Villains who are evil for no reason aren’t interesting. Marvel has written many dastardly figures over the years who have explored the morality spectrum, and lately one of the publisher’s most renowned bad guys, Galactus, has begun inching toward “good”. In 2010’s The Thanos Imperative and in this year’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, the world-eating Galactus has been a hero, or at least a protagonist. Now, in Ultimates 2 arriving on November 23, Galactus is calling upon heroes for help.
Al Ewing will pen the new Ultimates 2, a kinda-sequel to Mark Millar’s Ultimates. Millar’s original book took a grittier approach to superhero teams, featuring more “realistic” versions of the Avengers who inhabited Marvel’s parallel Ultimate universe. But with the Ultimate and main Marvel Universes fused into one after 2015’s Secret Wars, that distinction is sort of gone, making the Ultimates possibly even more infused with sci-fi than the Avengers have ever been.
In Ultimates 2, a new enemy called the Cosmic Jailer is spooky enough to scare even Galactus, who calls upon some of Marvel’s finest heroes to, well, do what they do best. Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Spectrum, and Miss America Chavez band together as the new Ultimates and a new chapter in their character histories.
Below is the issue #1 cover from series artist Travel Foreman, featuring the new roster of Ultimates with Galactus in tow.
Check out some previews below released by Marvel. Here, the multiverse (which will be seen in the films in November’s Doctor Strange) bears witness to planes across the realms. That’s Civil War II raging right in the foreground.
Below, the new Ultimates are assembled, or at least just Captain Marvel and Black Panther. For now.
Below is Eternity, the vast, omnipresent entity in the Marvel Universe who is everywhere at once. And yet somehow the Cosmic Jailer is powerful enough to stop and terrify him. The Ultimates have their work cut out for them for sure.
Ultimates 2 #1 hits shelves on November 23.
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