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The world tour is over. It ended abruptly and tragically, with deaths and hard decisions. After returning home to Westchester, the X-Men attempt to continue on, bringing normalcy back to their lives as best they can, opening the school to students once more. However, just as everything settles back to the mundane, Jean Grey's life shifts towards the bizarre. Her mental bar The world tour is over. It ended abruptly and tragically, with deaths and hard decisions. After returning home to Westchester, the X-Men attempt to continue on, bringing normalcy back to their lives as best they can, opening the school to students once more. However, just as everything settles back to the mundane, Jean Grey's life shifts towards the bizarre. Her mental barriers are starting to erode, as she begins to see things... like a giant bird composed of flames. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 21-25


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The world tour is over. It ended abruptly and tragically, with deaths and hard decisions. After returning home to Westchester, the X-Men attempt to continue on, bringing normalcy back to their lives as best they can, opening the school to students once more. However, just as everything settles back to the mundane, Jean Grey's life shifts towards the bizarre. Her mental bar The world tour is over. It ended abruptly and tragically, with deaths and hard decisions. After returning home to Westchester, the X-Men attempt to continue on, bringing normalcy back to their lives as best they can, opening the school to students once more. However, just as everything settles back to the mundane, Jean Grey's life shifts towards the bizarre. Her mental barriers are starting to erode, as she begins to see things... like a giant bird composed of flames. Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 21-25

30 review for Ultimate X-Men, Vol. 4: Hellfire and Brimstone

  1. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I really dislike most Phoenix stuff, and the Hellfire club is shit in any version. There's stuff I liked here like Kitty, she's awesome. I also actually like Cyclops and Wolverine's little spats. Beast getting shitted on at the end and kind of "mind rape" was fucked up. But honestly, all the Jean stuff was boring and flat and took up about half the book. Still fun for the other half though but not as good as volume 2 and 3. I really dislike most Phoenix stuff, and the Hellfire club is shit in any version. There's stuff I liked here like Kitty, she's awesome. I also actually like Cyclops and Wolverine's little spats. Beast getting shitted on at the end and kind of "mind rape" was fucked up. But honestly, all the Jean stuff was boring and flat and took up about half the book. Still fun for the other half though but not as good as volume 2 and 3.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Somewhat disjointed. There aren't really any good stories, so much as there are good partial stories. I'm thoroughly bored with the tension between Cyclops and Wolverine in any universe, so that was a bit boring to me. Including Kitty livened up the story a bit, and it was certainly needed. The Hellfire Club shows up, very briefly considering that the name of the group is the title of the volume. And they're fine, but I could have done with more of them. I am, however, interested in seeing where Somewhat disjointed. There aren't really any good stories, so much as there are good partial stories. I'm thoroughly bored with the tension between Cyclops and Wolverine in any universe, so that was a bit boring to me. Including Kitty livened up the story a bit, and it was certainly needed. The Hellfire Club shows up, very briefly considering that the name of the group is the title of the volume. And they're fine, but I could have done with more of them. I am, however, interested in seeing where this Phoenix stuff goes. It's quite a bit different from the 616 version, which gives a well-worn story a new spin. Beast, however, is just an idiot.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    Isn’t Beast supposed to be really intelligent? I mean, I get that he feels isolated and stuff, but — argh, when a plot depends on someone being a total idiot, and on Professor Xavier not noticing what the hell’s going on with that even though he’s a telepath and we know from volume two that he wiped Bobby Drake and his girlfriend’s mind because they were a security risk? Nope, back to two stars goes this series. It doesn’t help that the tension between Wolverine and Cyclops is just eyeroll worthy Isn’t Beast supposed to be really intelligent? I mean, I get that he feels isolated and stuff, but — argh, when a plot depends on someone being a total idiot, and on Professor Xavier not noticing what the hell’s going on with that even though he’s a telepath and we know from volume two that he wiped Bobby Drake and his girlfriend’s mind because they were a security risk? Nope, back to two stars goes this series. It doesn’t help that the tension between Wolverine and Cyclops is just eyeroll worthy. More macho than thou and so on, fighting over Jean Grey, who… makes it pretty damn clear she loves Cyclops and was always interested in him. (Which does have some cute bits in this volume, actually, and it does help Cyclops unbend a little.) The Jean Grey/Phoenix plotline seems a bit thrown away, considering that I know it’s a Big Thing in other versions of the X-Men. I assume it’ll recur in later volumes or something, but I don’t think I’m going to read any more of Ultimate X-Men now I’ve finished the volumes I had. Which is a shame, since Kitty Pryde just got introduced, and I did enjoy her in Ultimate Spider-man, but… this doesn’t have the same feel at all. It probably doesn’t help that it’s a team book, so there’s less time to focus on a particular character. Originally posted here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy!

    2.5 stars Hmmm...while I do enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters in their alternate universe, this volume didn't super interest me. I didn't remember all the had happened in volume 3, and everyone was sort of making some terrible decisions in this one, plus I didn't love the art. I'm on the fence about continuing the series. 2.5 stars Hmmm...while I do enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters in their alternate universe, this volume didn't super interest me. I didn't remember all the had happened in volume 3, and everyone was sort of making some terrible decisions in this one, plus I didn't love the art. I'm on the fence about continuing the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Found this one disappointing. The hellfire club wasn't that badass and I wanted more Phoenix. Found this one disappointing. The hellfire club wasn't that badass and I wanted more Phoenix.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tym

    This is one of those times where you realize how much art really does contribute to the story in graphic novels. The artists on this book are very different. Adam Kubert is an artist that goes for a fairly realistic style with sometimes a bit cartoony or at least low-detailed panels however part of this was done by another artist (their name escapes my mind) and their art reminds me nothing more than a bad saturday cartoon, and the colorist for the artist did nothing to help with almost no shadi This is one of those times where you realize how much art really does contribute to the story in graphic novels. The artists on this book are very different. Adam Kubert is an artist that goes for a fairly realistic style with sometimes a bit cartoony or at least low-detailed panels however part of this was done by another artist (their name escapes my mind) and their art reminds me nothing more than a bad saturday cartoon, and the colorist for the artist did nothing to help with almost no shading etc. However the story overall was fairly good though, other than the Beast portion, the story felt a bit disjointed. I love what they did with Jean's ascendance as far as changing the idea from the mainstream universe but the issue felt a bit anti-climatic. Overall I gave it 3 out of 5 stars for the inconsistant quality in art and the anti-climatic resolution.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Morrison

    As a portion of the Ultimate X-Men collection, this is important to read. However, it's not one of my favorite. The art changes in the middle, and while I'm okay with art changes, not to the extreme of this one. The two art styles are totally different and jarring. As individual issues of the comic, it might not have been such a big deal, but when reading this as a whole story, it totally takes you out of the story. As a portion of the Ultimate X-Men collection, this is important to read. However, it's not one of my favorite. The art changes in the middle, and while I'm okay with art changes, not to the extreme of this one. The two art styles are totally different and jarring. As individual issues of the comic, it might not have been such a big deal, but when reading this as a whole story, it totally takes you out of the story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Nealis

    hmmm a good book but the way they displayed beast when he was chatting online with blob was just plain WRONG! i will tell you now that are going to be spoilers galore.first of all bringing back Sebastian Shaw in the hellfire club and then giving jean grey/marvel girl the phoenix force is just 1 this was just a great book i would recommend this to all x men fans. WOLVERINE out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    As an ongoing series, this has been quite the ride so far. There are parts of these storylines that are so familiar to me that were presented in completely different ways. Definitely love the Ultimate versions of these characters. I wish there was more Rogue and Gambit though to be honest. But what can I say? I'm a 90's X-Men fan. And if the 90's was anything, it was the age of Rogue and Gambit. As an ongoing series, this has been quite the ride so far. There are parts of these storylines that are so familiar to me that were presented in completely different ways. Definitely love the Ultimate versions of these characters. I wish there was more Rogue and Gambit though to be honest. But what can I say? I'm a 90's X-Men fan. And if the 90's was anything, it was the age of Rogue and Gambit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kris Morris

    boring. and they take one of the best x villain groups and just...ugh. by far the worst ultimate book ive read outside of ultimates 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Yessss, an arc I can get behind: mostly character filler until the very last issues and then things get exciting again in a big way. "Hellfire and Brimstone" brings Kitty Pryde into the Ultimate mix, sees Wolverine and Cyclops finally start to duke it out over Jean, and reminds us of the perils of online dating in the early 2000's. Beast fans may be a little disappointed with where his character goes, but if you can imagine him quoting Shakespeare and lamenting that love is blind, it's believabl Yessss, an arc I can get behind: mostly character filler until the very last issues and then things get exciting again in a big way. "Hellfire and Brimstone" brings Kitty Pryde into the Ultimate mix, sees Wolverine and Cyclops finally start to duke it out over Jean, and reminds us of the perils of online dating in the early 2000's. Beast fans may be a little disappointed with where his character goes, but if you can imagine him quoting Shakespeare and lamenting that love is blind, it's believable. Our intro to the Hellfire Club and the (Dark?) Phoenix Saga might be a little rushed, but it's clear they're just teasing the full Phoenix arc for later in the run. H&B is mostly ink by Adam Kubert, whose style only gets better every issue in -- except maybe the way he draws bruises as weird boils that suddenly erupt on peoples' faces. What's that about? -- and he's interrupted for a two-issue run by Kaare Andrews, whose style feels like a simpler cartoon/anime-fusion, with blocky shading that adds to that feel. It's a little jarring at first, but not terrible. Four stars for enjoyable art and a read that although it might not have one coherent arc, slows things down and gives the characters a chance to shine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    While the last volume was a wonderful reimaging of Claremont's classic Proteus run, this volume is a tedious, ill-conceived retelling of the Phoenix / Hellfire saga. I suppose it's brave that it, in almost no way, resembles the original. It's not an improvement on the original. Instead of a calculating group of rich mutants manipulating one of Charles's students into becoming a spy and a villain, accidentally unlocking primal cosmic power that destroys her, we get a bumbling, ineffective set of v While the last volume was a wonderful reimaging of Claremont's classic Proteus run, this volume is a tedious, ill-conceived retelling of the Phoenix / Hellfire saga. I suppose it's brave that it, in almost no way, resembles the original. It's not an improvement on the original. Instead of a calculating group of rich mutants manipulating one of Charles's students into becoming a spy and a villain, accidentally unlocking primal cosmic power that destroys her, we get a bumbling, ineffective set of villains with no clear motivation failing to manipulateanyone, but accidentally unlocking a nebulous power that may or may not have any consequences for anything. And the whole thing is a misdirect to set up a completely different plot point for the next two volumes of the series. This was a massive let-down following volume three, and I'm not incredibly looking forward to The Ultimate War that follows.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I generally really liked this and I think the story stayed mostly strong throughout. However, the poor artwork (that others have commented on - really did look like a Saturday morning cartoon and the coloring of it was terrible) for several chapters/issues in the middle really detracted from it all. Still, overall I liked the plot and characters and the themes. The idea of Beast, the smartest on the team, also being the most gullible with the internet chatting, was very interesting and well exec I generally really liked this and I think the story stayed mostly strong throughout. However, the poor artwork (that others have commented on - really did look like a Saturday morning cartoon and the coloring of it was terrible) for several chapters/issues in the middle really detracted from it all. Still, overall I liked the plot and characters and the themes. The idea of Beast, the smartest on the team, also being the most gullible with the internet chatting, was very interesting and well executed. The phoenix story seemed pretty rushed though, so we'll see if/how that comes back up in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I liked the Phoenix story line much better than the battle with David. Beast getting catfished was creepy. Sometimes it seems that the artwork changes, and perhaps I didn't like it as much, but still good. Like they are rushing. But this volume seems to be setting the series back on its natural path. I liked the Phoenix story line much better than the battle with David. Beast getting catfished was creepy. Sometimes it seems that the artwork changes, and perhaps I didn't like it as much, but still good. Like they are rushing. But this volume seems to be setting the series back on its natural path.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marloges

    They managed to make a interesting arc lame and uninspired... Wasn't really a fan of the Hellfire part at all and the whole Wolverine/Cyclops schtick feels over the top in this. I think this one introduced Kitty Pride though, so at least it has this going for it. They managed to make a interesting arc lame and uninspired... Wasn't really a fan of the Hellfire part at all and the whole Wolverine/Cyclops schtick feels over the top in this. I think this one introduced Kitty Pride though, so at least it has this going for it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Williams

    I don't love Mark millar, I really don't like the art right now, but I'm hanging in there to get to the better writers runs I don't love Mark millar, I really don't like the art right now, but I'm hanging in there to get to the better writers runs

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Abel

    This was trash. One of the worst arcs I've read. This was trash. One of the worst arcs I've read.

  18. 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 # 21-25 Here, finally, I think that some of the ham-fisted message of the first three arcs begins to change, and while I think that the series still has quite a ways to go, this arc at least seemed closer to the more traditional X-Men stories. That said, this arc suffers much more than the first three from pacing and artistic problems, as the art jumps around a lot while the story limps or shoots forward depending. The main story is with the Phoenix, which is really Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men # 21-25 Here, finally, I think that some of the ham-fisted message of the first three arcs begins to change, and while I think that the series still has quite a ways to go, this arc at least seemed closer to the more traditional X-Men stories. That said, this arc suffers much more than the first three from pacing and artistic problems, as the art jumps around a lot while the story limps or shoots forward depending. The main story is with the Phoenix, which is really not handled as well as it could have been, the conflict arriving only toward the end of the run and then lasting only the length of an issue. The side stories dominate, and the problem is that they are touched on and then dropped so that the arc seems a group of dissonant parts instead of one, seamless attempt. We have the story of Bobby, which is probably one of the better elements of the story, because it shows his resolve to do what is right despite his obligations to others. Beast’s story, similarly, shows that mutants are fallible and, really, humans underneath the powers. The story with Wolverine and Cyclops and, to a lesser extent, Shadowcat, is nice, though it seems a bit forced and comes off as distracting. And then there is the story of the Phoenix, which is what the whoel arc is supposed to be about, but the setup to the betrayal that occurs and then the scene where Jean actually is the Phoenix are brief or happen off-panel, which makes it seem a bit rushed. It also pushes believability that the Professor could not sense something was wrong before things went wrong. They try to wrap this up with a “Jean went evil or was controlled,” but they never really explain it well. It just happens. So okay, it all happens and at the end Jean learns she isn’t a god, Bobby learns that some things are more important than doing right by your family, Beast learns that for all his intelligence he is an idiot, and the Professor learns that even people telling you what you want to hear might be lying to you. Except for the Professor, who still seems to believe that he can do no wrong, characters grow, which is nice. There is still the problem that most humans come off as heavily prejudiced and not just afraid or threatened because mutants are dangerous, but because mutants somehow go against a conservative value system and, according to the series, humanity represents conservatism. That is a bit blatant, and in my opinion way off, because to say that liberals are right because they are more progressive is to miss part of the picture, because progress without restraint is a very dangerous and arrogant thing to do. I personally believe in progress, but I do not believe that mankind is infallible, and so I think that precautions must be taken. The message of the series is still that the progress is too slow and that humanity is wrong for not thinking that mutants are better than them, even though they do things like Beast and Wolverine. Personally I think that mutants might be worse because they tend to take things humanity already does and make them extreme, and I baulk at most extremists. But here we see that the message, though less blatant than in the previous arcs, is still that mutants are better people because they have powers. And it is still a message that I am wrestling with. So, all in all, a 6.25/10.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edward Cheer

    I'd give this a close second best to "World Tour", but I'm still surprised how much Millar has been recently repressing his annoying Millar-isms. Don't get me wrong, the dumb jokes are still there, but they've been significantly reduced and his character-writing has greatly improved. I liked the new focus on Cyclops, Wolverine, and Jean and their further development. Hell, I even liked the almost gag-story for Beast, that ends on a very sour tone for him. I liked the discussion on the X-Men's eth I'd give this a close second best to "World Tour", but I'm still surprised how much Millar has been recently repressing his annoying Millar-isms. Don't get me wrong, the dumb jokes are still there, but they've been significantly reduced and his character-writing has greatly improved. I liked the new focus on Cyclops, Wolverine, and Jean and their further development. Hell, I even liked the almost gag-story for Beast, that ends on a very sour tone for him. I liked the discussion on the X-Men's ethics (because any private school that sends kids on incredibly dangerous missions would raise more than a few eyebrows), and Bobby's speech towards the end was "very nice", although the cheesy lawyer antagonist was a little cheesy. And yeah, there are other problems. Plot-holes, inconsistencies. I mean, every time someone gets away with some evil plan while Xavier has the opportunity to read their minds and find out what they're doing makes me instantly sigh and takes me out of the experience. And despite the good character moments between Wolverine and Cyclops, Wolverine got very, VERY petty for someone who's emotionally hardened by his experiences. I just can't see him getting worked up over losing a girl to someone else. But for what flaws there are, it's still a decent X-Men comic. I liked the good character moments, and discussion on discrimination. I'm actually happy to see where Millar is going with this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kiersten

    While I think the story is decently interesting and certainly well-played-out, and the artwork is generally fabulous, I'm not all that pleased with some of the character paths they're choosing to take...namely, Cyclops is way too spastic emotionally to be even close to the same character, Storm's flat-out whiny (neither she nor Cyclops really show any kind of leadership ability even though they're sort of next down the chain of command after Xavier), and...what about Professor X? There's definit While I think the story is decently interesting and certainly well-played-out, and the artwork is generally fabulous, I'm not all that pleased with some of the character paths they're choosing to take...namely, Cyclops is way too spastic emotionally to be even close to the same character, Storm's flat-out whiny (neither she nor Cyclops really show any kind of leadership ability even though they're sort of next down the chain of command after Xavier), and...what about Professor X? There's definitely a very sinister undertone to his character that I've never seen elsewhere. I'd trust Magneto (yes, the non-amnesiac, uber-ambitious Magneto—who's at least honest about his intentions!) farther than I would the Professor at this point. I do love Iceman, though (I really want to see him come into his own), Beast (whose chatroom "relationship" with "Naomi" is hilarious, if a bit perverted), Wolverine (same old Wolverine: best of the lot), and I enjoyed the introduction of Shadowcat and the Hellfire Club. And it was very cool to get a taste of the Phoenix Force. I'm eager to see where the storyline will go from here (and eager to see Gambit again! He's always been one of my favorites and I was disappointed this installment didn't feature him).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another dark instalment for the now very fractured Ultimate X-Men who are recovering from the death of Proteus, the severe injuries of Iceman (from the previous volume). This one introduces Kitty Pryde into the Ultimate universe. But she's really got her work cut out with Cyke and Wolverine at each other's throats over Jean, who with Phoenix pressing ever closer is seriously off her game. I love how its revealed that the mysterious billionaire benefactors of the X-Men are in fact the Hellfire club Another dark instalment for the now very fractured Ultimate X-Men who are recovering from the death of Proteus, the severe injuries of Iceman (from the previous volume). This one introduces Kitty Pryde into the Ultimate universe. But she's really got her work cut out with Cyke and Wolverine at each other's throats over Jean, who with Phoenix pressing ever closer is seriously off her game. I love how its revealed that the mysterious billionaire benefactors of the X-Men are in fact the Hellfire club who have been manipulating behind the scenes to get a Jean. I also love the idea that the 'woman' Beast has been secretly chatting to online in in fact Blob pumping him for information. Solid art, and a strong story. Great stuff.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This volume introduced Shadowcat, finally revealed the funders of the X-Men, let Cyclops and Wolverine fight, and revealed a major lie Professor Xavier had publicly told while still showing Phoenix Jean Grey. This was a lot to put in one volume, but I was actually glad that so much was handled quickly and wrapped up in this book (especially since I was tired of reading Beast's IMs!) I also enjoyed the art style switch in the third and fourth issues of this; usually a major switch in art style mi This volume introduced Shadowcat, finally revealed the funders of the X-Men, let Cyclops and Wolverine fight, and revealed a major lie Professor Xavier had publicly told while still showing Phoenix Jean Grey. This was a lot to put in one volume, but I was actually glad that so much was handled quickly and wrapped up in this book (especially since I was tired of reading Beast's IMs!) I also enjoyed the art style switch in the third and fourth issues of this; usually a major switch in art style mid volume is off-putting to me, but I really liked it here. If the Jean Grey plotline had been fleshed out just a bit more, perhaps in place of some of the Beast's moody moments, this would have hit five stars for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Mikols

    What a good volume. I never really know anything about the Hellfire Club before reading this. I knew that Shaw was part of it because of X-Men First Class but that's pretty much it so it was cool to see that whole thing introduced. Too bad that was it for old Sebastian Shaw. I've also never read anything with Kitty in it and she's kind of fun.There was so much going on there at the end that I just had to finish it. I knew Magneto was coming back eventually but still scary stuff. I really think h What a good volume. I never really know anything about the Hellfire Club before reading this. I knew that Shaw was part of it because of X-Men First Class but that's pretty much it so it was cool to see that whole thing introduced. Too bad that was it for old Sebastian Shaw. I've also never read anything with Kitty in it and she's kind of fun.There was so much going on there at the end that I just had to finish it. I knew Magneto was coming back eventually but still scary stuff. I really think he's so much scarier in the comics than in the movies. No offense Sir Ian.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nailmouth

    It's been a long time since I've read any 'superhero' comic-books, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this and subsequent volumes. With interesting writing and good artwork, the 2001 reboot does an adequate job of providing an artful retelling of the X-Men origin saga, without tarnishing the memory of the original. Recommended for old fans or newcomers to the story, definitely a fun read. It's been a long time since I've read any 'superhero' comic-books, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this and subsequent volumes. With interesting writing and good artwork, the 2001 reboot does an adequate job of providing an artful retelling of the X-Men origin saga, without tarnishing the memory of the original. Recommended for old fans or newcomers to the story, definitely a fun read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Davy

    Mark Millar's attempt on the Phoenix-storyline is really dissapointing. The script is not original (Hellfire Club, Phoenix growing inside of Jane). While in the classic story of Dark Phoenix all goes wrong, the Phoenix in this story just seems to be a kind of illness happening to Jane, (too) easily dealt with. Only the online "dating" between Beast and the Blob is really funny and has a dramatic end... Mark Millar's attempt on the Phoenix-storyline is really dissapointing. The script is not original (Hellfire Club, Phoenix growing inside of Jane). While in the classic story of Dark Phoenix all goes wrong, the Phoenix in this story just seems to be a kind of illness happening to Jane, (too) easily dealt with. Only the online "dating" between Beast and the Blob is really funny and has a dramatic end...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matej

    The fourth volume of Ultimate X-Men is, like the previous volumes, not bad, but not great either. This volume feels like an in-between volume, the plot is split between the aftermath left after the last volume and preparation for the next one, and that is the main reason I haven't rated it higher. The art is still great and fits the story and the mood rather well. I am kinda disappointed by this series and this may be the last volume for me. The fourth volume of Ultimate X-Men is, like the previous volumes, not bad, but not great either. This volume feels like an in-between volume, the plot is split between the aftermath left after the last volume and preparation for the next one, and that is the main reason I haven't rated it higher. The art is still great and fits the story and the mood rather well. I am kinda disappointed by this series and this may be the last volume for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zach Danielson

    Boo. The art's pretty bad and the writing isn't much better. The Phoenix and Hellfire stories pale in comparison to their main-continuity counterparts. At least it gets better in the next volume: Ultimate X-Men Vol. 5: Ultimate War Boo. The art's pretty bad and the writing isn't much better. The Phoenix and Hellfire stories pale in comparison to their main-continuity counterparts. At least it gets better in the next volume: Ultimate X-Men Vol. 5: Ultimate War

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The last 10 pages or so of this collection addresses the entire Ultimate version of Claremont's Dark Phoenix Saga. As easily the most famous and/or important x-men story line this seems a little short-changed. If they were to include it at all in the ultimate universe at the very least it deserved it's own collection. The last 10 pages or so of this collection addresses the entire Ultimate version of Claremont's Dark Phoenix Saga. As easily the most famous and/or important x-men story line this seems a little short-changed. If they were to include it at all in the ultimate universe at the very least it deserved it's own collection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    James

    A very disjointed story that felt far too much like filler. A lame take on phoenix and one that rather skips all over the place too much with little action. It didn't help the middle two issues changed art completely, and for the worse, before going back to the tried and tested original for #25. A dissapointing volume A very disjointed story that felt far too much like filler. A lame take on phoenix and one that rather skips all over the place too much with little action. It didn't help the middle two issues changed art completely, and for the worse, before going back to the tried and tested original for #25. A dissapointing volume

  30. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I love everything Marvel. The storylines are incredible! They have everything you could want: action, adventure, comedy, romance, political intrigue, allegories, metaphors, etc. Some stories drag, some end too soon.

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