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The Ultimates:

Mark Millar’s The Ultimates (2002-2007)

In 2002, following the success of Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men, Marvel sought to expand its Ultimate line with an Ultimate Avengers title. As writer, the company tapped Mark Millar, who had launched (and was still writing) Ultimate X-Men. Millar had catapulted to star status with a run on The Authority, in which he had introduced perverse analogues of the Avengers in his first storyline — something he claimed help get him the job. As penciler, Marvel tapped Byran Hitch, who had illustrated Warren Ellis’s hit run on The Authority (which immediately preceded Millar’s) and was just coming off of an abortive run on DC’s JLA.

Millar’s take on the Avengers hearkened back to his original, rejected idea for Ultimate X-Men: to have the U.S. government create the team. This concern for politics had also dominated his work on The Authority. Marvel turned down this idea for Ultimate X-Men, but that title’s success led to Millar being given more leeway on his Ultimate Avengers title.

Millar went further, however, rejecting the Avengers name in favor of “the Ultimates,” a neat way of avoiding “Ultimate” as a prefix for the new title. His initial line-up of characters would still be the same as the initial line-up of the Avengers, however. Millar brought a contemporary, decompressed style of comics storytelling to this new version of the Avengers, letting the first issue consist mostly of a flashback to Captain America’s days in World War II, then allowing the new team to slowly build itself over his first five or six issues. While decompression wasn’t new, Millar went further with it than had generally been seen. And while stories were allowed room to breathe, they still seemed remarkably tight and filled with memorable sequences and pithy dialogue. Millar’s treatment of Captain America, revived in the present as a man out of time, proved a particular high note of his early issues.

Hitch’s artwork, while realistic, never reduced the super-hero, who remained majestic and glorious. This combined well with Millar’s sense of super-hero drama, and it served to keep the cynical, realistic world in which the Ultimates operated from feeling oppressive. His redesigns of the characters would also have lasting impact.

The Ultimates proved a fantastic hit, both critically and commercially. Some detractors called it a riff on The Authority, although set in the Marvel Universe — or a version thereof. There’s truth to this, but Marvel incorporating such innovations into its still-new Ultimate line was still a radical gesture.

Unfortunately, after its sixth issue, The Ultimates began running increasingly late. This didn’t hurt sales, because as long as Millar and Hitch retained the quality of their work, anticipation only grew in the gaps between issues. This did begin to become difficult for readers trying to figure out the Ultimate line’s continuity, however, because the Ultimate’s appearances in other titles had to be worked around the single, continuing story Millar and Hitch were telling. The Ultimates concluded with issue #13, published over two years after issue #1, although Millar and Hitch promised to return soon for Ultimates 2.

Ultimates 2 debuted most of a year later. Instead of building the new team up in its first six issues, as The Ultimates had, Ultimates 2 tore the team down. This would lead, in the title’s next seven issues, to the team’s being vindicated and achieving its greatest victory. If anything, Ultimates 2 would be more political than the first series, playing off the U.S.’s largely unilateral invasion of Iraq at the time. Unfortunately, Ultimates 2 followed the same pattern as its predecessor, becoming increasingly late as time went on. It also concluded with issue #13, also published about two years following issue #1.

These delays were somewhat ameliorated by the fact that several issues ran additional pages in length, which helped make the series feel special. In addition, two issues of Ultimates Annual were published alongside Ultimates 2, the first written by Millar (although illustrated by Steve Dillon, rather than Bryan Hitch).

The legacy of The Ultimates and Ultimates 2 continues to be felt, and the stories hold up remarkably well. They would especially influence Marvel’s cinematic universe, begun in 2008, which adopted a Nick Fury resembling the version from The Ultimates, elements of Hitch’s designs, and even key sequences, such as Bruce Banner being dropped from an aircraft.

A few months after the belated conclusion of The Ultimates, Marvel began a five-issue mini-series titled Ultimate Nightmare, which concluded around the time of Ultimates 2‘s debut. Writer Warren Ellis, who had just signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, was tapped to write the mini-series. It was supposed to set up the coming of the Ultimate version of the villain Galactus, which Mark Millar planned on writing as an Ultimate-line event. Millar was struggling with lingering health problems, which had played a part in delays on the Ultimates. Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief at the time, came up with the idea of doing the story as a trilogy of mini-series, written entirely by Ellis.

On short notice, Ellis had to come up with a credible second installment to the trilogy, bridging the gap between Ultimate Nightmare and the coming of Galactus. The result was the four-issue Ultimate Secret, which debuted shortly into Ultimates 2. Unfortunately, this mini-series also ran into delays, and its artistic team was completely replaced halfway through. By the time of its conclusion, Ultimates 2 was over halfway done, although Ultimate Secret explicitly took place before Ultimates 2.

Millar was able to contribute to the trilogy, penning a special story than ran as four-page back-ups, added at no additional cost to six issues in the Ultimate line. The story, penciled by John Romita, Jr., took place between the second and third mini-series and told the backstory of Ultimate Galactus. It was simply excellent sci-fi material, a creative high point in the history of the Ultimate line.

The trilogy’s conclusion, in the five-issue Ultimate Extinction (originally planned to be six issues), avoided the artistic inconsistencies of the previous two mini-series by being entirely illustrated by Brandon Peterson. In a masterstroke, Ellis, known for his use of real scientific theories in his work, managed to use Ultimate Galactus to as the Ultimate universe’s explanation to the Fermi paradox. While the conclusion felt rushed, it remained excellent and — largely due to Ellis’s use of scientific concepts — managed to avoid feeling cheap, despite the seeming insurmountably of the menace facing the world. Its final issue was released around the time of Ultimates 2 #11, although the entire trilogy clearly took place before that series.

The trilogy proved successful enough that, six months later, Marvel offered Ultimate Vision, a six-issue mini-series begun with a special issue #0 that collected the previous back-up stories by Millar and Romita, Jr. The five new issues that followed (#1-5) continued directly from Ultimate Extinction, offering a sort of epilogue to the trilogy. Mike Carey wrote these five issues, which were illustrated by Ultimate Extinction‘s Brandon Peterson. The series ran late and concluded about half a year after Ultimates 2 ended, although taking place beforehand.

All of this material properly belongs with the Ultimates. It prominently featured the team, especially Nick Fury. Moreover, Mark Millar told sweeping stories in The Ultimates and especially Ultimates 2, involving other Ultimate characters and effectively making the Ultimates the home for that universe’s large-scale events.

During and shortly after Ultimates 2, two Ultimates novels were produced, one in 2006 and the other in 2007, as part of a deal between Simon & Schuster and Marvel Comics (which also produced other novels starring Marvel characters, such as Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the X-Men). The two Ultimates novels did not incorporate events from Ultimates 2, making them best set after the Ultimate Galactus material but before Ultimates 2. This is an uneasy fit, however, and discrepancies do exist between them and the comics. They may be regarded as out-of-continuity, should readers wish, and the comics seem to treat them as such. But some comics stories (e.g. the Fantastic Four that appeared in Ultimate Team-Up) pose larger problems for continuity, and few would consider ignoring those stories. The novels are included here both for the sake of completion and because of their historic place during this early portion of Ultimates history.

In late 2010, three years after Ultimates 2 concluded, Marvel began the four-issue Ultimate Thor (prior to Thor’s 2011 movie debut). The series, penciled by Carlos Pacheco, was written by Jonathan Hickman, who would soon take over as writer of the Ultimates. Ultimate Thor was a frustrating read because it featured three separate storylines, set in three separate times, and it was hard to date the one set in the present, which had echoes of Ultimates 2, in which Thor was incarcerated and thought insane. The final issue, however, retold events from The Ultimates #3-5, clearly indicating when the mini-series was set: before and during the first Ultimates storyline.

But Ultimate Thor clearly showed that Thor was a god, a matter that was a central question in Ultimates 2. Thus, despite the mini-series being set before and during the first half of The Ultimates, it would be wrong to read the mini-series prior to Ultimates 2, since that would ruin part of Ultimates 2‘s effect. In fact, Ultimate Thor may best be seen as a coda to Ultimates 2, following up on that series’s revelations by honoring what Thor had been through there. In this placement, Ultimate Thor may also be seen as tying together Millar and Hitch’s work, by echoing their first few issues.

The Ultimates

The Ultimates #1

“Super Human” -- 26 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • the first 23 pages depict Captain America’s final mission in 1945
  • the final 3 pages take place in the present

first issue; wraparound cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Mar 2002; published 30 Jan 2002

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The Ultimates #2

“Big” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • Nick Fury brings together Tony Stark (Iron Man, in a new version of his armor), Bruce Banner (Hulk, who previously rampaged in Ultimate Team-Up #2-3), Hank Pym (Ant-Man, who uses his powers to make ants move boxes and who first becomes Giant Man in this issue), and Pym’s wife (Wasp)
  • at the issue’s end, the body of Captain America, whose powers Banner and the government are trying to recreate, is discovered encased in ice

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Apr 2002; published 27 Feb 2002
The Ultimates #3

“21st Century Boy” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • a fantastically good story about Captain America’s revival and adjustment to 2002

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated May 2002; published 27 Mar 2002
Marvel Must Haves: The Ultimates #1-3

collects The Ultimates #1-3; cover taken from The Ultimates #1; $3.99; published 2003

The Ultimates #4

“Thunder” -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • Nick Fury goes to Norway to recruit Thor, but he turns Fury down
  • Bruce turns himself into the Hulk, giving the team its first mission

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated June 2002; published 1 May 2002

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The Ultimates #5

“Hulk Does Manhattan” -- 24 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • the team battles and defeats the Hulk

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated July 2002; published 10 July 2002

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The Ultimates #6

“Giant Man Vs. the Wasp” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • Thor, Tony Stark, and Captain America talk, while Giant-Man beats the Wasp
  • Tony Stark reveals that he has a brain tumor, which motivates his helping people as Iron Man but which should kill him in “six months to five years”
  • the Wasp is revealed to be a mutant

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Aug 2002

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The Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human

collects The Ultimates #1-6; cover taken from The Ultimates #1; softcover; $14.99; published 2004

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The Ultimates #7

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Andrew Currie
  • after a funeral in New York City for those killed during the Hulk’s rampage, Captain America goes after Giant-Man, who has fled, leaving his wife in the hospital
  • features Black Widow

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Sept 2002

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The Ultimates #8

“The Experts” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • Black Widow, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch work for the government as it fights the shape-shifting alien Chitauri who have infiltrated world society

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Nov 2002

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The Ultimates #9

untitled -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • Captain America pathetically beats up Giant-Man, while Nick Fury and the rest of the team prepare to attack aliens in Micronesia

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Apr 2003; published 12 Mar 2003

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The Ultimates #10

“Devil in Disguise” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • begins with a flashback showing Captain America’s encounter with the Chitauri during World War II
  • the Ultimates attack the Chitauri base in Micronesia, only to be apparently destroyed along with thousands of U.S. soldiers in an atomic blast
  • the Chitauri capture the Triskelion

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated July 2003
The Ultimates #11

“The Art of War” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • the alien Chitauri reveal their plans (and their belief that they are putting the universe in order)
  • the Wasp is captured and put in a test tube
  • the Chitauri fleet arrives at Earth
  • the Ultimates, apparently dead in the previous issue, return and counterattack

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.25; cover-dated Sept 2003
The Ultimates #12

“Persons of Mass Destruction” -- 27 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • the Ultimates battle the Chitauri
  • Captain America famously insults France

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.25; cover-dated Nov 2003
The Ultimates #13

“How I Learned to Love the Hulk” -- 40 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • the Ultimates defeat the Chitauri

final issue; cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $3.50; cover-dated Apr 2004

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The Ultimates Vol. 2: Homeland Security

collects The Ultimates #7-13; cover taken from The Ultimates #11; softcover; $14.99; published 2004

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The Ultimates Vol. 1

collects The Ultimates #1-13; cover taken from The Ultimates #1; 376 pages; hardcover; oversized; $29.99; published 2004

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The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection

collects The Ultimates #1-13; softcover; $34.99; published June 2010

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Ultimate Galactus

Ultimate Nightmare #1

“Ultimate Nightmare, Chapter 1″ -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Trevor Hairsine; inks by Simon Coleby

first issue; cover by Trevor Hairsine; $2.25; cover-dated Oct 2004

Ultimate Nightmare #2

“Ultimate Nightmare, Chapter 2″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Trevor Hairsine; inks by Nelson DeCastro and Simon Coleby

cover by Trevor Hairsine and Nelson DeCastro; $2.25; cover-dated Nov 2004
Ultimate Nightmare #3

“Ultimate Nightmare, Chapter 3″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Trevor Hairsine; inks by Nelson DeCastro and Tom Palmer

cover by Steve Epting, Nelson DeCastro, and Tom Palmer; $2.25; cover-dated Dec 2004
Ultimate Nightmare #4

“Ultimate Nightmare, Chapter 4″ -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Trevor Hairsine; inks by Nelson DeCastro, Mark Morales, Rodney Ramos, Simon Colbey, and Tom Palmer

cover by Steve Epting; $2.25; cover-dated Jan 2005
Ultimate Nightmare #5

“Ultimate Nightmare, Chapter Five” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Trevor Hairsine; inks by Nelson DeCastro

final issue; cover by Jim Cheung and John Dell; $2.25; cover-dated Feb 2005

Ultimate Galactus Vol. 1: Nightmare

collects Ultimate Nightmare #1-5; cover taken from Ultimate Nightmare #1; 120 pages; $12.99; published 2005

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Ultimate Secret #1

“Ultimate Secret, Chapter One” -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Steve McNiven; inks by Mark Morales

first issue; cover by Steve McNiven and Mark Morales; $2.99; cover-dated May 2005

Ultimate Secret #2

“Ultimate Secret, Chapter Two” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Steve McNiven; inks by Mark Morales

cover by Steve McNiven and Mark Morales; $2.99; cover-dated June 2005
Ultimate Secret #3

“Ultimate Secret, Chapter Three” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Tom Raney; inks by Scott Hanna

cover by Steve McNiven and Mark Morales; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2005
Ultimate Secret #4

“Ultimate Secret, Chapter Three” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; pencils by Tom Raney; inks by Scott Hanna

final issue; cover by Steve McNiven and Mark Morales; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2005

Ultimate Galactus Vol. 2: Secret

collects Ultimate Secret #1-4; cover taken from Ultimate Secret #1; 96 pages; $12.99; published Jan 2006

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Ultimate Vision #0

first issue; collects back-up stories from Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 #86, Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 #65, Ultimate Fantastic Four #25, Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 #87-88, and Ultimate Fantastic Four #26 (along with the back covers to those issues); cover taken from the back cover of Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 #65; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2007

Ultimate Extinction #1

“Ultimate Extinction” -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; art by Brandon Peterson

first issue; cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2006

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Ultimate Extinction #2

“Ultimate Extinction” -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2006
Ultimate Extinction #3

“Ultimate Extinction” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated May 2006
Ultimate Extinction #4

“Ultimate Extinction” -- 22 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated June 2006
Ultimate Extinction #5

“Ultimate Extinction” -- 23 pages

  • written by Warren Ellis; art by Brandon Peterson

final issue; cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated July 2006

Ultimate Galactus Vol. 3: Extinction

collects Ultimate Extinction #1-5; cover taken from Ultimate Extinction #1; 120 pages; $12.99; published Aug 2006

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Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

collects Ultimate Nightmare #1-5, Ultimate Secret #1-4, Ultimate Vision #0, Ultimate Extinction #1-5; back cover taken from Ultimate Secret #1; cover taken from Ultimate Extinction #1; 368 pages; hardcover; oversized; $34.99; published June 2007

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Ultimate Galactus Trilogy softcover
softcover; $29.99; published May 2009

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Ultimate Vision #1

“Ultimate Vision, Part 1 of 5″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Mike Carey; art by Brandon Peterson
  • occurs shortly after Ultimate Extinction #5

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2007
Ultimate Vision #2

“Ultimate Vision, Part 2 of 5″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Mike Carey; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2007
Ultimate Vision #3

“Ultimate Vision, Part 3 of 5″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Mike Carey; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2007
Ultimate Vision #4

“Ultimate Vision, Part 4 of 5″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Mike Carey; art by Brandon Peterson

cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated July 2007
Ultimate Vision #5

“Ultimate Vision, Part 5 of 5″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Mike Carey; art by Brandon Peterson

final issue; cover by Brandon Peterson; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2008

Ultimate Vision

collects Ultimate Vision #0-5; cover taken from the back cover of Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1 #65; 152 pages; $14.99; published Jan 2008

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Novels

The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men

written by Michael Jan Friedman; a novel; cover by John Van Fleet; published by Simon & Schuster; 336 pages; black and white; $7.99; published Sept 2006

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The Ultimates: Against All Enemies

written by Alexander Irvine; a novel; cover by John Van Fleet; published by Simon & Schuster; 352 pages; black and white; $7.99; published Sept 2007

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Ultimates 2

Ultimates 2 #1

“Gods and Monsters, Part 1 of 5″ -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

first issue; occurs one year after The Ultimates #13; cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2005

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Ultimates 2 #2

“Gods and Monsters, Part 2 of 5: Dead Man Walking” -- 25 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2005
Ultimates 2 #3

“Gods and Monsters, Part 3 of 5: The Trial of the Hulk” -- 24 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2005
Marvel Must Haves: Ultimates 2 #1-3

collects Ultimates 2 #1-3; cover taken from Ultimates 2 #1; $4.99; published 2005

Ultimates 2 #4

“Gods and Monsters, Part 4 of 5: Brothers” -- 24 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated May 2005
Ultimates 2 #5

“Gods and Monsters, Part 4 of 5: The Passion Play” -- 25 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary
  • the Ultimates battle Thor

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated June 2005
Ultimates 2 #6

“The Defenders” -- 24 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary
  • introduces the Defenders (Daimon Hellstrom, Hellcat, Luke Cage, Nighthawk, and Valkyrie), whom Hank Pym joins

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated July 2005
Ultimates 2 Vol. 1: Gods and Monsters

collects Ultimates 2 #1-6; cover taken from Ultimates 2 #1; 144 pages; softcover; $15.99; published 2005

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Ultimates Annual #1

“The Reserves” -- 38 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; art by Steve Dillon
  • reveals a team of back-up heroes created by Nick Fury

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $3.99; cover-dated Oct 2005
Ultimates 2 #7

“Wolf in the Fold” -- 23 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2005
Ultimates 2 #8

“Born on the Fourth of July” -- 24 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary and Bryan Hitch
  • Tony Stark and Natasha Romanov are on the eve of their wedding
  • Nick Fury moves against Captain America

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2005
Ultimates 2 #9

“Grand Theft America” -- 29 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary and Bryan Hitch

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2006
Ultimates 2 #10

“The Axis of Evil” -- 27 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary and Bryan Hitch

cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2006
Ultimates 2 #11

“America Strikes Back” -- 28 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

cover by Bryan Hitch; $2.99; cover-dated July 2006
Ultimates 2 #12

“The Avengers” -- 38 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary and Bryan Hitch

wraparound cover by Bryan Hitch; $3.99; cover-dated Aug 2006
Ultimates 2 #13

“Independence Day” -- 46 pages

  • written by Mark Millar; pencils by Bryan Hitch; inks by Paul Neary

final issue; wraparound cover by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary; $3.99; cover-dated Feb 2007; published May 2007

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Ultimates 2 Vol. 2: Grand Theft America

collects Ultimates 2 #7-13; cover taken from Ultimates 2 #12; 232 pages; softcover; $19.99; published 2007

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Ultimates 2

collects Ultimates 2 #1-6, Ultimates Annual #1, and Ultimates 2 #7-13; cover taken from Ultimates 2 #12; 464 pages; hardcover; oversized; $34.99; published Dec 2007

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Ultimates 2: Ultimate Collection

collects Ultimates 2 #1-6, Ultimates Annual #1, and Ultimates 2 #7-13; cover taken from Ultimates 2 #7; 464 pages; softcover; published Aug 2010

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The Ultimates Omnibus

collects The Ultimates #1-13, Ultimates 2 #1-6, Ultimates Annual #1, and Ultimates 2 #7-13; 896 pages; hardcover; $99.99; published 2009

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Ultimates Annual #2

untitled -- 36 pages

  • written by Charlie Huston; pencils by Mike Deodato, Jr. (present day) and Ryan Sook (flashbacks); inks by Joe Pimentel (present day); Wade Von Grawbadger and Scott Koblish (flashbacks)
  • occurs in the aftermath of Ultimates 2 #13
  • focuses on Captain America and the Falcon

cover by Mike Deodato, Jr.; $3.99; cover-dated Oct 2006

Ultimate Thor

Ultimate Thor #1

“Ultimate Thor” -- 22 pages

  • written by Jonathan Hickman; pencils by Carlos Pacheco; inks by Dexter Vines
  • occurs in present-day Brussels (a monitor shows Iron Man and Hulk’s attack, apparently the one seen in Ultimate Team-Up #2-3), Germany in 1939, Asgard when Thor was young, and the fall of Asgard

first issue; cover by Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines; $3.99; cover-dated Dec 2010

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Ultimate Thor #2

untitled -- 23 pages

  • written by Jonathan Hickman; pencils by Carlos Pacheco; inks by Dexter Vines

cover by Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines; $3.99; cover-dated Jan 2011
Ultimate Thor #3

untitled -- 22 pages

  • written by Jonathan Hickman; pencils by Carlos Pacheco; inks by Dexter Vines
  • eons ago, Loki kills Balder
  • in 1939, Loki invades Asgard with Nazis and Frost Giants, setting fire to Asgard

cover by Carlos Pacheco and Jason Paz; $3.99; cover-dated Feb 2011
Ultimate Thor #4

untitled -- 25 pages

  • written by Jonathan Hickman; pencils by Carlos Pacheco; inks by Dexter Vines, Jeff Huet, and Jason Paz
  • at the end, the present-day narrative jumps forward to show events from The Ultimates #3-5 from Thor’s perspective, ending with his battle with the Hulk

final issue; cover by Carlos Pacheco and Dexter Vines; $3.99; cover-dated Apr 2011

Ultimate Thor

collects Ultimate Thor #1-4; cover taken from Ultimate Thor #1; 112 pages; hardcover; published Mar 2011

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Ultimate Thor softcover

collects Ultimate Thor #1-4; cover taken from Ultimate Thor #1; 112 pages; softcover; published Oct 2011

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