The Ultimate universe counterparts to the Avengers, the Ultimates debut with the full cast of founding members. Beginning with a daring single-issue tale set in World War II to introduce Captain America, he is quickly revived in the modern day to join the team of Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant Man. And when their scientific advisor Bruce Banner becomes the Hulk, they are joined by a drifter possessing the power of mighty Thor. Assembled under S.H.I.E.L.D. and its director, Nick Fury, the Ultimates must face their own demons before they can stop a true threat.
This series features the breathtakingly detailed artwork of Bryan Hitch and script by Mark Millar that is both darkly uncompromising yet exciting and hilarious. While the series was often much more violent and dark than traditional Avengers stories, it still closely conformed to many traditional elements including using the original team roster and introducing new members in roughly the same order. It is also notable for introducing the Samuel L. Jackson-inspired redesign of Nick Fury which contributed to the actor playing the role in future films.
This series continues with the same creative team in The Ultimates 2.
The Ultimates: Ultimate Collections