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The Rise of Ultraman[1][2] is a 2020 5-issue limited comic book series[3] published by Marvel Entertainment in collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, based on the popular Ultraman series. The series is co-written by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom with art and character designs by Francesco Manna with Michael Cho and Gurihiru.[4]

Danny Simon of The Licensing Group, one of Tsuburaya Productions' partners in the United States, approached and managed to broker a deal with Marvel, leading to the start of the collaborative project.[5] The then-unnamed project was first publicly revealed in November 2019 at Comic-Con Tokyo[6], with more production details being revealed at the C2E2 event in February 2020.[1]

The story retells the origins of Ultraman to make it easier for new readers to follow while having elements familiar to more experienced fans[2], focusing especially on Shin Hayata, who has been reimagined in a modern day setting.[3]

A sequel to the series, titled The Trials of Ultraman, is due to begin serialization in March 2021.[7]

Synopsis

When the terrifying Kaiju, unfathomable monsters from the days of darkness, threaten all life as we know it, the only thing standing in their way... is the United Science Patrol! Who are these enigmatic defenders, and how do they perform their miracles? Shin Hayata and Kiki Fuji have spent half a lifetime trying to find out – and their quest is about to drive them toward a decades-old dark secret and put them on a collision course with a mysterious warrior from beyond the stars![4]

Releases

No. Release Date
1 September 9, 2020[8][4]
Comes with special Ultra Q story penned by Michael Cho[8], and Kaiju Steps art by Gurihiru.[4]
2 October 7, 2020[9]
3 November 4, 2020
4 December 9, 2020
5 January 6, 2021

A 5-part documentary series about The Rise of Ultraman series, titled "Secrets of The Rise of Ultraman", was also created by Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. It was released on Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment on Ultraman Day 2021 (July 10, 2021), alongside nine English dubbed episodes of the original Ultraman television series.

Characters

Protagonist

USP

"Q"

  • Satoru Ichinotani
  • Kyoko Kato

Expédition Scientifique Nationale

  • Commander Ancel
  • Agent Mortheim
  • Agent Duguet

Other

  • Doctor Yamamoto

Ultras

  • Ultraman
  • Ultraseven
  • Ultraman Ace (Cameo)
  • Ultraman Taro (Cameo)
  • Ultraman 80 (Cameo)

Kaiju

Gallery

Covers

Videos

References

Literature
Showa Ultraman (Operation Gold Rush, Umezu, Nohara, Kazumine, Operation Giant) | Ultraseven (The Targeted Star, Kuwata, Kazumine) | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Great Fierce Battle | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro (Uchiyama, Ishikawa) | Ultraman Leo | Mirrorman | The・Ultraman | Ultra Brothers Story | The☆Ultraman | Ultraman 80 | Decisive Battle! Brothers | Ultra Super Legends
Heisei Ultraman Great (Manga, Novel) | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Battle of the Ultra Brothers | Gridman the Hyper Agent: The Demon King's Counterattack | Ultraman Tiga (Forest of the White Fox, Kiriel-Bito) | Ultraman Dyna (Star of Peace・The・Other) | Ultraman Gaia (The Day Algona Arrived, Superhuman Legend | Heisei Ultraseven (Ultraseven EPISODE: 0, Ultraseven EVOLUTION) | Ultraman THE FIRST | Ultra Q dark fantasy | Ultraman THE NEXT | Ultraman Nexus ("N" THE OTHER, Second Coming -Dreams-) | Ultraman Story 0 | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius (Anderes Horizont, Fight! Ultra Brothers, Armored Darkness) | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Adventure | Ultra Monster Kattobi! Land | Ultraseven X | Ultra Ninpocho | Ultraman Super Fighter Geki-Den | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultraman Sisters | Ultraman: Another Genesis | ULTRAMAN | Seven Queu: Lovely Idol | Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project (Novels, Galaxy Days, POP, Ultra Journey, The Beginning Stories) | TSUBARAYA X HAYAKAWA (Return to Tatara Island: Ultra Monster Anthology, Ultraman Dual, Ultraman F, Ultraman Dual 2) | Ultraman Orb Chronicle | Ultraman R/B (Ultraman R/B The Movie Novelization, Ultraman R/B Novel | TDG: Adventure in Hyperspace
Reiwa Ultraman Tiga: To the Shining Ones | SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS | Hime and Samurai | ULTRAMAN SUIT ANOTHER UNIVERSE | Ultraman Dyna: Zero Drive Towards Tomorrow | SSSS.GRIDMAN ANOTHER LOAD | Anime ULTRAMAN Novel | Ultraman Taiga Novel | Diaclone VS. Gridman | Fight! Sevenger | DARKNESS HEELS ―Lili― | Mirrorman 2D
Foreign Ultraman G | Ultraman: Negative One | Ultraman Tiga | Redman | The Rise of Ultraman | The Trials of Ultraman
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