Formerly known as Ultimate Warrior
Marvel Comics is gearing up for a big Ultimate Universe winter with the release of the Ultimate Marvel Free Sampler. Solicited in the December Marvel catalog, the special is a sneak peek for comic book readers and retailers of upcoming titles, including December's Ultimates 3 #1 and January's Ultimate Iron Man II #1 and Ultimate Human #1. But it's what these titles are leading up to (at least according to Diamond) that might be of new interest to Marvel followers.
The original catalog solicitation promises "the Ultimate Universe will never be the same", and since this summer readers have known about Jeph Loeb's mysterious upcoming Ultimatum crossover. While the writer hasn't revealed much in the way of specific information about that storyline, he has gone so far as to use the word "end" in relation to its effect on the Marvel Ultimate Universe.
"Expect the Unexpected. And the End is Near...Nearer...," he told us in July.
Diamond, however, got a little more specific Tuesday in their solicitation for the sampler on its retailer website.
"Boasting an all-new David Finch cover," reads the solicitation, "this special issue previews Ultimates 3 #1, Ultimate Iron Man II #1, Ultimate Human #1 and other upcoming books leading up to next year’s cataclysmic destruction of the Ultimate Universe!"