- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (April 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785121870
- ISBN-13: 978-0785121879
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 26, 2006
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The economical paperback Ultimate X-Men Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 represents the first year of the mutant team, issues 1-12 plus issue 1/2 that took place between issues 6 and 7. Ultimate X-Men was created as part of Marvel's Ultimate line, which starting with Ultimate Spider-Man "rebooted" popular series from the beginning so newer readers could dive into them without having to learn 40 years of character backstories. (They also use a more dynamic, cinematic style.) In the case of the X-Men, that meant reconfiguring Professor Xavier's opening roster to include Cyclops, a punk Jean Grey, Beast, Ice Man, Colossus, Storm, and a psychopathic secret weapon named Wolverine. In the first of the two six-issue story arcs, The Tomorrow People, we meet the team and their mission to protect the human race against Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, whose desire to establish homo superior's proper place above normal humanity leads the U.S. President to deploy the mutant killing machines, the Sentinels. The second arc, Return to Weapon X sags a little by deemphasizing the team in favor of the government agents behind the Weapon X project. Written by Mark Millar, with pencils mostly by Adam Kubert and Andy Kubert, with assists from Tom Raney and Thomas Derenick. --David Horiuchi
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A modern, edgy and dark retelling of the X-Men's origin in an alternate universe called "Ultimate Marvel". The storyline follows Professor Xavier (the world's most powerful telepath) and his two students Jean Grey/Marvel Girl (a fellow telepath and a telekinetic) and Scott Summers/Cyclops (who can shoot concussive optic blasts from his eyes) as these three mutants begin recruiting more students for the Professor's exclusive school in the forms of Henry "Hank" McCoy (Beast), Ororo Munroe (Storm), Bobby Drake (Iceman) and Piotr Rasputin (Collossus). Together, this group of misfits are guided by the Professor to combat his long time rival Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) and his own group of mutant recruits known as the "Brotherhood of Mutants" as they seek to destroy Homo Sapien (humans) in order for Homo Superior (mutants) to take their rightful place on earth as the next step of human evolution. Magneto's mindset differs greatly to Xavier's as he believes both species can live together in harmony.
The first storyline begins with Professor X, Jean Grey and Cyclops recruiting fellow mutants to ultimately combat Magneto's forces, and the group are quickly joined by a less than noble Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett. However, the United States have also created their own solution to dealing with the mutant epidemic in the form of Sentinels: giant humanoid robots designed to find and eliminate the mutant gene at all costs. This massive world-spanning storyline comes to an end and quickly moves onto the next storyline surrounding the Weapon X program and Wolverine's past. A host of more popular characters make appearances in this alternate universe, including Rouge, Nightcrawler, Sabretooth, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and many more.
There was a lot more bad than there was good, but the bad was minor and the good was major. The storyline truly represented what Marvel was trying to achieve when they introduced the Ultimate Comic Book line: edgy, modern and dark storylines, the most of which could not be told in the Marvel mainstream continuity because of their sheer scope and direction. The first storyline was massive and world-shattering in scale, making the series incredibly enjoyable, as it really does feel like anything can happen in this universe without consequence. But the main reason I almost gave this book 5 stars was because for the life of me, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I have read very successful storylines that have been critically praised and highly regarded by many, yet have barely been able to finish them because they lacked that something to keep my attention glued to the pages, even when I needed to do other things. Something about this book refused to let me put it down, and that's why I highly recommend it to any X-Men fan or comic book fan.
Also, I may not be a fan of Mark Bagley, but his art here seems to really capture the feel the writer was aiming for.
Mark Millar has made a name for himself writing fiction that contains excessive violence and foul language in the effort to make his work appear more realistic, modern and believable in the real world, to the point that it is too excessive. This book it a fine example of just that. Violence is in spades and the language needs a good scrub of soap and water, but even the portrayal of the main characters was childish and bordering on stupid. Jean Grey and Storm were shallow and vain beyond reproach, Professor X portrayed highly amoral use of his powers, often manipulating the thoughts of those around him, even his own students to fulfil his own end, which was something I found very wrong with how his characterisation should have been handled. Cyclops' personality was all over the place, making it nearly impossible to solidify his character in your mind. And Magneto openly called his daughter, the Scarlet Witch, an "idiot" with an audience when she had asked a valid question, among many other questionable actions he made throughout the book.
The good qualities of this book, especially how I couldn't put the book down it had such a strong grip on my attention and interest, would've given it a 5 star rating had it not been for all the little things that severely lowered the quality of this book in my opinion. Overall the art was great, not the best but definitely not the worst, and I still highly recommend it for any X-Men and comic book fan.
First story, the X-Men fights Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants, each opposing group with a different view of their place in society. The X-Men believe they can co-exist with humans and live in harmony, whereas the Brotherhood believes in mutants being the next race to succeed humans. This is a pretty interesting fight and would make a great movie. In the movies we see these groups fight but they left out the humans which are crucial to the story as they fight against the mutants with giant robots called Sentinels. This is an exciting battle and the artwork really comes alive in the story.
The second story is about a government agency known as Weapon-X whose purpose is to enslave mutants to do man's bidding. It is this story where we learn of Wolverine's past. There are some exciting battles here as well, but the only exciting part is the battle between Wolverine and Sabertooth which is way too short.
I felt the stories are lacking somewhat and the dialogue pretty bland. The book does a good job in explaining everyone's powers so even if you're not an X-Men fan, you will come out knowing all the heroes and villains pretty well. If you don't already know, there is always favoritism toward certain characters in X-Men comics. They love Wolverine and he is almost the main character that comes and saves the day. Jean Grey would be second most popular character since she is Wolverine's love interest. Villains vary from Sentinels, to notable humans, to Magneto.
The artwork is ok. Nothing really awesome that stands out. It is clean-looking and serious. One nod is they make everyone look proportional like real people as opposed to caricatures or too cartoon-like like in Ultimate Spider-Man series. The artwork is also not as glossy and plastic looking as in Ultimate Spider-Man which is another nod, but is also the reason why the artwork doesn't stand out as much and look quite bland as the writing. But ulimately (no pun intended), it was a good and quick read and will give you a nice superhero fix.
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The X-Men have always been my favorite team of Marvel superheroes. In the Ultimate universe, Mark Millar ensures that they are still a very...Read more