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New scribe Aron Coleite jumps aboard, fresh from his stint as one of the top writers on the hit NBC show Heroes! Regrouping after the devastating battle against Apocalypse, the X-Men encounter a new adversary which seems unstoppable. To fight it, the young mutants must ask themselves: How far are they willing to go and what are they willing to take to raise their game? The New scribe Aron Coleite jumps aboard, fresh from his stint as one of the top writers on the hit NBC show Heroes! Regrouping after the devastating battle against Apocalypse, the X-Men encounter a new adversary which seems unstoppable. To fight it, the young mutants must ask themselves: How far are they willing to go and what are they willing to take to raise their game? The answer will test the bonds and shake the team to its very core. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 94-97


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New scribe Aron Coleite jumps aboard, fresh from his stint as one of the top writers on the hit NBC show Heroes! Regrouping after the devastating battle against Apocalypse, the X-Men encounter a new adversary which seems unstoppable. To fight it, the young mutants must ask themselves: How far are they willing to go and what are they willing to take to raise their game? The New scribe Aron Coleite jumps aboard, fresh from his stint as one of the top writers on the hit NBC show Heroes! Regrouping after the devastating battle against Apocalypse, the X-Men encounter a new adversary which seems unstoppable. To fight it, the young mutants must ask themselves: How far are they willing to go and what are they willing to take to raise their game? The answer will test the bonds and shake the team to its very core. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 94-97

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 19: Absolute Power

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    Who needs continuity? Not the new X-men writer who jettisons it all for a lame ass story about a street drug named Banshee which causes mutations. Can’t express how ridiculous this whole arc was. Worst Ultimate X-men story by far. The stupidity all starts with Alpha Flight showing up to kidnap Northstar, who is now living at the Xavier’s School with Colossus. How that happened since last issue is never explained. Then Jean is somehow back after leaving last issue. How that happened is never expla Who needs continuity? Not the new X-men writer who jettisons it all for a lame ass story about a street drug named Banshee which causes mutations. Can’t express how ridiculous this whole arc was. Worst Ultimate X-men story by far. The stupidity all starts with Alpha Flight showing up to kidnap Northstar, who is now living at the Xavier’s School with Colossus. How that happened since last issue is never explained. Then Jean is somehow back after leaving last issue. How that happened is never explained. The professor has now left to be Moira. How that happened isn’t ever explained. A surprise X-man turns out to be an addict of this mutant meth drug. That is explained but is just so idiotic the writer might as well have not explained it. And even new plots are just left dangling because . . . Who the hell knows why. Guess Coleite didn’t know how to resolve them. All in all, the worst Ultimate X-men story of the entire run so far. OMG, this one sucked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Collects Ultimate X-Men #94-97, with new creative team of Aron Coleite (Heroes!) and Mark Brooks. As the mutants regroup some of their new found vulnerabilities lead down to the dark paths of substance abuse. Also debuts for Ultimate Alpha Flight, Banshee, Firestar and Rahne Sinclair. Huge jump in quality for this series! 7.5 out of 12. Collects Ultimate X-Men #94-97, with new creative team of Aron Coleite (Heroes!) and Mark Brooks. As the mutants regroup some of their new found vulnerabilities lead down to the dark paths of substance abuse. Also debuts for Ultimate Alpha Flight, Banshee, Firestar and Rahne Sinclair. Huge jump in quality for this series! 7.5 out of 12.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Terrible. I don't buy that Colossus has been a drug addict all along, I don't buy that this drug has existed for probably close to a decade but nobody's heard of it, I don't buy that Xavier helped develop it, apparently for the lulz, I don't buy Moira peddling it, and I'm kind of pissed that 25-50% of the LGBT population of the Ultimate universe gets permanently sidelined in this story for cheap angst. By far the worst volume of Ultimate X-Men yet. Terrible. I don't buy that Colossus has been a drug addict all along, I don't buy that this drug has existed for probably close to a decade but nobody's heard of it, I don't buy that Xavier helped develop it, apparently for the lulz, I don't buy Moira peddling it, and I'm kind of pissed that 25-50% of the LGBT population of the Ultimate universe gets permanently sidelined in this story for cheap angst. By far the worst volume of Ultimate X-Men yet.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zain Hashmy

    Collective review for the entire Ultimate X-Men Series. Rating: 3/5 X-Men has always been a series with great potential, because of the issues it brings up and because of the size of its audience. The movies, thematically, lost that edge to push against societal exclusion, and the original comics had years of backstory to catch up with, which meant that they weren't getting any new fans. Enter Ultimate X-Men, a fresh reboot of the jaded originals, with amazing visuals, and a great voice in Mark Mi Collective review for the entire Ultimate X-Men Series. Rating: 3/5 X-Men has always been a series with great potential, because of the issues it brings up and because of the size of its audience. The movies, thematically, lost that edge to push against societal exclusion, and the original comics had years of backstory to catch up with, which meant that they weren't getting any new fans. Enter Ultimate X-Men, a fresh reboot of the jaded originals, with amazing visuals, and a great voice in Mark Millar. On to the story. In the near future, humanity observes the birth of mutants, with a special type of mutant gene, known as the X-gene, which causes them to develop superhuman abilities. They are, in every other way, ordinary humans, with lives and families. Some of them believe that the X-gene makes them the next stage in evolution, and coin a new phrase for themselves, calling themselves Homo superior. Humanity's reaction to the threat of a superior species is predictable, and the mutants, even the ones without an agenda, are now hunted on the basis of genetic profiling. At a basic level, they are ostracized in society, and looked at with distaste, much like minority communities in many parts of the world today. Mutants are herded into camps, used as weapons, and treated as sub-human. This is where our story begins, with two different revolutionaries on opposite sides of the battle. Charles Xavier, a telepath, and Erik Lensherr, with the ability to manipulate magnetic fields, have been the best of friends since the Cold War, and now, with mutants being hunted in the streets, they both decide to take steps to prevent the extermination of mutants. Erik Lensherr aka Magneto, starts to recruit a mutant army, believing that an all-out war with humanity is at hand. Charles Xavier founds a school for mutants, to help them control their powers, to teach them discipline, to help them integrate into society, and eventually, to help them live their own lives in harmony. The X-Men are the select battle squad that Charles Xavier has trained and raised to assist him in recruiting new students and preventing mutants from harming humans. The Ultimate X-Men follows the stories of those students and their struggle with fighting hatred, racism and rejection by the people of the world. This is exactly where the series loses its edge in the movies. This is where it had a chance to start afresh and achieve something huge with the new comic series. And this is where they failed, again. The first few volumes, with recruiting the X-Men First Class were interesting and engaging, and the following volumes about their public acknowledgement and acceptance were quite good too. Somewhere between Volume 14-15, they lost their way and it started to read more and more like a family drama, that would not have been out of place next to an 80s Indian soap opera. It was the idea of dragging a story to the point where they were inventing conflict to suit their needs, just to keep the story going, and then it just got really ugly. Mark Millar and Brian K Vaughn, the two strong voices giving the series some direction, left the series, and it just seemed to spiral out. To keep a good comic series going, the writers must not be afraid of taking risks, and this is where Ultimate X-Men failed. To be fair, its perfectly readable, but that's all it is. The series has so much potential, and such a diverse cast of characters, but unfortunately it was wasted, whether in fan-service or in bad writing, but it just goes to show why comic series aren't accepted as mainstream canon by most readers. Re-readability Score: 1.5/5

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Horrible. For some reason, they turned this comic over to a writer from the TV show Heroes, and he promptly made this comic as terrible as that show.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James

    Hodgepodge, filler issues from the Ultimate universe. This arc reveals a previously unknown mutant drug, Banshee, that can amplify powers to godlike levels. A longtime team member is revealed to be an addict, which leads to shock, horror and an X-men schism. The characters all have very strong feelings about this mutant steroid. Some argue it's dangerous and others claim they need the boost to save lives. It could have been interesting if given more space to develop, but like everything in this Hodgepodge, filler issues from the Ultimate universe. This arc reveals a previously unknown mutant drug, Banshee, that can amplify powers to godlike levels. A longtime team member is revealed to be an addict, which leads to shock, horror and an X-men schism. The characters all have very strong feelings about this mutant steroid. Some argue it's dangerous and others claim they need the boost to save lives. It could have been interesting if given more space to develop, but like everything in this arc, the debates about the drug are rushed and incoherent, hurrying forward so we can get to more scenes of people punching people. Grant Morrison explored similar territory with "Kick" in his New X-men arc, to much better effect. I will say that the art by Mark Brooks is pretty good. He takes the amped-up setting in stride, giving us an actual bird-headed Angel among other treats.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    This book is so awful, and so out of synch with every previous volume of Ultimate X-Men that it should be considered non-canon. The writing is embarrasing. The characters are nonsensical. The retcon of Collosus could have made sense in a better writer's hands, but you don't just spring this in one issue and then make it the most important plot point in the title. Jean Grey just became The Phoenix, and he pushed it to the B-story. Cable and ONslaught just came back from the future to defeat Apocal This book is so awful, and so out of synch with every previous volume of Ultimate X-Men that it should be considered non-canon. The writing is embarrasing. The characters are nonsensical. The retcon of Collosus could have made sense in a better writer's hands, but you don't just spring this in one issue and then make it the most important plot point in the title. Jean Grey just became The Phoenix, and he pushed it to the B-story. Cable and ONslaught just came back from the future to defeat Apocalypse, but let's talk about how Canadians are using drugs supplied by a mutant to ... umm ... to ... y'know I don't think the writer knew what the endgame was either. This book is awful. Don't read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    B

    The problem is that none of this makes any sense. Users of the drug Banshee develop delusions of grandeur and have power that, at times, rivals the Phoenix's. Ultimate Colossus has been using the drug the whole time. Including when they went underground? But he just seems like Colossus. They have a good backstory for why he wants to use the drug with a couple of fun twists. But it doesn't make any sense in the story. Also, the drug was developed when Professor X wanted to borrow Wolverine's claws The problem is that none of this makes any sense. Users of the drug Banshee develop delusions of grandeur and have power that, at times, rivals the Phoenix's. Ultimate Colossus has been using the drug the whole time. Including when they went underground? But he just seems like Colossus. They have a good backstory for why he wants to use the drug with a couple of fun twists. But it doesn't make any sense in the story. Also, the drug was developed when Professor X wanted to borrow Wolverine's claws while Wolverine as mindwiped. (???) I also enjoyed seeing the heroes get vastly overpowered But the rest is just a mess. Including the conclusion when Phoenix says that Cyclops can have some "me time" and then Phoenix kidnaps Cyclops.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Oh boy. After I found myself surprisingly liking Robert Kirkman's run, this volume comes out of nowhere and punches me in the face and steals my wallet. The art is nice, most of the times, with some fun designs, but, yeesh, this story is a mess, with no regard for continuity, in this volume or from previous stories. Oh boy. After I found myself surprisingly liking Robert Kirkman's run, this volume comes out of nowhere and punches me in the face and steals my wallet. The art is nice, most of the times, with some fun designs, but, yeesh, this story is a mess, with no regard for continuity, in this volume or from previous stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    This is an uneven but ultimately satisfying end to this long running series as Ultimate X-Men seems to strike out on its own with a largely original story line and gives Wolverine a good enough send off that you hope it sticks.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Ballendine

    Goodbye plot, alas we hardly knew ye.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    Drugs are bad m'kay? Drugs are bad m'kay?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carson Mac

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horrible. If you plan to read Ultimate X-Men which is only average anyways please skip this volume. It adds nothing and the previous volume has a good ending point.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I totally see why people don't like this volume. As an ending it's terrible. However, I view this more as a side story that was written for fun after the real ending in the previous volume. I totally see why people don't like this volume. As an ending it's terrible. However, I view this more as a side story that was written for fun after the real ending in the previous volume.

  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 95-98 Well Kirkman has left, and with him has also flown pretty much everything that made his X-Men more interesting than most previous iterations of the team. First and mainly, the characters are changed immediately. Psylocke, Pyro, and Toad are basically all gone and Nightcrawler and Colossus are back despite it not really being in keeping with their characters. It’s like this writer tries in this one issue to undo everything that Kirkman managed to achieve in his Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men 95-98 Well Kirkman has left, and with him has also flown pretty much everything that made his X-Men more interesting than most previous iterations of the team. First and mainly, the characters are changed immediately. Psylocke, Pyro, and Toad are basically all gone and Nightcrawler and Colossus are back despite it not really being in keeping with their characters. It’s like this writer tries in this one issue to undo everything that Kirkman managed to achieve in his rather long tenure. Professor X, giving up on that whole making the world a better place thing from just an issue previous, is off somewhere and doesn’t really seem to care much as the school is attacked by the Ultimate Alpha Flight. Throw on top of that the further craziness of the story itself, which centers around a mutant drug called Boost, an idea lifted from the Morrison era of New X-Men. That means it has to be good, right? Wrong. Where Kirkman set things up for the long haul, this story seems to be just a chaotic mess of ideas and scenes that don’t so much work together as they do vomit noisily all over the pages. I mean, the central idea seems to be that Colossus has, ever since he was recruited, abused this drug that has only shown up in the very recent past. Apparently Russia is ahead of the curve and Colossus managed to smuggle a couple of years worth of the stuff into the U.S. That is the pill that the writer is asking us to swallow. Wait, it’s a suppository? Oh, well, that makes more sense. It is completely ridiculous even as far as retcons go. Some try to explain some inconsistency, but this story puts that inconsistency into the story. Let’s forget that Colossus has never shown the signs of drug abuse, or that he has been around easily the most powerful four or five telepaths in the world. No, it’s just convenient to whatever it is that passes for a story in this arc. And so all hopped up on Boost, Colossus, Rogue, Dazzler, Angel, Nightcrawler, and Cyclops all head off to stomp on Alpha Flight while the rest of the X-Men try to stop all sides. Even Jean Grey is there. Yes, after she went completely Phoenix and disappeared into deep space, she is just back without any explanation. And really that is about it. Along the way Norhtstar is crippled and Moira turns out to be behind the evil. Oh, and Professor X helped create the drug and knew Wolverine back then too. This arc just sort of aborts itself along until the inevitable end where everyone is clean again and they can move on without consequence. The only real interesting story element is with Cyclops, and we see the differences here between the core universe character and this one. We see what might happen to him if he hadn’t had Jean there to prop him up, and what he would do if given the chance to be able to let go without fear. It is the sole interesting part of this story, and is not enough to save it from being far and away the worst arc of the series to date. Which is sad, because the end of the series is right around the bend, and this is not the way to go. Really it just teaches how now to do something. If something could be said for Millar’s run it would be that Mutants are new and better than humanity. Change is good. Bendis, in his brief time, seemed more to say that humans and mutants were the same, and that thinking that just because you have powers you are better is a bad thing. Vaughan really only said that teenagers like drama. Kirkman, by the end, said that mutants are capable of greater change than humans but they are limiting themselves by not escaping human definitions. As near as I can tell this new arc only tries to combine the very worst from these previous runs. Teenagers like drama but they are also better than humans and can do anything without fear of reprisal. It is just a bad story, and a bad message for an X-Men book. I would have hoped with all the different inspirations to take the Ultimate line wouldn’t be so full of bad X-Men stories. But here we are. At the end of the day I just can’t find much of anything redeemable about this story, and give it a 4/10.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    Well, that's it. For now. I mean, until I get my hands on that copy of Sentinals from that bugger child at the library. But for the meantime, this is it. Absolute Power tells the story arc of this drug called Banshee, and Colossus being addicted to it and him convincing the rest of the X-Men to use it in order to defeat some strange group of mutants hopped up on Banshee, but that conflict is never resolved. Even the Vindicator claims that Rogue saw his true identity, and she must be killed... so Well, that's it. For now. I mean, until I get my hands on that copy of Sentinals from that bugger child at the library. But for the meantime, this is it. Absolute Power tells the story arc of this drug called Banshee, and Colossus being addicted to it and him convincing the rest of the X-Men to use it in order to defeat some strange group of mutants hopped up on Banshee, but that conflict is never resolved. Even the Vindicator claims that Rogue saw his true identity, and she must be killed... so what was his true identity? Why did they fight the X-Men? It seems kind of pointless now. It's also strange how Cyclops passed under Colossus' group that he took the Banshee, even though he didn't get the insane powers like the rest of them. Wouldn't that seem just a little suspicious? This plot as a whole seems out of place. It seems like it'd be better put before or after Cable, since it does show the X-Men in a high-stress situation, but not as much as the whole world on the brink of collapsing. It just seems like another problem the X-Men have to fix within themselves. I've never read anything by Coleite before, but I slightly enjoyed how he narrated the four issues from the different perspectives from Colossus, Cyclops, Jean, and Professor X. But the story between their origins or whatever they're doing doesn't relate to their psyche or their own turmoil- something that Alan Moore, who cemented that style of narration in comics, was much better at doing. While flawed, I didn't find myself sighing as much as I did during Apocalypse. And while this has been a disjointed, odd series (Much like Fantastic Four), I'd consider it one of the better series in the Ultimate lineup. But Spider-Man is probably the best. Just saying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Craig Williams

    I won't lie - this arc was kind of stupid. It felt like something that would have been written in the 80s during the peak of the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign. Also, everything about this story felt forced and sudden: Alpha Flight's attack on the X-Mansion; the reveal that half the X-Men were using a form of mutant steroids called "Banshee" (it took me a bit to realize that the stupid looking, giant hawk creature is the roid version of Angel). Anyway, I came away from this mostly annoyed. Thi I won't lie - this arc was kind of stupid. It felt like something that would have been written in the 80s during the peak of the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign. Also, everything about this story felt forced and sudden: Alpha Flight's attack on the X-Mansion; the reveal that half the X-Men were using a form of mutant steroids called "Banshee" (it took me a bit to realize that the stupid looking, giant hawk creature is the roid version of Angel). Anyway, I came away from this mostly annoyed. This is why they need to just stick with one writer for these titles, kind of like how Brian Michael Bendis has been penning Ultimate Spider-man for years (but damned if that book isn't consistently awesome). The art work was decent though!

  18. 4 out of 5

    John White

    I really enjoyed this issue it skipped a lot of plot points in the catch up page and that seems to have angred a lot of people. But the story itself is really great. After such a big arc it went back to what simple X-Men stories do best which is to highlight a way minorities are exploited and having the drug banshee is a clever somewhat orginal catalyst to drive the story. The art work throughout is fantastic Brooks , Mann and Peterson should feel really proud. If you are willing to suspend enou I really enjoyed this issue it skipped a lot of plot points in the catch up page and that seems to have angred a lot of people. But the story itself is really great. After such a big arc it went back to what simple X-Men stories do best which is to highlight a way minorities are exploited and having the drug banshee is a clever somewhat orginal catalyst to drive the story. The art work throughout is fantastic Brooks , Mann and Peterson should feel really proud. If you are willing to suspend enough disbelief to find mutants an ok plot points skipping five months of clean up in the continuity in order to tell an exciting story should be a pinch. It has a few faults but is well paced so they don't dwell.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Well, this is a hard one. The story itself is a quick read with cool moments of dialogue but it sticks out as being very different than what has come before and for no good reason. Pyro is suddenly gone. Nightcrawler is an X-Man despite the fact that he acknowledges he is still leader of the Morlocks. Alpha Flight asks Storm why she calls herself a goddess, despite the fact that this Storm has never called herself one. Lots of problems but I guess because I'm also reading the Loeb Ultimate stuff Well, this is a hard one. The story itself is a quick read with cool moments of dialogue but it sticks out as being very different than what has come before and for no good reason. Pyro is suddenly gone. Nightcrawler is an X-Man despite the fact that he acknowledges he is still leader of the Morlocks. Alpha Flight asks Storm why she calls herself a goddess, despite the fact that this Storm has never called herself one. Lots of problems but I guess because I'm also reading the Loeb Ultimate stuff I don't hate this one nearly as much.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    What a disappointing near-ending of the series. When Ultimate X-Men first started, it was an incredible story. Now, however, it's just slogging along, with lots of splash and flash and yet no substance whatsoever. Characters aren't acting like themselves and random tangents cloud the storyline. Two stars might be too high for this trade, but I feel a little nostalgic about how much I used to enjoy the title back in its early days. What a disappointing near-ending of the series. When Ultimate X-Men first started, it was an incredible story. Now, however, it's just slogging along, with lots of splash and flash and yet no substance whatsoever. Characters aren't acting like themselves and random tangents cloud the storyline. Two stars might be too high for this trade, but I feel a little nostalgic about how much I used to enjoy the title back in its early days.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I get so confused reading multiple X-men series simultaneously. So I see Colossus, and I keep waiting for Kitty, but instead he's changed orientation. It's like changing a character's gender for the heck of it. But other than that, it was a pretty good read, dealing with loss, substance abuse, and betrayal. Like where this seems to be going too, so I will be reading more. I get so confused reading multiple X-men series simultaneously. So I see Colossus, and I keep waiting for Kitty, but instead he's changed orientation. It's like changing a character's gender for the heck of it. But other than that, it was a pretty good read, dealing with loss, substance abuse, and betrayal. Like where this seems to be going too, so I will be reading more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sade

    Every modern comic book hits rock bottom at some point. Number 19 would be that bottom. Instead of purchasing this inked mag, I will just thumb through it at some bookstore for free. Such an act, might be more than this piece of crap is worth.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    Banshee was an interesting plot device to bring Alpha Flight and Moira into the picture. It was nice to see a story line revolve around Colossus' relation with his boyfriend. I also liked Wolverine's determination in getting back at those who used him as a lab rat. Banshee was an interesting plot device to bring Alpha Flight and Moira into the picture. It was nice to see a story line revolve around Colossus' relation with his boyfriend. I also liked Wolverine's determination in getting back at those who used him as a lab rat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jedhua

    Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #94-97. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars> Book Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #94-97. ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up) STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Wardrop

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. X-Men the drugs issue or the Colossus Pitor Rasputin issue although not entirely about him. Also this story set right after defeating Apocalypse and I had just seen the X-Men Apocalypse movie so it fit perfectly with me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    jlf

    [Originally a .5 star rating:] The worst story arc I have read in a long time. No surprise that the writer is a "Heroes" writer, as well. [Originally a .5 star rating:] The worst story arc I have read in a long time. No surprise that the writer is a "Heroes" writer, as well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    Colossus's story revealed when he has to rescue Northstar from Alpha Flight. Colossus's story revealed when he has to rescue Northstar from Alpha Flight.

  28. 4 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    This was so good I thought I was reading Kirkman. Pleasantly surprised. Banshee story line is great.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    just okay..not what I was looking for until the big reveal..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Orla

    Okay...yeah no. What? I mean the X-Men is still interesting and I have no problem with them fighting themselves but...Moira turned Wolverine into a drug? What?

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