Marvel's Ultimate Universe is being given another makeover, which means that after a long wait we finally get a new Ultimate X-Men series. This time around Nick Spencer and Paco Medina are the creative team, and they're dealing with a diminished X-Men lineup in the wake of the epic (and epically awful) Ultimatum events.
In this story, the US government is revealed to be the real source of all mutants, but reaction to mutants is worse than ever. Mutants are being interred and executed by Sentinel-like Nimrod robots, and the X-Men - what's left of them - have gone underground. The one thing that can bring them out of hiding is the threat posed by the fanatical son of William Stryker.
I wasn't familiar with Spencer's work prior to this volume, but I was impressed by this storyline. Sure, it's essentially a mashup of the X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills stories, but it's handled well and has that Ultimate X-Men style. It's weird seeing an X-Men team made up of Kitty Pryde (in some weird new persona), Iceman, the Human Torch and apparently Wolverine's son (I must have missed something), but I can roll with it. Oh, and Rogue...sort of. There are also neat sub-plots involving Quicksilver as government stooge and what appears to be Apocalypse, which should prove interesting in future issues.
I hadn't previously seen Paco Medina's work either, but he provides some very solid artwork here. It's not quite at the Andy/Adam Kubert or David Finch level, but does bear some similarity to Cary Nord's work.
Overall, Spencer and Medina turn in a very satisfying X-Men story that lays the groundwork for more adventures. In the end, I'm just glad to have the Ultimate X-Men back. It's the only X-title I still follow.