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It's the ultimate reality show as mutants convicted of capital crimes are released on an island where contestants hunt them down. Longshot has survived longest, and the X-Men are sent to rescue him - until they become part of the game themselves With one of their teammates a captive on the island of Krakoa, the malevolent media mogul called Mojo demands the X-Men return Lo It's the ultimate reality show as mutants convicted of capital crimes are released on an island where contestants hunt them down. Longshot has survived longest, and the X-Men are sent to rescue him - until they become part of the game themselves With one of their teammates a captive on the island of Krakoa, the malevolent media mogul called Mojo demands the X-Men return Longshot to his headquarters or Angel will soon have a harp to go with his wings Meanwhile, does Longshot have a "Dazzling" not-so-secret admirer? Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 54-57


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It's the ultimate reality show as mutants convicted of capital crimes are released on an island where contestants hunt them down. Longshot has survived longest, and the X-Men are sent to rescue him - until they become part of the game themselves With one of their teammates a captive on the island of Krakoa, the malevolent media mogul called Mojo demands the X-Men return Lo It's the ultimate reality show as mutants convicted of capital crimes are released on an island where contestants hunt them down. Longshot has survived longest, and the X-Men are sent to rescue him - until they become part of the game themselves With one of their teammates a captive on the island of Krakoa, the malevolent media mogul called Mojo demands the X-Men return Longshot to his headquarters or Angel will soon have a harp to go with his wings Meanwhile, does Longshot have a "Dazzling" not-so-secret admirer? Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 54-57

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 11: The Most Dangerous Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Vaughan updates Mojo, and it's far, far more successful than his update on Sinister had been. I never liked Mojo as a villain, and I never really dug the concept of the Mojoverse. It just seemed awfully convenient to have this alternate dimension just for this one character and his various hangers-on. Recasting him as a normal human, working on the same planet the X-Men inhabit, takes away pretty much everything I didn't like about the character. This version of Mojo has a deadly reality show, b Vaughan updates Mojo, and it's far, far more successful than his update on Sinister had been. I never liked Mojo as a villain, and I never really dug the concept of the Mojoverse. It just seemed awfully convenient to have this alternate dimension just for this one character and his various hangers-on. Recasting him as a normal human, working on the same planet the X-Men inhabit, takes away pretty much everything I didn't like about the character. This version of Mojo has a deadly reality show, but it functions as the government of Genosha's official execution method for mutants. I love the idea. The reality television aspect was even more timely when Vaughan wrote this book than it had been when Mojo was first introduced, and it's a perfectly fitting update of a super dated character. Beyond that, there's also a murder mystery that doesn't quite get the attention it deserves, because there's too much going on elsewhere. Still, the resolution is genuinely surprising and satisfying. It's a great volume, but it really doesn't stand on its own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Battle Royal for X-men! Longshot is being used in a mutant hunting game for people to view and enjoy. Sick? Yep. And so half the X-men go to save him while the other half go and find out if he's guilty of killing someone. Both stories happen at once as Ultimate version of Mojo runs this whole thing with the help of a new deadly assassin. Overall, this was good. Better than last volume but not great. I did like the twist on certain characters, especially longshot, and even I was caught by surpris Battle Royal for X-men! Longshot is being used in a mutant hunting game for people to view and enjoy. Sick? Yep. And so half the X-men go to save him while the other half go and find out if he's guilty of killing someone. Both stories happen at once as Ultimate version of Mojo runs this whole thing with the help of a new deadly assassin. Overall, this was good. Better than last volume but not great. I did like the twist on certain characters, especially longshot, and even I was caught by surprise at the end result. I also enjoyed seeing the X-men work as a team once more. The story itself through has been done a million times and was that deadpool? Cause he was lame. Overall, good stuff but nothing special. A 3 out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Mojo. Long shot. A Hunger Games like tv show featuring mutants from Genosha convicted of crimes being hunted down and executed . And two teams of X-Men show up to uncover what is going on. Just another great story from this creative team.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #54-58 So we enter into the third of Brian Vaughan’s arcs, and this one at least retains a bit more cohesion and interest than did the last one. The Most Dangerous Game introduces the Ultimate Longshot, which is a nice concept. Again, however, we see Vaughan take the characters (in this case Colosus) and really change them considerably. The newer characters like Angel, Dazzler, and even Nightcrawler (who isn’t really new but is newer, at least) are given a fair treat Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #54-58 So we enter into the third of Brian Vaughan’s arcs, and this one at least retains a bit more cohesion and interest than did the last one. The Most Dangerous Game introduces the Ultimate Longshot, which is a nice concept. Again, however, we see Vaughan take the characters (in this case Colosus) and really change them considerably. The newer characters like Angel, Dazzler, and even Nightcrawler (who isn’t really new but is newer, at least) are given a fair treatment, and one can argue that these are more his characters anyway. He continues to struggle to maintain consistency with older characters, though, and Colossus, Cyclops, and Iceman all suffer a bit from Vaughan’s treatment. These are characters that were supposed to have matured in their tenure as X-Men, but here we see Colossus rushing headlong into disaster, distrusting Xavier and being almost giggly around Longshot. His homosexuality, which before was only implied (and was at least a subtle thing) here becomes suddenly more pronounced and gaudy. The whole nice boots thing was admittedly a little funny, but when looking at a character that could have been gay and not stereotypically so, these things that “gay up” his character seem shallow and poorly done. With Cyclops, we see his team almost taken down by Spiral, who somehow knows exactly how to fight the X-Men. I mean, this is a low grade threat at best, and if Vaughan is implying that the X-Men are not working together very well, then he does that, but he does not earn that conclusion as the X-Men should be used to working together by now. This is after fifty issues in. I don’t care how young they are, they should be getting over the rookie mistakes. At least the veterans should be, at least. If Spiral is kicking their asses, how are we supposed to believe that they stood up to the likes of Magneto? On the other side, the actual rookies (except Nightcrawler and Colossus, who just act like rookies) stumble about and fall for Longshot’s charms. Which is understandable given his powers, but still seems like the whole arc was just to further devolve the team to a place where they are much less effective than they were even during Bendis’ run. It is like Vaughan wants to start over with the team, erasing all that they have earned and gained during their history. And it just doesn’t feel real to me. Not legitimate, somehow. I don’t feel that he earns the changes he is making. The characters were already interesting, and to weigh them down so heavily with teen angst and relationships seems like a big step backwards for a team that fought Magneto and Proteus and the Weapon X program. It’s all become too safe and too focused on the characters’ romantic entanglements. I would rather have Millar back at this point because while his message never sat right with me, at least his writing was big and didn’t fall back on high school drama. But even Vaughan’s Professor X one-and-done seemed dumbed down, or somehow less than what I would expect from the character. Here is a world class telepath being frustrated going to the bank. Again, this is a big step back from the character who before would probably have just handled it telepathically. His ultimate solution wasn’t too bad, but his methods seemed remedial for a man who has done so much. Being thwarted by two brains? For a guy who can take control of hundreds of people at once it doesn’t seem like it should be a problem. So I guess at this point I want to see the X-Men get back to the big problems and threats and stop dealing with their own juvenile relationships. Honestly I thought better of these characters before Vaughan muddled them with crushes and idiocy. I want them to have to work against something that feels real, that feels dangerous. Sorry, but Spiral and Arcade really didn’t do it. I never thought that they might lose. It was just kind of dumb. So this arc ends up with a 5/10.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Finally a Mojo story I actually enjoyed, God bless the Ultimate universe! Convicted mutants are released on to an island as prey, Arcade anyone? The team are sent to rescue Longshot not realising they'd have to deal with Mojo! 8 out of 12. Finally a Mojo story I actually enjoyed, God bless the Ultimate universe! Convicted mutants are released on to an island as prey, Arcade anyone? The team are sent to rescue Longshot not realising they'd have to deal with Mojo! 8 out of 12.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Probably one of the more memorable ultimate x-men stories. It's a self contained story. Probably one of the more memorable ultimate x-men stories. It's a self contained story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Mojo, Longshot, Dazzler, Spiral, and Shatterstar are some of (but not THE) most annoying characters to like in the regular Marvel Universe, they come and go depending on the writer, their timelines are bafflingly complicated and cyclical, and their motivations are a casual shrug. I enjoy Vaughan's reimagining of them (though Shatterstar is absent in this volume). Mojo as a human reality TV series director, instead of an alien TV creature makes much more sense, his reason for obsessing over Longsh Mojo, Longshot, Dazzler, Spiral, and Shatterstar are some of (but not THE) most annoying characters to like in the regular Marvel Universe, they come and go depending on the writer, their timelines are bafflingly complicated and cyclical, and their motivations are a casual shrug. I enjoy Vaughan's reimagining of them (though Shatterstar is absent in this volume). Mojo as a human reality TV series director, instead of an alien TV creature makes much more sense, his reason for obsessing over Longshot is much more believable, and Vaughan's slight nods to other important X-Men moments, such as Fall Of The Mutants, is skillfully done. I epecially liked his work with Dazzler's development on the X-team, and her interest in Longshot. While there are enough nice touches to make this seem like a four star book, it still didn't have the tight pacing I'm used to from Vaughan. I don't usually talk about the art, as it usually falls into just "I liked it." "I loved it." or "I hated it." But Immonen's lines on this were a really interesting way to portray the new human versions of these characters while giving them a more alien weight than the other characters. Their lines were darker, and their colors brighter. I thought his art raised this book up to at fourth star.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I enjoyed this volume a bit more than the last one. Maybe I mostly just enjoyed the setting and the introduction of a couple new characters... but I also appreciated the time given to fleshing out the character and teamwork a bit more of several of the less popular x-men. I also enjoyed the bit of twist they put on the plot right at the end. The art style was a step down in my opinion, they seem to change the artist for every volume of ultimate x-men. But it still wasn't bad art. Overall, it was I enjoyed this volume a bit more than the last one. Maybe I mostly just enjoyed the setting and the introduction of a couple new characters... but I also appreciated the time given to fleshing out the character and teamwork a bit more of several of the less popular x-men. I also enjoyed the bit of twist they put on the plot right at the end. The art style was a step down in my opinion, they seem to change the artist for every volume of ultimate x-men. But it still wasn't bad art. Overall, it was a fun enjoyable read, not moving or anything, but fun for an x-men fan who's been reading the Ultimate X-Men series so far.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Russio

    So, it's Arcade, Mojo and Genosha, with a cast of characters including Colossus, Nightcrawler, Jubilee and Longshot - so far, so early 90s. But what is this: Angel is a teenager, Colossus likes boys rather than Kitty and Longshot is an out and put wrong un? To reboot: to raid the family silver. This might add a little spice and update for a modern readership but at the expense of real creativity. The X Men of the golden era (issues 93-around 300) had new mutants each episode it seemed. Ideas spi So, it's Arcade, Mojo and Genosha, with a cast of characters including Colossus, Nightcrawler, Jubilee and Longshot - so far, so early 90s. But what is this: Angel is a teenager, Colossus likes boys rather than Kitty and Longshot is an out and put wrong un? To reboot: to raid the family silver. This might add a little spice and update for a modern readership but at the expense of real creativity. The X Men of the golden era (issues 93-around 300) had new mutants each episode it seemed. Ideas spilled out across titles. This, by contrast, is stale. Fine, but stale.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    This is a fun story. Vaughan continues to tell quality stories by reinventing existing characters, in this case Longshot, Mojo, Arcade and Spiral. In his original storyline Mojo predicts the reality television that would grow to dominate television. Here Vaughan is able to tell a more grounded and fully realized version of that story and we are all the luckier for it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    By far my favorite of BKV's run so far and possibly of the series to date. Like Mr. Sinister, BKV takes a classic X-men villain that was perhaps based more on a threatening art design than actual character and menace and reinvents them brilliantly for the Ultimate universe. By far my favorite of BKV's run so far and possibly of the series to date. Like Mr. Sinister, BKV takes a classic X-men villain that was perhaps based more on a threatening art design than actual character and menace and reinvents them brilliantly for the Ultimate universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    I was not really impressed with Ultimate-Mojo. But then again, I did not really like Mojo to begin with.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marloges

    Fairly average arc, not a big fan. This Battle Royale thing has been done to death and the execution wasn't even that good. Also the artstyle suffered in this one. Fairly average arc, not a big fan. This Battle Royale thing has been done to death and the execution wasn't even that good. Also the artstyle suffered in this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Hetherington

    A really fun an interesting concept not quite well delivered but still great character work from Vaughan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani

    a good reversal of expectations in this one. i like when this universe takes what you know about specific characters and then flips it on its head

  16. 5 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    That was Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpood, wasn't it? That seriously was just that issue with the X-Men now. While Ultimate Spider-Man is still the superior series, in my opinion, I do think the concept of "hero(es) are stranded on an island with a murderous psychopath that hosts a show for massive worldwide audiences, filled with obvious social satire" is much better in this comic than in Ultimate Spider-Man. Although, speaking of Spider-Man, he was hardly mentioned for being Kitty's new boyfriend. That was Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpood, wasn't it? That seriously was just that issue with the X-Men now. While Ultimate Spider-Man is still the superior series, in my opinion, I do think the concept of "hero(es) are stranded on an island with a murderous psychopath that hosts a show for massive worldwide audiences, filled with obvious social satire" is much better in this comic than in Ultimate Spider-Man. Although, speaking of Spider-Man, he was hardly mentioned for being Kitty's new boyfriend. In fact, I think Kitty was more fleshed out as a character in Spider-Man than in X-Men. I did like certain elements to the pot, such as Longshot having the ability to "luck" his was out of any situation (reminiscent of all the action movies of years gone by), and the little mystery sub-plot of who murdered Scheele. But the bottom line for The Most Dangerous Game is... If you've read "The Most Dangerous Game", you already know what's gonna happen. It's the same plot borrowed from the original (and, in my opinion, brilliant) short story: man is stuck on island with another man and must fight him amongst nature. You know every twist and turn the plot will throw at you. So I buzzed right through this comic without anything that really stuck. I hate to say it, but Millar has done a much better job than Vaughan at making me remember key moments in this series. That's really depressing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    The third volume of Brian K. Vaughan's run on Ultimate X-Men is fun stuff. While this volume introduces Longshot, Mojo, Spiral, and Arcade into the Ultimate universe, it only does so for the plot purposes. In fact, brand new characters altogether could have been created. The weakest and most meaningless being Arcade, but it's forgivable because you know that these new characters are just here for this story only. What they also allow is for the Ultimate versions to simply riff on the history of The third volume of Brian K. Vaughan's run on Ultimate X-Men is fun stuff. While this volume introduces Longshot, Mojo, Spiral, and Arcade into the Ultimate universe, it only does so for the plot purposes. In fact, brand new characters altogether could have been created. The weakest and most meaningless being Arcade, but it's forgivable because you know that these new characters are just here for this story only. What they also allow is for the Ultimate versions to simply riff on the history of their mainstream versions, letting the reader create their own ideas of what they really think is going on in the story. With Storm and Wolverine gone from the team, Vaughan puts the secondary characters into the spotlight and creates a great story arc. There's plenty of nods and winks to the reader about the plot, structure, and story devices that highlight the first half, some well done action in the latter half, and a simple twist at the end, make for fun reading. Oh yeah, Stuart Immonen does a great job on the art. He’s excels at body language and his action scenes are well done. I think he’s a good match for Vaughan and hope to see more of his style in future volumes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Although it's been awhile since I've visited the world of mutants and X-Men, and there are a few new characters gracing the pages of this book, I really enjoyed this story. There are definitely some interesting relationships going on among the X-Men, and not just personal. This definitely made me want to read a little more (although the price on a graphic novel just seems outrageous to me [yes, I know that it's probably cheaper than the price of the individual comics, but then those seem even mo Although it's been awhile since I've visited the world of mutants and X-Men, and there are a few new characters gracing the pages of this book, I really enjoyed this story. There are definitely some interesting relationships going on among the X-Men, and not just personal. This definitely made me want to read a little more (although the price on a graphic novel just seems outrageous to me [yes, I know that it's probably cheaper than the price of the individual comics, but then those seem even more outrageous]). I really appreciated the story-line, which was NOT a "bigger, badder, more powerful than anything we've seen before"-foe kind of story, but story of ethics, justice, and international cooperation, mixed in with superheroes. Very cool. The art was good, and had me wrapped up in the story. A recommended graphic novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I've never read the original Longshot series, but I was always a fan of the elements of the Mojoverse that worked their way into Claremont's X-Men material, so I was interested to check this out. Loved it. Th plot's a fairly straightforward mashup of the classic short story of the same name with the Stephen King novella The Running Man, and that familiarity with it gives us more space to explore the characters. I find the ultimate re-imaginings a mixed bag at best (a Riot Grrl version of Dazzler I've never read the original Longshot series, but I was always a fan of the elements of the Mojoverse that worked their way into Claremont's X-Men material, so I was interested to check this out. Loved it. Th plot's a fairly straightforward mashup of the classic short story of the same name with the Stephen King novella The Running Man, and that familiarity with it gives us more space to explore the characters. I find the ultimate re-imaginings a mixed bag at best (a Riot Grrl version of Dazzler is obvious but doesn't actually make sense, for example), but making Mojo an albino reality TV producer and Longshot his Genoshan victim/star is actually even more enjoyable than the original. Definitely recommended for fans of 80s X material who are willing to try a new take on it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eric England

    Ultimate X-Men Volume 11: The Most Dangerous Game is a fascinating, more realistic update of the Mojo/Spiral/Longshot elements of the traditional X-Men mythos. I liked how the storyline was a commentary on reality television and how it can draw out our worst natural qualities. The writing and art were strong, as expected from Brian K. Vaughan and Stuart Immonen, who are both talented individuals. Overall, this volume was stronger than Ultimate X-Men Volume 10: Cry Wolf. It felt like a more compl Ultimate X-Men Volume 11: The Most Dangerous Game is a fascinating, more realistic update of the Mojo/Spiral/Longshot elements of the traditional X-Men mythos. I liked how the storyline was a commentary on reality television and how it can draw out our worst natural qualities. The writing and art were strong, as expected from Brian K. Vaughan and Stuart Immonen, who are both talented individuals. Overall, this volume was stronger than Ultimate X-Men Volume 10: Cry Wolf. It felt like a more complete and original plot arc.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jinnen Clarke

    i really enjoyed this book. i liked the fact how even a comment can have such a big problem. This basically is the first graphic novel that i read. The theme of this story to me was dont judge a book by itss cover becuase the mutants who felt this mutant named longshot was innocent for killing a man was really responsible for it. i hope to continue to read this genre it whass very interesting to me i especially liked the action.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Basora

    The realism in this series makes me appreciate Brian K. Vaughan even more after every volume. The horror of Mojo's televised games is brought to Earth in the Ultimate universe with political intrigue and the anti-mutant prejudice that still represents racism in so much of the world. The team continues to evolve as well, which seems to be leading up to a Phoenix event as Jean grows stronger. The realism in this series makes me appreciate Brian K. Vaughan even more after every volume. The horror of Mojo's televised games is brought to Earth in the Ultimate universe with political intrigue and the anti-mutant prejudice that still represents racism in so much of the world. The team continues to evolve as well, which seems to be leading up to a Phoenix event as Jean grows stronger.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Talyseon Talyseon

    Brian K. Vaughan has a singular talent for taking lame storylines, stripping away the silliness, giving them a twist, and turning them into a good story. Here he does it with three of the lamest threads in the X-Men. Awesome. Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: The Most Dangerous Game Brian K. Vaughan has a singular talent for taking lame storylines, stripping away the silliness, giving them a twist, and turning them into a good story. Here he does it with three of the lamest threads in the X-Men. Awesome. Check out my full review: Ultimate X-Men: The Most Dangerous Game

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I massively enjoyed the introduction of Longshot in this volume. I really quite liked how Longshot and Spiral's characters were changed in this universe and how their story was told. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. The motivations of the characters were also really well thought out and explained without being annoying. I massively enjoyed the introduction of Longshot in this volume. I really quite liked how Longshot and Spiral's characters were changed in this universe and how their story was told. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. The motivations of the characters were also really well thought out and explained without being annoying.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Mikols

    I didn't understand Longshot's powers when they were explained to me and I still think they are a little silly but it makes more sense now. Also I find it ironic that Dazzler is supposed to be the most hardcore or the group and yet she the one with all the cheesy lines. Overall pretty good volume. I didn't understand Longshot's powers when they were explained to me and I still think they are a little silly but it makes more sense now. Also I find it ironic that Dazzler is supposed to be the most hardcore or the group and yet she the one with all the cheesy lines. Overall pretty good volume.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #54-57. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars> Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #54-57. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The mutant hunt is not totally exciting, but Vaughan keeps me entertained. He represents the right pacing for the X-Men, and keeps me going. Still, I'm just a bit bored with the hunting. The mutant hunt is not totally exciting, but Vaughan keeps me entertained. He represents the right pacing for the X-Men, and keeps me going. Still, I'm just a bit bored with the hunting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frank Taranto

    Good artwork and storyline. I am enjoying these new modern versions of comics I've loved my whole life. Good artwork and storyline. I am enjoying these new modern versions of comics I've loved my whole life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    The writing lags a little but the Dazzler addition really helps pull it up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    The Third Place A Teen Library

    F uxm v.11

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