Ellis details "Ultimate Nightmare"

On his Bad Signal Mailing List, Warren Ellis shared some of the plans he has for his next Marvel project, "Ultimate Nightmare," announced this past weekend.

"I'm writing a five-issue mini for Marvel's Ultimate line entitled 'Ultimate Nightmare,'" said Ellis in the mailer.

"Once again, I'm picking up the slack on something Millar was originally slated for but didn't have time to do," Ellis said, referring to taking over the writing chores on "Ultimate Fantastic Four" from Bendis and Millar. "It's based on a story idea from Joe Quesada and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine. First issue's in August, I think.

"The basic idea is that a Weird Unknown Event disrupts all world communications systems, and that the epicenter of the disruption appears to be in the remote Tunguska region of Siberia.

"Exactly one hundred years ago (in the Ultimate Universe timeline -- I'm monkeying with actual history just a little) an object exploded over the Tungus River Valley. The Tunguska Event, as it's known, may have been an exploding meteorite, a comet strike, an anti-matter event -- nobody knows.

"But this disruptive signal is emanating from Tunguska Event Ground Zero, exactly one hundred years later.

"The Ultimates, the US superhuman defense initiative, send in a team to investigate and solve with extreme prejudice. Since they're without their Psi-Division of tame telepathic mutants, they're unaware that the signal also extends into neuro-readable frequencies. The X-Men, believing that these are the telepathic wails of a traumatised mutant, send in a team, with no knowledge that the Ultimates are also en route.

"And none of them know what's really at Tunguska Ground Zero.

"People who like 'Planetary' might get a kick out of this one."

Art for the series is provided by Trevor Hairsine.

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