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Appearing in "War of the Worlds"

Reprint of the 1st story from
UltraForce/Spider-Man #1AWar of the Worlds

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  • Old Prime

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Synopsis for "War of the Worlds"

Reprint of the 1st story from
UltraForce/Spider-Man #1AWar of the Worlds

Spider-Man happens upon a gang of criminals terrorizing a woman and her two children.[Continuity 1] The wall-crawler quickly wraps up the kidnappers before they can take their victim. The woman and her children thank Spider-Man for saving them.

Meanwhile, a dimension away, at the headquarters of UltraForce, the team is on alert when a portal suddenly opens in the middle of their headquarters. Suddenly, an elderly version of Prime comes through the portal. When the Black Knight attempts to calm this newcomer, her blasts the Knight aside with a strange device that he is wearing around his neck. That's when the rest of the team tries to attack the intruder, but in his frenzied state, this elderly version of Prime easily fights them aside. He doesn't stop until Wreckage uses his painful touch on the deranged man until the Black Knight orders him to stop for fear it might kill Prime. They quickly shackle Prime with Enervators, but when he wakes up he easily breaks free. He explains that the people who sent him warned that the strain of time travel would drive him temporarily insane. Prime explains that he came back in time because he is one of only two Ultras who is still alive. He goes on to say that something from the Black Knights dimension has destroyed everything they know.[Continuity 2] The device on his neck then projects a hologram that reveals that person responsible, a being who calls himself the Green Goblin. Dane knows who the Goblin as a foe of Spider-Man, but believes that he died years ago.[Continuity 3] This is not the least of the group's worries, as Prime tells them that one of their own will betray them. When Ghoul demands to know which other members of the Ultras are still alive in this apocalyptic future, Prime reluctantly tells Ghoul that it is him, but he lives a life of constant agony after being dissected by the Goblin's weapons. Prime goes on to say that the scar on his face was from a failed attempt to save Ghoul's life. Taking the device off from around his neck, the old Prime tells them that it is a dimensional transporter that will allow them to travel to the Black Knight's dimension so they can stop the Green Goblin before he can set his plans into motion.

As the Prime of this era heads towards UltraForce headquarters, wondering what the team is up to, Cromwell is contacted by the organization known as Aladdin. The top brass of Aladdin tells the Ultras that they have been monitoring dimensional breaches after the Phoenix Resurrection crisis and have now detected hundreds of breaches in their reality and order the Ultras to stop these invaders.[Continuity 4] When Prime arrives, Lament has him bring her to the comm room to see what's going on. Its there that they witness as the future Prime begins to explode into a green gelatinous mass. His final words are telling the Ultras to stop the Green Goblin. Suddenly the portal between worlds is activated and the group quickly decided to cross over to the Black Knight's dimension so they can prevent the horrible future that may come to pass.

In the other dimension, the heroic Green Goblin investigates a break-in at the Stark International building in Brooklyn. Seeing that the security guards have been murdered by an army of ninjas, the Goblin triggers the alarm and attacks the thieves. Although he has the element of surprise, the Goblin is quickly overpowered. The approaching police also draw the attention of Spider-Man who swings over to the building and assists the Goblin in trying to stop the thieves. When some of the ninjas try to escape, their exit is cut off from the sudden arrival of the Ultimates.[Error 1] With the immediate danger over, Prime then tries to subdue the Green Goblin, who panics. Spider-Man tries to stop Prime from harming the Goblin, but the powerhouse easily swats the wall-crawler away, stating that the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. However, when Spider-Man is about to slam into the jagged edge of a broken pillar, Prime realizes he used too much force and saves the wall-crawler from sudden death.

Spider-Man then quickly explains that this Green Goblin is a hero and the Ultras decide to hold off on hostilities for now. Lament then goes through the Stark computers and learns that the government of this world is also preparing from an invasion from their dimension. They quickly realize that some force is trying to pit both dimensions against each other in a conflict that could very well destroy the Earth of two worlds. Based on this information, they learn that the government on Spider-Man's earth plans on opening a portal in Hawaii using power provided by a S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite. Spider-Man finds this whole situation is suspicious, and although Ghoul does not trust the Green Goblin the rest of UltraForce agrees. They then decide to split up and investigate things. While Spider-Man goes pairs up with Prime, Ghoul, and Topaz, the Green Goblin goes with the Black Knight, Wreckage, Lament, and Prototype.

The actions of the Green Goblin's team is followed in chapter two of this issue; however, Spider-Man's activities with the other half of UltraForce are chronicled in chapter two of UltraForce/Spider-Man #1B.

Appearing in "Chapter Two"

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  • Shifters

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Synopsis for "Chapter Two"

From their secret headquarters, the masters who control the Shifters observe as Spider-Man and UltraForce's Prime, Ghoul and Topaz arrive at the Stark International facility in Maui. There they find a pile of dead bodies. As they gather the bodies, Ghoul is concerned over what the "Old Prime" told them about a traitor in their midst and begins suspeting his teammates. He shoves these concerns out of his mind so he can use his powers to commune with one of the victims.[Continuity 1] Summoning a spirit of one of the female victims, she tells the gathered heroes that they were slaughtered by creatures called Shifters and that the creatures come from the Ultraverse. When Ghoul's interrogation begins causing the spirit pain, Spider-Man tells him to let her spirit free, earning the Ghoul's ire. Going inside the Stark facility, Spider-Man hacks into the computers and confirms what the spirit told them. As they watch the wall-crawler work on the computer, Topaz is surprised to discover that Spider-Man has the skill to hack into this computer. Ghoul, on the other hand, has decided that he can't trust the wall-crawler. Spider-Man also confirms that the Shifters come from the Ultraverse. That's when he notices that a computer virus has kicked in that is overriding the facility control so instead of drawing power from the S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite overhead, it is getting power from a nearby volcano.

Hearing this causes Ghoul to begin suspecting his teammate Lament because she has a "spiritual connection" with computers and a shady past. That's when Spider-Man's spider-sense begins going off, warning him that they are about to be ambushed. Suddenly, the facility begins to collapse, prompting the heroes to retreat. As they flee, Ghoul tries to convince Prime and Topaz that Lament is the traitor in their midst. He also expresses his mistrust for Spider-Man, finding it convenient that everything started going south as soon as he accessed the computers. Overhearing this annoys the wall-crawler, who briefly considers leaving the Ultras to their own fate, but decides against such a petty move since both of their worlds are in danger. Outside a portal opens up and tentacles emerge from within and try to wrap up the heroes. As the heroes struggle to get free, the masters in control of the Shifters observe from their hideout, confident that their creatures will keep the heroes contained. With the help from Spider-Man, Prime manages to get free. instead of saving his teammates, Prime digs into the ground and finds the maintenance shaft where the facility is drawing energies from the volcano in order to cut off its power source. This causes the magma to flow up to the surface, causing the tentacles to let go of their victims in pain. Before they can all fall in the lava, Prime swoops in and rescues them.

In the aftermath of the battle they are surrounded by American soldiers who accuse UltraForce of planning an invasion of their world. Topaz quickly disarms the soldiers and Spider-Man convinces them that they are trying to stop a war between both worlds. As they commendeer a military helicopter, the gathered heroes begin comparing notes. The Ultras consider how the "Old Prime" warned them that Spider-Man's Earth was going to invade theirs, now the soldiers are claiming the opposite. They begin to wonder what is really going on, however as they fly back to Brooklyn, Ghoul is more convinced than ever that Lament has betrayed them. As they enter the portal into the Ultraverse, the masterminds behind his plot gloat over the fact that they have sewen the seeds of doubt that will lead to their victor.

Appearing in "Chapter Three"

Reprint of the 1st story from
UltraForce/Spider-Man #1A
(originally printed as War of the Worlds)

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Old Prime

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "Chapter Three"

Reprint of the 1st story from
UltraForce/Spider-Man #1A
(originally printed as War of the Worlds)

Spider-Man happens upon a gang of criminals terrorizing a woman and her two children.[Continuity 5] The wall-crawler quickly wraps up the kidnappers before they can take their victim. The woman and her children thank Spider-Man for saving them.

Meanwhile, a dimension away, at the headquarters of UltraForce, the team is on alert when a portal suddenly opens in the middle of their headquarters. Suddenly, an elderly version of Prime comes through the portal. When the Black Knight attempts to calm this newcomer, her blasts the Knight aside with a strange device that he is wearing around his neck. That's when the rest of the team tries to attack the intruder, but in his frenzied state, this elderly version of Prime easily fights them aside. He doesn't stop until Wreckage uses his painful touch on the deranged man until the Black Knight orders him to stop for fear it might kill Prime. They quickly shackle Prime with Enervators, but when he wakes up he easily breaks free. He explains that the people who sent him warned that the strain of time travel would drive him temporarily insane. Prime explains that he came back in time because he is one of only two Ultras who is still alive. He goes on to say that something from the Black Knights dimension has destroyed everything they know.[Continuity 6] The device on his neck then projects a hologram that reveals that person responsible, a being who calls himself the Green Goblin. Dane knows who the Goblin as a foe of Spider-Man, but believes that he died years ago.[Continuity 7] This is not the least of the group's worries, as Prime tells them that one of their own will betray them. When Ghoul demands to know which other members of the Ultras are still alive in this apocalyptic future, Prime reluctantly tells Ghoul that it is him, but he lives a life of constant agony after being dissected by the Goblin's weapons. Prime goes on to say that the scar on his face was from a failed attempt to save Ghoul's life. Taking the device off from around his neck, the old Prime tells them that it is a dimensional transporter that will allow them to travel to the Black Knight's dimension so they can stop the Green Goblin before he can set his plans into motion.

As the Prime of this era heads towards UltraForce headquarters, wondering what the team is up to, Cromwell is contacted by the organization known as Aladdin. The top brass of Aladdin tells the Ultras that they have been monitoring dimensional breaches after the Phoenix Resurrection crisis and have now detected hundreds of breaches in their reality and order the Ultras to stop these invaders.[Continuity 8] When Prime arrives, Lament has him bring her to the comm room to see what's going on. Its there that they witness as the future Prime begins to explode into a green gelatinous mass. His final words are telling the Ultras to stop the Green Goblin. Suddenly the portal between worlds is activated and the group quickly decided to cross over to the Black Knight's dimension so they can prevent the horrible future that may come to pass.

In the other dimension, the heroic Green Goblin investigates a break-in at the Stark International building in Brooklyn. Seeing that the security guards have been murdered by an army of ninjas, the Goblin triggers the alarm and attacks the thieves. Although he has the element of surprise, the Goblin is quickly overpowered. The approaching police also draw the attention of Spider-Man who swings over to the building and assists the Goblin in trying to stop the thieves. When some of the ninjas try to escape, their exit is cut off from the sudden arrival of the Ultimates.[Error 2] With the immediate danger over, Prime then tries to subdue the Green Goblin, who panics. Spider-Man tries to stop Prime from harming the Goblin, but the powerhouse easily swats the wall-crawler away, stating that the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. However, when Spider-Man is about to slam into the jagged edge of a broken pillar, Prime realizes he used too much force and saves the wall-crawler from sudden death.

Spider-Man then quickly explains that this Green Goblin is a hero and the Ultras decide to hold off on hostilities for now. Lament then goes through the Stark computers and learns that the government of this world is also preparing from an invasion from their dimension. They quickly realize that some force is trying to pit both dimensions against each other in a conflict that could very well destroy the Earth of two worlds. Based on this information, they learn that the government on Spider-Man's earth plans on opening a portal in Hawaii using power provided by a S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite. Spider-Man finds this whole situation is suspicious, and although Ghoul does not trust the Green Goblin the rest of UltraForce agrees. They then decide to split up and investigate things. While Spider-Man goes pairs up with Prime, Ghoul, and Topaz, the Green Goblin goes with the Black Knight, Wreckage, Lament, and Prototype.

The actions of the Green Goblin's team is followed in chapter two of this issue; however, Spider-Man's activities with the other half of UltraForce are chronicled in chapter two of UltraForce/Spider-Man #1B.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Ghoul makes a joke about getting a "Barbara Walters Exclusive". At the time of this story, Barbara Walters was well known for her work as an investigative journalist for the news program "20/20". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Walters slowly retired from journalism in 2015.

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