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Diamond Retailer Summit 2009

Diamond Summit '09: Ultimate X

Writer Jeph Loeb and Artist Arthur Adams delve deeper into the post-Ultimatum world with ULTIMATE X

By Marc Strom

Following the devastating effects of Ultimatum, the Ultimate Universe has become a much more volatile place. Beginning this spring, writer Jeph Loeb and artist Arthur Adams explore this brave new world in ULTIMATE X.

While Loeb couldn't disclose what characters fans will see in the new series, he did offer up some hints as to what those protagonists have to contend with.

"I can't get into specifics without giving up too much at this point," warns Loeb. "Let's just say that this is a difficult time in the Ultimate Universe in the aftermath of Ultimatum, and there's a great deal of healing that needs to be done. Mutants are all but obliterated. Captain America is a fugitive. The Fantastic Four have gone their own way. But that doesn't mean that evil doesn't still exist and in many ways can use this opportunity to take advantage of a broken world. ULTIMATE X will address these [issues]."

ULTIMATE X preview art by Arthur Adams
While the title may conjure images of the Ultimate Universe's Merry Mutants, Loeb reveals that there's more to the series than just that.

"Yes, it's something bigger than that," the writer relates. "This book isn't just about mutants, super heroes, or anything you're expecting. This is about life and the hard choices we make for the greater good."

Given the dark events that have hit our heroes this past year, Loeb also states that ULTIMATE X will provide them with something they haven't had in a while.

"Despite all that has happened, there is hope," he professes. "That's the message of the series."

For ULTIMATE X, Loeb has the legendary Arthur Adams bringing his scripts to life and couldn't be more pleased.

"Arthur Adams is the perfect choice for anything," exudes Loeb. "These are stories that are both big and small and Arthur handles it beautifully. We're all tremendously excited to have him back doing a monthly title!"

ULTIMATE X preview art by Arthur Adams
According to Loeb, the series will represent a return to form for him in many ways:

"These are very personal stories. People who've read the scripts are surprised how different they are from my other work in the Ultimate Universe. My hope is the readers enjoy it as much as I have been."

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it seems that marvel has toned done the stories since ultimates 3, which rocked, ultimatum was pretty good, just a bunch of shock moments with character getting killed, and now untimate avengers only has cap on the run, so far. yeah the red skull being his son is cool but not really up to par with what the ultimates did. i know they can't keep it going forever and eventually we will all be complaining the way we do about the marvel line-up. i guess it was a good ride while it lasted.


When the Ultimate Universe debuted back at the beginning of the decade, I thought it was supposed to be a place for new, young readers to start with, instead of sifting through years of convoluted continuity in the Marvel Universe. The stories seemed geared toward a younger crowd with real meaning but a lighter tone. Since when has the UU become the place for hard-hitting stories?


Go away Loeb, You @:/@:> Hack!!!


Loeb was a talented writer at one point, when he worked for DC. Now, it seems he's completely cashed out and is turning over garbage and fluff, masked with an interesting high concept and a great artist. However, his execution of said high concept always leaves the reader wanting (and not in a good way).


this looks really good. its good to see a book which will deal with the major issues raised in ultimatum not just from the narrower view of one hero/set of heroes but as the bigger picture. this could be loeb's chance to do something to the high standard he has done before (hush, long halloween, the colour books) as so far his ultimate work hasn't blown me away - its not been terrible just not amazing imo the art looks great: - i wonder why sabertooth's eye remains damaged. - also love the way all the bodies show the injuries they sustained, e.g. blob's head is separate from his body.


Here's hoping they begin to fix the mutant side of the UU. With Loeb handling it I'm scared though.


............Why Loeb? For the love of God Why?