Appearing in "Ultimate Armor Wars (Part I)"
- Ghost (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Ultimate Armor Wars (Part I)"
In the wake of the Ultimatum Wave, the world is in bad shape. New York is a wreck, changes in European weather patterns has left millions dead, and the economy is in dire straits. Tony Stark has returned to New York to visit Stark Enterprises branch offices. Talking to Happy Hogan on the radio, he suddenly decides to record a blog-style documentary piece to sell on iTunes.
The offices are intact, since Stark challenged the builders to over-design the building to survive in any situation. He can now go looking for the object of his search: Remnant 242. However, in his private quarters he finds a woman with red irises, who threatens to blast him with energy and demands that he hand her the blueprints for the nanomachines that let him control his armor. He recognizes her as Justine Hammer, daughter of Justin Hammer. She admits that she got superpowers from her father's private superhuman research program, but now she is dying. Stark tries to strike up a conversation, but Happy points out that there is another intruder - and he's on the same floor as Remnant 242.
Switching to Combat O.S., Stark flies down to investigate. He finds that the box he left Remnant 242 has been opened. He also finds the thief - who is wearing a suit of Iron Man armor. Generating a hypersphere, the thief hides the Remnant in hyperspace so he has both arms free. Stark proves the better user of the armor, but the thief is not bad either. Justine Hammer appears, and identifying the thief as "the Ghost", she blasts him, damaging the armor long enough to force the Ghost to retreat - using a phasing unit even Stark can't understand. Hammer begins to hemorrhage internally, and Stark calls off the search so he can get her to a medical facility.
Waking up on board a flying facility with the call-sign "FP1", Justine Hammer explains to Stark that his secure systems were hacked a few months ago, and the Ghost was the first person to illegally acquire re-purposed Iron Man tech... but not the last. Stark decides he must get his armor back as well as recovering Remnant 242. Justine says she can help him with her connections in the superhuman underground.
Exploding from the ruins of ULTIMATUM, Tony Stark races against time to save his crippled corporation and stop the theft of his armored arsenal! Superstar writer WARREN ELLIS (ULTIMATE HUMAN) teams up with rising talent STEVE KURTH (IRON MAN) to bring you a globe-spanning, high-octane thriller with a blast from Tony’s past that you’ve gotta see to believe!
- "Vicky von Düm" may be a sly reference to Doctor Doom. Warren Ellis helped create the Ultimate version of that character.
- The various billboards in Times Square refer to characters from the main Marvel universe who are fictional in the Ultimate Universe: Tomazooma and Rawhide Kid (a film which seems to be this universe's version of Brokeback Mountain. It also shows ads for Dr. Strange and Howard the Duck.
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