Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 reviewed!

Title: Ultimate Comics X-Men #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciler: Paco Medina
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

Ah jeez. Remember in Ultimate Fallout when Kitty Pryde, Bobby and Johnny vowed to live together in the Morlock Tunnels and never, ever, ever try to be super-heroes ever agai..whups that’s over.

I didn’t read the first Ult X-Men series all the way to the end, having gotten bored and dropped the book years before, but I kind of enjoyed Ultimate X despite it’s scheduling issues. I wasn’t super impressed with Hickman’s new Ultimates or Hawkeye launches, but had hopes in this issue after reading last week’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1. Would UltCom X-Men live up to that, or would I be disappointed? Rest assured, dear readers of reviews of books you read, this issue was pretty snazzy. From the brutal and heart-wrenching start, this was a blast! It was, throughout, an engaging and suspenseful read.

It’s recently gotten out that Homo Superior aren’t a naturally occurring evolutionary jump for mankind, as we were lead to believe, but were the result of America futzing around with human DNA (see Ultimate Origin for further deets.) We get all our necessary exposition, ingeniously, in the form of a White House Press Event. The news is out and the American populace are less than pleased, and rioting has begun, as well as Mutant Containment Camps. We get to see how everyone is reacting to this, including Karen Grant and her team of X-babies, (I love that Jean is still going under that identity, btw.) Nick Fury, the President and of course, Kitty and Co.

Paco Medina does a fantastic job slappin’ down the graphite. I wasn’t really aware of him as such until his work on the X-Men title recently (the nonsense with the vampires, which was actually kind of fun), but he’s grown as an artist even since then. His style is cartoony without going overboard, which would negatively affect the dramatic beats, I think, but he nails everything perfectly. His hands could use a little work here and there though. Sometimes they look like something out of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Wow, this is my second Thing reference this week. Sorry, I just re-watched it last night. Classic film. Oh, stream of consciousness writing style, when will you end? Where was I? Oh right. Medina: good.

Actually, this issue: Good. ‘Nuff said.

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11 Comments to “Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 reviewed!”

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  1. Brian the Hutt says:

    I am interested to see why containment camps are needed. Also i have a man. crush on nick spencer

  2. jaydee says:

    what else has he written that you dig?

  3. Brian the Hutt says:

    I have started reading morning glories. Basically an academy with skeletons in thd closet!

  4. jaydee says:

    did you pick up the morning glories trade? i got about 4 issues in and had to stop buying, i just wasn’t interested enough to keep buying…what do you think of it?

  5. Tom says:

    Mediana works on and off again on Deadpool as well. Im really reeeeeally excited to see him working on UltXmen.

  6. jaydee says:

    oh he does? dang it…if only I didn’t kind of hate Deadpool!

    I think he’s great in small doses and in team-ups, for sure..
    but his own book? I get bored…let alone like…5 of his own books!

  7. JD (Host) says:

    yay for anon posting! everything sucks and i hate pop culture!

  8. Kire says:

    Gah! Paco Medina is great. Yeah, his characters get a bit rushed but he can draw the hell out of books most times. Did you read New X-men when he did the art. So good.

  9. JD (Host) says:

    agreed! I wasn’t SUPER into the Vampire story…it was ok…but the art, (which I’ll admit seemed like a strange choice at first) was Great

  10. Tom says:

    Yeah I stick just to his main book. I actually like it a lot. For awhile it was the only marvel book i read and i really didn’t have to know anything about the other crap going on in the marvel U to enjoy it. The art was what mostly made me pick it up though. Through out its run he’s been switching on and off pencil duties with Carlo Barberi, who is another one of my favorite artist.

    BUT ANYWAY. UltXmen. Loved it. Good pacing and interesting character interaction. Kitty Pryde would put Honey Badger to shame. And frackin Johnny Storm and Bruce Banner are gonna be in the X-men.

    I’ll give the Ultimates a few of my dollars. I’d like to see where it’s going especially since Reed Richards is involved.

  11. Jaydee says:

    I was a lil bored with both Ultimates 1 and UltHawkeye 1, but it’s starting to pick up with UltHawkeye 2….AND Spoiler! It features Ultimate X!

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