Peach Momoko Shows Off Ultimate X-Men, Steve Ditko’s Birthday, Teen Titans Teased | Comic Book Club News For November 2, 2023

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Peach Momoko shows off Ultimate X-Men. It’s Steve Ditko’s birthday. Teen Titans: Beast World teased. All on Comic Book Club News for November 2, 2023.


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Peach Momoko’s Ultimate X-Men previewed.

It’s Steve Ditko’s birthday.

Teen Titans Beast World teased.

This is Comic Book Club News for November 2, 2023.

Peach Momoko’s Ultimate X-Men Previewed:

Perhaps the most intriguing title from Marvel’s new X-Men line is Peach Momoko’s Ultimate X-Men. Written and drawn by the creator, it will eschew her usual out-of-continuity Demon Days stories and cover work for something decidedly front and center in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.

And now, the creator is teasing a little bit about the upcoming book. Comic Book Club shared a first-look preview online. But in the interest of catering to an audio podcast, here’s what you can expect. In the two-page story in this past Wednesday’s Ultimate Invasion, Momoko’s version of Armor dreams she’s pulling a small, red, translucent suit of armor out of her forehead. Pretty weird!

But perhaps even more interesting is the other character teased: Maystorm, a protege of Storm’s first introduced on the cover of X-Men #27.

Said Momoko: “I was very surprised, excited and happy that Marvel allowed me to introduce Maystorm in Ultimate X-Men. She was made only for the New Champions variant cover program. I really liked her design and wanted to tell her story… but didn’t think I would get the opportunity this fast!”

Well, she will get that opportunity, and so will we as the wild world of the new Ultimate Universe continues to unfold in the months to come. Ultimate X-Men will hit stores on March 6, 2024.

Happy Birthday, Steve Ditko:

In other news, today would have been Steve Ditko’s 96th birthday. Born November 2, 1927, Ditko is best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man, and creator of Doctor Strange. We won’t get into who actually created them or not, because that’s an entire other podcast. But suffice it to say, we wouldn’t have either character — or Iron Man’s iconic armor — without Ditko.

Ditko was also famously a bit of a curmudgeon and a crank and generally refused to give interviews about his comics. He passed away at his home in New York at age 90, in 2018, but famously his last words published were the following: “Here’s to those who wish me well, and those that don’t can go to hell.”

Good thing we wish him both well, and a happy birthday.

Teen Titans Beast World Teased:

DC Comics is teasing their upcoming Teen Titans: Beast World crossover by revealing a little bit more about what goes down in the first issue.

Here’s how DC describes it: “The Necrostar, a godlike being with a thirst for conquest, is awakened, and the Titans, along with the rest of the Super Heroes of the DC Universe, team up to fight this horrible threat. Gar Logan, a.k.a. Beast Boy, comes up with an unexpected solution, fighting fire with fire as he transforms into the only thing that can take on a giant, star-shaped cosmic creature.”

In case you couldn’t figure it out, Beast Boy turns into Starro to fight the Necrostar. However, readers should expect that it doesn’t go well because the crossover finds DC heroes and villains turning into animal versions of themselves.

The first issue of the six-issue series hits stores on November 28, 2023.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And Steve Ditko probably would have hated being talked about on a podcast, so sorry about that, Steve.

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