"This 'Utopia' is an embarrassment to the country. This is AMERICA." so decrees General Ross before ordering an army to reclaim what the country believes is rightfully theirs. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN may be one of the most political X-men stories of all time, using the 'real-world' style of the Ultimate Universe to make an even more chilling and real threat to a small and unusual minority. But it's to Wood's great credit that the book isn't dry, or even preachy " it's just as complicated as situations like this actually are. But reading UCXM will cement how best to sort through these things in real life, and where exactly you stand on such matters. It's also filled with the romantic drama and exciting action we've come to expect from the superhero genre, all told by masters of the form. It may seem that the Ultimate Universe is on it's last legs, but with stories of this calibre, there's no reason we shouldn't be reading. Read Full Review
There's a reason I keep calling ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN my favorite book in the Ultimate line: It's awesome. Brian Wood came off the heels of some great storytelling from Jonathon Hickman (in ULTIMATES) and created his own story, which I somehow found to be more interesting. I love the build-up and the in-fighting here. It's brewing up to something that I'm sure will be spectacular.Overall, I highly recommend this isue. Read Full Review
Mahmud Asrar's pencils look pretty great. Some of his female characters have a case of Disney-eyes, but other than that he uses his clean style to create visually distinct characters in practical costumes. The coloring of Kitty's clothes -- or lack thereof -- creates a strange visual given that the rest of the book uses traditional coloring techniques, but that is a minor distraction amongst a whole book of solid visuals. Read Full Review
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