The Ultimates

Al Ewing’s 2015 The Ultimates not to be confused with Mark Millers 2006  1610 universe run from the 1610 universe that inspired the later marvel cinematic movies. The Ultimates is a two volume collection that comes straight after the 2015 massive cosmic event Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman. The first was part of All-New, All-Different Marvel and the second as part of Marvel NOW!. Both volumes have the same team and their goal is to protect Earth and the larger universe from cosmic threats.

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BLACK PANTHER! CAPTAIN MARVEL! MS. AMERICA CHAVEZ! SPECTRUM! BLUE MARVEL! The ultimate superteam comes together to find and fix problems beyond the limits of the infinite! From cosmic forces lurking on Earth to what waits on the outside of the omniverse – the impossible is where they start! And what’s more impossible than ending the threat of Galactus, the devourer of worlds… forever?

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The first mission the The Ultimates were sent on was to involve the threat of Galactus (1st appearance fantastic four #45-#50)  and his world devouring hunger. The team confronted Galactus  with help of Neutronium and Galactus is forced into his own incubator by the Ultimates, who are determined to end his threat. Galactus re-emerges as a Lifebringer instead of a Devourer of Worlds, his first act being to restore Archeopia, the first planet that he ever consumed.

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The team went on to various adventures in exo space and encountered Blue Marvels old enemy Anti-man.  During 2016 civil war 2 event the team with Giant mans Pym particles, then assist The Guardians of the Galaxy and Alpha Flight in Secret Empire 2017 event before ultimately (see what i did there?) having a final encounter with The High Evolutionary which cleverly circles back around to Mark Millers original Ultimates run. all in all the Ultimates is a very interesting series that has lots of mind bending Metaphysics, science head trips that get even more vast as the series goes on! The art by Kenneth Rocafort is visually stunning and it compliments the cosmic elements perfectly. That and great story telling was the reasons behind why i was inspired to make the team.

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