Hickman wants to stress that these will be monthly-shipping books. The Ultimates is the big world-building book, setting the stage for all the other Ultimate books. Ultimate Hawkeye is setting up a new argument for who’s a mutant, who’s not, and it all weaves into one huge, interweaving tapestry.
Hickman says Esad Ribic, the artist on Ultimates, is doing the work of his career, “even if the writing is crap.”
In September; Ultimate Comics Spider-man will be launched by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Ultimate Comics X-men#1 by NIck Spencer and Paco Medina. This is the story of when both sides of the traditional X-Men argument–co-existence vs. mutant domination–are dead, and these kids are finding their own, new way. Nick Spencer says,”while Ultimate X-Men focuses on Rogue and Kitty, all the other X-Men and mutants will play big roles.” Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake (Human Torch and Ice Man) have big roles to play in the series as well.
Axel wanted to stress “that the Ultimate Comics are one, coherent universe, with three writers–Spencer, Bendis and Hickman–working in tandem.”
Axel: “You’ll only have to read three books for a single universe, not 52.” A little shot at DC comics
Other Ultimate news – “the FF will be important in Ultimate X-Men while Captain Britain plays a key role in Ultimates”
Fantastic Four News:
Jonathan Hickman start to discuss about upcoming FF Stories.
The latest issues are building towards the War of the Four Cities. But before this begins, there is one issue with Greg Tocchini and the Steve Epting is coming back to draw the war.
Barry Kitson will becoming onto it to draw issues 10-12, this will also build towards the 50th Anniversary of the Fantastic Four.
Big news that a lot of people that have been waiting for is that it is returning but not till February 2012.
In September, Black Panther is now the “Most Dangerous Man Alive” beginning in 523.1. Writer David Liss will explore what makes him so deadly.
In issue #525, Black Panther goes up against the Kingpin, Lady Bullseye and Typhoid Mary. Art by Shawn Martinbrough, who Arune calls one of the genuinely nicest guy in comics.
The Incredible Hulk and Hulk:
Greg Pak is finishing his 5-and-half-year run on the series this August. “Talking about some themes that have emerged in his run–for quite some time now, the Hulk has been building these relationships and a family despite claiming to want to be left alone. So this brings all that to a head. It’s a wishing well story, where everybody gets what they want, but that’s not always a good thing…”
“Bi-Beast and Fin Fang Foom both appear in the final story arc, drawn by Paul Pelletier (who is drawing his last four pages right now). Tom Grummett is also contributing some pages in the final issue.”
The series will be finishing on #632 and they will be double shipping in August.
“Hulk of Arabia” begins in Hulk #42. Red Hulk has to smash his way through the Secret Avengers to rescue a friend in the Middle East. Written by Jeff Parker, drawn by Patrick Zircher. It will introduce a new Doctor Doom-level villain.
Greg was asks what’s up with Betty Ross and her anger-management.
“Greg saying her becoming Red She-Hulk made sense, because she’s been surrounded by a lot of angry men her entire life.” Exactly what happens with Betty is a huge part of “Heart of the Monster.” In the last iissue there’s a lot of big stuff that happens.
There will be more news about Red She-Hulk, when we here from the Fear Itself panel.
The next storyline is called “You Complete Me”, it has a disturbing romance, from this comes Evil Deadpool, which is made from a collection of Deadpool severed body parts.”He can do anything Deadpool can do, but without a semblance of a conscience. As a result of this confrontation, Deadpool is going to be one of the most wanted people in the world.”
Young fan asking if Deadpool will do anything big or important this year like saving the universe from the Skrulls again: Daniel Way says “yes.”
Since the two of them are living in LA, they are to be meeting September/October.
Heroes for Hire/Villains for Hire:
Beginning in November Villains for Hire by Dan Abnette, Andy Lanning and Renato Arlem–Misty Knight is beginning together a group of villains for a mission that is secret.