Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #1 VF

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Reed Richards, along with his white suited followers, the Children of Tomorrow, are standing in the desert in Northern Germany. Reed bemoans creation, preparing an equally mysterious dome shaped in a manner reminiscent of the mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb. At the Triskelion in New York, Nick Fury is appraised on a number of developing situations around the world. In Europe, Asgardian gods pillaged a beer factory, making the EUSS activate their new super team, the Excalibur-class super-soldiers led by the new Captain Britain, Jamie Braddock, to respond. When the team arrives to confront Odin and the Asgardians, they are interrupted by Thor who offers Jamie a drink. Jamie, in a display of disrespect, pours the drink on the floor. This upsets Thor and he attacks Jamie and the E.D.I. The battle makes it's way to the German desert where they discover the dome-shaped structure. While investigating it, Captain Italy is grabbed by a large mechanical hand and pulled inside the structure. Social unrest in Bangkok leaves the city in flames with Clint Barton ready on a moment's notice to intervene. When Clint contacts Fury from the SEAR Triskelion to report his findings, the communication is suddenly cut short. In Uruguay an Argentinian fleet approaches with deadly intent. Tony Stark, attending a gala in Tokyo, Japan, is contacted by Nick Fury. Not being able to tend to the situation due to his current location, Tony uses a new technology, potentially stolen from Mysterio after their recent encounter, to remotely control his Iron Man armor. Tony boards one of the ships only to discover it has no crew on board. He tears away the control panel and manages to notice a Stark Industries thermonuclear explosive device beneath it. Before he can react the device is detonated, destroying the armor and leaving Tony in a comatose state.