Look guys – I’ll be honest. I’m not the most diehard fan of Marvel’s Ultimate Comics line. I was following the Ultimate Spider-Man series back in the day, but stopped around issue 115, and outside that I’ve only read huge stories like the Ultimates 1 and 2, Ultimate Galactus, some of the Miles Morales stuff and little else. It’s not that it hasn’t appealed to me – believe me, I’m all for the idea – I just never got around to it. But that doesn’t mean I’m not sad to see it go.
The Ultimate Universe meant a lot to people in many ways. It was the launch-pad for some of the most successful writers today – Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, and many more. It gave us a refresher on some of our most beloved and iconic characters, and in a lot of ways, deviated from the originals – largely for the better. There were a few missteps, in which writers felt pressured to make it as gritty and realistic as possible (*cough Ultimatum cough*), but it was an interesting take on an already well established mythos. Now, Marvel is merging all their stray universe, a la Crisis on Infinite Earths, with their upcoming Secret Wars event. That includes the Ultimate Universe. Sure, some characters will survive, but ultimately (pardon the pun), the magic of seeing characters develop in all new ways will be gone. And it’s primarily this reason that I’ll miss it.