Marvel Releases First Look At The Rise of Ultraman Comic Book Series
Late last year, Marvel and Tsuburaya Productions announced plans to bring back Ultraman with new comic book projects. However, Marvel has finally revealed that the first comic, The Rise of Ultraman, will hit later this year. At C2E2, Marvel’S Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski announced that Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom will co-write the series, while Francesco Manna will handle the art.
Higgins previously oversaw Boom! Studios’ successful Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book revival. Groom is best known for Self/Made, and Manna has previously illustrated Fantastic Four and Avengers.
“A few years ago, thanks to my time on Power Rangers, I was able to discover and learn more about Tokusatsu,” said Higgins in a statement. “With its wildly different conventions and inspirations, Tokusatsu — and Ultraman in particular — has been a huge source of joy for me. It’s a genre so ripe with possibilities, even down to what we conceive of in the structure of super hero storytelling. It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring Ultraman to Marvel.”
“Monsters in fiction have been embodying all that is dark and scary in our world for as long as we’ve been telling stories. But I don’t think anybody understood the immense scale of our most pressing problems quite like Eiji Tsuburaya,” added Groom. “He imagined the darkness looming overhead as tall as skyscrapers— alien and unknowable and angry. But he also imagined us being able to stand up to those monsters, by rising above our worst impulses and embracing a nobler way of being. He imagined Ultraman. What does that mean in this complex, contradictory world of lies? We’re going to find out…”
The Rise of Ultraman #1 will be released later this year.
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Recommended Reading: Ultraman Vol. 1
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