Marvel unveiled their "next big thing" earlier today, and this time it is "ultimate." According to the publisher's website, ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES will be getting a new co-writer to lend Marvel architect Jonathan Hickman a helping hand, at least until the writer makes his way out. Writer Sam Humphries (OUR LOVE IS REAL) will be joining Hickman on the title starting with issue # 10. Humphries is, naturally, very excited about the new gig.
It's exciting to be able to come into Marvel on a book like this. You've got Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and all the heavy hitters, but with the leeway to throw them around in ways you can't in the Marvel Universe. To use a football metaphor, Ultimates is in the red zone all the time: the biggest players making the big plays.
It seems that Humphries will only be joining Hickman for one arc following the events that take place in the series' ninth issue. According to Humphries, big things are going to happen in the ULTIMATES universe; things that will definitely shake up S.H.I.E.L.D., the city of tomorrow and much more. What could it be? Artist Luke Ross will be joining Humphries and Hickman for this upcoming story arc, and Marvel unveiled the gorgeous cover to ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #10 by Kaare Andrews which you can see above.== TEASER ==
Writer Sam Humphries revealed that he and ULTIMATES writer Jonathan Hickman are most definitely on the same page -- both creators seem to be working very well together.
Jonathan has been very generous with his ideas. From our very first conversations he's been encouraging me to write what I want to write and focus on what I want to focus on. We're very much moving in the same direction.
It seems that Hickman plans to turn the series over to Humphries much in the same way that Bendis turned SECRET WARRIORS over to Hickman. As Humphries writes the series, Hickman will continue to oversee the book. According to Marvel, Hickman will be leaving ULTIMATES but that the passing of the torch will be gradual.