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The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, the US government creates its own initiative to deal with this threat: the Sentinel Project. Meanwhile two men wage a secret war for the hearts and minds of young mutants everywhere. Charles Xavier has recruited a cadre of students including Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast, that call themselves the X-Men. But there are others out there, living in fear, struggling to deal with what they are: Ororo Munroe, Bobby Drake and another, more dangerous mutant named Logan. Simultaneously, the terrorist known only as Magneto has assembled The Brotherhood, a militant group dedicated to the overthrow of human authority. A war is on the horizon and these amazing young men and women will decide the future of all humanity! Just as Ultimate Spider-Man reinvented and reinvigorated Marvel's flagship character, Ultimate X-Men promises do the same for comics' most popular super hero team. Streamlining the mutant heroes into a manageable core group, this non-stop saga action and intrigue takes place in a continuity recognizable to fans of this year's blockbuster smash X-Men movie. Ultimate X-Men is the perfect choice for anyone who can't get enough of the X! Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 1-6


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The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, the US government creates its own initiative to deal with this threat: the Sentinel Project. Meanwhile two men wage a secret war for the hearts and minds of young mutants everywhere. Charles Xavier has recruited a cadre of students including Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast, that call themselves the X-Men. But there are others out there, living in fear, struggling to deal with what they are: Ororo Munroe, Bobby Drake and another, more dangerous mutant named Logan. Simultaneously, the terrorist known only as Magneto has assembled The Brotherhood, a militant group dedicated to the overthrow of human authority. A war is on the horizon and these amazing young men and women will decide the future of all humanity! Just as Ultimate Spider-Man reinvented and reinvigorated Marvel's flagship character, Ultimate X-Men promises do the same for comics' most popular super hero team. Streamlining the mutant heroes into a manageable core group, this non-stop saga action and intrigue takes place in a continuity recognizable to fans of this year's blockbuster smash X-Men movie. Ultimate X-Men is the perfect choice for anyone who can't get enough of the X! Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 1-6

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Initially, I really got into this collection. The characters, setting, villains, and mutant situation had such a modern, realistic tone to them that I couldn't stop reading. Plus the artwork was really good as well. But then something happened: I lost interest. Why you ask? I really don't know. For whatever reason, I felt like I was experiencing the same X-Men stories I've been reading since I was ten repackaged to be new, shiny, and more up-to-date. There were some small tweaks here and there but Initially, I really got into this collection. The characters, setting, villains, and mutant situation had such a modern, realistic tone to them that I couldn't stop reading. Plus the artwork was really good as well. But then something happened: I lost interest. Why you ask? I really don't know. For whatever reason, I felt like I was experiencing the same X-Men stories I've been reading since I was ten repackaged to be new, shiny, and more up-to-date. There were some small tweaks here and there but nothing that was really original or kept my attention. Yeah, yeah, I know, the same criticism could be leveled against the Ultimates and other series set in this universe, but I suppose I wanted more from the X-Men. And when I didn't get it, I found the whole thing rather "meh." 2017 REREAD I enjoyed this one a lot this time. I really think it is because I haven't read a good X-Men comic story in many years. The new Marvel books just aren't my thing. This graphic novel reminded me of how good X-Men can be. Can't wait to read more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    Ultimate X-Men represented Mark Millar’s version of a franchise distilled from the cream of its rich history. The launch of the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics afforded the writer a unique opportunity to tell stories unencumbered by almost four decades of continuity. The result was a product still recognizable because of the iconic nature of the characters. This way, the older readers were not alienated and familiar enough that the new readers that were introduced to the mythos through Bryan Sing Ultimate X-Men represented Mark Millar’s version of a franchise distilled from the cream of its rich history. The launch of the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics afforded the writer a unique opportunity to tell stories unencumbered by almost four decades of continuity. The result was a product still recognizable because of the iconic nature of the characters. This way, the older readers were not alienated and familiar enough that the new readers that were introduced to the mythos through Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie would pick it up. Millar tells a cinematic, widescreen, action blockbuster and is ably abetted by the Kubert brothers with their kinetic art. The action flows smoothly like a decent summer flick, as Millar establishes this Ultimate version of the mutant team with familiar X-Men tropes like the Xavier–Magneto philosophical disagreement and conflicting methods and a new yet similar take on the heroes that protects a world that fears and hates them. The new here is that the heroes have become media savvy, like actual reality show celebrities. With no continuity baggage, this is an excellent entry point for any new or lapsed reader to be interested in comics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So I read Ultimate X-Men growing up. I think it was my first big "X-Men" world to read. It was my first major run I had every volume for. I stopped reading when it hit volume 18. So I decided to re-read it more than 10 years later. Well...this ages not too well haha. There are things to love. The art is solid throughout. I also enjoyed the changes in personality for certain characters. I especially like how Storm don't give a fuck, and Beast is both badass and smart, and Magneto even more "sinis So I read Ultimate X-Men growing up. I think it was my first big "X-Men" world to read. It was my first major run I had every volume for. I stopped reading when it hit volume 18. So I decided to re-read it more than 10 years later. Well...this ages not too well haha. There are things to love. The art is solid throughout. I also enjoyed the changes in personality for certain characters. I especially like how Storm don't give a fuck, and Beast is both badass and smart, and Magneto even more "sinister" than before. I also think the action is well paced and fun to view and well placed throughout. Now the bad. The designs of a certain characters are pretty bad. Especially logan's clothes. I also dislike how obvious things are, like Jean falling for Wolverine, and they have the cliche of Scott looking out the window, and then behind the scenes Wolverine is smiling. Beyond fucking corny. Also the edge is strong here, and everyone insults EVERYONE. Very out of character even if these are new takes on beloved characters. Overall if you want a more edgy, early 2000, "badass" X-Men then check this out. It's not horrible but it sure feels like early 2000. So on to the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Little more than serviceable. Considering that the intent was to reimagine these characters in a modern context, it's disappointingly similar to the main MU version. There are very few adjustments, and they amount to nothing. I'll put in at least a few volumes, because there might be something good later on.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Praxedes

    A very nice re-packaging of the usual X-Men stories, with some changes. I enjoy the way Magneto is able to stay two steps ahead of everyone, even Professor Xavier! The artwork is tight, and the colorist deserves an award for making the night scenes a reflection of how the human eye works: concentrating on the scant areas of light to suggest what lies in the darkness. Well done! Overall a very enjoyable read if you are already familiar with this team of mutant superheroes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I just read the first issue #1 on Comixology...boy I liked it. elements of different strands of origin myths coming together. For sure worth reading. ***August 2015*** I did read this earlier; the whole volume. I just read the first issue #1 on Comixology...boy I liked it. elements of different strands of origin myths coming together. For sure worth reading. ***August 2015*** I did read this earlier; the whole volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    After enjoying the Ultimate Spider-man books, I was pretty hopeful about Ultimate X-Men — especially since I remember enjoying the appearances of the various X-Men in the Spider-man comics. I enjoyed X-Men cartoons a lot as a kid, and it seems to me a shame that — as with Batman and Superman, actually — I haven’t particularly enjoyed the comics. Unfortunately, The Tomorrow People didn’t change that much. It might not help that it’s a team book, so we don’t see one individual character for long, a After enjoying the Ultimate Spider-man books, I was pretty hopeful about Ultimate X-Men — especially since I remember enjoying the appearances of the various X-Men in the Spider-man comics. I enjoyed X-Men cartoons a lot as a kid, and it seems to me a shame that — as with Batman and Superman, actually — I haven’t particularly enjoyed the comics. Unfortunately, The Tomorrow People didn’t change that much. It might not help that it’s a team book, so we don’t see one individual character for long, and it definitely doesn’t help that they’re teenagers and that Scott Summers accordingly has a tantrum. A tantrum that has entirely predictable results, of course. Meanwhile, Wolverine switches sides, more or less for no apparent reason. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch do so as well, with comparatively little background. And Magneto is entirely too easy to take down — obviously this isn’t going to be the last the X-Men see of him in this series, because it’s Magneto, but. It felt like a lot of flash and not much bang, really. I own three more volumes, so I will read them. After that… I don’t know. Not on the strength of this volume. Originally posted here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    This is the biggest pile of smelly horrible shit I've ever read. A complete insult to the xmen franchise. Wtf were they thinking!?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    As usual for these kinds of books, the artwork was excellent, the profanity, blood, and sexual content, not so much.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    I was really looking forwards to this series. It did not start off well. Don't get me wrong, this is certainly an epic story. There is a lot that is going on here, but the execution of the story leaves much to be desired. I was interested in this story because it was written by Mark Millar. It's the Ultimate's Universe version of the X-men story. There are some subtle differences, as with any Ultimates tale, such as Wolverine starting off as working for Magneto. But in general it follows the expl I was really looking forwards to this series. It did not start off well. Don't get me wrong, this is certainly an epic story. There is a lot that is going on here, but the execution of the story leaves much to be desired. I was interested in this story because it was written by Mark Millar. It's the Ultimate's Universe version of the X-men story. There are some subtle differences, as with any Ultimates tale, such as Wolverine starting off as working for Magneto. But in general it follows the exploits of two very powerful and very different mutants. Dr. Xavier leads the X-Men a team of powerful mutants who fight to preserve good will between humanity and mutant. On the other side is Magneto leading the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Magneto believes that mutants are the next generation of humanity and here to replace the previous version. The rest of the story unfolds in the usual manner. Wolverine joins the X-Men, Magneto tries to take over the world (in this case just annihilate America), a combination of people from Cyclops, the rest of the X-men, Wolverine, Quicksilver, etc all gang up to stop him. The interactions between Wolverine and Jean Grey seemed forced. Also for someone who is touted as this supreme killer, Wolverine sure does change his tune after sleeping once with 19 year old Jean Grey. It just seems a bit much. I never really could buy into their relationship. Many of the other relationships seem similarly forced. I understand Pietro doesn't like his father, but the alacrity with which he decided to turn on his father after so many decades of service seemed forced. The X-men themselves are a good version of the group. While there are subtle differences since it is the Ultimates world, there are still many familiar elements. The art was very disappointing. It did not do the story justice and certain panels made the characters just look ridiculous. If the art had been of a better quality then I think this volume might have eked out a 3/5 rating. But, due to a mediocre execution on what could have been a great story and less than impressive art- I give this first volume a 2/5 rating.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Mark Millar reboots the X-Men for the Ultimates Universe with this new iteration of the popular franchise in "The Tomorrow People" and unlike recent reboots like Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" and Jason Aaron's more recent reboot, Millar's version is by far the weakest and least original. He makes the X-Men teenagers so we get to see Cyclops, Storm, Jean Gray learning the ropes and having tantrums etc. Scott Summers especially when he sees Jean and Logan smooching. It's kinda lame. Also a mis-step Mark Millar reboots the X-Men for the Ultimates Universe with this new iteration of the popular franchise in "The Tomorrow People" and unlike recent reboots like Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" and Jason Aaron's more recent reboot, Millar's version is by far the weakest and least original. He makes the X-Men teenagers so we get to see Cyclops, Storm, Jean Gray learning the ropes and having tantrums etc. Scott Summers especially when he sees Jean and Logan smooching. It's kinda lame. Also a mis-step was making Wolverine a double agent especially as it doesn't amount to anything. He's with Magneto one moment then with Xavier the next with no repercussions. What a waste of time! Same goes for Cyclops who switches sides before inevitably going back to Xavier. These McGuffins become quite tiresome after a while. The Sentinels make a belated return though they're as useless as ever with the X-Men, as teenagers with barely any training, able to take them out despite professing fear of them. Then Magneto shows up with his usual tirade against humanity which we've seen in countless previous issues of X-Men not to mention the trilogy of X-Movies. There's very little originality going on with Millar's re-imagining of the X-Men. His dialogue for Wolverine was very poor, Logan sounds like a Brit always saying "yeah that should be a laugh" - I've never heard a Canadian use that phrase. Millar, while usually an excellent writer, falls back on old archetypes while making his cast younger though the effect is underwhelming. I didn't care about the new version of these characters, finding little charm in them and fewer interest in where the series was heading. There are better X-Men stories out there with far more imagination and new situations to make reading them worthwhile; far from rejuvenating the series, "The Tomorrow People" feels strangely old, tired and boring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Lord that was bad! An attempt to re-imagine the X-men puts them in the costumes from the movie, adds a lot of teen angst and makes nearly all of them unlikable. The exceptions are Colossus and the Beast. Even then you have to cringe through the Beast making a joke about taking a dump. Jean Gray has a belly button ring, Storm is a teen thief and Wolverine is basically a hired killer, but to make all those fanboys happy, Logan finally gets to bang Jean. More of that grim, not much fun stuff that pass Lord that was bad! An attempt to re-imagine the X-men puts them in the costumes from the movie, adds a lot of teen angst and makes nearly all of them unlikable. The exceptions are Colossus and the Beast. Even then you have to cringe through the Beast making a joke about taking a dump. Jean Gray has a belly button ring, Storm is a teen thief and Wolverine is basically a hired killer, but to make all those fanboys happy, Logan finally gets to bang Jean. More of that grim, not much fun stuff that passes as hip, modern, realistic comics. Why are characters written as jerks always seen as more realistic? Aside from the Spider man title, Marvels Ultimate-verse is pretty much a failed experiment. They can be mildly interesting viewed as a big 'What if?', but otherwise skip them and use your money to buy some of the Essential X-men volumes instead. Though, not to be completely negative, the fight with the Sentinel robots in New York was a cool action scene that would have looked good in one of the X-men movies.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Dalton

    This series might be called Ultimate X-Men, but it might as well be called Ultimate Wolverine. He is featured in almost every story and everything revolves around him. And oh yeah, he is on every cover. Most of the time just him. Lets just overuse the character for Pete's sake. The stories were okay, more like "What if" stories. Thanks to Comixology Unlimited I can read the first two volumes in this collection.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I have a pretty favourable opinion of Mark Millar's work in general, so it irked me to see such a colossal misfire here. "Edgy" early 2000s Ultimate X-Men just wind up being less likeable versions of their classic characters, with some truly tragic fashion and grooming choices along the way (nice bandanna, Bobby, and the less said about Wolvie's Mark McGrath goatee the better). Also, was anyone else grossed out that Logan starts out as a super-assassin on a mission to kill Xavier, but conveniently I have a pretty favourable opinion of Mark Millar's work in general, so it irked me to see such a colossal misfire here. "Edgy" early 2000s Ultimate X-Men just wind up being less likeable versions of their classic characters, with some truly tragic fashion and grooming choices along the way (nice bandanna, Bobby, and the less said about Wolvie's Mark McGrath goatee the better). Also, was anyone else grossed out that Logan starts out as a super-assassin on a mission to kill Xavier, but conveniently converts to the X-cause after holing up in a posh hotel because, reasons, and shagging Jean Grey...who is well-established as 19 years old in previous issues? Dirty Old Man Logan, indeed! Blecch.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #1-6. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down) STANDARDIZED RATING: Reeling from the recent anti-human bombings of New York and Washington, the US government contracts roboticist Bolivar Trask to engineer giant machines capable of sniffing out, capturing, and killing mutants hidden all over the country. In the midst of of all this chaos – perpetrated by Magneto and his Brotherhoo Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #1-6. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars> Reeling from the recent anti-human bombings of New York and Washington, the US government contracts roboticist Bolivar Trask to engineer giant machines capable of sniffing out, capturing, and killing mutants hidden all over the country. In the midst of of all this chaos – perpetrated by Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants – Professor Charles Xavier and the X-Men desperately work tirelessly to amend mutant-human relations, as well as provide sanctuary and power training to all mutants seeking them. But while Xavier gathers recruits, Magneto sets his crosshairs on the White House, and plants one of his followers among the ranks of the X-Men – on a secret mission to assassinate the Professor. The Tomorrow People was a shockingly weak volume for a number of reasons – foremost being the characters. As a team-based comic, there are several things a writer must accomplish in order to get it right, and, in some ways, their job may well be more challenging than it would have been for a solo book; not only must team chemistry be cultivated, but each member needs to be both unique and independently valuable. But sadly, characterization did not seem to be one of Millar's main priorities, so he fails on all counts. As a result, virtually everyone seemed rather one-dimensional, and I couldn't bring myself to connect with any one of them. I'm sure most decent introductory X-Men books manage to portray some aspect of the mutants' difficulties coping with their extraordinary abilities, and explore their feelings of isolation and fear. In this book, we are introduced to each of the newest additions to the X-Men's roster (i.e. Beast, Storm, Colossus, and Iceman) during their separate encounters with X-Man Jean Grey. Jean finds them when they're at their lowest point, and manages to convince them that life at Xavier's school would be their best option moving forward. Following the mere 2-4 pages devoted to each encounter, competent readers should find they've already experienced the bulk of their misery, and little else is done to expand on this. Also, Millar's transition from recruitment to field missions occurs entirely too quickly, and he glosses over any training sessions or team interactions that might have added much-needed substance (and believability) to the story. Another defining attribute of X-Men books is that they tend to address relevant topics such as discrimination and terrorism in a poignant and thought-provoking manner. Although the writer does appear to make some attempt to do so, his efforts are scant, and what little he tries is superficial and tedious. Through a few, all-too-brief confrontations where normal folks try and pick a fight or mock mutants they meet, Millar hopes to portray the travesty of intolerance. And this pathetic gesture is barely held together by three strategically-placed crying panels and another three thinly philosophical exchanges about the surrounding political climate. But even more generally speaking, the writing here is amateurish, and most attempts made to be clever or humorous fall flat. [Excellent question, Iceman; I have no idea. As for the news: perhaps it has something to do with the grim realization that the lives of you and your comrades amount to nothing more than the trivial scribblings of a writer who couldn't care less about your fictional existence? No? Hmm... Alright, then. Just a thought.] For a writer who had been in the comic-writing business for as long as he did up until this point, this ought to have been a complete embarrassment. The cheap tactics were so transparent and borderline insulting that I almost couldn't believe it; after a certain point, he seems to think he can get by on bland battles, a middling love triangle, and arbitrarily shifting allegiances (see postscript for more on this). And though I'm not very familiar with his work, Andy Kubert also doesn't appear to be operating at full capacity. This is just judging from what I remember of Flashpoint and Batman and Son , but perhaps this was produced at a moment during his career where the artist still had much room for improvement. So it was mostly decent, but surely not his best. Unlike Ultimate Spider-Man , this did not hold up very well to my memory of it. It seems the more I re-read the more I come to realize just how much I've changed in recent years, and how much more sophisticated my critical analyses have become. Truth is, Millar has done much better work than this, and the volume really doesn't do much at all to redefine the X-Men in a meaningful way. Pretty much all he's done is make them younger and a lot less mature. I think I'll skip ahead to Ultimate War and see if things get any better. Postscript: I've always seen Magneto as one of Marvel's greatest villains, and the conflict between him and Xavier as (potentially) one of the most compelling across all superhero comics. My problem with Millar's rendition of the character is that it omits that fundamental part of Magneto that deeply loves his people, grieves over their suffering, and only resorts to violence because he genuinely sees no other way. From my limited experience, writers are able to achieve this in varying degrees, but Millar barely even seems to try. Instead, he makes him out to be your garden-variety supervillain bent on world domination – one who, as Cyclops so aptly concludes, is little more than a glorified Hitler. Sounds too harsh? See the spoiler tag below for more on this, and you decide for yourself. (view spoiler)[ [Without even mentioning how pathetic and out-of character this looks, it suggests that Magneto, behind all his tough talk and posturing, lacks the conviction to die for his beliefs. Kinda lame, if you ask me.] (hide spoiler)] ------------------------------------------------ Getting into more detail regarding the "shifting allegiances" will necessarily require me to get pretty specific, so proceed with caution: (view spoiler)[1.) As one of two children of Magneto, Quicksilver works earnestly to carry out his father's wishes. But no matter how hard he tries, Magneto doesn't acknowledge his efforts, and constantly berates and insults him. And when Cyclops briefly joins the Brotherhood, Magneto even goes so far as to ask Cyclops to call him father whenever they're in Quicksilver's presence. The reason for this contempt is never revealed, and I was left to assume it was just because he was a heartless villain. But while Quicksilver's ultimate betrayal wasn't surprising, I couldn't fathom why he would allow a sudden pang of resentment to sabotage his group's best chance at achieving their goal of mutant supremacy. I'm sure Millar could have done a much better job with this. 2.) Starting in issue #2, Wolverine first embarks on his assignment, and is promptly captured by the same government black ops unit he had escaped from 18 months prior. This issue sheds some light on how he was treated while part of that unit, and how much physical and psychological abuse he must have endured as their prisoner. And although it seems very possible Wolverine may not have been able to escape a second time without the help of the X-Men, I was never fully satisfied with his ideological conversion; it quickly becomes clear just how violent, crude, and selfish the guy is, and his debt to the X-Men didn't seem sufficient to balance out his seemingly more credible gravitation toward the Brotherhood, or the hatred he likely cultivated against humanity as a slave of the US government. 3.) Of the three, I'd say Cyclops' switch-up was most ridiculous. Just to get an idea of the kind of person he was before his defection, see below: [Averting what could have been a disastrous brawl, Cyclops takes charge, reigns in his justifiable anger, and directs his team away from the mob.] [Clearly, Cyclops is a decent young man, and a level-headed leader. Could one honestly read this any other way?] But when one of his teammates is severely injured, and after he catches Wolverine and Jean making out, Cyclops suddenly storms out of the mansion and signs up with Magneto. By doing this, he too casually abandons the principles he seemed to hold so dear, and ignores the very promising developments brought on by his rescue of the President's daughter. I'm sorry, but none of it made any sense to me. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sonja P.

    The girl versus boy costumes in this were SO RIDICULOUS. Oh, all the boys are covered up LIKE NORMAL for armor, but the girls, WOOOWEEE stomach and cleavage oh boy. Hope the sentinels can't figure out they are mutants from the stomach windows. That would sure be a lack of foresight.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gonzalez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Silencing dissidence; partial to a decade defined by state news, state surveillance, and corporate sponsored warfare. Species genocide, exemplary, their ‘sentinel’ and our ‘essential,’ culling programs. Earth 1610, a fascistic America, increasingly totalitarian, increasingly ill-tolerant; where the power-hold is playing a dangerous game of super-soldier deterrence (So, Camp X-Factor is Guantanamo bay, right?) With 00 style sensibilities, one too many Carson Daly references, and a decade defined Silencing dissidence; partial to a decade defined by state news, state surveillance, and corporate sponsored warfare. Species genocide, exemplary, their ‘sentinel’ and our ‘essential,’ culling programs. Earth 1610, a fascistic America, increasingly totalitarian, increasingly ill-tolerant; where the power-hold is playing a dangerous game of super-soldier deterrence (So, Camp X-Factor is Guantanamo bay, right?) With 00 style sensibilities, one too many Carson Daly references, and a decade defined by political turmoil, Ultimate X-Men is a fossil of the 2000’s. Symbolizing post 9/11, Bush and Cheney fear-monger mania; man-made moral impotence that one can only hope Millar was only parodying. But with the rise of revolutionary Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) and with his unique brand of homo-superior, in this universe the ‘villain’ is an actual contender. The Brotherhood’s declaration, the next phase of evolution that is Ill-afraid to fight terror with terror and genocide with genocide. So who better to usher readers in the new millennia to witness global extinction than Mark Millar’s cynical ‘uncanniness’ towards human and mutant relations. The Ultimate Universe remixes some classic comic arcs for the modern audience. Dark Phoenix Saga transforms to something demonic, Age of Apocalypse becomes a hallucinogen, and Mojo’s reality show becomes a passable piece of satire. Each receives their overdue makeover both in story and character design. The students are all basically teenagers, albeit with some truly glaring character flaws: Beast’s insecurity, essentially putting all of mankind at risk with one AOL message. Jean Grey and her literal god complex. Nightcrawler is a homophobe and a rapist. Colossus is a junk head, And Wolverine, the most powerful mutant in the world, just happens to have one small predilection for murder. Fight after fight, the plot thickens and yet the line between good and bad, villain and hero, is thinner than ever. Perfect drama…well at least until Kirkman takes over and then proceeds to use all the cheap, typical comic book stunts that lazy writers tend to commit: illogical betrayals, bringing characters back to life, fake deaths, and reality resets. But let face it, what makes X-men interesting is not the actual X-Men, it’s not even the plot, it’s the philosophy. Getting to the core of the argument between the two most important characters in all of the Ultimate Universe, Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier. The dynamic duo that has gone back almost a half-century. Starting with their famous comp to MLK and Malcolm X. One of the greatest rivalries, second only to Batman and Joker. From admirers to friends, from friends to sworn enemies; witnessing their evolution is paramount to not only understanding the heart of this debate, but to understanding the impossibility of each goal. Their biting diatribe, their arguments in ethics. “Personally, I prefer to think of it as compromise…for the purpose of saving lives.” “I’m sure you do, dear boy you’ve just signed up your children to the same organization that was hunting them down.” What can and can’t, and should and shouldn’t be done, inches in intensity throughout the first few volumes until it just meets head on into some heavy foreshadowing. “Yes, well. That’s where you and I shall always remain poles apart, dear Charles.” Who is truly the bad guy here? The answer is in the heart and soul of the man who created the X-Men. One thing that readers choose to ignore is Xavier’s own implication in keeping the steady spread of bigotry and violence alive. The mind control where there’s little proof to show how long he’s been using it and who he has been using it on (one could argue he really screwed up Magneto after brainwashing him). His students, those who have put their faith in him, are mostly groomed to fill the power gap. As evident In one of the most telling scenes. The conversation between Fury and Xavier unveils their true agenda (read between the lines). Xavier: “I never suspected that the government of the United States would invite me into the heart of the machine just to dilute my pacifist agenda, General. Why that’s as far-fetched as suggesting that i engineered this entire situation just to gain an invitation into the heart of the military machine.” Fury: ”Well, we live in such paranoid times, don’t we, sir?” Oh, but we’ve just begun. Xavier orders the assassination of a child who didn’t know the full effect of his mutant powers. He completely ruins the Magician, accusing the kid of deception without ever granting him a fair hearing— guilty til’ proven dead. He threatens to kill Syndicate’s sister. He invented the worst drug on earth. Oh yea, he’s a deadbeat dad whose own son, an extremely dangerous mutant, could have really used a father figure (he’s also in love with some of his students, but we won’t get into that). Under the auspices of Fury and Xavier, The Ultimates and The X-Men have had more than their fair-share of reactionary trigger pulls, lacking any philosophical backbone besides who has a quicker shot. If anyone had any intent to do what’s best for their family: growth, improvement, empowerment and social and cultural progress, it might have only ever been Magneto. Proving that while Magneto may represent the hard edge of revolutionary hegemony, the professor is nothing more than a silent jingoist (and Fury is so evil you can’t even compare him to the two—are we just going to ignore that he enslaved Henry McCoy)? An appeaser to the human reich; blatant co-conspirator, only putting on the guise of a peace-monger, Professor X is more Pope Pius the 3rd than Martin Luther King Jr. With only a wag of the finger towards Fury’s nuclear command (umm, he nuked Tibet). And as Pope Pius once defended his lack of stance against the holocaust in fear of causing a “greater evil,” and as those in power have consistently shown, the trillion dollar defense system is not for the greater evil, it’s about those who pose the greater threat. And in the case of ultimate universe, it’s quite obvious who the greater threat is.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    A new twist to how X-men were joined together. The Sentinels were loose and they were out on a killing spree. They were programmed to eliminate every mutant on Earth. Humans were threatened by the growing number of mutants which was why the Sentinels out there. Magneto was busy planning as to how he could rid the humans so that the mutants would rule Earth. Xavier, on the other hand, assigned Jean Grey (also known as Marvel Girl) to locate fellow mutants Storm, Beast, Colossus and Iceman to join X A new twist to how X-men were joined together. The Sentinels were loose and they were out on a killing spree. They were programmed to eliminate every mutant on Earth. Humans were threatened by the growing number of mutants which was why the Sentinels out there. Magneto was busy planning as to how he could rid the humans so that the mutants would rule Earth. Xavier, on the other hand, assigned Jean Grey (also known as Marvel Girl) to locate fellow mutants Storm, Beast, Colossus and Iceman to join X-men and prevent the war that was brewing between humans and mutants. Magneto upon knowing that Xavier was alive, hired known assassin Wolverine to eliminate Xavier, the only person who he thought could stand in his way in attaining his ultimate goal. I have read dozens of X-men spinoffs or versions and I love this one. The illustrations were very detailed. One thing I have to say that I didn’t like was Jean Grey. Her hair was cut so short. I have always been a Jean Grey fan. Her new cool attitude was good but the hair was a big no no for me!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matisse

    This is how you do a superhero comic book. It's gorgeous, of course. It's also thickly plotted, each of the eponymous X-Men have ample screentime and characterization, Wolverine's B-plot doesn't overtake the story (something the movies even struggle with), and the ending is satisfying. There's potential for sequels, and Ultimate X-Men is a sprawling series. This first story arc is a fun stand-alone graphic novel in its own right. Take notes, Ms. Marvel. You finish this feeling like you've just r This is how you do a superhero comic book. It's gorgeous, of course. It's also thickly plotted, each of the eponymous X-Men have ample screentime and characterization, Wolverine's B-plot doesn't overtake the story (something the movies even struggle with), and the ending is satisfying. There's potential for sequels, and Ultimate X-Men is a sprawling series. This first story arc is a fun stand-alone graphic novel in its own right. Take notes, Ms. Marvel. You finish this feeling like you've just read a full-blown novel. 10/10 already checked out volume 2 from the library. (Bonus points for being a 14 year old comic. Bush and Blair make appearances. It's great.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    devin strauch

    I read as an ongoing adventure into the Ultimate universe that I've been taking. I blew through this between The Ultimate Spiderman v1-2 and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up series. It's strange for me to see x-men with Marvel characters, since I'm so used to the MCU and not the comic book universe. Also, reading this, I realized there's just never been a great x-men ensemble movie. Yeah, Logan was great, but a story like The Tomorrow People? Just hasn't been done. Which is to say, I was surprised by not I read as an ongoing adventure into the Ultimate universe that I've been taking. I blew through this between The Ultimate Spiderman v1-2 and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up series. It's strange for me to see x-men with Marvel characters, since I'm so used to the MCU and not the comic book universe. Also, reading this, I realized there's just never been a great x-men ensemble movie. Yeah, Logan was great, but a story like The Tomorrow People? Just hasn't been done. Which is to say, I was surprised by not only how much I liked this, but how much I wanted Magneto to win.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    I liked this. (However, successive storylines should not have been too eager to throw every character in the Marvel lot into the mix so quick. Should have been savored, not gulped. Should have reserved some of the better artists for this title. It's greatness was eventually dilluted, which is why this volume still stands out a bit).

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Ultimate X-Men issues #1-6 Even though I'm reading this book almost 20 years too late, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The real draw to me was experiencing different interpretations of familiar characters and events. The story ended up taking some unexpected turns, and I could definitely see myself continuing on in this series sometime in he future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Early 21st century Millar is my least favorite Millar. His penchant for being over-the-top, for transferring flick cliches to comic tropes, and confusing shock value with humor, often leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And there are definitely some problems with this first volume of Ultimate X-Men. The core story of Professor X and the X-Men vs Magneto and The Brotherhood Of Mutants, while also dealing with George W. Bush and the Sentinel Program (like, actually a representation of Bush, not a gener Early 21st century Millar is my least favorite Millar. His penchant for being over-the-top, for transferring flick cliches to comic tropes, and confusing shock value with humor, often leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And there are definitely some problems with this first volume of Ultimate X-Men. The core story of Professor X and the X-Men vs Magneto and The Brotherhood Of Mutants, while also dealing with George W. Bush and the Sentinel Program (like, actually a representation of Bush, not a generic president figure) is pretty good. Millar is on-point with the Marvel Ultimate line's goal: bring in new readers by reimagining Marvel history, while keeping many of its major beats intact. The plotting in the story is really good. I completely understand people being angry that it's too much like old X-Men books, or not faithful enough to the original universe, but I think that misses the point. It's supposed to be a similar but slightly different universe condensed for new readers, and with some twists and turns to surprise people already familiar with Marvel history. My main problems are some of the smaller details. Particularly, the use of a shifty terrorist organization of Middle Eastern descent. It's hacky and lazy. And these issues came out slightly before 9/11, so this isn't the reactionary Islamaphobia, this is just general Islamaphobia. And, sure, there are Muslim terrorists. There are also Somali terrorists, South American terrorists, East Asian terrorists, European terrorists, and oh so many White American Christian Terrorists. But in this book we already HAVE de facto terrorists in the story: The Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, led by Magneto, is a terrorist organization. Having Muslim terrorists working with Magneto, trying to kill Colossus was just unnecessary. I guess it's slightly more creative than using a Russian Mafia terrorist organization, but only slightly. And those Russian Mafia terrorists are certainly in the near future for this title. There are also some Millar ticks, such as his fascination with mentioning that you could tell "what brand of toilet paper they were using". He uses this line way more than you would expect a talented writer to (you would expect a talented writer to maybe consider using it once, and then edit it out). But it shows up twice in the first two storyarcs of Ultimate X-Men. Despite these minor issues, I did find myself enjoying this volume significantly more than I enjoyed the first arc of Ultimate Spider-Man (and about 1000 times more than Ultimate Iron Man). I do recommend it for someone who's interested in reading the X-Men. Yes, the Ultimate X-Men is an inconsistently written, sometimes headache inducing, occasionally crossover dependent property, but much less so than its Marvel 616 counterpart. And reading all of it is easier due to both quantity and quality.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Mullarkey

    The comic book clubbers really wanted to read some Marvel books and I have basically no exposure to the Marvel universe. Unless you count having read Runaways for comic book club last year. And some knowledge of Spider Man picked up by osmosis over the years. Suffice it to say X-Men is not something I would pick up on my own so I am grateful to the comic book club for dragging me into this world. And I do mean "dragging" because there was no way I'd pick up such an iconic superhero pair on my ow The comic book clubbers really wanted to read some Marvel books and I have basically no exposure to the Marvel universe. Unless you count having read Runaways for comic book club last year. And some knowledge of Spider Man picked up by osmosis over the years. Suffice it to say X-Men is not something I would pick up on my own so I am grateful to the comic book club for dragging me into this world. And I do mean "dragging" because there was no way I'd pick up such an iconic superhero pair on my own. Big battles, messy pseudo-romantic relationships, ridiculous costumes, superpowers and backstories that are so well-accepted they aren't really explicated...these two had all these strikes against them. And when I read them I was mostly totally annoyed. I do like the premise of these books. Each reboots a well-known franchise and works on an insiders vs. outsiders paradigm. There are some fun little things (like the poorly created time out room where the characters meet up to discuss their differences; the effective use of the color pink) but honestly I remember very little about these books. True it's been a while since I read them; I am way behind on writing book reviews. But I remember other books that I read before these and at about the same time really clearly. These, though, not so much. I remember only that I liked one marginally better than the other and it was NOT the one the teens liked better. I remember being irritated by the way the women were characterized in one of them. I remember Beast being a more interesting character in one of them. But in each case I can't remember which one or why.  Ah well, I'm not a superhero comics fan. I'm barely a superhero comics reader. The two bits of good news about this are:  I'll keep reading them because the teens will keep expecting me, too The teens don't need me to know much about them because they can hold up the conversation all on their own. Besides they like being the experts on something!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    A re-reading to refresh myself prior to reading the rest of the series. And hey, it is by Mark Miller, and I am in Scotland at the moment. Seems fitting. I give Millar a ton of crap, and usually for good reason. As a writer, Millar is often flashy, superficial, and vulgar, and all of those traits are on display in this first trade collection of ULTIMATE X-MEN. Part of the initial wave of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics - which intended to "reboot" the Marvel Universe into something accessible fo A re-reading to refresh myself prior to reading the rest of the series. And hey, it is by Mark Miller, and I am in Scotland at the moment. Seems fitting. I give Millar a ton of crap, and usually for good reason. As a writer, Millar is often flashy, superficial, and vulgar, and all of those traits are on display in this first trade collection of ULTIMATE X-MEN. Part of the initial wave of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics - which intended to "reboot" the Marvel Universe into something accessible for new readers and which would supposedly reflect a greater sense of "reality" - the comic is full of cynicism, "extreme" for the sake of being extreme content (Magneto: eater of humans! Wolverine: he who looks to sleep with women not yet twenty!), and a peculiar love/hate relationship with the mere concept of super heroics. That said, the book happens to be a ton of fun. Miller's efforts to tap into a post-9/11 zeitgeist is crass and mostly superficial, but the story is so pulpy and quick paced that it is hard not to get caught up in it. The characterizations of classic X-Men are certainly different from their 616 (sorry Marvel, but I am sticking with that designation) counterparts, but that isn't always a bad thing. Jean Grey has far more back bone and intelligence than the early versions of the character, even though she is stuck with a hideous early-2000s "sexy" costume. Which does bring us to the art. Adam Kubert is understandably held in fairly high regard among comic fans, and his work in this book is often solid. That said, for a book about a team of teenagers, nearly nobody actually looks like a teen or early twenty-something (Bobby Drake is the only exception here). Whatever the faults of the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issues are, the team at least LOOKED like teens. And no, the terrible facial hair doesn't help. Anyways, the Ultimate Universe is now defunct, but this book has left me eager to read the whole run straight on through. Recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Will Mendoza

    I really, really wanted to like this. I really did not. X-Men needed a reboot. X-Men needed a fresh look and a fresh start. Unfortunately the illustrations are sloppy and the character designs are not that interesting. Worse, I think, is that the characters don’t really act like themselves a lot of the time. Some scenes they will be spot on and in others I question whether the author has any idea what that character would be like. Obviously, new authors are free to make their own interpretation, I really, really wanted to like this. I really did not. X-Men needed a reboot. X-Men needed a fresh look and a fresh start. Unfortunately the illustrations are sloppy and the character designs are not that interesting. Worse, I think, is that the characters don’t really act like themselves a lot of the time. Some scenes they will be spot on and in others I question whether the author has any idea what that character would be like. Obviously, new authors are free to make their own interpretation, but if you can’t even stay internally consistent with what you, yourself, have established, then I question your skills. All in all, a few good parts and some interesting changes, but not recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Mark Millar's Ultimate universe came out when I was eleven and just starting to get into comic books. At the time, it felt like an awesome way to sink my teeth into a title that I could read start to finish without having to beg my parents for the money to buy forty years of back-issues from the original Uncanny series. Going back and rereading the series in trade, it has its good qualities and its bad. Tomorrow People, as a first arc, introduces us to original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast Mark Millar's Ultimate universe came out when I was eleven and just starting to get into comic books. At the time, it felt like an awesome way to sink my teeth into a title that I could read start to finish without having to beg my parents for the money to buy forty years of back-issues from the original Uncanny series. Going back and rereading the series in trade, it has its good qualities and its bad. Tomorrow People, as a first arc, introduces us to original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast and Iceman, and pigeonholes fan favorites Wolverine, Storm and Colossus in as original-for-this-universe-only members. Getting everyone together feels rushed and short on development and it may have been better to start the way the 90's animated series did: with an established group whose back stories are revealed as necessary. For a title that looks to reimagine the X-Men, it does that in spades from new uniforms (B-, if they're supposed to be a cloaking device for the Sentinels, why are Storm and Jean wearing teeny tiny tops with bare midriffs?) to new characterizations. I'm not fussy on where they take Cyclops this arc, or Jean and Logan, but if memory serves the series does get better down the road. Two stars for being a functional but relatively unremarkable introduction to a new X-Men universe.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes McLean-Wheeler

    You’d think that if you got a whole new universe to play with you’d want to do something a little more interesting than this. I barely want to write a review of this because this volume practically felt like a quick recap of 40ish years of X-men with nothing new thrown in. The only difference is that 1st and 2nd generation X-men a thrown in together. All that being said, it was a fun read. I love X-men, and this was core X-men stuff. Though the more I read, the more I think Magneto was pretty ri You’d think that if you got a whole new universe to play with you’d want to do something a little more interesting than this. I barely want to write a review of this because this volume practically felt like a quick recap of 40ish years of X-men with nothing new thrown in. The only difference is that 1st and 2nd generation X-men a thrown in together. All that being said, it was a fun read. I love X-men, and this was core X-men stuff. Though the more I read, the more I think Magneto was pretty right. I’m excited to see if further volumes make more interesting divergences.

  29. 5 out of 5

    C. Scott

    I'm a big fan of the Marvel Ultimates - and adding in the X-Men to the series was really great. Super fast-paced, cool stories, awesome artwork. I love how the Days of Future Past movie retconned the Magneto attack on DC. It brings up a great point - some mutants are so powerful, like Magneto, that they would be basically unstoppable. I also loved the inclusion of the Super Sized 1970s X-Men at the end. This really makes me want to check out Ultimate Spiderman.

  30. 5 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There were a few changes here from regular X-continuity. It is more clever because it has the virtue of hindsight. My one question is whether Xavier planned for EVERYTHING in the book to happen. It kind of seems like that is what happens, which is darker and more compelling. But the book does not seem to be of one mind on this.

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