Ultimate Comics X #1

Ultimate Comics X #1

Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Arthur Adams Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 3, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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Who—or what—is Ultimate X? The answers and even more secrets arrive in the all new ULTIMATE X ongoing bi-monthly series from the superstar dream team of JEPH LOEB and ART ADAMS. Wolverine is dead. Captain America is a fugitive. The Fantastic Four disbanded. Lives have been destroyed and nothing can ever be the same—is there any hope left? It all begins with a search for a brand new character whose identity will leave jaws on the floor and change the Ultimate Universe forever. Rated T

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 2, 2010

    The Ultimate Marvel Universe is a very unsettled place right now, filled with tension and uncertainty. Loeb didn't clue us in to what the "X" in the title stood for, save to say if we think this book is just about mutants then we are sorely mistaken. For now, I think the "X" is code for "eXcelsior!," as this issue hearkens back to the early days of Marvel Comics when anything could -" and did "- happen. This book is set up with Jimmy Hudson being our central character, set to make a journey through who knows what. This creative team seems poised to make it exciting, and I'm ready to join them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Feb 4, 2010

    Much like Siege, this issue was really close to take home a Must Read verdict. It is a very fun, very interesting, and very wellcrafted comic book that showcases exactly why Art Adams is a legend in the industry and exactly what Jeph Loeb is still capable of, despite his seriously disappointing work since joining Marvel. It was the work by Adams that sold me on this, but Loeb stepping up really cemented the comic such a high spot on the Rankings. I just hope that this isn't a fluke, but instead is a return to form for the once incredible writer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 5, 2010

    This issue is all setup and origin, so I'm willing to give it a few more issues to get things sorted out - but at this point, it's only the stunning artwork that makes this comic worth buying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 2, 2010

    On the strength of this first issue, it's difficult to know where the story will lead next, and whether the tone of the series will continue to be unusually considered and reserved or whether we'll see a return to the Loeb of old. The cover of the next issue suggests that the focus of the book might shift onto a different character in issue #2, making me wonder whether Ultimate Comics X is going to be a coherent, linked story, or simply a series of character-based one-shots. Either way, I'll be interested enough to check out the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Feb 5, 2010

    I also got a real kick out of seeing the Ultimate Universe start to take some risks. You’re not tied down to 70 years of continuity… live it up! Kill Wolverine, split up the Fantastic Four, make the Red Skull Captain America’s son! You don’t have to sell pillowcases or t-shirts, so just cut loose and have a blast! While this book wasn’t exactly Loeb and Adams cutting loose, there was a great deal of groundwork being laid. Frankly, the team depicted on the cover does nothing for me, but the issue was solid enough that I’ll probably check out the next issue or two just to see what it’s all about. I’m giving it a B-. It might’ve gotten a B, but the $3.99 price tag knocks it down a peg. Sorry, it was a good book, but it was not four dollars good. So B- it is. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Tyler Parker Feb 3, 2010

    It is worth noting the contributions by Art Adams who has a distinctly detailed style. The pencils are incredibly sharp and help to bump up the quality of an otherwise bland first issue. Adams' pencils certainly breathe more life into the characters than the story and dialogue do. While the jury is still out on the series, it isn't off to a very promising start. Without an intriguing premise or deeper characters, the book is destined to lose interest fast. Hopefully the next issue will be able to offer the reader something more in the way of premise and characterization. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 3, 2010

    I like the notion of a mutant child being adopted by a human couple. I like the idea of a ragtag band of emerging mutants being on the run from an entire country that's terrified of them (which is a premise that one of those variant covers seems to promise). More importantly, I like the idea of a regular kid struggling to cope with inconceivable power and circumstances. Brian Michael Bendis pulled it off nicely a decade ago when he launched Ultimate Spider-Man, and Loeb has acknowledged that served as an inspiration for this new Marvel mutant title. But Loeb doesn't succeed as Bendis did. Jimmy is far too accepting of what's happening. He barely freaks out. Loeb tries to make up for it with a quiet father/son moment to close out the issue, but that alone isn't enough to balance his reactions (or lack thereof) in the rest of the issue. Read Full Review

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