Lastly, I couldn't chat you up without talking briefly about the Ultimate U. Everyone knows by now about Sam Humphies plans to make Captain America president in "Ultimates," and while that certainly changes the landscape in that series, I was wondering how it might impact a book like "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" which is so much oriented on Miles' personal story?
Paniccia: Elements of "Divided We Fall" and "United We Stand" impact the world of Miles Morales in some pretty significant ways. Brian Bendis writes his characters in a very human light and the way that Hydra affects his father is chilling. Miles wonít go untouched by the experience either. Some of this will stay with him for a long time.
As always, we've got a few fan questions to round the week out, starting with MagnaInferno who wondered, "Any chance of seeing a fourth ongoing in the Ultimate Comics line or will you just continue to have a mini run along side the three titles. Also, will we see The Ultimates get an ongoing artist soon, rather than just having them stay on for a small arc?"
Paniccia: Scot Eaton is working on three issues of the arc following "United We Stand" in a story called "Reconstruction," the conspiracy story that he was born to draw. After that weíve got an exciting name to announce for the next three issues with Scot planned to come return for another arc.
Let's keep it rolling with a trio of Ultimate Spidey questions from SpiderX. First he wanted to know, "How does Miles' Venom Blast work? We saw him blow up a lego ship, stun people, send it through web in Spider-Men and it doesn't play well with electronics. Is it tactile only?"
Paniccia: The way Iíve looked at it is as a neurotoxin that Miles is learning how to control as he gains more experience. Depending on threat level or emotional state, the chemical combination gets more volatile and can disrupt the target on a molecular level. No? Okay, I tried.
He followed up asking, "I'm also very excited to see Venom appear again. I always enjoy the Ultimate Universe takes on 616 Spider-Man villains. Any plans for an Ultimate version of the Queen?"
Paniccia: Nothing in the immediate future.
Lastly from SpiderX, he wondered "Seeing as Miles is such an original character any plans for completely original villains to compliment him?"
Paniccia: There are some new characters on the horizon but I do love to see the Ultimate twist on classics. On that note, wait till you see Ultimate Venom. This will rock Milesí world!