When Marvel released the teaser image you see in this post I was shocked and angered at the same time. Shocked because Dan Slott just took on the sole writing duties for Amazing Spider-Man and couldn’t believe he’d only have a few months before this “death” storyline would take place. It hits your local comic shop this February. I was angered because there have been countless “death of” storylines in recent years that I’m honestly tired of them. That’s all changed now.
With the latest news out of Marvel, the company plans to kill Ultimate Spider-Man. The Ultimate imprint was always pitched as the one imprint where anything could happen. For the better part of six years, Marvel sort of ignored that. People also took notice of that because sales slowly started to fall for the Ultimate imprint. Then last year the entire Ultimate universe was shaken to its core with Ultimatum. It was a horrible story to be frank, but it did bring the Ultimate universe back to its roots, and to be honest, I’ve been enjoying quite a bit of the work being put out. Fast forward to this morning when the news broke about the death pertaining to Ultimate Spidey, and well, now I’m excited to see where this goes.
Both Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar will be writing this major arc. It will take place within the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man #153 & #154, as well as Ultimate Avengers VS. New Ultimates #1 of 6. It’s unclear how long this storyline will run, and whether or not Marvel will actually keep the character dead. Thus far everyone that died during the Ultimatum storyline has remained dead, so if Bendis decided he wanted off the series, there’s a very good chance this will indeed hold.
Bendis had the following to say on the subject:
As a group and as individuals we have made a conscious effort to create stories this year that no one has ever seen before. I am very, very proud to be a part of this storyline and very proud of Marvel for even attempting such a bold endeavor. Sit back and watch as we unveil a storyline unlike any other!!
Not to be outdone, Mark MIllar added…
This is the biggest, boldest thing we’ve attempted in the ten years since we kicked this line off. This is the one thing that could be bigger than the CREATION of the Ultimate line and it’s great to be a part of it. Being part of something like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and soon you’ll all get to read the story we’ve written for you, This should be up there with the very small number of events that really mattered. This is going to be big.
So you heard the men, it’s time to get excited. As I said before, everything depends on what Bendis wants to do. He’s been here since the series’ inception and if he wants off, we might actually see a Spider-Man die for real. Now that would be incredible. I’ve posted the book details below.
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 & #154
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Rated T+ …$3.99 each
ON-SALE IN FEBRUARY
ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #1 (of 6)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL YU
Variant Covers by BRYAN HITCH & FRANK CHO
Rated T+ …$3.99
ON-SALE IN FEBRUARY
I’ll be sure to keep this story updated as we find out more information. For now, if you’re interested in comics this appears to be one storyline you simply have to follow. When’s the last time a major player was killed off…for real?