Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Marvel Mondays: "Ultimates 3" #1

Today's edition of the Marvel Mondays column features perhaps the most anticipated book of the year (funny it should be released in December): Ultimates 3 #1!

A dive into Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira’s run with a preview and your shortlist guide to the series’ big players
By Brian Warmoth
Posted December 3, 2007 12:00 PM

Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira get a war started this week in the long-anticipated Ultimates 3 #1, which picks up on the heels of one of the Marvel Ultimate line’s hottest titles. The title’s kick-off centers on a huge terrorist attack that unsettles everything and brings out a massive showing from the world’s heroes. Spider-Man, Wolverine and a reshuffled roster of Ultimates characters all come to the fight against a few unlikely supervillain players. Here’s a shortlist of some of the big ones and what you should know going into Ultimates 3.

This world’s James Howlett served with Captain America in World War II. He first emerged at the beginning of Ultimate X-Men when he escaped from the Weapon X compound that mutants including the X-Men were being held in. Wolverine and Cyclops always butted heads in the original X-Men stories, but in the Ultimates universe, Cyclops kicked Wolverine off the team after he left the team leader in the Savage Land for dead. They later made amends however, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has information about his pre-brainwashed life.

Just like their Marvel Universe counterparts, Ultimate Sabretooth and Ultimate Wolverine were Weapon X test subjects and have deeply rooted hate toward one another. The difference in the Ultimate universe is that Sabretooth has his own set of eight retractable claws and a healing factor that seems to be able to reattach severed limbs.

Unlike Clint Barton in the Marvel Universe proper, Ultimate Hawkeye has a long U.S. military career and is an Olympic athlete. He was instrumental in building the Ultimate universe’s S.H.I.E.L.D. program and served as an elite intelligence agent for years before the formation of the Ultimates. He also had a wife, two sons and a daughter who were all murdered in the last Ultimates volume.

The suit attached to Venom in the Ultimate universe was actually designed by Eddie Brock’s father to cure cancer. Eddie and Peter Parker grew up childhood friends in the Ultimate universe and suffered a bitter severance when Peter bonded with the Venom suit.

In the Ultimate universe, Erik Lensherr established a safe haven for mutants in the Savage Land. He and Charles Xavier co-founded the Brotherhood of Mutants, which Magneto commandeered as an anti-human terrorist team. Once brainwashed by Xavier and eventually imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D., Mystique and Forge busted him out of confinement, freeing him to resume his campaign against humanity.

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