It's been fourteen years since Marvel launched its Ultimate line of comics, with the goal of establishing a universe in which its characters were younger and modern, and where many of the continuity restrictions of the established Marvel line didn't apply. Over that time, many changes have been made and several significant characters have died -- most notably Peter Parker, who was replaced in the role of Spider-Man by young hero Miles Morales.
Now, the Ultimate line will once again embrace change. Following the conclusion of the current line-wide Cataclysm event -- featuring the heroes of that universe facing off against Galactus -- Marvel has announced Ultimate Marvel NOW, an initiative that will see a new direction and new titles from creators Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Michel Fiffe and more.
For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
Ultimate Iron Man gets a third mini-series this October with Who Is Jake Ellis? co-creator Nathan Edmondson making his Marvel debut. Subtitled "Demon in the Armor," the mini is "a unique opportunity to do a character piece wrapped in some really fun action, a little bit of espionage," said Edmondson at Friday afternoon's Marvel Ultimate Comics panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Illustrated by Dakenartist Matteo Buffagni, the series wi
This week, ComicsAlliance's War Rocket Ajax podcast is happy to welcome David Marquez to the show! He's the up-and-coming artist of Fantastic Four: Season One and Ultimate Spider-Man, and he'll tell us what it was like to get two high profile projects to kickstart his job at Marvel. And you can listen to the whole show ri
"Space tourism." That's the neat way writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa establishes new context for his take on the origin of the Fantastic Four. The FF spaceflight is one of those richly crazy Silver Age ideas that need to be pitched just right to get past modern audiences. In an age when private enterpris
At Marvel Comics' "Next Big Thing" panel at FanExpo Canada over the weekend, the publisher released a generous amount of new artwork from its previously announced"Season One" line of graphic novels, which are aimed at new readers and depict early adventures of popular Marvel superheroes including Daredevil, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. As Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort explained in an interview with USA Today, the Season One initiative will not
We've already filled you in on the fact that Marvel's retelling the origins of its most iconic heroes with the "Season One" original graphic novel line starting in 2012. Fantastic Four: Season One (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and David Marquez) will roll out in February, X-
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