Announced today in another of Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” calls, Sam Humphries will be joining Jonathan Hickman on The Ultimates #10, and eventually it will be his book entirely. Also starting on issue #10 will be Luke Ross on art duties, and Kaare Andrews will continue to provide covers, like the one shown here.
If you want tons of details about this book, you’re going to have to wait, because they weren’t giving any out. It’s gonna be big, as The Ultimates is supposed to be, and there could be some cast changes, but that’s about all that’s known. Hickman gave Humphries the gist of where his book is going. Hickman wrote issue #9, but Humphries will take the first pass at #10, where his co-writer will give it a once over and polish. Eventually, Hickman will step away entirely.
As to why he’s going away? Originally, he took the Ultimate Thor gig because he knew it would lead to The Ultimates, which he’s wanted to write since he got to Marvel. He’d never planned on leaving the book, but he was given a “job offer he couldn’t refuse.” Details on what that is will likely follow soon.
I asked about the sort of apprenticeship program Marvel has, where like Hickman and Bendis on Secret Warriors, Humphries is now under Hickman’s tutelage on The Ultimates.
Sam suggests it’s easier to take the pressure of a gig like this with Hickman along to back him up. He can then ignore that pressure and solely focus on making great comics. Hickman pointed out that once again, it’s clear what the path into working for Marvel is; make a great indie comic, through Image or whoever, like Sam, Kieron Gillen, Rick Remender, and Hickman himself, and have that comic impress other creators, and then work with someone at Marvel to make sure you don’t blow it right away when you get to Marvel.
Says Humphries, “It’s intimidating to come on to a book as big in the Marvel firmament as The Ultimates, but I’m loving the opportunity to work with all these amazing characters.”