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I wanted to create a myth from the future, a quest to find answers and meaning in the face of extinction. In some ways, this is similar to my run on [Loki: Agent of Asgard], the thing that'll let me explore ideas of myth and metaphor, that'll allow me to play around on a grand tapestry. And the further out I get, the bigger I can go. I want to take this book to a place where Marvel-Earth -- the Marvel Galaxy -- isn't even a speck in the sky. -- Al Ewing

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There’s this weird double standard the alien races have for Earth, which seems to be caused by a clash of pop culture tropes and metaphors. So on the one hand, Earth is seen as a bit backward and unevolved, but on the other hand, they’re really dangerous and sooner or later someone should get around to blowing Earth up before these humans do something too crazy. -- Al Ewing

The Ultimates vs. Hydra's planetary shield )
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Roberto has no idea how tough things are about to get — he’s a master of long-term planning, but in Steve Rogers’ Hydra agent, he’s almost definitely met his match in that department, and the wheels the evil Cap has set in motion could end up crushing A.I.M. in their path. So when things get really bad for him — and for the world — a little hope and caring might just go a long way. Not to mention that helping other people, and letting other people help you, is just good policy for life in general if you can do it. -- Al Ewing

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It’s definitely on my mind as I write him – the idea that he had an entirely different life, long ago, that he doesn’t like to talk about. The Mantlo/Mignola/Gordon “Rocket Raccoon” limited series got reprinted in one of the Marvel UK comics of my childhood, so I do have some rosy, cosy memories of it. He was pretty much a totally different person back then – and from what I recall, a much less troubled one. Occasionally, bits and pieces of that old life will surface – someone will get past his defenses by reminding him of the old days, or he’ll have retained a piece of kit from his time as Ranger Rocket – but to remember is painful. It’s a very noir trope – the old, good time that the hero lost and can never get back. The long-buried sadness. -- Al Ewing

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In our ongoing exploration of what makes an "important" comic that "matters", this issue features THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING! And PSI-HAWK! -- Al Ewing

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They don't fit into the boxes. They're not heroes - they've done some awful things - and at the same time, they're not villains. They're not aliens, but they're not part of human society either - although thanks to the NuHumans, any part of human society can be part of them. They're their own complicated thing, unique and weird, a little piece of pure sci-fi with a toe-hold in standard superheroics. -- Al Ewing

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Do you want some more MCU-style Guardians of the Galaxy tales starring Rocket Raccoon doing heists written by Al Ewing and featuring a classic Marvel UK villain team? Of course you do.

And speaking of the UK, let's start with a Hitchhiker's Guide reference )
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"The Inhumans take a good look at their past - and choose to embrace the future instead! Wild fantasy as you like it, true believer!" -- Al Ewing on March 29

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'I knew we weren’t doing a “Monsters Unleashed” tie-in, but I did want to bring back American Kaiju in some capacity, so I figured it might be fun to do the opposite of a tie-in – an entire crossover in one issue. That’s “Monsters N’ S.H.I.E.L.D.”, which has its own Alpha and Omega issue contained within the issue, and also runs through “Deadpool Into Fear” and “Hulk: King of the In-Crowd,” so make sure you have every issue of both of those incredibly long-running mags, or you’ll be completely lost.' -- Al Ewing

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'He’s actually pretty dangerous! He’s kind of goofy, but then so was Boris Johnson. He’s got future technology that’s better than anything in the present, and he’s using it to make sure the future of this “alternate past” belongs entirely to him — a global kleptocracy, with him behind the scenes, manipulating all aspects of life to serve the end goal of funneling more cash into his vaults.' -- Al Ewing

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"What motivates anyone to risk destroying the [universe]? Sometimes, it’s because things have changed around them, in ways they feel have threatened or marginalized them, and they’re trying to take control—or maybe, deep down, just lashing out at an enemy they feel has humiliated them somehow. As above, so below. Maybe Order and Chaos want to ‘take their reality back,’ to coin a phrase." -- Al Ewing

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The first arc of Al Ewing and Paco Medina's U.S.Avengers wraps up this week with the final battle against the Golden Skull, a supervillain who bears more than a little resemblance personality-wise to a certain gold-and-winning-obsessed President of the United States.

But the name of the U.S.Avengers' helicarrier is either the best comics coincidence in recent memory or the result of a really quick change in the text. )
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"I'm also taking some inspiration from old Captain America stories from the past — that sense of writers in dark times exploring what their country meant to them — and a few yet to come. The U.S. Avengers are going to have their role to play in the future." -- Al Ewing

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"We’ve seen cosmic science, issue #2 of ULTIMATES SQUARED deals with cosmic parapsychology. If there’s something strange in your universe, who you gonna call?" -- Al Ewing

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"I honestly have no idea what America will be or represent when the book comes out. I don’t even know what America will look like when this interview comes out. Things are really not normal right now, and it seems like every day brings some new piece of ugly strangeness to our attention. I’m scared for my friends.

"In a context like that, I wonder how useful escapism or superhero thrills can be, but as part of a balanced diet and as a means of taking a breather, recharging the batteries, and maybe finding some sort of positive inspiration in a difficult time, I’d at least like to believe it does more good than harm. And having the United States represented in this hour by this team feels relatively positive."
-- Al Ewing

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