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At the end of Death of Spider-man, whether or not Peter lives or dies, one thing's for certain-The Ultimate Universe will change yet again. All this week, Marvel comics have been doing liveblogs about the upcoming new and returning titles and the aftermath of Death of Spider-man coming up later this year.
We've already seen a preview of the new Spider-man, however we don't know who is underneath the mask. All we know is that it's not Peter. Yesterday, Marvel announced some more information about the series. It is said that this new Spider-man will have new powers. Sara Pichelli will be the artist for the new Spider-man series But then there's Ultimate Comics: Fallout that deals in not only with the Death of Spider-man aftermath, but also the impact it has for the other heroes.
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates is another series that will feature some of the Ultimates or Ultimate Avengers characters, and some new characters. The only thing that's known about this series is this: "The Republic is Burning."
Ultimate X-men is making a comeback, with Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Secret Avengers) as the writer, exploring the remaining mutants who are on the run. I've always wondered what happened to Storm and Colossus. And apparently because of what happens in Death of Spider-man, Bobby Drake and Johnny Storm will be part of the cast.
All of these comics are supposed to revive the Ultimate Universe, but is it too late? Marvel tried this already by renaming their titles Ultimate Comics two years ago.
Personally after Ultimatum, The Ultimate Universe changed dramatically and it's something I still can't forgive Jeph Loeb for nearly destroying. Ultimatum was terrible. Granted, most titles were losing their spark before the event. Ultimate X-men for example. Right around Brian K. Vaughen and Robert Kirman's run with the series, Ultimate X-men was coming off mediocre at best. Things got worse after Ultimatum. It didn't help matters when Ultimate X, an interesting take on the aftermath, kept getting pushed back. With Ultimate X-men coming back (and most likely taking the place of Ultimate X), do we even care what happens to the mutants? In many ways you could see this series as a Ultimate version of Day of Future Past. Their fate was pretty much sealed with Ultimatum, but there are some unanswered questions like who was the woman Quicksilver was talking to at the end of Ultimatum? Some have speculated that it was Wanda aka Scarlet Witch.
However, there were some great series that came out of Ultimatum. Besides Ultimate Comics: Spider-man (now back to Ultimate Spider-man), Ultimate Armor Wars featuring Iron Man, was surprising good in my opinion. It definitely explored more of Tony Stark. Ultimate Thor explored more of Thor's origins. Ultimate Comics: Avengers, gave us a darker Avengers group that we don't see in the mainstream. Finally, Ultimate Comics: Enemy Trilogy, despite how long it was, gave us a chance to see the remaining superheroes stop Reed Richards, a hero turned villain. The aftermath added even more changes to the Ultimate Universe.
Of course, besides the relaunch of Ultimate Spider-man (Yes, unfortunately, Ultimate Spider-man will start at #1 instead of picking up at #161), the one title I'm looking forward to reading is Ultimate Hawkeye. Hawkeye has come a long way in the Ultimate Universe, shaping up to be a badass. If Thor got an miniseries, why not him?
Overall, what are your thoughts about Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn? Will you give the Ultimate Universe another chance? I wouldn't blame you if you don't.
For more information you can check out IGN's coverage on it, or Marvel.com.http://comics.ign.com/articles/116/1165486p1.html