Bryan Hitch has been counting down to something on his Twitter account, and though that particular revelation is still five days away, he did disclose a couple of intriguing nuggets of information on Thursday.
First, he stated that “In two days time, an amazing decade at Marvel closes for me.” Now, that’s just chronologically accurate — Ultimates #1 shipped in early 2002 — but coupled with heartfelt thanks to the folks he’s worked with at the publisher and the statement “naturally new horizons beckon” just a few tweets later, it’s easy to conclude, as CBR has, that all means that Hitch — who’s worked on two volumes of Ultimates, Fantastic Four and scads of covers in the past 10 years — is leaving Marvel.
So the natural question becomes — what about “Age of Ultron”/”Ultron War,” the long-brewing Avengers storyline he’s been working on with Brian Michael Bendis, that was previewed in both Avengers #12.1 (which is being reprinted as this year’s Free Comic Book Day offering from Marvel) and November’s Point One one-shot, and is one of Newsarama’s 10 series to watch in 2012? Luckily, Hitch answered that on Twitter as well, saying “my end is done!” when asked by a reader.
Over on his message board, Bendis added some insight and confirmed that Hitch is leaving Marvel: “i have known about bryan’s plans for months and tom and i were prepared. bryan has done AMAZING work on ultron war and is leaving marvel on a very high note. he leaves the book with his part of the story completely complete.”
So, to recap: Soon, we’ll know what Hitch’s announcement is. It probably doesn’t involve Marvel. But Ultron War is still happening, and it looks like it’ll possibly involve at least one other artist. We’ll know more in five days, it looks like.