Taskmaster attacked him.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Loads and loads of Serpent Skulls go against Bombshell, who is in the middle of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. What happens next is no surprise.
  • Continuity Nod: Kate Bishop does not appear in this comic (she was just at Ultimate Spider-Man), but Miles mentioned her while discussing the "Take That!" Kiss he received from Diamondback.
  • Cruel Mercy: One of the Skull Serpents is burning, and asks for help. Scourge helps him... with a knife.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The New Ultimates' first formal outing as a team is not a pleasant experience. Jessica is poisoned, Cloak gets injured, and Bombshell was so scared that she might have died that her powers started acting wonky and she quit the team afterwards.
  • Curse Cut Short: dagger says she wants to kick that lady's... she couldn’t finish the sentence, as she was attacked with a laser beam.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Spider-Man is trying to defeat the villains before the building collapses, and Bombshell helps to dispatch one of them. He told her not to stay behind, that she has to run, and she replies that she was saving his lame Spider-butt.
  • Dating Catwoman: Miles received a "Take That!" Kiss from Diamondback. It was not mutual nor consensual, but got worried that he may not be loyal to Kate Bishop because of it.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Those beepers to stay in contact were such a good idea, until Miles was sneaking on a drug dealing and it started to sound. His cover was blown, and all lights and guns aimed at him.
  • Dirty Coward: Taskmaster will not stay to fight against the giant. That wasn't in the contract.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Diamondback kisses Spider-Man, and he does not notice that Taskmaster is aiming at him. But when he fires, he shots Diamondback by accident instead.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Spider-Man makes a joke about Jersey, which was destroyed by Galactus. Black Widow told him "dude, too soon".
  • The Ending Changes Everything: O'Reilly's group had orders to avoid the gangs, despite being a unit specifically made for fighting gangs. You could easily think that Police Are Useless, and that it was just an excuse to send the Ultimates to the action. Things are more complicated than that. Ecstasy has several cops under her influence, including O'Reilly's commanding officer, and she works for Hydra. SHIELD was working on it, but then the Galactus event and the break of SHIELD left the case hanging.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Diamondback beats up two of her henchmen for trying to take advantage of a paralyzed Bombshell and warms them not to touch her.
  • Evil Is Petty: Bombshell has been turned into a living puppet, and Diamondback uses her to go to the Ultimates' base of operations. But, before that, let's take a detour to an ATM and make her take out all the cash from her debit cards.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Taskmaster got the Ultimates for a bounty, and had to fight with a rival bounty hunter for them.
  • Fantastic Drug: There is a drug lab ran by former employees of Roxxon. They made a drug that give people superpowers, but it is untested, and more often than not it gives useless or harming super powers. The lab was then seized by a street gang, the Serpent Skulls.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: The team breaks up at the end of the last issue.
  • Fist of Rage: Dagger made one when she was breaking up with Cloak.
  • Friend on the Force: S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more, but Jessica was an agent and has their training in addition to her powers, so she is the leader of the group, who are just teenagers with powers and good intentions.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Jessica suffers one during the battle with the Serpent Skulls as one person had Poisoned Weapons.
  • Gangbangers: The Serpent Skulls, a street gang that seized a Roxxon ran lab, and has a drug that gives superpowers.
  • Giving Up on Logic: Spider-Man saves Lana (in her civil identity) and her boyfriend, and she bosses him around while they leave. *sigh*
  • The Gloves Come Off: Diamondback told Bombshell to stop acting all tough, that it won't bring Poey back. She asked, who's acting?
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: And in an Eyedscreen to boot, when Bombshell finally had Diamondback at her mercy. But then, she decides that she's Not Worth Killing.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Of all the people that they could have attacked with the lethal drug, they attacked Spider-Woman, who has a healing factor.
  • Grand Finale: The team fights against a giant and all their enemies in the last issue.
  • Groin Attack: Dagger gave one to one of the Skulls, during their first fight.
  • He's Back!: Downplayed. Lana practiced her grand return salute, and got filled of doubts and insecurities about it.
  • Healing Factor: Spider-Woman was drugged, but her advanced molecular makeup allowed her to survive it. She had to be hospitalized, but anyone else would have died.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Diamondback has Bombshell under her control, and uses her against the Ultimates. But when she mentions the death of Poey, the anger allows her to break free of their control.
  • Hulk Speak: Vermin only speak nonsenses like "Vermin hungry" or "Vermin kills". Spider-Man blamed the school system for it.
  • It Only Works Once: There's a giant in town, but Kitty can not repeat the trick she used against Galactus. She needed help from SHIELD to be turned into a giant, and there's no SHIELD anymore.
  • It's a Long Story: Diamondback does not understand how can there be a Spider-Man, if he has died some months ago. Miles does not have the time to explain, not in the middle of a fight.
  • Kid Hero: All the new Ultimates are teenagers.
  • King of Thieves: Diamondback is the leader of the serpent gang.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Cloak and Dagger usually discuss that way. Black Widow once finds it to be too awkward.
  • Look Both Ways: Terry wakes up in the morgue, walks out, still dizzy and confused, and gets run over by a truck.
  • Magic Pants: Vermin turned into a huge monster, but he kept his pants.
  • The Matchmaker: Where would Miles be if he hadn't Ganke to give him love advice?
  • 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.
  • The Mole: One of the cops driving the truck with Scourge was a watchdog taking part in his liberation.
  • Mushroom Samba: Black Widow was drugged during the first fight, but did not start to feel the effects until some hours later.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Spider-Man tried to ask Diamondback to stop the fight and get help for Terry, and said "c'mon, lady". She refused and said "the name isn't 'lady', it's Diamondback".
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: One of the Skulls aimed to Dagger with a gun. She attacked him with a maze.
  • Never Found the Body: Crossbones, very badly injured, escapes to the sewers. The Ultimates go after him, but find other people instead. And Crossbones? Of course, he survived after all.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Poey is dead, and Bombshell is depressed because she never told him that she loved him.
  • New Era Speech: Scourge gave one in internet after being detained, to justify his vigilante activities.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero
    • Kitty's power can disrupt electronic stuff. Using it against the bad guy's weapon, fine. But the head of a guy with brain implants? She turns him into a babbling helpless meatbag, as she would have realized if she thought about it before acting.
    • Spider-Man and Taskmaster fight at the top of the van. Spider-Man kicks the gun out of Taskmaster's hand, so there is a random firing... that hits the driver.
  • No True Scotsman: Scourge told the police that he doesn't kill kids. And what about kids in gangs or superhero kids? "They made that choice. I enforce the consequence".
  • Not Worth Killing: Bombshell finally has Diamondback at her mercy. Just one explosion to blow up her head, and avenge her boyfriend. But no, she decides to let her go.
  • Noble Bigot: Played with Scorge takes this more along the lines of Well-Intentioned Extremist levels while his actions combined with the hate speech after being captured puts him in Politically Incorrect Villain territory his killing The Watchdog member who sprang his out showed how discussed his was by their rhetoric.
    • However this could be more of a case of even evil has standards due to the fact that they killed a cop who was merely doing his job.
  • Not Me This Time: Cloak teleports a pair of junkies out of the church, and a neighbor complains that super people are always messing with normal people. Cloak pointed that they were trespassers, to no avail.
  • Nothing Personal: Taskmaster does not really care about the Ultimates. Roxxon pays a lot of money for them, and he just wants the job.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!
    • After fighting Vermin, the Ultimates find Terry, but Vermin comes for a new round.
    • Cloak teleports everyone out of the van that is about to crash, saying "don't want to relive Prom night". The night when he died, before Roxxon experimented with him and Tandy.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: Many Skull serpents escaped from the Ultimates in the church, only to be found by Scourge.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Jessica is short of money and must buy one dollar pizza, but still lives at a huge apartment, with a giant LCD TV, pieces of abstract art, etc.
  • Police Are Useless: Lana is supposed to be free on parole, no powers, but she can go as far as to join a superhero group with no problem. She said that his parole officer is either dumb as dirt or doesn't care.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
    • Scorge
    • The Watchdogs a right-wing moral brigade that eventually shifted to an outright white supremacist terrorist outfit.
  • 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.
  • Previously on…: Each issue starts with a recap of the previous ones.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Shirt: The good cop in the truck driving Scourge to prison.
  • Red Is Violent: The cover of #3 features Scourge. It is completely red.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: One of the Skull's guns got jammed during the fight. His friend told him to throw it away, then.
  • Reverse Relationship Reveal: The Ultimates are seeking Crossbones in the sewers, and are attacked by Vermin (a poor man's Hulk) and Crock (a cyborg with a staff). Black Widow kills Vermin with Crock's staff, and Kitty killed Crock by accident by phasing inside him. Turns out they were not villains, just outcasts of the super-soldier program, who just want to be left alone.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bombshell got one after getting rid of Diamondback's control, as she killed her boyfriend.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Miles mentioned Diamondback's tattoo, she said that it was a marker drawing. He was amazed. Then she clarified that no, it isn't. "Er... I knew that".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bombshell left the team as she almost died in their first outing.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Cloak and Dagger are kissing, turn on their powers, and then we see an explosion of light from one of the church's windows.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: This team is rather unique compared to most comic book super hero teams because of how young they are. Most of the time, when dealing with teen superhero teams, their age is referenced because they are a younger team than the original(e.g. Young Avengers, Young Justice, Teen Titans, and etc). This team is mostly comprised of B-list or low A-list superheroes and they are actively replacing A-list heroes such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America as the Ultimates and there is nothing referencing their age.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: When they were discussing about things to request from Jameson, Dagger proposed dental care.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: 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.
  • Sniping the Cockpit: Taskmaster fires to the driver of the van by accident, when Spider-Man tries to disarm him.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Issue 8 ends with a figure watching and following the Ultimates with several screens.
  • SWAT Team: There is one, led by Paul "The Crippler" Dennis.
  • Tagalong Kid: After meeting Dagger and that other guy, Ganke asked Miles to an honorary member of the team, or something like that. He didn't even got an answer.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Diamondback gave one to Spider-Man.
  • Talk About the Weather: Black Widow said that it was a nice day, and Spider-Man protested that they are talking about the weather now. But, hey, it was a nice day!
  • There Are No Coincidences: Spider-Man pointed that they fought against Crossbones, Taskmaster and Scourge, three guys with skulls. He thinks that they must be related. Black Widow thinks that it's just that skulls are cool, and Kitty that they are fans of The Misfits.
  • To Make a Long Story Short: Lana visits her mother Lori at prison. Prisoners have a fixed short time for visits, so Lori tries to avoid the introductory conversation and go straight to the point.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ganke walks around a dangerous neighbourhood, filled of street gangs that attack people to steal from them... because he wanted some Lego pieces?
  • Understatement: When Lana asks Poey about his absence, he said that he had an emergency. Then he gives in, and confess it: he has been dealing drugs again.
  • Ungrateful Bastard
    • Crossbones tried to kill Spider-Man, right after he saved him from falling debris.
    • Scourge saved Spider-Man from Crossbones. Spider-Man webs him and leaves him for the police.
    • The watchdogs made a military operation to liberate Scourge. He shot all of them as soon as he had a weapon.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Bombshell was turned into a puppet by Diamondback and saw her gang kill Poey, unable to do anything about it. When she manages to get out of their control, she wants to kill them all.
  • Vigilante Man: Scourge is killing off Serpent Skulls and other gang members in order to incite gang warfare.
  • Villainous Valour: Scourge, who does not seem to have any noteworthy power, is attacked by Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, Cloak and Dagger. He manages to elude all of them and escape.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Subverted. The only members who go to school are Miles and Lana. Jessica was a former agent of SHIELD and has an apartment in Chelsea despite being the biological age of 16-17. Kitty Pryde is too well known to ever want to, and Cloak and Dagger have been declared dead and are by all means orphans.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: The doctor that was checking Terry calls: the corpse has simply woke up and left when nobody was watching.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dagger is shot. Cloak is teleporting her to a hospital. Taskmaster manages to get them, leave them unconcious, and keep collecting the other Ultimates. Eventually they break free, but her bullet wound (and the time that passed without it being healed) is not mentioned anymore.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Anaconda, whose power is to be all-grabby, tries to get Kitty Pryde. It goes just as you would expect.
    Kitty: I'm not judging. We're all special in our own way.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • Lana got really mad with his boyfriend Poey, as he was hiding at his uncle's home and never told her about it.
    • Cloak threw Vermin to Dagger, instead of simply absorbing him. She was not happy about it.
    • Cloak and Dagger have been living in an abandoned church, and when it was blown up, at Jessica's. Miles pointed that Jameson would have proposed to buy them whatever they need. Rather than being happy, Dagger was angry. She was living at an abandoned church when she could have been in a condo?
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: One of the cops driving Scourge to the prison was actually a member of the watchdogs, who disarmed and cuffed his partner. When that partner tried to counter attack, he was shot.
  • With My Hands Tied: Taskmaster fights against Bengal and is winning, despite the minor inconvenience of having his arms fully trapped into Spider-Man's webbing.
    Taskmaster: I guess you don't care if I hand you your arms with my arms tied.