Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
Blogger, retailer and calendar-watcher Mike Sterling dutifully observes the third annual “Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk Day,” which marks the third anniversary of the release of Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #2.
You remember that miniseries, don’t you? It’s the one by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and Leinil Francis Yu, launched by Marvel with some fanfare in December 2005. The second issue followed in February 2006. However, the third issue — originally solicited for April 2006, resolicited several times and then, finally, canceled — never materialized.
The future of the planned six-issue miniseries became a recurring topic at Marvel convention panels until, at least year’s Comic-Con International, Lindelof handed Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada the script to Issue 6 in a staged production. That was a year after Lindelof said he’d turned in the script to the fifth issue.
Hey, Lost takes up a lot of time.
As Sterling notes, the third issue now is scheduled for release on March 4, on the heels of “all-new printings” of the first two issues — reminders that Marvel, y’know, actually published those issues many moons ago. They’re like time capsules, really.
If everything goes well, Ultimate Wolverine will haved reached his ripped-off legs — thanks, Ultimate Hulk! — around the time Marvel hits the destruct/reset button on the Ultimate Universe.