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Prepare For The Return Of Ultimate X-Men September

Michael Wirth 08/16/2011 Reviews

The cover to Ultimate Comcis X-Men #1. Art by Kaare AndrewsEver since Ultimatum, I’ve missed the Ultimate version of the X-Men. Sure, Iceman lived on in Ultimate Spider-Man with Kitty Pryde popping up here and there. And they had Ultimate Comics X, featuring a disguised Jean Grey and most of the Brotherhood of Mutants. But let’s face it, Ultimate Comics X wasn’t the same as the X-Men. It was about finding new mutants and, most importantly, introducing Wolverine’s son.

My disappointment over Ultimate Comics X stemmed from the rather severe shortage of actual X-Men appearing in the book. Which is why I was excited to hear that Marvel was bringing everybody’s favorite mutant superteam back to the Ultimate Universe.

Written by Nick Spencer (Spider Island: Cloak & Dagger, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents) with artist Paco Medina (X-Men, New Warriors), Ultimate Comics X-Men features Kitty Pryde and Bobby Drake getting’ the band back together. Alongside Johnny Storm, the Ultimate Human Torch and lately Bobby’s “partner in crime”, Kitty and Bobby set out to look for the remaining surviving X-Men in the hopes to stay off the radar of the government who, after the events of Ultimatum, have made being a mutant against the law. Along the way, they decide to investigate the claim that the government actually created mutants.

Variant to Ultimate Comcis X-Men #1. Art by Mark BagleyI couldn’t be more excited for Ultimate Comics X-Men. After a brief hiatus in my comics reading, the Ultimate universe really helped to pull me back in with a vengeance, and Ultimate X-Men was a big part of that. I was devastated to hear that after Ultimatum, Ultimate X-Men was going away. Thankfully, Marvel realized that the X-Men are a staple, no matter what Universe they’re in.

Let’s just hope that my request for more Ultimate Jubilee gets approved, too!

Look for Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 in stores September 21. The premiere issue comes polybagged and features a cover by Kaare Andrews, with a variant cover by longtime Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley.

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Hailing from the armpit of America, New Jersey, Michael has been collecting comic books since the age of 10. Now, he deigns to keep his finger on the pulse of pop-culture, keeping up with every passing fad or iconic innovation, never losing sight of his comic book roots.

  1. Axekek 08/16/2011 at 7:34 am

    …Wouldn't Jean Grey be on the team just because she has been on an X team always. Plus if namor was a mutant and he was around since ancient times (if I am remembering Ultimate FF correctly) I think mutants of the Ultimate Universe are just going to turn into the excuse they used on Heroes (with natural and artifical powers counting as the same power type)

    • Michael Wirth 08/16/2011 at 5:02 pm

      Well, the final issue of Ultimate X was pretty much a lead-in to the X-Men getting back together. And I think Kitty told Bobby in Ultimate Fallout (though I may be mis-remembering) that she was going to find Jean and hideout from the government. So yeah, I'll assume that Jean will be apart of the new X-Men.

      And your Namor comment is interesting. Did they give him the same history in Ultimate as in regular continuity; the mixed son of an Atlantean and a human? (I don't remember clearly either.) The writer may make the excuse that he's not a mutant because of that; that since he inherited the Atlantean powers doesn't mean he's a mutant.

      I do think that the government creating mutants is an interesting hitch in the Ultimate Universe. It may not make a lot of sense, but at least its an attempt to keep the Ultimate Universe fresh.

  2. James 08/17/2011 at 12:22 am

    Very cool! I also got pulled into comics as an adult through the Ultimate series. I'm really glad to see Ultimate X-Men return.

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