Ultimate X-Men Vol. 4: Hellfire & Brimstone Paperback – October 11, 2006
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- Publisher : Marvel; First Edition/First Printing (October 11, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785110895
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785110897
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Grade level : Preschool and up
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches
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- #7,876 in Marvel Comics & Graphic Novels
- #10,151 in Teen & Young Adult Comics & Graphic Novels (Books)
- #19,622 in Superhero Comics & Graphic Novels
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I have read previous reviews and I wanted to give my opinion on a few things others have brought up.
#1: This is NOT regular X-Men. Mark Millar, the author, is known for his edgy work, and there are many elements found in these versions of the characters that are non-conforming to regular marvel continuity. If this is surprising, upsetting, or alarming to you, than just pick up any one of the MANY regular X-Men collections. I especially recommend the Essential X-Men series if you like the regular versions better.
#2: The art in this graphic is a little uneven. The graphic begins and ends with the art of Adam Kubert- but it's a little rough and not his best work. It's still gorgeous, just a little more stylized than normal. About 1/3 of the art is provided by Kaare Andrews and Digitally Painted by Dave McCaig. This art is reminiscent of Paul Dini and looks like panels from Ultimate X-Men the Cartoon. I can see how this style may not appeal to everyone, and it does not really fit in with the normally dark tone of the story but it is NOT terrible as others have called it.
I recommend this book to comic book fans as long as they get it with an open mind. Is this volume going to be an exact retelling of the Phoenix saga? No. For that buy the Dark Phoenix Saga by Claremont and Bryne ISBN 0785122133. This is a different imagining, a different take. Take it for what it is, and enoy the very different read Hellfire and Brimstone provides.
One Kaare Andrews should stick to doing Disney cartoons and quit the comics buisness. The third and fourth parts to this book look like rejected cells from Atlantis: the Lost Empire.
Two, they try to do too much in the fith section, introducing both the Helfire Club (something I feel the series could probably have done without anyway) and the dark phoenix, as well as ressurecting Magneto all in one issue.
That being said this is still a great comic, infact the whole series is really inspired. I liked the second and fifth books the best (I thought Wolverine switched sides way too fast in the first book and proteus as a plotline is kind of blah).
The main problem with this volume is the same one that afflicted volume 3: a sudden switch from good to appalling artwork for a few issues really derails the whole thing. The art in 23-25 is just horrible, and I was hard pressed to keep reading through it. Kitty, in particular, is just grotesque.
Get the book if you want to fill out your collection. Otherwise, skip it.
Top reviews from other countries
I was unconvinced by the idea of the Ultimate books when they first appeared, but Mr Millar really has used them to create what I'm sure will become a textbook for future generations of writers on how to write superhero comics.
Sure - there's the trademark Authority-style shock tactics and 'widescreen' narration, but there's also genuine and mature characterisation, and intelligent scripting.
All of this along with fantastic art.
I read the individual titles, and I'll certainly be buying this collection for my (now straining) bookshelf.
途中、２話ほどART担当がKaare Andrews氏になっている話がありますが、私はあのイラストはいただけないなぁ、と思います。まぁ、Kaare Andrews氏が描いてるのはその２話だけなので、まったく問題なしです。