Readers of Ultimate Universe #1, which arrived in stores today, not only learned more about Jonathan Hickman’s approach to this new take on the Marvel Universe, but also saw preview pages from Peach Momoko’s upcoming Ultimate X-Men.
(And if you missed them, no worries — you’ll find them at the bottom of this post).
In conjunction with the release, Marvel has revealed more details on the title, which Momoko will both write and draw, and which will offer a very different take on Marvel’s merry mutants — something more like manga or the Demon Days stories she did at Marvel.
The two characters featured in the preview, for instance, aren’t pulled from the original five, who were first introduced in the 1960s, or even the “new X-Men” introduced in the 1970s — they’re Armor, a character introduced in 2004, at least in the beginning, and Maystorm, a new character who was created as part of a line of variant covers.
“I was very surprised, excited, and happy that Marvel allowed me to introduce Maystorm in Ultimate X-Men,” Momoko told Marvel.com. “She was made only for the New Champions variant cover program. I really liked her design and wanted to tell her story… but didn’t think I would get the opportunity this fast!”
The New Champions variant cover line introduced potential sidekicks for several Marvel characters, inspired by the recent introduction of Spider-Boy. Maystorm first appeared on the variant cover for X-Men #27, as a sidekick for Storm:
And here’s a look at her design sheet by Momoko:
While Maystorm appears in the preview, it sounds like Armor will be the main focus, at least of the first issue:
Hisako Ichiki is a teenage girl who just wants to live a normal life—go to school, hang out with her friends, ignore the political strife broiling over after the events of ULTIMATE INVASION—but life has other plans for her. In Japan, urban legends have sprung to life and brought some unusual new powers with them… Meet Armor, Maystorm, and a group of new Ultimate X-Men the likes of which you’ve never seen before!
And here’s a look at Momoko’s sketches for armor, along with two preview pages:
Look for Ultimate X-Men #1 to debut on March 6.