Would U Buy It #64: "Ultraverse: Black September"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Ultraverse: Black September.
Alternate Title:Black September.
Collecting 9 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Black September #∞

Marvel's purchase and burial of the Ultraverse is what made me call Marvel "The House of Ideas That Go Bump in the Night" (that's probably only funny to me). However, another title for this TPB might be Black September: The Beginning of the End of the Ultraverse. Although tongue-in-cheek and maybe a little crass, that's not inaccurate. All Ultraverse titles were completely gone in under a year-and-a-half of this story arc, including crossovers, with the exception of Exiles, which re-started over at Marvel with a new first issue in 2001. I wonder how much Marvel paid for the Exiles title?

In fairness, I found this quote on wickedpedia [sic] about an Ultraverse revival (the original article was no longer available on Newsarama):

"In June 2005, when asked by Newsarama whether Marvel had any plans to revive the Ultraverse, Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada replied that:
Let's just say that I wanted to bring these characters back in a very big way, but the way that the deal was initially structured, it's next to impossible to go back and publish these books.
There are rumors out there that it has to do with a certain percentage of sales that has to be doled out to the creative teams. While this is a logistical nightmare because of the way the initial deal was structured, it's not the reason why we have chosen not to go near these characters, there is a bigger one..."

Obviously, although Marvel's involvement did kill the Ultraverse, they didn't intend for that to happen, so Black September was their attempt at integrating the Ultraverse into the Marvel Universe. For that reason alone, I find this story mildly intriguing, and found all of the single issues in the quarter bins. Still, I wouldn't mind seeing a TPB of this story. That probably won't happen until they can work around the Ultraverse buyout deal, but it's a nice idea.

For the cover, I think the only choice is Black September #∞. Although if you must have a picture, the cover to the BS Preview Book might be a decent choice.

And don't forget that any TPB of Black September would need all of the cover art, both the black covers (above) and the picture covers (below):

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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8 Comments
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Edited by turoksonofstone

  "The House of Ideas That Go Bump in the Night" LMAO. That's Jack Kirby's ghost kicking around.....
I own the issues but STILL might buy it! lol.

Posted by cbishop
@turoksonofstone: Well, guess two people think it's funny now. ;) lol 
It just boggles my mind that a company calling itself the "House of Ideas" would take some really great ideas and just hide 'em.  "Ideas," indeed!  Sheesh.
Posted by poohbear7882
@cbishop said:
" @turoksonofstone: Well, guess two people think it's funny now. ;) lol  "  
 
Three. 
 
I'd buy this.  Honestly, even if I had no idea who any of the characters were (only some of Ultraverse characters ring a bell), I would buy it if it had that title.
Posted by cbishop
@poohbear7882: Thanks for the reply, poohbear'.  I think I'd scoop up any Ultraverse trade, just to support getting more of them released.
Edited by turoksonofstone
@cbishop: 
I Love the Ultraverse Energy Vampire called Rune, Here's my theory on the Ultraverse Heroes:

                                                                                                                                 BWS's contractual arrangement with Malibu included his two thirds ownership of the character. 
 
I'm pretty sure this applied to ALL of the first wave Ultraverse characters from this line and their respective creators. BTW, is it just me or have most of these guys not worked for Marvel since?
 
 


Posted by cbishop
@turoksonofstone: I don't really know - I couldn't tell you off the top of my head what creators worked on the books.  Thanks to Image, creator ownership was a big issue then, with any new books, so I can imagine that the contracts were something along those lines.  Joe Q just says it's a "logistical nightmare," but that there's a "bigger reason" for them not using the characters. <shrugs>  Whatever the case, it's still a waste.  Why couldn't they publish them separate from Marvel, through the Icon line or something?  Kind of a moot point, I suppose.  I'd just like to see TPB's of the Ultraverse books, but honestly, you can find most (if not all) of the issues in the quarter bins... maybe even dime bins.  It's just a matter of hunting them down.
Posted by Ryonslaught

I would Buy! I own a few of the Prime books myself along with Exiles :)

Posted by cbishop

Yeah, I have a good number of the Ultraverse books, but still have some to hunt down. I'd but tpb's in an instant though.