We broke the news a couple weeks ago that James Harren and Dave Stewart's Ultramega #1 is the biggest launch at Skybound since Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee's Fire Power.
And with Ultramega #1 FOCing on Monday, February 22nf, it looks like Harren and the folks at Skybound/Image have been making sure everyone has an advance PDF of the book, which has a lot of people buzzing about this book – and every time we see this kind of attention, we can't help but think of all the talk pre-FOC for James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera's Something is Killing The Children #1 from Boom Studios, which also had tons of buzz …and we know how that turned out to be one of the biggest indie comic hits.
But that's a pretty high bar – will Ultramega #1 reach those heights? Let's see what people have to say. Some of them are not even Skybound creators. But most of them are.
When Ultramega was announced, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman seemed pretty impressed…which makes sense, since his company is publishing the book but it's still about as high a stamp of approval as you get
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) December 9, 2020
Amazing Spider-Man artist and Invincible co-creator Ryan Ottley shared his Ultramega thoughts:
I gotta tell you, @JamesHarren1's new book ULTRAMEGA is the coolest shit I've ever seen. I cannot wait for you to experience it! 😳 wow!
— RYAN OTTLEY (@RyanOttley) February 13, 2021
Eisner Award-winner and Stillwater artist Ramon K Perez has ultramega praise:
— Ramón K Pérez (@theramonperez) February 17, 2021
East of West artist Nick Dragotta has some suggestions for how many mega-copies to buy:
Even though I got a sneak peak at ULTRAMEGA by @JamesHarren1 I'm still pre-ordering two copies. Thanks Tradd.
James went so BIG. It's such a visceral beautiful horrific book. Don't miss it.
— Dragotta (@NickDragotta) February 18, 2021
Dan Panosian, of An Unkindness of Ravens and Drink & Draw fame, is also a fan:
— Dan Panosian (@urbanbarbarian) February 17, 2021
Curse Words co-creator Ryan Browne thinks Ultramega is one of the best comics of 2021. Which is prescient of him.
Hey! @JamesHarren1 's new comic UltraMega is the best comic of the year and possibly any year. Equal parts bad ass, creepy, hilarious, and heart-breaking. And it's 60 plus pages. My highest recommendation.
— Ryan Browne (@RyanBrowneArt) January 29, 2021
Eisner Award-winner Ted Brandt is pretty excited:
It's why I'm so excited for UltraMega! But yeah, that loud, dumb fun vibe is something I definitely want to capture at some point.
— Aw beans, it's Ted "Nibs" Brandt (@ten_bandits) February 14, 2021
Acclaimed writer David Andry, who recently had an acclaimed hit of his own with Vault's Resonant, also digs it:
Y'all! I check out the first issue (50+ pages?) of Ultramega from @Skybound @ImageComics and it's absolutely batshit insane. There is like 10 issues worth of stuff jammed into this thing with the most amazing art and crazy kaiju violence. You need to EXPERIENCE this book. pic.twitter.com/TgX7i3nGb2
— David 'DB' Andry (@DBAndry) February 14, 2021
Here's Jack "AKA Mr. Bolo" DeMayo, considered one of the first big influencers to identity the speculator/collector potential for Something is Killing The Children and who seems very high on the sure-to-be-overlooked Ultramega #1 variants:
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Rising star influencer Regie Collects also highlighted the book this week, comparing it to Something is Killing The Children and Bitter Root:
And then there's prominent comic book speculation site CBSI, who ran a rare early review and praised Ultramega #1, sure to drive a certain segment of the market:
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Canadian retailer The WonderHarbour chimes in:
Wow. I knew it would look good; I didn't think it would breathe new life into the (to me) kind of tired Giant Kaiju fight genre, but I can't think of a giant monster story that's ever engaged me this much. 1/ pic.twitter.com/erQ5wrBJi3
— The Wonderharbour! (@HHComics) December 29, 2020
And joins influential retailer Jermaine "Lord Retail" Exum:
We already have several preorders in on this series and that is always a good sign! In my experience when people ask for a thing early it usually means that even more likely intend to pick up when it hits the shelf, but didn't say anything. https://t.co/wkBTiNNGti
— Lord Retail of the Known Universe (@LordRetail) February 5, 2021
Now it remains to be seen how high Ultramega #1 goes – even as Skybound's biggest new launch in quite a while – but it seems clear the series has all the right people behind it. Does that mean the recently announced 1:5 and 1:10 variants won't be under ordered? Or that the series won't sell out the day it releases, like recent Image hit Radiant Black #1?
Ultramega #1 FOCs on Monday, February 22 and is on-sale in comic shops Wednesday, March 17.