If this report from Bleeding Cool is to be believed, Marvel Comics has told retailers that something important is happening in this week’s Ultimate Spider-Man #157 and Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs. New Avengers #3… Something important enough to catch the attention of the mainstream media, with the story breaking as soon as tomorrow. As a result, BC says, both books have already sold out at the distributor level.
So, is this finally the much-heralded “death” of Ultimate Spider-Man? And if so, how long does anyone actually expect it to stick, considering (a) that they tried to same trick with Ultimatum and that lasted for two months, and (b) that Marvel has an Ultimate Spider-Man animated series launching later this year?
(My bet, not that anyone cares, is that this storyline will end the book, and maybe even the entire Ultimate line as we know it – Bagley’s return has to mean something beyond being nostalgic, right? – before a high-profile relaunch, possibly without Bendis as regular writer, in time for the cartoon’s debut in the fall. Let’s all see how wrong I am together, shall we?)