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Ultimate X-Men Vol. 5: Ultimate War Paperback – September 13, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Ultimate X-Men (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Gph edition (September 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785111298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785111290
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Along with Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar has been one of the key writers for Marvel Comics in the 21st century. After proving himself in the '90s as a talent to watch while writing for DC Comics and the UK comic 2000AD, his arrival to Marvel came at a time when Ultimate Spider-Man had just shot up the sales charts. It was in this environment that Millar made his first major contribution to Marvel with Ultimate X-Men, as Millar integrated forty years' worth of X-Men history, characters and lore into a solid two-year run, making the companion title to Ultimate Spider-Man every bit the creative and commercial success. Next up was The Ultimates, a new rendering of the Avengers that was to continue building on the success of the Ultimate line. He and artist Bryan Hitch pulled it all off in spades: The Ultimates and its sequel, Ultimates 2, were ensconced at the top of the sales charts every month; what's more, they were critical successes, as well. Meanwhile, Millar was invited to enter the regular Marvel Universe to take a stab at two of its most iconic characters: Spider-Man and Wolverine. Paired with industry heavyweights to draw his stories -- Terry Dodson on Marvel Knights Spider-Man and John Romita Jr. on Wolverine -- Millar brought the same fast-paced and cleverly constructed plots with which his Ultimate fans were already familiar. Amid building a small library of Millarworld indie comic books -- including the titles Chosen and Wanted, the latter of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie -- he managed to write Civil War, the epic seven-issue miniseries that definitively reshaped the landscape of Marvel's heroes. Kick-A**, a Marvel Icon project done in tandem with John Romita Jr., made an impressive impact on the sales chart before also being adapted for a major motion picture. In addition, Millar has reunited with Civil War artist Steve McNiven in both the pages of Wolverine and their creator-owned book Nemesis.

Customer Reviews

The 4 installment is best Wolverine tears into iron man.
Kyle LeRoy
I was disappointed by this series - too much word balloons killed the excitement of the probable confrontation of the Ultimate X-Men and Ultimates (Avenger).
Reeves Mateo
Still, the writer promised there would be ramifications for both series, so I gave it a shot... and was seriously let down.
Blake Petit

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
You would think that a showdown between the Ultimate X-Men and the Ultimates (the Nuevo Avengers) would offer an epic battle, but instead "Ultimate War" is pretty much a holding action. This trade paperback which is Volume 5 in the "Ultimate X-Men" series collects the four issue mini-series, which follows up on the conclusion of Volume 4 "Hellfire & Brimstone" where Magneto remembers himself and prepares to put humanity in its proper place. In the wake of the revelation that the Mutant Master of Magnetism was not killed and that Charles Xavier had lied about Magneto's true fate, the X-Men join the Brotherhood of Mutants on the government's hit list and the Ultimates are sent to bring them down.
Of course the lineups of the two groups is substantially different from the first time they fought in "The Avengers" #53, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Black Widow added on one side and Wolverine, Storm, and Colossus on the other. More importantly, it takes the Ultimates until issue #4 to track down the X-Men, although the Ultimates do get to tangle with Magneto when Daddy Dearest comes looking for Pietro and Wanda (I do hope that Magneto really is their father this time around because that would be a pretty good change from the first time through the Marvel Universe). Writer Mark Millar and artist Chris Bachalo reduce the "war" to a series of one-on-one battles: Iron Man vs. Colossus, Thor vs. Storm, Captain America vs. Wolverine, and the Wasp vs. Professor X. The problem is that they all take place in one issue, which means we only get a couple of pages for each confrontation. To quote Xander: "Big overture, little show.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SB on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
[This review comprises this book, and its sequel, The Return of the King, Ultimate X-men Volume 6, both of which are combined in the hardcover UXM Vol 3. The three stars are for "Ultimate War". "Return of the King gets one star, which equals two for the double volume hardcover!]

In what is surely the worst episode of Mark Millar's career, this book concludes his overblown, bombastic, silly, and nonsensical interpretation of the X-men. Previous volumes established the pattern: take familiar storylines from X-men history, and reinterpret/bowdlerize them in the most jacked-up, brainless "blockbuster" style, while erasing any trace of believable motivation, likeable characterizion, realistic dialog, and credible plotting. Add liberal doses of absurd and ridiculous military/industrial/political/presidential politics and intrigue that have absolutely no connection with reality, nor are they any credible exaggeration of reality.

Mr Millar is completely capable of works of super-hero genius. Read his brilliant "Marvel Knights Spider-Man" or "Wolverine: Enemy of the State" or "Civil War"--they are the some of the best Marvel Comics of the past 10 years. They feature huge-scale action, intrigue, excess, and yes, sometimes characterizations that are a little more smarmy than we are used to seeing in Marvel comics, but it all works.

Ultimate X-Men literally seems like something he farmed out to an understudy. Some apprentice teenager who he hired under the table to do his work for him. There is just nothing here to like. The characters are all stupid, or insane, or jerks, or just lacking in sensible motivation. The characters' powers are off the charts and ridiculous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is cool, because in the other x-men graphic novels you don't get as much fighting as here. Also you get great characters like: Cap. America, Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and a reference to The Huk. So I'd reccommend it for the price, since it is the cheappest Ultimate X-men graphic novel, even though the story is pretty simple and it doesn't end in the volume, you have to continue in vol.6, The Return of the King.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann E. Nichols on July 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I stopped reading the X-Men about 20 years ago and I've been trying to do some catching up since last month (thank God for issue review/synopses websites). I'd already been warned that the "Ultimate" version was much more cynical & nasty than the original version, but this volume reprinting "Ultimate War" 1-4 had some nice panels of Prof. X in it, so I bought it anyway. Nastier? Oh, yes. The implications of what Magneto does to Quicksilver made me cringe. The body count after the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge seemed horrifying enough -- wasn't too thrilled to learn it was little more than half of what the Brotherhood was aiming for. Saw the X-2 movie with one of my sisters and she sneered afterwards that Prof. X should have killed Magneto in the 1st movie, but he's too much of a Goody Two-Shoes. I repeated this to a friend and we had quite a discussion about it. His position was that superheroes don't kill and there's no justification for killing Magneto on the basis that he *might* kill again. I played Devil's Advocate and argued that by letting Magneto live, any subsequent murders Mr. Magnet commits would be partially Prof. X's responsibility. This volume plays out that argument. Prof. X lied and claimed he killed Magneto when he just brainwashed him. Mistake?
This Magneto is proposing that the regular humans' fate will be either slavery, fuel, or food. Charming. Also stupid, since normal humans are still the biggest source of mutants.
If you find the Magneto-Prof. X relationship fascinating, as I do, there are some pages here that should make the volume worth your while. For all Magneto claims that Xavier is too far gone (in loving humans) to join the Brotherhood, he makes the "charismatic cripple" [his words, not mine], another offer at the end.
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