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The Ultimates:

Second Reboot (2011-Present)

After “The Death of Spider-Man” and Ultimate Fallout, the Ultimate line was entirely rebooted for the second time and began to be called “Ultimate Comics.” The new Ultimates title was initially written by Jonathan Hickman.

The title debuted ambitiously, with a storyline focused on the world coming undone in multiple spots. The main villain was none other than Reed Richards, the former Mr. Fantastic who had been made a villain in the “Ultimate Doomsday” trilogy. In the same (somewhat cluttered) storyline, Thor lost Asgard and his fellow gods. Published concurrently, the mini-series Ultimate Hawkeye took place during the new title’s first few issues.

Although promising, Hickman’s run failed to gel. It concluded in issue #12, which saw the defeat of Reed Richards, although the United States had fallen into chaos, including a nuclear attack upon Washington, D.C. Hickman was joined by co-writer Sam Humphries for his final three issues (#10-12), and Humphries took over as solo writer with issue #13.

At the time, Marvel was making an effort to tie together its three Ultimate titles, each of which would reflect that chaos going on across the United States, which had broken apart. The main conflict was left for Ultimate Comics Ultimates, however. A major turning point came at the end of issue #15, when Captain America was elected president (in a write-in vote). After the putative reunification of the country, the second half of the title’s second year had the team meet the missing Nick Fury and fight other bad guys, while also dealing with the fragile state of the union. Humphries departed as writer with issue #24.

During Humphries’ year on the title, Marvel published the mini-series Ultimate Comics Iron Man, timed to coincide with the release of Iron Man 3 in movie theaters. Written by Nathan Edmondson, the mini-series introduced the Ultimate version of the Mandarin, also the villain in the movie. The mini-series casually references the tumult in the main title and is best placed following Humphries’ work, not only to keep it unified but also because such a casual reference would be out of place during the tumult itself.

Jonathan Hickman / First Year

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1

first issue; Nick Fury has a conversation with Hawkeye (also seen early in Ultimate Hawkeye #1); cover-dated Oct 2011

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2
Nick Fury is unable to contact Hawkeye; cover-dated Nov 2011
Ultimate Hawkeye #1

first issue; repeats the conversation between Nick Fury and Hawkeye (seen in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1) but depicts later such conversations (not shown in Ultimate Comics Ultimates); cover-dated Oct 2011

Ultimate Hawkeye #2
cover-dated Nov 2011
Ultimate Hawkeye #3
cover-dated Dec 2011
Ultimate Hawkeye #4

final issue; cover-dated Jan 2012

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #3
Hawkeye has rejoined the Ultimates (following Ultimate Hawkeye); cover-dated Dec 2011
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #4
cover-dated Jan 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #5
cover-dated Feb 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #6
cover-dated Mar 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #7
cover-dated Apr 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #8
cover-dated May 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #9
cover-dated June 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #10
cover-dated July 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11
cover-dated Aug 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12

Sam Humphries / Second Year

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #13
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14
cover-dated Oct 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15
concludes with Captain America elected president; cover-dated Nov 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16
Captain America is sworn in as president; cover-dated Nov 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #17
cover-dated Dec 2012
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #18
cover-dated Jan 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #18.1
cover-dated Feb 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #19
cover-dated Feb 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #20
cover-dated Mar 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #21
cover-dated Apr 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #22
cover-dated May 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #23
cover-dated June 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #24
Captain America resigns the presidency; cover-dated July 2013

Third Year

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1

first issue; at a shareholders’ meeting, Tony Stark obliquely refers to the difficulties America and the world have faced in the last year (referring to events in Ultimate Comics Ultimates); cover-dated Dec 2012

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #2
cover-dated Jan 2013
Ultimate Comics Iron Man #3
cover-dated Feb 2013
Ultimate Comics Iron Man #4

final issue; cover-dated Mar 2013

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #25
cover-dated Aug 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #26
cover-dated Aug 2013
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #27
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #28
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #29
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #30

final issue

Hunger #1

first issue; cover-dated Sept 2013

Hunger #2
cover-dated Oct 2013
Hunger #3
cover-dated Nov 2013
Hunger #4

final issue; cover-dated Dec 2013

Cataclysm #0.1

only issue; cover-dated Dec 2013

Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1

first issue; cover-dated Jan 2014

Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #2
cover-dated Feb 2014
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #3
cover-dated Mar 2014
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #4
cover-dated Mar 2014
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #5

final issue; cover-dated Apr 2014

Survive! #1

only issue


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