Marvel Versions of Land of Light, Father of Ultra, Eleking & Aron Appear for the First Time
Marvel Comics revealed three key pages from Ultraman: The Mystery of Ultraseven #1, the latest comic book miniseries to come out of the landmark collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Entertainment. The pages appeared Friday morning on the front page of Marvel.com, the official source for all things Marvel.
The unlettered pages featured spectacular artwork by popular Italian artist Davide Tinto and reveal a quartet of major surprises for fans of the Ultraman franchise. The first page depicts the Land of Light, home world of the Ultras in the M78 Nebula, beautifully realized from the TV series themselves. We can even catch a glimpse of the Plasma Spark Tower in the background of one of the panels.
On that same page, we can also see the spectral form of none other than Father of Ultra, who fans know as the Top Commander of the Inter Galactic Defense Force, ostensibly the lead of all Ultras. In the panel, Ultraseven seems to be pleading his case to Father of Ultra, also known as Ultraman Ken. This is the first time we have seen the character in the continuity of the Marvel storyline.
The second page boasts a titanic battle between Ultraseven and one of his greatest Kaiju foes, Eleking (This time, its appearance is closer to its Ultraman Max counterpart). We glimpsed Eleking in the E.J. Su artwork for the cover of this issue, but nothing can prepare us for the visceral quality of this clash. It is everything we could want from a Marvel depiction of a duel between Ultra and Kaiju.
The third page seems to take us back to the Kaiju Limbo that was introduced in previous Marvel Ultraman series. It seems we will be diving deeper into the secrets behind the pop culture icon’s fascinating mythology in an adventure that will thrill longtime fans of the global phenomenon and welcome Ultraman newcomers.
To boot, there is a surprise attack on Ultraseven by the winged Kaiju, Aron. The monster first appeared in the Ultraseven TV series, a minion of the Alien Guts meant to test Seven’s powers, but the beast has rarely recurred in the franchise.
Ultraman: The Mystery of Ultraseven #1, on sale August 17, will be a double-sized issue (the first of five) written by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom. The issue will also feature an additional story spotlighting Ultra Q, as well as more fun with the instructional Kaiju Steps by Gurihiru. You can grab these comics and more digitally or at your favorite local comic book shop.
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