January 10, 2014 10:45am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Brings Its 'Now' Magic to the Ultimate Universe
Many believed that Cataclysm, the apocalyptic storyline currently running through Marvel Entertainment's Ultimate line, would bring the 14-year-old imprint to a close, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, the publisher today announced three new series that will apparently take the line in a new direction this spring.
Under the promotional banner of Ultimate Marvel NOW! -- echoing the successful relaunch of the main Marvel Universe last year -- Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man will get relaunched as Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, while Ultimate Comics: Ultimates becomes All-New Ultimates and a new title, Ultimate FF, replaces Ultimate Comics: X-Men as the third series in the line.
While creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez are remaining with the Miles Morales Spider-Man title, Ultimates gains a new creative team in the shape of Michel Fiffe, creator of the critically-beloved Copra series, and artist Amilcar Pinna. The new Ultimate FF book -- the "FF" stands for "Future Foundation" not "Fantastic Four," by the way -- will be created by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mario Guevara.
"Once again, we're destroying something and building something new, but there's an end game in sight," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the Associated Press about the line's relaunch. "The long and short of it is this: The Ultimate (universe) benefits from a good, old kick in the butt."
All three of the new series launch in April.