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The biggest mutant cover-up has gone public as the true history of the X-Gene is revealed. the United States government has been outed as the X-Gene's creator and mutants have been branded terrorists. as an identity crisis rocks the mutant world, the mistrust between man and x-man gets deeper ... and it is in this insanity that the X-Men emerge. Who are the X-Men? and how The biggest mutant cover-up has gone public as the true history of the X-Gene is revealed. the United States government has been outed as the X-Gene's creator and mutants have been branded terrorists. as an identity crisis rocks the mutant world, the mistrust between man and x-man gets deeper ... and it is in this insanity that the X-Men emerge. Who are the X-Men? and how will they fare in a world where they are criminals? Will these outlaw mutants be willing to defend mankind, when all of humanity cries out for their imprisonment? Collecting: Ultimate Comics: X-Men 1-6


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The biggest mutant cover-up has gone public as the true history of the X-Gene is revealed. the United States government has been outed as the X-Gene's creator and mutants have been branded terrorists. as an identity crisis rocks the mutant world, the mistrust between man and x-man gets deeper ... and it is in this insanity that the X-Men emerge. Who are the X-Men? and how The biggest mutant cover-up has gone public as the true history of the X-Gene is revealed. the United States government has been outed as the X-Gene's creator and mutants have been branded terrorists. as an identity crisis rocks the mutant world, the mistrust between man and x-man gets deeper ... and it is in this insanity that the X-Men emerge. Who are the X-Men? and how will they fare in a world where they are criminals? Will these outlaw mutants be willing to defend mankind, when all of humanity cries out for their imprisonment? Collecting: Ultimate Comics: X-Men 1-6

30 review for Ultimate Comics: X-Men, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I've read part of this storyline somewhere, but I can't put my finger on it... Maybe just a continuation of this particular story? Whatever. I liked it. After Magneto goes nuts and destroys New York, what's left of the X-men are in hiding. Or in Camps. Not the fun kind of camps, with sing-a-longs and spooky stories around the fire... Kitty Pryde is telling the story of how she went from Miss Don't Wanna Get Involved to Big Time Mutant Terrorist. And along with that, you get a look at how the 3.5 stars I've read part of this storyline somewhere, but I can't put my finger on it... Maybe just a continuation of this particular story? Whatever. I liked it. After Magneto goes nuts and destroys New York, what's left of the X-men are in hiding. Or in Camps. Not the fun kind of camps, with sing-a-longs and spooky stories around the fire... Kitty Pryde is telling the story of how she went from Miss Don't Wanna Get Involved to Big Time Mutant Terrorist. And along with that, you get a look at how the United States government is trying to do damage control, after they're 'outed' for being the idiots who created the mutant problem. With this taking place in the Ultimate universe, it won't be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The first issue, or at least the first half of the first issue, are spectacular. The first scene has an intense emotional impact, and it's the perfect way to hammer home just how dire the situation is for mutants now. And the last scene is great, too, entirely unexpected. Interested to see where that's going. In between, it's ok, but nothing special. Too much like too many other stories I've read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The world hates all mutants now that Magneto went along and fucked up the world. Oh you didn't read Ultimatium? Well that's good. IT WAS HORRIBLE. Basically Mag goes nuts and sends a tidal wave to take out New York. In the process he kills a ton of heroes and then other villains eat other heroes (yes, the blob eats the wasp...no I'm not joking) and just a ton of dumb shit happened. So can we recover? Kind of. I never read these even though I read all of Ultimate X-Men back in the day. I figured The world hates all mutants now that Magneto went along and fucked up the world. Oh you didn't read Ultimatium? Well that's good. IT WAS HORRIBLE. Basically Mag goes nuts and sends a tidal wave to take out New York. In the process he kills a ton of heroes and then other villains eat other heroes (yes, the blob eats the wasp...no I'm not joking) and just a ton of dumb shit happened. So can we recover? Kind of. I never read these even though I read all of Ultimate X-Men back in the day. I figured I'd give it a try when saw it on my Library Shelf. Kitty, Iceman, and Mr. Flame on (Human Torch) are in hiding. On top of that we show Wolverine's Son (jimmy I believe) who makes a small cameo at the start and then comes back for about 2 minutes later. He's kind of useless and the cover is a big lie but whatevas. Either way we begin to form a new X-Men team, though underground, against Snyder who is a crazy God Loving man trying to destroy all mutants. While that's happening the government is working with Pedro and yeah, just a ton of shit happening at once. What I liked: The start was great. Really shows how much fear people have that they'd kill their own child. Sick but easy to see in this disturbed world. I also enjoyed Kitty basically running shit. She's actually my favorite X-Men of the ultimate universe. Also Iceman and Human Torch play good off each other. Their dialog is fun and easy to go with and a few laughs to be had. The art is solid and easy to follow through. What I didn't like: Stryker was kind of meh as a villain. THe fact they trusted quick silver is fucking DUMB. Also Jimmy is pretty much useless. The pacing alters from fast paced to slow as snails at times too. Overall not a bad start. I think I'll continue. It reminds me mostly of most of Ultimate X-men. Fun but silly and dumb. Maybe it'll get better? Let's find out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This starts out OK - feeling original - but then quickly devolves to a tedious conflagration of retread repeat stories from old X-Men books, plus kinda boring and repetitive exposition. The religious sermons and proselytising are nothing new - we've heard it all before (multiple times) and it doesn't even move the plot or understanding of the characters forward - feels like pure page filler, or maybe an exercise by the writer in channeling a preacher. I guess every writer has to do it once, get i This starts out OK - feeling original - but then quickly devolves to a tedious conflagration of retread repeat stories from old X-Men books, plus kinda boring and repetitive exposition. The religious sermons and proselytising are nothing new - we've heard it all before (multiple times) and it doesn't even move the plot or understanding of the characters forward - feels like pure page filler, or maybe an exercise by the writer in channeling a preacher. I guess every writer has to do it once, get it out of their system. Wish it didn't have to drag down this X book tho - boring and distracting from a storyline that doesn't need it, and which makes this feel like just another iteration of the same old stories that Marvel has done plenty before. You know what would make this a fresh take? What if the religious whacko actually *did* show some divine powers (or at least make you wonder)? At least once we get to the big reveals, we get to see some interesting plot points unfold. I'm happy enough to get a chance for a few surprises.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    In the aftermath of Magneto's Ultimatum Event, this is a gut-punch of betrayal and devious plans... I have read two chapters into volume 2, and the lies and deceit continue for a while, ripping up the mutant world in Marvel's Ultimate universe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK so I'm coming in late to the party here...I think this is part of the second wave of Ultimate Comics titles. Magneto made some massive attack on NYC, causing flooding and killing millions...this led to mutants being put into concentration camps and shoot to kill orders. This team consists of: Kitty Pryde (known as Shroud here, not Shadowcat), Bobby Drake (still Iceman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch - the FF are no longer, and even though he's not quite a mutant, he somehow fits here), and Jimmy Hu OK so I'm coming in late to the party here...I think this is part of the second wave of Ultimate Comics titles. Magneto made some massive attack on NYC, causing flooding and killing millions...this led to mutants being put into concentration camps and shoot to kill orders. This team consists of: Kitty Pryde (known as Shroud here, not Shadowcat), Bobby Drake (still Iceman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch - the FF are no longer, and even though he's not quite a mutant, he somehow fits here), and Jimmy Hudson, the son of Wolverine. Rogue also shows up, and there's some appearances by other characters (Quicksilver, Colossus, Karen Grant Jean Grey, Storm, Nick Fury). This is fun having them back as underground characters, and I like the team up of Fire/Ice, they have a great chemistry here. Jimmy Hudson is a chip off the old block, and that's the best possible thing here. Rogue is her mysterious good/bad/who knows self, except now she's hearing things from "God" who tells her what to do to save the world. The book gets bogged down in the sermonizing of main bad guy (William Stryker Jr. - who's a sort of human/Sentinel hybrid preaching religious zealot wanting to eradicate mutants) and the usual crap that's been done lots before. However, there is potential here, and the last page, and the reveal of who Rogue has been talking to as "God" makes me smile and gives that 'Geek out' moment where the possibilities for storylines just open right up. LOVE it. I think last page cliffhangers are great to get you on an upswing heading into the next book/volume. Worth a read, though I suppose knowing the earlier history of Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate X, etc. would be good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Stefanova

    This was a real disappointment for me, as the Ultimate is my favourite X-men Universe. The Positives: - The art was consistently beautiful - The Ultimate versions of beloved characters were here (Ex-es Bobby Drake and Rogue, Kitty Pryde, etc.) The Negatives: - The main villain is just a religious fanatic... - A whole pointless plotline with Quicksilver and the USA president, which only serves to provide loong boring exposition paragraphs. It takes too much time and there is literally no payoff. - This was a real disappointment for me, as the Ultimate is my favourite X-men Universe. The Positives: - The art was consistently beautiful - The Ultimate versions of beloved characters were here (Ex-es Bobby Drake and Rogue, Kitty Pryde, etc.) The Negatives: - The main villain is just a religious fanatic... - A whole pointless plotline with Quicksilver and the USA president, which only serves to provide loong boring exposition paragraphs. It takes too much time and there is literally no payoff. - The X-men don't really do much - they just sit down and state how everything is lost, and there's no point to do anything at all ?? - the PAGES of Striker's religious preaching made me want to kill myself. - The unbelievably easy shift of the X-men community going from science based to believing religious solutions so strongly? I can't imagine people would jump ships so fast? Overall, there are much better X-men Arcs out there. Don't waste your time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    OK, so this isn't what it pretends to be. I picked this up assuming it was the first volume of X-Men in the Ultimate Universe and Wolverine would be a major character in it. I was wrong on both counts. It may be volume 1 but this follows on from previous X-Men stories in the Ultimate universe and from what I could gather they ended with Magneto launching a massive attack on New York. In fact most of the first half of this collection repeatedly reminds of this, without really pushing on the storyl OK, so this isn't what it pretends to be. I picked this up assuming it was the first volume of X-Men in the Ultimate Universe and Wolverine would be a major character in it. I was wrong on both counts. It may be volume 1 but this follows on from previous X-Men stories in the Ultimate universe and from what I could gather they ended with Magneto launching a massive attack on New York. In fact most of the first half of this collection repeatedly reminds of this, without really pushing on the storyline much. We get a major revelation that the X-gene mutation was created by the US government and that is a good revelation, but for some reason it gets put into the background really quickly. The villain of the piece is part-Sentinel William Stryker who endlessly preaches about mutants and how much he disapproves of them. Seriously, most of the collection consists of his preaching until a team of X-Men sort him out. And now we're onto that team of X-Men, oh dear. We have Iceman and a conflicted Rogue which is fine but then we have Kitty Pryde as the Shroud (just no),Wolverine's uninteresting son and inexplicably Fantastic Four's Human Torch. The Human Torch was clearly shoved in because fire goes well with ice but him working alongside the X-Men is ridiculous. Also I have to question why on Earth Wolverine is on the cover when he is barely even mentioned in the whole story. I think I've mentioned everything that annoyed me in this book. The only bits I really liked here was the last couple of pages and the wonderful appearance of Quicksilver, Magneto's son. Here he is a character whose motives are utterly unclear and I like that a lot. An OK volume for people that have read all the previous Ultimate X-Men stories but an atrocious jumping on point and advertised very misleadingingly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    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- 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Meanwhile the reboot of Ultimate Comics X-Men was a bit more up my alley which is strange because this series is relying quite heavily on the “world that hates and fears them” angle that X-titles have been using since the sixties. Nick Spencer (whose work on Morning Glories is awesome) has taken a neat twist on the nature of mutants, that the U.S. Government created the X-Gene, and totally run with it. Spencer follows the revelation and its repercussions on the lives of mutants throughout the bo Meanwhile the reboot of Ultimate Comics X-Men was a bit more up my alley which is strange because this series is relying quite heavily on the “world that hates and fears them” angle that X-titles have been using since the sixties. Nick Spencer (whose work on Morning Glories is awesome) has taken a neat twist on the nature of mutants, that the U.S. Government created the X-Gene, and totally run with it. Spencer follows the revelation and its repercussions on the lives of mutants throughout the book and it really does a wonderful on exploring the nature of identity and perception. Paco Medina’s art definitely works well here and his huge splash pages detailing the situations mutants now find themselves in are particularly fantastic in capturing the tone of the story. Ultimate Comics X-Men also tosses Johnny Storm into the mix who, despite lacking an X-gene, constantly refers to himself as a mutant (much to the annoyance of many characters). The Johnny Storm/Bobby Drake pairing is a natural one and given Reed Richards’ history in the Ultimate ‘verse it’s nice to see the Human Torch getting some play elsewhere. I’m already an avowed Nick Spencer fan so I’ll definitely be on board with while he as the helm.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Drown Hollum

    I'm not an Ultimate U veteran. I've read the occasional issue and a handful of Ultimate Spider-Man, but I didn't really keep up with the universe and have never read Ultimate X-Men. Spencer's run appears to be a sort of reboot of the series, but it's important to acknowledge that it really isn't. Events pick up right after Ultimatum, and anyone not familiar with the Ultimate U will likely be lost, and possibly frustrated. Jean Grey changed her name? The Human Torch is an X-Man AND black haired? I'm not an Ultimate U veteran. I've read the occasional issue and a handful of Ultimate Spider-Man, but I didn't really keep up with the universe and have never read Ultimate X-Men. Spencer's run appears to be a sort of reboot of the series, but it's important to acknowledge that it really isn't. Events pick up right after Ultimatum, and anyone not familiar with the Ultimate U will likely be lost, and possibly frustrated. Jean Grey changed her name? The Human Torch is an X-Man AND black haired? Wolverine had a son? There's lots to catch up on, and it's up to you how much you care to invest. For me though, Spencer's dialogue and characters are fresh, and it was great to see Kitty in a starring role. The smaller team, and significant change in dynamics was refreshing, keeping the relatively center of the road story engaging enough to finish. The religious motifs of some of Claremont's most memorable work is intact here as well, channeling some really great stories through a modern lens. Paco Medina's art is also stylish and expressive, making every page buttery and easy to digest. I don't know how this compares or holds up as a continuation of Ultimate X-men, but it's a lot better than some of the more obnoxious X-dreck we've seen over the last decade.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this. the Ultimate stuff since Ultimatum has been pretty hit or miss. this was definitely more of a hit, and it seems that the stuff after the Death of Spider-man event has that old Ultimate line feel. Good, with awesome dialog and engaging stories, set in a more realistic Marvel world. The character dynamics of the remaining X-men (plus Johnny Storm) work out really well. I like that they are all teenagers and have that youthful want to go fix things. This is al I wasn't sure what to expect from this. the Ultimate stuff since Ultimatum has been pretty hit or miss. this was definitely more of a hit, and it seems that the stuff after the Death of Spider-man event has that old Ultimate line feel. Good, with awesome dialog and engaging stories, set in a more realistic Marvel world. The character dynamics of the remaining X-men (plus Johnny Storm) work out really well. I like that they are all teenagers and have that youthful want to go fix things. This is all held back by the wise beyond her age Kitty Pride. Like I said, the group dynamics are great and I look forward to where this story goes. Critiques? I guess maybe a better explanation of what was up with Strykers Sentinel armor. Judging by his eye it looked like he had a cyborg kind of thing going on. And Jean Grey's appearance seemed kind of random, I was expecting the story to get back to her before the end. Perhaps it's just in a later volume.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Having past form with teenagers in deadly situations through Morning Glories, Spencer was an obvious choice for this. The Ultimate Universe has made the 'hated and feared' bit of the Marvel mutant set-up more extreme - and more plausible - than ever before, while also twisting the set-up - here, the mutants are a US military experiment that got loose. And now that information has itself got loose. The results are predictably grim but, unlike when Jeph Loeb killed off most of the original Ultimat Having past form with teenagers in deadly situations through Morning Glories, Spencer was an obvious choice for this. The Ultimate Universe has made the 'hated and feared' bit of the Marvel mutant set-up more extreme - and more plausible - than ever before, while also twisting the set-up - here, the mutants are a US military experiment that got loose. And now that information has itself got loose. The results are predictably grim but, unlike when Jeph Loeb killed off most of the original Ultimate X-Men in his usual teenage fashion, never gratuitous.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bob Parks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Ultimate Universe is getting interesting. Events in the Ultimates and X-men are crossing close. Good story. Looks like the return of Xavier and the "return" of Apocolypse. Last I saw of him was that of a dummy that "Stryfe" followed. Interesting. I want to see what's happening with the Ultimate X team. This collection focused on the new bad-ass Kitty Pryde and her amazing friends. I'm glad that the death of Peter Parker hasn't been dismissed so quickly. It looms in the background. It colors t The Ultimate Universe is getting interesting. Events in the Ultimates and X-men are crossing close. Good story. Looks like the return of Xavier and the "return" of Apocolypse. Last I saw of him was that of a dummy that "Stryfe" followed. Interesting. I want to see what's happening with the Ultimate X team. This collection focused on the new bad-ass Kitty Pryde and her amazing friends. I'm glad that the death of Peter Parker hasn't been dismissed so quickly. It looms in the background. It colors the dialogue and discussion. This was so good that I pre-ordered volume 2.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    The best thing I can say about this is that it's delightfully off. Things are dark, and being post-Ultimatum event, it's not a happy story by any means, and yet I'm still really enjoying what they're doing with the X-Men on a whole. With that said, as enjoyable as this was, I found...something lacking. I don't know what it was, and I'm diving right into the second trade to find out. As an aside, anything with copious amounts of Kitty Pryde? Alright by me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Stock

    This volume presents and intriguing introduction to the newest Ultimate X-Men story arc. The story is solid, not the best though, and the art is good. Although this volume is only average compared to previous X-Men stories, it seems like it has a lot of potential to really pick up later on. This book is also a good jumping on point for people who haven't read the previous Ultimate X-Men comics,although it does still build upon previous story lines. Good, but not great.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The premise for this new series of X-Men is terrific, almost making Days of Future Past into a modern storyline. The first couple of issues of setup are particularly strong. When Stryker enters the pictures, things get a little slow, as he’s not the most interesting character and was done better in the main universe, but this is still a very enjoyable volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    La Revistería Comics

    Los Hombres-X sobrevivientes y algún que otro descarriado que se suma ahora rejuntan como pueden las cenizas del equipo para esta nueva etapa Ultimate en la que muy probablemente las cosas no les salgan nada bien...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I don't know enough about comics to really place the storyline in context, but it doesn't seem groundbreaking. However, the execution is really good so far. I actually can't stop rereading these issues.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    At so point I'm going to have to read the Ultimate X-Men before Ultimatum. But this new lineup of Kitty Pride, Human Torch, Iceman, Rogue, and Wolverine's son seems... Kick-ass. After the devastation and all the revelation this Ultimate Universe is quickly becoming interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John White

    I thought it was really good stayed in the spirit of Ultimate X as opposed to ultimatum. It mixed fun action with the important elements of plotting the pacing was excellent. The art work is really very good I really like the way the shadowing on characters faces was done in this title.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    They should have left this series alone. ruined it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Ugh...well, I'd sure like to see a complete overhaul on the X-Men, but instead we get more of the same. This is really getting tired...

  25. 4 out of 5

    D. A. Hoops

    Interesting enough start to an X series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jase

    Kitty Pride, Human Torch, Iceman, Rogue, Sentinels and Pietro! New muties for upcoming series...can't wait!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    wasn't expecting as good a story as this was.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry Yakovenko

    Довольно неплохое продолжение. Интересные герои, довольно неплохой (хотя и бредовый местами) сюжет, ну и неплохой стиль рисунка. Читать можно, но все-таки, раньше Люди-Икс были лучше.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Too many plotlines, and they're each centered around wishy-washy objectives.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blake Bouza

    Not a traditional X-Men story, for sure. Sets up a couple things I'm not sure the writing can follow through on, but interesting enough to watch happen!

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