Ultimate X-Men #1

Writer: Peach Momoko Artist: Peach Momoko Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 6, 2024 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 38
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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Visionary creator PEACH MOMOKO (DEMON DAYS, STAR WARS) creates a new generation of X-Men for an all-new universe! Hisako Ichiki is a teenage girl who just wants to live a normal life - go to school, hang out with her friends, ignore the political strife broiling over after the events of ULTIMATE INVASION - but life has other plans for her. In Japan, urban legends have sprung to life and brought some unusual new powers with them...Meet Armor, Maystorm and a group of new Ultimate X-Men the likes of which you've never seen before!
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  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 6, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 ultimately sets itself apart by being a comic no one saw coming. It certainly utilizes elements of X-Men lore, but emphasizes itself first as a magical girl story featuring an irresistible lead, wondrously depicted powers, and undeniable teen pathos. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Mohamed Malla Mar 6, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 is an eerie and original addition to the new Ultimate Universe that will have readers new and old on the edge of their seats. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Super Hero Hype - Matt Morrison Mar 6, 2024

    Aesthetically, Ultimate X-Men #1 is unlike any X-Men comic ever published. In base terms, however, it is the quintessential X-Men story. It is about growing up, overcoming trauma, and coming to terms with who you are. It is a great start to what promises to be a great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Graphic Policy - Brant Lewis Mar 6, 2024

    MomokosUltimate X-Men #1provides a fresh twist on the mutant mythology within the new Ultimate Universe. The series will please not only long-time fans but fans of her previous Marvel work as well. With a bold visionary approach to the long-running mythology, the upcoming story possibilities are limitless.Ultimate X-Menis truly ultimate. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Mar 6, 2024

    While Ultimate X-Men would maybe be more well-suited for the title Ultimate New Mutants, it is in that bold declaration of difference the book shines as an honest yet still spiritually faithful reinvention of Marvel's mutant world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 6, 2024

    Fans are in for a truly unique treat with Ultimate X-Men as it feels right at home with its teen main character introducing us to mutants in a brand new way. It doesn't feel like X-Men per se, but it captures the weirdness of super-powered enemies and the isolation of being a teenager all alone. There may not be a team yet, but it's a compelling story of a young girl discovering she has powers at an age when outside armor is more needed than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 6, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 is Peach Momoko’s masterpiece Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 6, 2024

    Peach Momoko delivers a unique reading experience with Ultimate X-Men #1. Everything from the design to storytelling approach gets you enamored with what Momoko is building with this series. While more X-Men elements need to be added so this doesn't feel like a solo series, the foundation that's been created has a lot of potential. It all leads to Ultimate X-Men being a strong addition to both the X-Men and Ultimate Universe franchises. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Mar 6, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 explored themes I wasn't prepared to handle, but it still delivers a deep, well-thought-out story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 7, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 utilizes bold artwork to craft a unique X-Men debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Mar 6, 2024

    The new vision of Marvels Children of the Atom delivers a darker and haunting introduction with the first chapter. Momoko brings imaginative storytelling to welcome readers into Hisakos world. It is one that will stand out from the crowd and has plenty of room to grow further. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 9, 2024

    It's a quaint start to what could be an intriguing little story, but it has very, very little to do with the X-Men or mutants in general. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Mar 6, 2024

    Ultimate X-Men #1 takes the concept of “a different take on the superheroes you thought you knew” to an extreme with a Manga-inspired horror story that looks and reads like a comic from Viz rather than Marvel. Momoko's character work and atmosphere hit the nail on the head for a horror Manga, but the story is so far removed from every other Marvel Ultimate title, that it almost feels out of place. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Mar 11, 2024

    This is the prettiest and strangest non-superhero superhero book I think I've ever read. Hopefully we start seeing more "X in this X-men book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    derbycomics Mar 9, 2024

    Who knew the X-Men universe could get a makeover this stunning? Peach Momoko's Ultimate X-Men #1 is unlike any X-Men story I've ever experienced because this ain't your typical mutant comic.

    Momoko throws us headfirst into a world steeped in unsettling horror vibes, but it is so much more. Momoko weaves a narrative rich with emotional depth and touches on serious mental health topics. Beneath the surface of shadowy figures lies the beginning of a powerful coming-of-age story. Hisako/Armor’s struggles with self-acceptance and the weight of extreme, traumatic guilt. Momoko handles these serious themes with incredible grace and heart, making you truly invested in Hisako's journey. She didn’t try to do too much with this first more

  • 10
    axdn Mar 8, 2024

    This was fantastic and new. This doesn’t look or feel as an X-Men book,(which is what the Ultimate line of comics should always be about). Can’t wait for what comes next!

  • 9.5
    ResearchReader Mar 16, 2024

    I find the complaints about this book so odd. This is the START to Ultimate X-men. Not the X-men yet. Just the prelude if you will. And do you really want it to be the same cast. Everyone who actually loves X-men should be excited to get something different than what we are currently getting in the main universe (which calling a dumpster fire is putting it politely).

    This is a refreshing start. We have a student, a school and unexplained power. The bones of the X-men are here and I am so excited to see what Peach will do with this.

    I enjoy Peach's art so for me this is great. Just wins all around.

    And for those who say this is too much like manga so it is not a real comic, please take off your fedora and r more

  • 9.0
    maljoss Mar 12, 2024

    I don't know if it's X-Men, but it's really good.
    I've never read anything from Peach Momoko before, and based on this issue, the loss is mine. The art is the obvious selling point for this comic, but ths story was suprisingly good. This doen't feel like a typical x-book, and that's a good thing. My complaints about the other Ultimate books (Spider-man and Black Panther) stem from them feeling like too much fan-service, and too much like stuff I've seen before. Ultimate X-men provides something that's been lacking, in my opinon, something different, and unexpected. It's also nice to see another comic that's set outside of the US. In a world without Professor X, there's no reason not to explore other options. The story is a slow-burn, more

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Mar 19, 2024

    The art and presentation is gorgeous and unique, much more akin to manga influence than traditional comics. Peach Momoko is a very unique new talent in the industry and she's determined to make her mark and im glad marvel is supporting her in big projects like this.

    This first issue provides both cultural notes for non Japanese audiences but also a horror like introduction to this world and the enticement the main character exists in. It deals with serious topics and seems to be surrounding themes of suppressed feelings being forced out.

    Using this as a catalyst to feature the usual themes of the X men is a brilliant idea if executed well. I dont wanna give away much of the story but definitely check this out for one more

  • 8.5
    retcon_D Mar 13, 2024

    Unlike anything we've seen with an X-Men book, which is exactly what the Ultimate line of comics promises. I'm onboard.

  • 8.5
    Von Esper Mar 6, 2024

    This was very good, but it didn't feel like it had anything to do with the X-Men.

    I understand that Momoko wanted to do something different, but this is completely unrecognizable. Hopefully she introduces mutants that we know and care about, and hopefully she still keeps the core ideas around the X-Men.

    This is just the first issue, and it was a fantastic read. I'm eager to see where this goes while remaining hopeful that we move closer to the X-Men concept.

  • 8.0
    Screaming Enigma Mar 7, 2024

    When the initial three Ultimate series were announced, the creative team for Spider-Man seemed like a smash-hit and the creative team for Black Panther seemed to have a good amount of potential. However, to me, the announcement that Peach Momoko would be writing and drawing this was the most intriguing of the three. Not because Momoko would be writing and drawing a book, as she's not a stranger do doing that. It's the fact that, as far as I know, all of Momoko's stories for Marvel thus far have been, more or less, self-contained. This book, though, is a part of the new Ultimate Universe shared by other creative teams. All of that said, though, this was another nice start for this new line. It's can be a bit bare when it comes to the dialogu more

  • 8.0
    AmericanHealthcare Mar 5, 2024

    This is load-bearing artwork holding up a threadbare script, but I enjoyed it. $5.99 is a lot to ask for an issue that reads like a minimalist, by-the-numbers first chapter of a generic magical girl manga when $11.99 will get you the whole first volume of any magical girl manga you want. The art, the feeling of being distinct from all the other Marvel books, and the novelty of seeing where this fits into the new Ultimate stuff make it worth sticking around. The plot setup is fine while the characterization is weak, but this book deserves some time to do its thing. Even if it is just standard young X-Men manga/magical-girl style, that would by no means be the worst thing in Marvel's lineup right now, and I would welcome it.

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  • 7.5
    RafaM Apr 7, 2024

    Wow, didn't know marvel could look like this. Momoko's wobbly style and goofy drawings go perfectly with a psychological horror X-Men origin story, which goes perfectly with X-Men. Kinda reminds me of the TV series about Legion, which was way more trippy than this but also deal with stuff like trauma and how it affects a powerful individual.

    Only 7,5 for now because it's a little rushed, too many things the author wants to dump on us at once, but hopefully it'll follow an interesting path.

  • 7.5
    thecimmerian Mar 6, 2024

    I've never been a Momoko art fan but I understand I'm in the minority. This fact may have hurt my rating some but mostly it just seems like too little substance for too much money IMO.

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  • 6.0
    Maximus Apr 3, 2024

    My main criticism is that this is not "X-Men", this is something else that borrows the "X-Men" title. I don't like that.

    I have read many X-Men stories, and, in my opinion, Peach Momoko can't bring to the table the type of story that I expect from a book with the title "X-Men". If the book is called "ULTIMATE X-MEN", that doesn't help her case.



    1. the best achievable or imaginable of its kind.

    2. a final or fundamental fact or principle.

    A book called "Ultimate X-Men" should be an attempt to present all the elements that make the X-Men great in a single place, but there is none of that here. This is something else.

    And that's to be expected from some more

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