Marvel Comics’ second Ultraman miniseries, The Trials of Ultraman, concludes with its incredible fifth issue. The creative team of writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna wrap the series with a stunning revelation that was unveiled during the Marvel presentation at the Ultraman Connection Live: Ultraman Day livestreamed event. This moment will have a major impact on Ultraman’s future Marvel adventures.
The Trials of Ultraman issue #5 was released to comic shops everywhere Wednesday, August 4th. This issue has three alternate covers for fans to choose from. Let’s take a look at them all!
Ultraman stands on a shifting battlefield of ice and flames, preparing to fire his Spacium Beam, on the main cover for The Trials of Ultraman #5. This cover is again drawn by fan-favorite artist Arthur Adams, a lifelong fan of fan of Japanese tokusatsu films and television. Adams was finally able to do his first official Ultraman artwork with a Kaiju-packed variant cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2 and was then tapped as the lead cover artist for The Trials of Ultraman series. The cover colors are by Rachelle Rosenberg, whose credits include Captain Marvel, the Spider-Man and Star Wars titles, as well as Adams’ covers for the first four issues of The Trials of Ultraman.
ARTHUR ADAMS KAIJU VARIANT
Last year’s cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2 inspired Adams to begin drawing more classic Ultraman monsters for his own enjoyment. That series of illustrations are now being used for the interconnected The Trials of Ultraman variant covers, each focused on a favorite monster or alien from the 1966 Ultraman television series. The first four variants not-so-coincidentally featured the Space Monster Bemular, the Space Ninja Alien Baltan, the Transparent Monster Neronga, and the Primordial Amphibian Ragon, the first four villains from the Ultraman show. The fifth and final cover depicts the Mysterious Plant Greenmonsfrom Ultraman episode 5: “The Secret of the Miroganda.” In that episode, the carnivorous plant hunted down researchers who had discovered an enormous flower called Miroganda while on an expedition to a new atoll in the South Pacific.
This cover is once again colored by Jason Keith, who previously collaborated with Adams on the other Kaiju variant covers as well the one for The Rise of Ultraman #2. Only 1 in every 25 copies will use this cover, making it the hardest to find of the issue #5 variants.
The final variant for The Trials of Ultraman #5 is a photo cover using an early publicity still from the original Ultraman television series. Matching Art Adams’ main cover for this issue, this variant shows the Giant of Light in his classic Spacium Beam pose. The photo came from the archives of Tsuburaya Productions and was lovingly restored for its Marvel Comics appearance by Starlight Runner’s own Creative Director, Chrysoula Artemis. Only 1 in every 10 copies will use this cover, so if you see it, don’t miss out! To see the classic Ultraman episodes, fans can pick up Ultraman: The Complete Series from Mill Creek Entertainment!
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The Trials of Ultraman #5 went on sale August 4, 2021, at comic shops everywhere. Make sure to pick it up, and keep your eyes glued to UltramanConnection.com for more news from Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Entertainment!