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Ultimate Wolverine makes his explosive return Storm travels to the Great White North to find her missing friend, but there's no time for celebration for the impetuous and troubled duo They're about to take on an all-new threat to the Ultimate Universe... Lady Deathstrike Plus: When a dangerous young mutant immune to psychic control takes Charles Xavier and the rest of a Ma Ultimate Wolverine makes his explosive return Storm travels to the Great White North to find her missing friend, but there's no time for celebration for the impetuous and troubled duo They're about to take on an all-new threat to the Ultimate Universe... Lady Deathstrike Plus: When a dangerous young mutant immune to psychic control takes Charles Xavier and the rest of a Manhattan bank hostage, the Professor must lead a diverse group of humans in a risky bid to end the siege And finally, witness the return of Ultimate Juggernaut Juggie makes a play for the Gem of Cyttorak, the jewel that will make him truly unstoppable. Only two small things stand in his way: Rogue of the X-Men and Ultimate Gambit, the new prince of thieves This story will change the X-Men's status quo forever. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 58-60, Annual 1


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Ultimate Wolverine makes his explosive return Storm travels to the Great White North to find her missing friend, but there's no time for celebration for the impetuous and troubled duo They're about to take on an all-new threat to the Ultimate Universe... Lady Deathstrike Plus: When a dangerous young mutant immune to psychic control takes Charles Xavier and the rest of a Ma Ultimate Wolverine makes his explosive return Storm travels to the Great White North to find her missing friend, but there's no time for celebration for the impetuous and troubled duo They're about to take on an all-new threat to the Ultimate Universe... Lady Deathstrike Plus: When a dangerous young mutant immune to psychic control takes Charles Xavier and the rest of a Manhattan bank hostage, the Professor must lead a diverse group of humans in a risky bid to end the siege And finally, witness the return of Ultimate Juggernaut Juggie makes a play for the Gem of Cyttorak, the jewel that will make him truly unstoppable. Only two small things stand in his way: Rogue of the X-Men and Ultimate Gambit, the new prince of thieves This story will change the X-Men's status quo forever. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 58-60, Annual 1

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 12: Hard Lessons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Not quite as good as the preceding stories, but I still enjoyed it, especially the focus on individual characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The weird part is I KNOW Brian can write good Big Two stuff. Runaways is an amazing series. But his Ultimate X-Men, while not bad, has just been decent. This volume is a few different stories that vary with quality. One about Xavier getting held up at a bank by a mutant. Another is the story of wolverine and storm origin. And then last but not least is Gambit, rogue, and Juggernaut story. Honestly the first story is pretty great. It's nice to see Xavier on the scene doing his thing. But the rest The weird part is I KNOW Brian can write good Big Two stuff. Runaways is an amazing series. But his Ultimate X-Men, while not bad, has just been decent. This volume is a few different stories that vary with quality. One about Xavier getting held up at a bank by a mutant. Another is the story of wolverine and storm origin. And then last but not least is Gambit, rogue, and Juggernaut story. Honestly the first story is pretty great. It's nice to see Xavier on the scene doing his thing. But the rest? They're okay. Reminds me of Saturday morning X-Men episode. Something you watch but never really remember all the details. It's just decent entertainment. Overall a 3 out of 5 cause it's still well written and fun at times, but I want more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Really actually not very good. It isn't bad, but it is dull. The whole book is a yawn, but probably the worst part is painting Juggernaut as a lovelorn moron. It simply isn't very interesting. At least Gambit gets written out of the book, so I guess I wasn't the only one who was bored senseless by him. There are a few good moments in here, but they get crushed under the weight of several issues of dull. Really actually not very good. It isn't bad, but it is dull. The whole book is a yawn, but probably the worst part is painting Juggernaut as a lovelorn moron. It simply isn't very interesting. At least Gambit gets written out of the book, so I guess I wasn't the only one who was bored senseless by him. There are a few good moments in here, but they get crushed under the weight of several issues of dull.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Logan's back, and with Storm are searching for her friend; enter Lady Deathstrike! Xavier has to deal with a bank robbery(!), and the Rogue & Gambit have to deal with the return of the Juggernaut, which results in something that will effect them all! Covers Ultimate X-Men #58-60 and Annual 1. 7 out of 12 Logan's back, and with Storm are searching for her friend; enter Lady Deathstrike! Xavier has to deal with a bank robbery(!), and the Rogue & Gambit have to deal with the return of the Juggernaut, which results in something that will effect them all! Covers Ultimate X-Men #58-60 and Annual 1. 7 out of 12

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marloges

    The whole Storm/Wolverine storyline just doesn't work for me and the villians they throw in there just get defeated way too quickly to ever get interesting... the Gambit/Rogue part was a bit better, but also quite short. Overall just pretty mediocre. The whole Storm/Wolverine storyline just doesn't work for me and the villians they throw in there just get defeated way too quickly to ever get interesting... the Gambit/Rogue part was a bit better, but also quite short. Overall just pretty mediocre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    This wasn't bad... a random collection of shorter stories, some good action in most of it, a bit more backstory for several of the characters too. The art quality wasn't as high as previously, but still not bad. Overall, a decent read for anyone who enjoys X-men. This wasn't bad... a random collection of shorter stories, some good action in most of it, a bit more backstory for several of the characters too. The art quality wasn't as high as previously, but still not bad. Overall, a decent read for anyone who enjoys X-men.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carson Mac

    3.5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Need to find more and perhaps start at the beginning...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani

    nothing to exciting in this volume, but more interesting characters make their ultimate universe debut

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julio RGuez

    Cuando digo que a Vaughan solo le interesan Lobezno y Tormenta es por algo

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I will miss BKV's run on this series. His penultimate volume is fun, ties up loose ends and starts to set the stage for a finale. I will miss BKV's run on this series. His penultimate volume is fun, ties up loose ends and starts to set the stage for a finale.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    I never thought I'd really think this, but not digging Brian K. Vaughan's work on this. I much prefer his creator-owned series. I never thought I'd really think this, but not digging Brian K. Vaughan's work on this. I much prefer his creator-owned series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    You are in good hands with Brian K. Vaughn. He has a strong handle on these characters and is as comfortable as anyone telling smaller stories that still have emotional stakes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janabi Castillo

    3.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #58-60 Review So when going through my reviews some time ago I realized that when I read through Ultimate X-Men I failed to include three issues in my reviews. I’m not sure exactly why I made this oversight, but it has been standing in the way of my finishing my reviews of the series, and so I figure I have to bring everything to a close here. So I have now finally gone back and read the issues in question, and am left much as I was when I finished the series, which Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #58-60 Review So when going through my reviews some time ago I realized that when I read through Ultimate X-Men I failed to include three issues in my reviews. I’m not sure exactly why I made this oversight, but it has been standing in the way of my finishing my reviews of the series, and so I figure I have to bring everything to a close here. So I have now finally gone back and read the issues in question, and am left much as I was when I finished the series, which is fairly disappointed. I mean, these are not terrible issues, as the last issues in the series were, but neither are they particularly good issues, and they fall victim to the failing that much of the series fell victim to, which is that they didn’t really justify themselves as Ultimate stories. I mean, they failed to really show us anything new or interesting when it came to the character or the universe and the didn’t really show why this series deserved to be separate from the normal 616 universe. The first of the issues is a one-shot called A Hard Lesson, and shows Professor X dealing with a bank robbery as I guess only Professor X can. It really isn’t a poorly done issue, but it casts Professor X very firmly in his traditional role, a role that some writers have tried to get him out of in the Ultimate Universe. It is easy to see Millar’s influence here, because this deals with a Professor X who is a bit more free with his powers, a bit more willing to manipulate people directly in order to get what he wants. And yet he is shown as the teacher, as not really doing anything that constitutes a true violation. So while yes, he uses his powers without permission, that act is moralized by the situation, by his saving lives. It isn’t really a question that when it comes down to it Professor X is doing the right thing because he’s not using his powers to their fullest. If he had hijacked the minds of the people in the bank and taken care of things himself this might have been more powerful, but as it is it’s just same old Professor X, which only a little bit of moral grayness. The next two issues, entitled Shock and Awe, are a bit more of an honest attempt to do something new with the characters, as we get more of Storm’s origin while Wolverine looks for clues concerning his past. It is an interesting choice, because Storm and Wolverine in the normal universe seem like they have something going on between them, and the Storm in this reality does seem more reckless and wild, and we see some of that in the flashbacks and all that. So at the very least what we get is something we haven’t seen before. At the same time, though, this is mining the same shaft as much of Ultimate X-Men, as Weapon X seems to still be around, setting it up as apparently the most popular villain to bring up, as both MIllar and Bendis used Weapon X and now Vaughan has followed suit. And really he doesn’t add anything to that equation besides killing off Dr. Cornelius and giving us a slightly different Lady Deathstrike. So all in all it’s rather disappointing, and there really is never any fell that Wolverine and Storm are in danger. Everything is wrapped up nicely and quickly and while it is nice to have a more limited focus to flesh out characters, this all seems rather meh. That said, there are at least some completely ridiculous moments that Vaughan injects into the stories that make me cringe. I mean, the fastball special compliments of a small tornado was cool and corny in a sort of fun way, but Wolverine punching Storm back to consciousness seems a bit…dumb. Same with how Professor X deals with the situation, tapping into people’s minds to unlock their potential. It all seems way to convenient, and a bit too out there for me. Not that comics have to be realistic, but it becomes too difficult to believe some of the things that happen, and it reeks of a writer just having a coincidental answer to everything instead of seeding resolutions with what’s already there. It just makes it feel like the only reason these characters are succeeding is because the writer wants them to, and when I can pick up on that it cuts back my enjoyment. So while these issues aren’t bad, they really show what I don’t like about Vaughan. And as such they reach only a 5.5/10.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    "Hard Lessons" (a title which would be better suited for a porn flick), follows three different stories, each actually pretty good. The first, being my favorite, follows Xavier during a bank robbery and how he handles it... without taking over the conjoined twins' minds. A little stupid, but I do like Xavier's stance on morality. It makes him seem far more trustworthy as a teacher for the X-Men. The second was easily my least favorite of the bunch, however, as it continues to follow Storm pursuin "Hard Lessons" (a title which would be better suited for a porn flick), follows three different stories, each actually pretty good. The first, being my favorite, follows Xavier during a bank robbery and how he handles it... without taking over the conjoined twins' minds. A little stupid, but I do like Xavier's stance on morality. It makes him seem far more trustworthy as a teacher for the X-Men. The second was easily my least favorite of the bunch, however, as it continues to follow Storm pursuing Wolverine, who have as much chemistry as a rock and a tree. These two would make better partners in their own team-up than a girl and a guy trying to pork each other. And the randomly thrown in Yuri as the villain just seemed very lazy. However, while I enjoyed the story of Rogue and Gambit, it's really simple when you take a step back (kind of like the film from earlier this year, Deadpool), where all it really is is just: Rogue steals a gem, they run into Juggernaut, and Gambit *potentially* dies. Well, if they really offed Beast, they might do the same for Gambit. But that last panel still has me guessing. Of course, I cannot stand Tom Raney's art for this issue. It is god-awful. The faces, proportions, and scales on characters all look so wrong. I'm sad to see Vaughan not really living up to my expectations. Perhaps this was a stepping stone for him to become a better writer. But of his comics, and of the X-Men comics, it's sort of an in-between story for the X-Men than departed in Volume 10. Not perfect, but not absolute garbage. Except for the last issue's art.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    This collects together Ultimate X-Men #58-60 and Annual #1 We have three separate stories. The first has Xavier at the bank trying to get his money which has been frozen by the Hellfire club. Mutant Syndicate comes to rob the bank, but the Professor foils his plans and blackmails him into working for him. Art is by Steve Dillon, now maybe I'm too familiar with him from Preacher, but this didn't feel like an X-man story either in terms of art or character particularly. The second story has Wolverine This collects together Ultimate X-Men #58-60 and Annual #1 We have three separate stories. The first has Xavier at the bank trying to get his money which has been frozen by the Hellfire club. Mutant Syndicate comes to rob the bank, but the Professor foils his plans and blackmails him into working for him. Art is by Steve Dillon, now maybe I'm too familiar with him from Preacher, but this didn't feel like an X-man story either in terms of art or character particularly. The second story has Wolverine & Storm face off against Lady Deathstrike - the twist being that she's a car thief from Storm's past rather than being after Wolverine. Its ok. Lady Deathstrike is pretty awesome but I hated the artwork particularly on Wolverine and I've never been too convinced by Wolverine/Storm as a romantic pair, where now that Beast is dead, this series seems to be heading. The last story has Rogue and Gambit, now split from the X-Men, steal the magic gem of Cytorrak and come face to face with the Juggernaut. Best artwork of the book here, in particular Gambit. Other highlights are the Marvelverse cameos - Nick Fury and the X-Men facing holograms of Spiderman's foes: the green goblin, Dr. Octopus and the silver surfer. Over all this volume is as disjointed as the art styles. The stories don't have anything in common and frankly, aren't that interesting. I know Ultimate X-Men wanted to turn inward and look at character, but I feel that its too much character and not enough story with this one. Oh and it ends on a cliff hanger so have the next volume on hand.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is the 4th volume of Brian K. Vaughan's run on the title and he keeps the quality top-notch. I can't believe how much I've enjoyed his stories so far. He's definitely streamlined the series and shown plenty of skill in writing these stories. This volume collects one stand-alone issue, a 2-part story arc, and Ultimate X-Men Annual 1. The stand-alone story is a Professor X story and is probably the best issue in the series. The art is handled by Steve Dillon and is fantastic as always. Then w This is the 4th volume of Brian K. Vaughan's run on the title and he keeps the quality top-notch. I can't believe how much I've enjoyed his stories so far. He's definitely streamlined the series and shown plenty of skill in writing these stories. This volume collects one stand-alone issue, a 2-part story arc, and Ultimate X-Men Annual 1. The stand-alone story is a Professor X story and is probably the best issue in the series. The art is handled by Steve Dillon and is fantastic as always. Then we have a short arc featuring Storm and Wolverine that introduces Ultimate Lady Deathstrike. The volume closes with the first annual, which focuses on the wayward Rogue and Gambit fighting the Juggernaut. All I can say is that Brian K. Vaughan's run has been the best so far and unfortunately it ends next volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric England

    Ultimate X-Men Volume 12: Hard Lessons continues important story arcs from previous volumes in Brian K. Vaughan's Ultimate X-Men run. However, this volume is not at the same level as the previous ones. One of the strengths of Vaughan's Ultimate X-Men run is the fact that he does a great job with the character interactions between all the members of the team. This volume primarily consists of standalone stories featuring one or two members of the team. This means that the strengths of the previou Ultimate X-Men Volume 12: Hard Lessons continues important story arcs from previous volumes in Brian K. Vaughan's Ultimate X-Men run. However, this volume is not at the same level as the previous ones. One of the strengths of Vaughan's Ultimate X-Men run is the fact that he does a great job with the character interactions between all the members of the team. This volume primarily consists of standalone stories featuring one or two members of the team. This means that the strengths of the previous volumes are not as apparent and the reader is left with the plotting and the action, which have not been a strong point of the run.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katya Starling

    I LOVED the Wolverine and Storm issues -- no complaints AT ALL there!! Charles' story was also good, but the villain could have been better depicted, both through writing and art. The Gambit/Rogue at the end was also wonderful, but in large part because of Syndicate (Charles' villain) and the ending of that last issue, I regretfully can only give this collection a 4 -- although it does border on a 5. I LOVED the Wolverine and Storm issues -- no complaints AT ALL there!! Charles' story was also good, but the villain could have been better depicted, both through writing and art. The Gambit/Rogue at the end was also wonderful, but in large part because of Syndicate (Charles' villain) and the ending of that last issue, I regretfully can only give this collection a 4 -- although it does border on a 5.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #58-60, and Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars> Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #58-60, and Ultimate X-Men Annual #1. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josephine (biblioseph)

    Okay, the opening one shot was a big ol' cheeseball. Helped build slight character for Charlie, but otherwise... I'm lacking hope for the rest of the issue. Shock and Awe redeem the story. Although Kurt is still apologetically creepy. And then Ultimate Sacrifice seems only alright until the last few pages. Good volume, not much in the department of kick-ass and heart-wrench though. Okay, the opening one shot was a big ol' cheeseball. Helped build slight character for Charlie, but otherwise... I'm lacking hope for the rest of the issue. Shock and Awe redeem the story. Although Kurt is still apologetically creepy. And then Ultimate Sacrifice seems only alright until the last few pages. Good volume, not much in the department of kick-ass and heart-wrench though.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    One of the better Ultimate X-Men volumes. Brian K. Vaughan writes a great Prof. X narrative and a great Storm/Wolverine/Deathstrike narrative. Again, it's his pacing that keeps me interested. Also, I think Stuart Immonen is the perfect artist for the Ultimate X-Men. This art is fun and vibrant, and matches well with Vaughan's writing. One of the better Ultimate X-Men volumes. Brian K. Vaughan writes a great Prof. X narrative and a great Storm/Wolverine/Deathstrike narrative. Again, it's his pacing that keeps me interested. Also, I think Stuart Immonen is the perfect artist for the Ultimate X-Men. This art is fun and vibrant, and matches well with Vaughan's writing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Basora

    An interesting volume to be sure. I feel like everyone in the Ultimate series keeps dying for no reason. I get that the Ultimate Universe was supposed to have an ending, thus making any character not crucial to ending plot expendable, but i expected a bit more screen time from Gambit, and even Sinister. The bond between Logan and Ororo is wonderful though, and reading that is a lot of fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Getting to see old characters that hadn't shown up in a while and the deeper development of already established relationships in this volume was wonderful. I thought it really brought a lot of depth to the plot that was lacking in some of the previous volumes. Getting to see old characters that hadn't shown up in a while and the deeper development of already established relationships in this volume was wonderful. I thought it really brought a lot of depth to the plot that was lacking in some of the previous volumes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Three random unconnected stories, none of them are bad but it doesn't amount to as good of a whole as any of the other volumes with a single story line. Three random unconnected stories, none of them are bad but it doesn't amount to as good of a whole as any of the other volumes with a single story line.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    Vaughan, no! What did you do to Gambit??

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Third Place A Teen Library

    F uxm v.12

  29. 5 out of 5

    Talyseon Talyseon

    Internal Tensions are threatening to do what the entire world could not, Destroy the X-Men. Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: Hard Lessons Internal Tensions are threatening to do what the entire world could not, Destroy the X-Men. Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: Hard Lessons

  30. 5 out of 5

    John White

    It didn't quite work for me, a lot of set-up. The annual issue was good and an enjoyable story even if it had a short sighted and slightly disappointing end. It didn't quite work for me, a lot of set-up. The annual issue was good and an enjoyable story even if it had a short sighted and slightly disappointing end.

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