[Patreon-Nov16-Post-Bug][/Patreon-Nov16-Post-Bug]I’m excited to debut a very special comic guide project that I just finished in the wee hours of this morning thanks to Daylight Savings Time – The Marvel Ultimate Universe Definitive Collecting Guide!
This new guide is available exclusively to CK’s Crushing Comics Club Patrons until December 11th. Want early access? Visit CK on Patreon to learn more.
The new guide includes every single comic from Ultimate Marvel with links to their collected editions, plus an embedded reading order for Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, and other major characters.
Ultimate Marvel started as an experiment in 2000 after years of bankruptcy and bad luck. Could Marvel attract new and lapsed readers to read X-Men and Spider-Man if they started them from scratch without a single piece of backstory to catch up on (while still publishing their main titles).
The answer from fans was a resounding “YES,” and Marvel soon added Fantastic Four and The Ultimates, a more grounded and cynical take on The Avengers. These four pillars of the Ultimate Universe would continue for 15 years, through the coming of Galactus, a flood of biblical proportions, the death of Spider-Man, and another coming of a different Galactus.
Along the way, Ultimate Marvel characters were allowed to grow and change in ways they haven’t done in more than fifty years at Marvel, with a new black and hispanic Spider-Man coming into his own, Kitty Pryde emerging as the leader of all mutants, and Susan Storm taking over for Reed in the FF while Johnny adventured with other teams. Plus, the Ultimate take on The Avengers become the blueprint for Marvel’s magical cinematic formula.
The entire Ultimate Marvel Universe was finally put to rest with Marvel’s 2015 event Secret Wars, though a few aspects moved over into the new main Marvel Universe. Vulture published an exhaustive history in 2015 to commemorate the close of this remarkable experiment.
Luckily, 100% of these comics are available in collected editions, as explained by the guide. For me, the more confusing part was the reading continuity. Which series happened when, and what lead into what else? Here’s a quick explainer (which, in the guide, acts as a table of contents): [Read more…] about New Collecting Guide: Ultimate Marvel Comics
The Marvel Ultimate Universe comic boks definitive issue-by-issue collecting guide and trade reading order for omnibus, hardcover, and trade paperback collections. Find every issue and appearance from Marvel Ultimate! Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated December 2017 with titles solicited for release through August 2018.
What is Ultimate Marvel?
The simplest way to think about it is as a new-millennium, ground-up reboot of the four most enduring Marvel Silver Age properties – Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers (as Ultimates), and Fantastic Four.
That frequently made for a take on Marvel’s heroes that was both more edgy and more grounded. There were fewer aliens, magic, and resurrections, and more real-world socio-political ramifications. While the line wasn’t for Mature Readers, the combination of those factors could sometimes lead to a grimmer take than the main Marvel universe.
The Ultimate Universe was thoroughly covered in collected editions as it was released, which means you definitely can own every issue of every title with no gaps and hardly any overlap. As a result, this guide does not include an exhaustive list of where singles issues may be collected out of context.
Below I’ve broken the Ultimate Universe into four eras punctuated by four major events that reset the line. Within each era books are listed in order of their launch, but for a more threaded view I’ve also listed them by threaded reading order.
Welcome to week two of my journey through the Top 50 Most-Wanted Omnibuses from Marvel, per an annual secret ballot conducted by major fan TigerEyes. I covered #20-16 in the last installment.
The books ranked from 15 to 1 are some of the most-consistently demanded Marvel material, although two thirds of it is already readily available in color. Particularly, this group of books shows how important cinematic depictions of the Marvel Universe have become even to long-time fans – every book corresponds to a specific screen property.
If you have any extra intelligence to add about the probable runs or opinions about the comics therein, please leave a comment! Even when it comes to X-Men, I’m far from a prohibitive expert on these books. I’d love to hear your perspective.
Want to learn more about the Marvel Omnibus editions that already exist and the issues they cover? My Marvel Omnibus & Oversized Hardcover Guide is the most comprehensive tool on the web for tracking Marvel’s hugest releases – it features every book, plus release dates, contents, and even breakdowns of $/page and what movies the books were released to support. [Read more…] about Marvel’s Most-Wanted Omnibuses of 2016 – #15, 14, and 13