Marvel had a press release today, announcing upcoming plans for the company's Ultimate line. Amongst the announcements...
-Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. bring us Ultimate Vision in six 4-page back-up stories hitting in November (in Ultimate Spider-Man #86, Ultimate X-Men #65 & Ultimate Fantastic Four #25) and December (in Ultimate Spider-Man #87, #88 & Ultimate Fantastic Four #26). The series will bridge the gap between Ultimate Secret and Ultimate Extinction...and Marvel says they won't be available in trades.
-Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof writes & Leinil Francis Yu draws Ultimate Wolverine vs. The Hulk, hitting in December. If you've been following Ultimates 2, you know what happened to The Hulk...
-Warren Ellis & Brandon Peterson bring you (and me) the third & final chapter of the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy with the six-issue Ultimate Extinction mini-series beginning in January. It's all the Ultimate Marvel heroes trying not to die.
-Also in January, Robert Kirkman & Tom Raney begin their run on Ultimate X-Men (beginning with issue #66). Tom Raney's gone in April & May, with Steve Dillon filling in on those issues. This is preceded by a FF/X-Men crossover 2-issue mini-series from Mike Carey & Pasqual Ferry. Part 1 (Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Men) ships in December and Part 2 (Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four) ships in February.
-Orson Scott Card teams up with Pasqual Ferry for Ultimate Iron Man 2. The shipdate for the first issue hasn't been announced yet, but it's probably going to be January or February.
-Brian Bendis & Mark Bagley kick it up a notch (BAM!) with "Deadpool" beginning in March and "The Clone Saga" beginning with September's #100. Issue #104 (in December?) will break the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby record for consecutive issues by a creative team.
-Annuals return in July.
-Mark Millar & Greg Land conclude their year-long run on Ultimate Fantastic Four in July, and a new creative team kicks the can in August.
-The Ultimates 3 from Jeph Loeb & Joe Madureira kicks off in October.
You know, the whole 104 issues thing is bullshit to me. Lee and Kirby did a hundred and four completely separate issues with different stories in each issue. They didn't take six issues to tell one story. In fact, if you go back and look, they did more then one story in most of their entire run on the book, so actually, Bendis and Bagley's, what, 15 story lines don't really hold shit compared to Lee and Kirby.
But this is just one persons opinion, so what does it really matter anyway, I guess; but it's still bullshit.
Good point about the "decompressed" stories there.
However, I certainly don't discount Mark Bagley's contribution to that "record" even though he's still not matching the output that Kirby did during the same run. (Bagley delivers 14-15 issues a year while Kirby was drawing and probably co-plotting multiple books back in the early Marvel days).
Some people will also point to Sergio Aragones' (sp?) run on Groo The Wanderer from Marvel's Epic line that went 130 issues or so.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)