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'Thanos has been "reformed" before, and - much as I enjoyed it while it was happening - it didn't take in the end. We're going to go in the other direction with Thanos, as long as we've got him - we're going to try and make him more terrifying, if such a thing is possible. Galactus, we were often told, has a higher purpose. I don't remember anyone saying anything as nice about the Mad Titan. And when you stare into the burning eyes of Thanos, what looks back at you? Do you see madness? Evil personified? Or something more horrific... Nothing at all?' -- Al Ewing

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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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