Even though only three issues of Ultimates 3 have hit the stands, Marvel is collecting them together in a trade paperback in anticipation of the Ultimatum storyline dropping later this year.

“As ULTIMATUM approaches later in the year, I’m thrilled that the fans, retailers and new readers have an excellent jumping on point for the story that will change the Ultimate Universe — dare I say it? — forever!,” said [Jeph] Loeb. “The entire team of Joe Mad, Lichtner and Starkings have really put together an awesome story!”

Ultimates 3: March on Ultimatum arrives June 18 for $4.99.

via Marvel

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  1. Ransom
    May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm — Reply

    “..an excellent jumping on point..”

    Too confusing to be a jumping on point. Too bad to be called excellent. Stop lying Jeph Loeb. Especially about changing the Ultimate universe forever. You write comic books. You know better.

  2. DrStrangeCubicle
    May 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    They should have called it a “Secret Invasion” tie-in just for the hell of it, although the sheer excitement of owning Ultimates 3 in all its glory is awesome enough as it is.

  3. May 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Man, is this ever a slap in the face. Readers buy the issues individually at 2.99 each (8.97) and they release a so-called “trade” almost half the price months later? Is this an actual trade or somehting more akin to the Marvel Must-Haves?

    I just was disappointed in the Ultimates 3, and I really don’t think that it was Loeb’s fault. I just thought that the art was awful for what had been previously established.

  4. Salieri
    May 21, 2008 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    …Delays on a Loeb book being glossed over. Le gasp.

    Remember, kids, a book’s quality is always directly proportional to the amount of hype slopped over it like cheap varnish, and/or the detectable amount of toady, smug self-congratulation evident in the voice of the author as he once again praises himself for getting paid to drag that book’s reputation for quality into the muck.

  5. davek
    May 21, 2008 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    Hey, they learned it from their Editor-in-Chief.

  6. steviecool
    May 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm — Reply

    Anticipation of the Ultimatum storyline dropping later this year
    Anticipation of dropping the Ultimatum storyline later this year

    I choose (b)

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