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"What's in this briefcase could destroy the Ultimates...FOREVER!!!" -- Cover text

"What can destroy a team as powerful as this? Well, irreconcilable internal differences would do it, and this crossover is called 'Civil War'." -- Al Ewing

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"Well, CW2 is all about heading off threats; predicting the future and preventing bad future events is at the core of the dilemma. Really, the Ultimates are already trying to avoid terrible things coming down the pipe towards humanity—for example, being eaten by Galactus—and the events of CW2 provide them with the perfect tool to keep doing what they were doing." -- Al Ewing

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'The nice thing about the moral dilemma this time around is that there's more than two sides [...] This isn't as simple as, "either you're obeying Law X or defying it" -- there are so many different facets of the argument [of Civil War II] to explore that it's entirely possible the Ultimates will split five ways, not just two. And will they be able to come back from something like that?' -- Al Ewing

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"Science and exploration feels like something very positive, a general good - it helps mitigate some of those moral concerns. I think an emphasis on expanding knowledge makes the team a lot more interesting and sympathetic than, say, a mission to beat people up in the name of preserving the current social order." -- Al Ewing

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'The last issue of "Secret Wars" is a treat to read, and once it's out in the world everyone will hopefully have a clearer idea of how everything bolts together, or at least a starting point to form that idea. In that regard, we're all finding out how things work together -- part of the point of a book like "Ultimates" is to seek out and explore these new possibilities. For example, the "cosmic balance" we mentioned earlier might no longer apply -- it's a new cosmos. New game, new rules, new maps. Galactus was only the start of it.' -- Al Ewing

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"The Ultimates were always going to take on Galactus in issue #1 -- I figured we kind of had to come in swinging and leave a mark [...] What inspired it -- a mixture of wanting someone big on or allied with the team -- originally, we thought about Odin, but he's a bit busy -- and my usual preoccupations with atonement, redemption, growth and change." -- Al Ewing

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"The original Ultimates comic had a certain now-ness to it - it felt like quite a pure distillation of the storytelling experiments of the time, especially with Bryan Hitch working at his widescreen best. With the help of Kenneth Rocafort - without whom this comic wouldn't, couldn't exist in the form it's taking - I feel like we're exploring some similarly experimental territory, while at the same time doing our own version of that widescreen visual language." -- Al Ewing

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"This was always a cosmic team for cosmic threats; only the most powerful, physically, mentally or politically, need apply." -- Al Ewing

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There is a probably valid, if ethically reprehensible, theory that the best time to release news which might be viewed as bad news, is just after another piece of bad news.

My personal opinion on Ben Affleck as Batman is, in the words of Dr Heinrich Doofenschmirtz, on another topic, "an intense, burning, indifference". I was no fan of the Christian Bale movies so will be interested to see where it goes.

But that's okay, because I'm indifferent to today's character reveal too. I won't mention who it is in the tags just yet, so those who might be surprised, WILL be surprised! :)

A character that embodied the 90'd so much he pretty much became a pastiche of himself )

And now a word from the writer of the issue in question )

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