Meet the ALL New ULTIMATES!

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The say a picture is worth a thousand words and this picture. I literally had a crazy fanboy freak out moment when I realized the team had Blue Marvel, Monica Rambeau, Captain Marvel, Galactus, American Chavez and BLACK PANTHER! You read that correct! branded as “Ultimate problems need Ultimate solutions” color me every which way from Sunday excited! The book will be written by Al Ewing who wrote Mighty Avengers and Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, both of which may not have been perfect but I enjoyed immensely! The art is courtesy of Kenneth Rocafort a recent defector from DC Comics. This is a clever re-branding for the Mighty Avengers series and will continue to clearly develop the romantic relationship between Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau.It’s happening in 2015! #blackpowercouple

Reflecting on Al Ewing’s Mighty Avengers

There was a great deal of excitement when the initial announcement was made about a team of minority superheroes thrown together on a team. It harkened back to Milestone comics Blood Syndicate or Christopher Priest’s The Crew, unlike either though this one was backed by a major company with a recognizable brand behind it. I mean this had “Avengers” in the title after Joss Whedon had made the word a household name. Then we had that Peanut Butter Jelly time Deadpool cover which made the series the most talked about book set to debut in 2013. Did the cover hurt or help sales? Your guess is as good as mine but it made the more racially conscious fans wary of what would take place in the book and put the writing capabilities of Al Ewing under the microscope of scrutiny before Mighty Avengers #1 even debuted.Mighty Avengers 2014 #14 4

Now here at the end of what Ewing himself classifies as the end of the second season of the Mighty Avengers he’s satisfied by the book he gave fans. Am I? Well the opening arc of the initial series tied into INFINITY. It started the manifesto though that this was a more grounded Avengers team connected and intricately bound with the community. Sure they had big superhero adventures but this Avengers team was for the people. Being formed by Luke Cage was also a nice touch since he’s always been a grounded character. Sure he has lead, both the Avengers and Thunderbolts teams but started out and had most of his history as a decidedly street level character. Say what you want about the series, it wasn’t perfect but a perfect comic is a rare thing nowadays. Characters like Blue Marvel benefited greatly from being included as we got the filler tales of what he did after he publicly retired, we met both his sons and got a better sense of who he was as a person. As an Easter egg we got fleshing out of his friendship with Uatu the Watcher. I would argue that the Mighty Avengers did for Adam Brashear what Reginald Hudlin’s run on Black Panther did for T’challa, it humanized him. Ava Ayala also got some progress as she took quite literal control over the Tiger God who had been powering every White Tiger before her. Falcon/Captain America had smaller highlights from using his power over birds to become a killer spy before progressing into his role as Captain America and becoming the public face of the team. Monica Rambeau was also notable as she got a power upgrade and used her powers like the sun goddess the Black Panther always said she was. The budding romance between herself and Blue Marvel was also a “fanboys”, wet dream. My only disappointment as the world ends is that Blue Marvel and Monica don’t share a kiss ala Rogue and Gambit before the Age of Apocalypse. Let’s also not forget Blade masquerading as Ronin….though the mystery was spoiled in advance of the reveal which again perhaps hurt the series. The second season titled Captain America and the mighty avengers tied into the disappointing AXIS event which was bland and pointless on all levels. The series transitioned into its mantra of community based avengers with a call centre and expanding membership to civilians from the community. It was a neat idea but in this last issue with the end imminent we see why the manifesto was important as we often only view heroes in comics as the guys and gals with powers or costumes but everyday people are capable of bouts of heroism too. This also made this last issue the most emotional of the series thus far as the reality of the end of creation hits you but still the Mighty Avengers whether they were telephone operators, Superheroes, Doctors or just from the community helped in the way they could to make Earth a better place even if it was for five more seconds.

DIG DEEPER INTO BLUE MARVEL HERE

DIG DEEPER INTO MISS AMERICA HERE

DIG DEEPER INTO PHOTON HERE

DIG DEEPER INTO BLACK PANTHER HERE

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14 thoughts on “Meet the ALL New ULTIMATES!

  • June 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    What? Galactus? That’s like having a team with Infinity or the Living Tribunal on it. They certainly won’t be stopping bank robbers. 🙂

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  • June 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    OMG!!!! I am so excited… Can’t wait for this one, I enjoyed Mighty Avengers and I am dying to read complex stories with African/American superheroes. Hopefully this is Monica big coming out party.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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    Ecstatic to see the Black Panther paired with Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau. (Could do without Galactus.) Happy and relieved to see Alch Ewing will be writing. Loved “The Mighty Avengers”/”Captain America & the Mighty Avengers.” It was my favorite super-hero comic. Will miss it terribly. Already missing the rest of the team: Sam Wilson/Captain America, Luke Cage, Power Man, White Tiger, She-Hulk, and Kaluu. Now that “CA & the MA”, “The All-New Captain America”, “Storm”, and “X-Men” have ended, I’ve primarily been reading non-super-hero stuff (Image and Dark Horse), but I will definitely check out “Ultimates.” Thanks for the heads up!

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    • June 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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      Me and you both will miss the rest of the cast CAP1956! White Tiger and Power Man were going places…let’s hope they land on their feet in the new Marvel U!

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      • July 9, 2015 at 7:41 am
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        White tiger and power man will be in new avengers with sunpot.This news was in the marvel podcast this week.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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    Ecstatic to see the Black Panther paired with Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau. (Could do without Galactus.) Happy and relieved to see Al Ewing will be writing. Loved “The Mighty Avengers”/”Captain America & the Mighty Avengers.” It was my favorite super-hero comic. Will miss it terribly. Already missing the rest of the team: Sam Wilson/Captain America, Luke Cage, Power Man, White Tiger, She-Hulk, and Kaluu. Now that “CA & the MA”, “The All-New Captain America”, “Storm”, and “X-Men” have ended, I’ve primarily been reading non-super-hero stuff (Image and Dark Horse), but I will definitely check out “Ultimates.” Thanks for the heads up!

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  • June 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    Can’t wait for this to come out! Love Monica and her “I’m not taking any crap” attitude. Glad they included the Blue Marvel so we can learn more about this underused character. And of course Capt. Marvel is the icing on the cake.

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    • June 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm
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      Actually Larry I’m hoping this will continue to flesh out Blue Marvel since he had great expansion during “Mighty Avengers” and “Captain America and the Mighty Avengers”. You should check those out they were really good for Blue Marvel fans!

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  • June 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    Can’t wait for this to come out! Love Monica and her “I’m not taking any crap” attitude. Glad they included the Blue Marvel so we can learn more about this underused character. And of course Capt. Marvel is the icing on the cake.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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    Sure wish they would’ve kept Luke Cage and gave him some of that cosmic strength. I would also like to see Storm, Dr. Voodoo and Captain Universe added to the team you know it would be great to see a ALL black team from one of the main steam companies just once but hey atleast Galactus ain’t white on the cover!

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  • July 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm
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    Cautiously excited (if that makes any sense) about the new title. I wanted to love Mighty Avengers but it was just ok. I am the biggest Black Panther fan out there, throw in Monica and the Blue Marvel and I’m in for the long run.

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