With the return of Nick Fury to his previous post as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ultimate Comics Ultimates brings with it a new direction, concentrating less on hero-versus-villain and more on the strife-creating politics of a world in turmoil. Of course, the super heroes play a huge role in the title; it wouldn’t be the Ultimates without Captain America, Iron Man, or Thor. However, as evidenced by the first issue, Jonathan Hickman is choosing to concentrate on the political aspect of the superhero team, as opposed to the super heroics themselves. Focusing on the Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. aspect brings new life to the book, instead of rehashing previous stories or even “Ultimizing” the standard Marvel stories.

Issue #2 is set to hit stands in a few short weeks, and it can be guaranteed to bring the same kind of conspiratorial plot-twists we got in issue #1.

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2 from the rock star creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic. Ultimate Comics Reborn continues as the entire world begins to crumble around S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Ultimates are powerless against it! With their leader nowhere to be found, can Thor, Iron Man & Nick Fury pull together and stop the Tomorrow People before it’s too late? Find out in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2!

I’ve been hooked on The Ultimates since Mark Millar’s run, so I’m excited to see what Hickman does with the title. Given all of the political intrigue of issue #1, I hope I’m intelligent enough to keep up with it. I can admit it; I got lost a little while reading the first issue. And the hardcore preview pages Marvel revealed today certainly helps to whet my appetite for more. Check them out below.

Pick up Ultimate Comics Ultimates by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic September 28.