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Ultimate Comics X-Men by Nick Spencer - Volume 1 Paperback – Oct 10 2012

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Oct. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785141022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785141020
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Flower TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 30 2012
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From the reviews I had seen on the single issues and what my friend who has been reading the issues in mixed order has told me I had very little hope for this book and was just buying it to complete my Ultimate universe hardcovers. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it didn't suck and I am looking forward to seeing where the this new team will go. All the big names are either dead or captured and there is no one to train these new kids to save the rest of the mutants and that is a very exciting concept. What I'm most excited about is seeing Logan's son Jimmy Hudson the new Wolverine rise up to become the man his father was, just maybe a bit nicer. The story though can be a bit extreme at times and uses the cliche crazy overly religious Catholic as the first story arc villain which I just get annoyed with now. As for the art I love it. It's a very slick modern style of comic art but the details are in the colouring and that helps give the new X-Men their own look that separates this series from the rest of the new Ultimate Comics series. Overall this book is much better than expected and I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't feel like the X-Men I know... Dec 21 2012
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So this iteration of the X-Men (feels more like the New Mutants) takes place some time after the events of Ultimatum as far as I can tell. But it doesn't feel like the X-Men as there is virtually no core. What core there is consists of Kitty Pryde, Iceman, James Howlett (this version's wannabe Wolverine) and...Johnny Storm (nee the Human Torch)? hiding out in the Morlock tunnels with Pryde as the de facto leader but the story doesn't overly focus on her or keep us at her core. It comes at us from a lot of angles but sacrifices feeling like it has a real heart or center due to this. Also, this story is a riff on something that I've read like 20 times already over a variety of X books and it is wearing thin (government has a Sentinel program to control mutants; there's a mad (of course) religious zealot out to terminate mutants; etc. Been there, done that, a lot!

So I'm not saying that the story doesn't follow naturally from what has come before and they do give it a couple of twists but <yawn> it's getting old. Might have been better if we saw the mutants on their last legs, desperately struggling just to barely stay alive/ avoid extinction, without the hope of a plan to save them all or restore a balance. They were headed in this direction but didn't fully take it there. Oh, well. Not bad but not nearly great and I'm not sure that it's even good (thus, "okay"). I don't know that I'll follow this series.

Collecting Ultimate Comics X-Men 1-6.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
All right, the Ultimate X-Men are back! May 3 2012
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Difficult Read April 7 2013
By Wilson Wong - Published on Amazon.com
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Newcomers to superhero fanfare are going to find the contents more or less incomprehensible. Unsympathetic characters, incoherent storytelling, implausible motives—this book's got the lot. It also doesn't help that the cover art is so much cooler than the interiors. I'd skip the Spencer arcs and jump right on to Wood's.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a very cohesive follow-up to Loeb's already bogged-down start Nov. 28 2012
By MJP2 - Published on Amazon.com
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With "Ultimate Comics X" Jeph Loeb built a structure and made promises. With "Ultimate Comics X-Men Vol. 1" Nick Spencer makes use of the structure but only partially follows through on the promises.

The story begins with Karen Grant (formerly Jean Grey) seeking out a new mutant at her parents' house. Through this introduction we get a bleak reminder of the status of mutants in the Ultimate Universe -- turn yourself in to a detention camp, or be shot on sight. Elsewhere, Kitty Pryde, Iceman, and the Human Torch are hiding out in the Morlock tunnels. Conflict comes in the form of Bishop Stryker, a would-be human Sentinel who can "cure" mutant abilities. Further hijinks ensue when Quicksilver starts giving the President of the United States advice on what to do about the mutant problem. It all starts turning fairly "Days of Future Past" pretty quickly, only without the familiar mutants who would make it palatable to read (e.g., Wolverine, Cyclops, Professor X) since they're all dead. This new generation doesn't amount to much. Without the Professor X/Magneto duality to shape this X-Men book, it's pretty much cat-and-mouse, kill-or-be-killed, run-and-hide, and other action cliches. There's a little bit of witty banter, and a couple of twists, but in the end it's not enough to keep my interest in the Ultimate Universe going. It's obvious that Marvel is trying to create something distinctive and original here, but they're falling desperately short, and they don't even have the 100-year time difference of their previous "2009" universe to provide them a comfortable buffer against being too derivative in their ideas. With the downplay of the Jimmy Hudson character (Wolverine's son) and the utter absence of the Hulk from the book despite his seemingly necessary inclusion in "X", Spencer seems to deliberately swerve off the rails laid down by Loeb and goes off in a direction that is less than satisfying. This volume has become the Ultimate Universe's swan song for me.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
hooked Aug. 14 2012
By NYR/CBJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading the Ultimate Comics X origin stories, I was interested in seeing how the new Ultimate X-Men storyline was going to play out. Now that I have read this book I am wanting to read more of this story. Also I want to know how the Human Torch is now part of the X-Men? That is the one thing that I don't understand, well that and the surprise at the end of the book. I will be buying the next volume to see how this rag tag band of X-Men works out with Kitty Pryde as the leader.