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The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world,The place is a world very much like ours. The time is now. The phenomenon is genetic mutation. It is a time of change. Humanity now faces mutants, a mysterious sub-species that is gifted with strange and frightening powers. Hidden among the population. they are feared and hated by their human cousins. As rumors and urban myths about their existence spread across the world, the US government creates its own initiative to deal with this threat: the Sentinel Project. Meanwhile two men wage a secret war for the hearts and minds of young mutants everywhere. Charles Xavier has recruited a cadre of students including Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast, that call themselves the X-Men. But there are others out there, living in fear, struggling to deal with what they are: Ororo Munroe, Bobby Drake and another, more dangerous mutant named Logan. Simultaneously, the terrorist known only as Magneto has assembled The Brotherhood, a militant group dedicated to the overthrow of human authority. A war is on the horizon and these amazing young men and women will decide the future of all humanity!Just as Ultimate Spider-Man reinvented and reinvigorated Marvel's flagship character, Ultimate X-Men promises do the same for comics' most popular super hero team. Streamlining the mutant heroes into a manageable core group, this non-stop saga action and intrigue takes place in a continuity recognizable to fans of this year's blockbuster smash X-Men movie. Ultimate X-Men is the perfect choice for anyone who can't get enough of the X!Collecting: Ultimate X-Men 1-6...

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Ultimate X-Men, Volume 1: The Tomorrow People Reviews

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-04-11 14:13

    Initially, I really got into this collection. The characters, setting, villains, and mutant situation had such a modern, realistic tone to them that I couldn't stop reading. Plus the artwork was really good as well. But then something happened: I lost interest.Why you ask?I really don't know. For whatever reason, I felt like I was experiencing the same X-Men stories I've been reading since I was ten repackaged to be new, shiny, and more up-to-date. There were some small tweaks here and there but nothing that was really original or kept my attention.Yeah, yeah, I know, the same criticism could be leveled against the Ultimates and other series set in this universe, but I suppose I wanted more from the X-Men. And when I didn't get it, I found the whole thing rather "meh."2017 REREADI enjoyed this one a lot this time. I really think it is because I haven't read a good X-Men comic story in many years. The new Marvel books just aren't my thing. This graphic novel reminded me of how good X-Men can be. Can't wait to read more.

  • Nicolo Yu
    2019-04-15 16:31

    Ultimate X-Men represented Mark Millar’s version of a franchise distilled from the cream of its rich history. The launch of the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics afforded the writer a unique opportunity to tell stories unencumbered by almost four decades of continuity. The result was a product still recognizable because of the iconic nature of the characters. This way, the older readers were not alienated and familiar enough that the new readers that were introduced to the mythos through Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie would pick it up.Millar tells a cinematic, widescreen, action blockbuster and is ably abetted by the Kubert brothers with their kinetic art. The action flows smoothly like a decent summer flick, as Millar establishes this Ultimate version of the mutant team with familiar X-Men tropes like the Xavier–Magneto philosophical disagreement and conflicting methods and a new yet similar take on the heroes that protects a world that fears and hates them. The new here is that the heroes have become media savvy, like actual reality show celebrities.With no continuity baggage, this is an excellent entry point for any new or lapsed reader to be interested in comics.

  • James DeSantis
    2019-03-28 16:26

    So I read Ultimate X-Men growing up. I think it was my first big "X-Men" world to read. It was my first major run I had every volume for. I stopped reading when it hit volume 18. So I decided to re-read it more than 10 years later. Well...this ages not too well haha. There are things to love. The art is solid throughout. I also enjoyed the changes in personality for certain characters. I especially like how Storm don't give a fuck, and Beast is both badass and smart, and Magneto even more "sinister" than before. I also think the action is well paced and fun to view and well placed throughout. Now the bad. The designs of a certain characters are pretty bad. Especially logan's clothes. I also dislike how obvious things are, like Jean falling for Wolverine, and they have the cliche of Scott looking out the window, and then behind the scenes Wolverine is smiling. Beyond fucking corny. Also the edge is strong here, and everyone insults EVERYONE. Very out of character even if these are new takes on beloved characters. Overall if you want a more edgy, early 2000, "badass" X-Men then check this out. It's not horrible but it sure feels like early 2000. So on to the next one!

  • Sesana
    2019-04-10 21:24

    Little more than serviceable. Considering that the intent was to reimagine these characters in a modern context, it's disappointingly similar to the main MU version. There are very few adjustments, and they amount to nothing. I'll put in at least a few volumes, because there might be something good later on.

  • Praxedes
    2019-04-03 22:13

    A very nice re-packaging of the usual X-Men stories, with some changes. I enjoy the way Magneto is able to stay two steps ahead of everyone, even Professor Xavier!The artwork is tight, and the colorist deserves an award for making the night scenes a reflection of how the human eye works: concentrating on the scant areas of light to suggest what lies in the darkness. Well done!Overall a very enjoyable read if you are already familiar with this team of mutant superheroes.

  • Gavin
    2019-03-28 14:41

    I just read the first issue #1 on Comixology...boy I liked it.elements of different strands of origin myths coming together.For sure worth reading.***August 2015***I did read this earlier; the whole volume.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-30 18:27

    After enjoying the Ultimate Spider-man books, I was pretty hopeful about Ultimate X-Men — especially since I remember enjoying the appearances of the various X-Men in the Spider-man comics. I enjoyed X-Men cartoons a lot as a kid, and it seems to me a shame that — as with Batman and Superman, actually — I haven’t particularly enjoyed the comics. Unfortunately, The Tomorrow People didn’t change that much.It might not help that it’s a team book, so we don’t see one individual character for long, and it definitely doesn’t help that they’re teenagers and that Scott Summers accordingly has a tantrum. A tantrum that has entirely predictable results, of course. Meanwhile, Wolverine switches sides, more or less for no apparent reason. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch do so as well, with comparatively little background. And Magneto is entirely too easy to take down — obviously this isn’t going to be the last the X-Men see of him in this series, because it’s Magneto, but.It felt like a lot of flash and not much bang, really. I own three more volumes, so I will read them. After that… I don’t know. Not on the strength of this volume.Originally posted here.

  • Cheese
    2019-04-17 15:42

    This is the biggest pile of smelly horrible shit I've ever read. A complete insult to the xmen franchise. Wtf were they thinking!?

  • Sud666
    2019-04-08 21:43

    I was really looking forwards to this series. It did not start off well. Don't get me wrong, this is certainly an epic story. There is a lot that is going on here, but the execution of the story leaves much to be desired.I was interested in this story because it was written by Mark Millar. It's the Ultimate's Universe version of the X-men story. There are some subtle differences, as with any Ultimates tale, such as Wolverine starting off as working for Magneto. But in general it follows the exploits of two very powerful and very different mutants. Dr. Xavier leads the X-Men a team of powerful mutants who fight to preserve good will between humanity and mutant. On the other side is Magneto leading the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Magneto believes that mutants are the next generation of humanity and here to replace the previous version. The rest of the story unfolds in the usual manner. Wolverine joins the X-Men, Magneto tries to take over the world (in this case just annihilate America), a combination of people from Cyclops, the rest of the X-men, Wolverine, Quicksilver, etc all gang up to stop him.The interactions between Wolverine and Jean Grey seemed forced. Also for someone who is touted as this supreme killer, Wolverine sure does change his tune after sleeping once with 19 year old Jean Grey. It just seems a bit much. I never really could buy into their relationship. Many of the other relationships seem similarly forced. I understand Pietro doesn't like his father, but the alacrity with which he decided to turn on his father after so many decades of service seemed forced. The X-men themselves are a good version of the group. While there are subtle differences since it is the Ultimates world, there are still many familiar elements.The art was very disappointing. It did not do the story justice and certain panels made the characters just look ridiculous. If the art had been of a better quality then I think this volume might have eked out a 3/5 rating. But, due to a mediocre execution on what could have been a great story and less than impressive art- I give this first volume a 2/5 rating.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-04-03 16:40

    Mark Millar reboots the X-Men for the Ultimates Universe with this new iteration of the popular franchise in "The Tomorrow People" and unlike recent reboots like Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" and Jason Aaron's more recent reboot, Millar's version is by far the weakest and least original.He makes the X-Men teenagers so we get to see Cyclops, Storm, Jean Gray learning the ropes and having tantrums etc. Scott Summers especially when he sees Jean and Logan smooching. It's kinda lame. Also a mis-step was making Wolverine a double agent especially as it doesn't amount to anything. He's with Magneto one moment then with Xavier the next with no repercussions. What a waste of time! Same goes for Cyclops who switches sides before inevitably going back to Xavier. These McGuffins become quite tiresome after a while.The Sentinels make a belated return though they're as useless as ever with the X-Men, as teenagers with barely any training, able to take them out despite professing fear of them. Then Magneto shows up with his usual tirade against humanity which we've seen in countless previous issues of X-Men not to mention the trilogy of X-Movies. There's very little originality going on with Millar's re-imagining of the X-Men.His dialogue for Wolverine was very poor, Logan sounds like a Brit always saying "yeah that should be a laugh" - I've never heard a Canadian use that phrase.Millar, while usually an excellent writer, falls back on old archetypes while making his cast younger though the effect is underwhelming. I didn't care about the new version of these characters, finding little charm in them and fewer interest in where the series was heading. There are better X-Men stories out there with far more imagination and new situations to make reading them worthwhile; far from rejuvenating the series, "The Tomorrow People" feels strangely old, tired and boring.

  • Travis
    2019-03-31 14:13

    Lord that was bad!An attempt to re-imagine the X-men puts them in the costumes from the movie, adds a lot of teen angst and makes nearly all of them unlikable. The exceptions are Colossus and the Beast. Even then you have to cringe through the Beast making a joke about taking a dump.Jean Gray has a belly button ring, Storm is a teen thief and Wolverine is basically a hired killer, but to make all those fanboys happy, Logan finally gets to bang Jean.More of that grim, not much fun stuff that passes as hip, modern, realistic comics.Why are characters written as jerks always seen as more realistic?Aside from the Spider man title, Marvels Ultimate-verse is pretty much a failed experiment. They can be mildly interesting viewed as a big 'What if?', but otherwise skip them and use your money to buy some of the Essential X-men volumes instead.Though, not to be completely negative, the fight with the Sentinel robots in New York was a cool action scene that would have looked good in one of the X-men movies.

  • Robert
    2019-04-01 21:20

    I have a pretty favourable opinion of Mark Millar's work in general, so it irked me to see such a colossal misfire here."Edgy" early 2000s Ultimate X-Men just wind up being less likeable versions of their classic characters, with some truly tragic fashion and grooming choices along the way (nice bandanna, Bobby, and the less said about Wolvie's Mark McGrath goatee the better).Also, was anyone else grossed out that Logan starts out as a super-assassin on a mission to kill Xavier, but conveniently converts to the X-cause after holing up in a posh hotel because, reasons, and shagging Jean Grey...who is well-established as 19 years old in previous issues? Dirty Old Man Logan, indeed! Blecch.

  • Jedhua
    2019-04-10 15:17

    Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's reviewBook Info: This collection contains Ultimate X-Men issues #1-6.ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down)STANDARDIZED RATING: <2/5 stars>Reeling from the recent anti-human bombings of New York and Washington, the US government contracts roboticist Bolivar Trask to engineer giant machines capable of sniffing out, capturing, and killing mutants hidden all over the country. In the midst of of all this chaos – perpetrated by Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants – Professor Charles Xavier and the X-Men desperately work tirelessly to amend mutant-human relations, as well as provide sanctuary and power training to all mutants seeking them. But while Xavier gathers recruits, Magneto sets his crosshairs on the White House, and plants one of his followers among the ranks of the X-Men – on a secret mission to assassinate the Professor.The Tomorrow People was a shockingly weak volume for a number of reasons – foremost being the characters. As a team-based comic, there are several things a writer must accomplish in order to get it right, and, in some ways, their job may well be more challenging than it would have been for a solo book; not only must team chemistry be cultivated, but each member needs to be both unique and independently valuable. But sadly, characterization did not seem to be one of Millar's main priorities, so he fails on all counts. As a result, virtually everyone seemed rather one-dimensional, and I couldn't bring myself to connect with any one of them.I'm sure most decent introductory X-Men books manage to portray some aspect of the mutants' difficulties coping with their extraordinary abilities, and explore their feelings of isolation and fear. In this book, we are introduced to each of the newest additions to the X-Men's roster (i.e. Beast, Storm, Colossus, and Iceman) during their separate encounters with X-Man Jean Grey. Jean finds them when they're at their lowest point, and manages to convince them that life at Xavier's school would be their best option moving forward. Following the mere 2-4 pages devoted to each encounter, competent readers should find they've already experienced the bulk of their misery, and little else is done to expand on this. Also, Millar's transition from recruitment to field missions occurs entirely too quickly, and he glosses over any training sessions or team interactions that might have added much-needed substance (and believability) to the story.Another defining attribute of X-Men books is that they tend to address relevant topics such as discrimination and terrorism in a poignant and thought-provoking manner. Although the writer does appear to make some attempt to do so, his efforts are scant, and what little he tries is superficial and tedious. Through a few, all-too-brief confrontations where normal folks try and pick a fight or mock mutants they meet, Millar hopes to portray the travesty of intolerance. And this pathetic gesture is barely held together by three strategically-placed crying panels and another three thinly philosophical exchanges about the surrounding political climate. But even more generally speaking, the writing here is amateurish, and most attempts made to be clever or humorous fall flat.[Excellent question, Iceman; I have no idea. As for the news: perhaps it has something to do with the grim realization that the lives of you and your comrades amount to nothing more than the trivial scribblings of a writer who couldn't care less about your fictional existence? No? Hmm... Alright, then. Just a thought.]For a writer who had been in the comic-writing business for as long as he did up until this point, this ought to have been a complete embarrassment. The cheap tactics were so transparent and borderline insulting that I almost couldn't believe it; after a certain point, he seems to think he can get by on bland battles, a middling love triangle, and arbitrarily shifting allegiances (see postscript for more on this). And though I'm not very familiar with his work, Andy Kubert also doesn't appear to be operating at full capacity. This is just judging from what I remember of Flashpoint and Batman and Son, but perhaps this was produced at a moment during his career where the artist still had much room for improvement. So it was mostly decent, but surely not his best.Unlike Ultimate Spider-Man, this did not hold up very well to my memory of it. It seems the more I re-read the more I come to realize just how much I've changed in recent years, and how much more sophisticated my critical analyses have become. Truth is, Millar has done much better work than this, and the volume really doesn't do much at all to redefine the X-Men in a meaningful way. Pretty much all he's done is make them younger and a lot less mature. I think I'll skip ahead to Ultimate War and see if things get any better.Postscript:I've always seen Magneto as one of Marvel's greatest villains, and the conflict between him and Xavier as (potentially) one of the most compelling across all superhero comics. My problem with Millar's rendition of the character is that it omits that fundamental part of Magneto that deeply loves his people, grieves over their suffering, and only resorts to violence because he genuinely sees no other way. From my limited experience, writers are able to achieve this in varying degrees, but Millar barely even seems to try. Instead, he makes him out to be your garden-variety supervillain bent on world domination – one who, as Cyclops so aptly concludes, is little more than a glorified Hitler. Sounds too harsh? See the spoiler tag below for more on this, and you decide for yourself.(view spoiler)[[Without even mentioning how pathetic and out-of character this looks, it suggests that Magneto, behind all his tough talk and posturing, lacks the conviction to die for his beliefs. Kinda lame, if you ask me.] (hide spoiler)]------------------------------------------------Getting into more detail regarding the "shifting allegiances" will necessarily require me to get pretty specific, so proceed with caution:(view spoiler)[1.) As one of two children of Magneto, Quicksilver works earnestly to carry out his father's wishes. But no matter how hard he tries, Magneto doesn't acknowledge his efforts, and constantly berates and insults him. And when Cyclops briefly joins the Brotherhood, Magneto even goes so far as to ask Cyclops to call him father whenever they're in Quicksilver's presence. The reason for this contempt is never revealed, and I was left to assume it was just because he was a heartless villain. But while Quicksilver's ultimate betrayal wasn't surprising, I couldn't fathom why he would allow a sudden pang of resentment to sabotage his group's best chance at achieving their goal of mutant supremacy. I'm sure Millar could have done a much better job with this.2.) Starting in issue #2, Wolverine first embarks on his assignment, and is promptly captured by the same government black ops unit he had escaped from 18 months prior. This issue sheds some light on how he was treated while part of that unit, and how much physical and psychological abuse he must have endured as their prisoner. And although it seems very possible Wolverine may not have been able to escape a second time without the help of the X-Men, I was never fully satisfied with his ideological conversion; it quickly becomes clear just how violent, crude, and selfish the guy is, and his debt to the X-Men didn't seem sufficient to balance out his seemingly more credible gravitation toward the Brotherhood, or the hatred he likely cultivated against humanity as a slave of the US government.3.) Of the three, I'd say Cyclops' switch-up was most ridiculous. Just to get an idea of the kind of person he was before his defection, see below:[Averting what could have been a disastrous brawl, Cyclops takes charge, reigns in his justifiable anger, and directs his team away from the mob.][Clearly, Cyclops is a decent young man, and a level-headed leader. Could one honestly read this any other way?]But when one of his teammates is severely injured, and after he catches Wolverine and Jean making out, Cyclops suddenly storms out of the mansion and signs up with Magneto. By doing this, he too casually abandons the principles he seemed to hold so dear, and ignores the very promising developments brought on by his rescue of the President's daughter. I'm sorry, but none of it made any sense to me. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sonja P.
    2019-03-22 21:33

    The girl versus boy costumes in this were SO RIDICULOUS. Oh, all the boys are covered up LIKE NORMAL for armor, but the girls, WOOOWEEE stomach and cleavage oh boy. Hope the sentinels can't figure out they are mutants from the stomach windows. That would sure be a lack of foresight.

  • Sandra [the fucking book fairy]
    2019-04-11 14:36

    A new twist to how X-men were joined together.The Sentinels were loose and they were out on a killing spree. They were programmed to eliminate every mutant on Earth. Humans were threatened by the growing number of mutants which was why the Sentinels out there.Magneto was busy planning as to how he could rid the humans so that the mutants would rule Earth. Xavier, on the other hand, assigned Jean Grey (also known as Marvel Girl) to locate fellow mutants Storm, Beast, Colossus and Iceman to join X-men and prevent the war that was brewing between humans and mutants.Magneto upon knowing that Xavier was alive, hired known assassin Wolverine to eliminate Xavier, the only person who he thought could stand in his way in attaining his ultimate goal.I have read dozens of X-men spinoffs or versions and I love this one. The illustrations were very detailed.One thing I have to say that I didn’t like was Jean Grey.Her hair was cut so short.I have always been a Jean Grey fan.Her new cool attitude was good but the hair was a big no no for me!

  • Matisse
    2019-04-01 15:25

    This is how you do a superhero comic book. It's gorgeous, of course. It's also thickly plotted, each of the eponymous X-Men have ample screentime and characterization, Wolverine's B-plot doesn't overtake the story (something the movies even struggle with), and the ending is satisfying. There's potential for sequels, and Ultimate X-Men is a sprawling series. This first story arc is a fun stand-alone graphic novel in its own right. Take notes, Ms. Marvel. You finish this feeling like you've just read a full-blown novel. 10/10 already checked out volume 2 from the library. (Bonus points for being a 14 year old comic. Bush and Blair make appearances. It's great.)

  • Stephen
    2019-03-22 16:22

    I liked this. (However, successive storylines should not have been too eager to throw every character in the Marvel lot into the mix so quick. Should have been savored, not gulped. Should have reserved some of the better artists for this title. It's greatness was eventually dilluted, which is why this volume still stands out a bit).

  • Dave
    2019-03-28 17:27

    A re-reading to refresh myself prior to reading the rest of the series. And hey, it is by Mark Miller, and I am in Scotland at the moment. Seems fitting.I give Millar a ton of crap, and usually for good reason. As a writer, Millar is often flashy, superficial, and vulgar, and all of those traits are on display in this first trade collection of ULTIMATE X-MEN. Part of the initial wave of Marvel's Ultimate line of comics - which intended to "reboot" the Marvel Universe into something accessible for new readers and which would supposedly reflect a greater sense of "reality" - the comic is full of cynicism, "extreme" for the sake of being extreme content (Magneto: eater of humans! Wolverine: he who looks to sleep with women not yet twenty!), and a peculiar love/hate relationship with the mere concept of super heroics.That said, the book happens to be a ton of fun. Miller's efforts to tap into a post-9/11 zeitgeist is crass and mostly superficial, but the story is so pulpy and quick paced that it is hard not to get caught up in it. The characterizations of classic X-Men are certainly different from their 616 (sorry Marvel, but I am sticking with that designation) counterparts, but that isn't always a bad thing. Jean Grey has far more back bone and intelligence than the early versions of the character, even though she is stuck with a hideous early-2000s "sexy" costume.Which does bring us to the art. Adam Kubert is understandably held in fairly high regard among comic fans, and his work in this book is often solid. That said, for a book about a team of teenagers, nearly nobody actually looks like a teen or early twenty-something (Bobby Drake is the only exception here). Whatever the faults of the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issues are, the team at least LOOKED like teens. And no, the terrible facial hair doesn't help.Anyways, the Ultimate Universe is now defunct, but this book has left me eager to read the whole run straight on through. Recommended.

  • Andrea Mullarkey
    2019-03-26 21:37

    The comic book clubbers really wanted to read some Marvel books and I have basically no exposure to the Marvel universe. Unless you count having read Runaways for comic book club last year. And some knowledge of Spider Man picked up by osmosis over the years. Suffice it to say X-Men is not something I would pick up on my own so I am grateful to the comic book club for dragging me into this world. And I do mean "dragging" because there was no way I'd pick up such an iconic superhero pair on my own. Big battles, messy pseudo-romantic relationships, ridiculous costumes, superpowers and backstories that are so well-accepted they aren't really explicated...these two had all these strikes against them. And when I read them I was mostly totally annoyed. I do like the premise of these books. Each reboots a well-known franchise and works on an insiders vs. outsiders paradigm. There are some fun little things (like the poorly created time out room where the characters meet up to discuss their differences; the effective use of the color pink) but honestly I remember very little about these books. True it's been a while since I read them; I am way behind on writing book reviews. But I remember other books that I read before these and at about the same time really clearly. These, though, not so much. I remember only that I liked one marginally better than the other and it was NOT the one the teens liked better. I remember being irritated by the way the women were characterized in one of them. I remember Beast being a more interesting character in one of them. But in each case I can't remember which one or why. Ah well, I'm not a superhero comics fan. I'm barely a superhero comics reader. The two bits of good news about this are: I'll keep reading them because the teens will keep expecting me, tooThe teens don't need me to know much about them because they can hold up the conversation all on their own. Besides they like being the experts on something!

  • Havvy
    2019-04-14 16:42

    Mark Millar's Ultimate universe came out when I was eleven and just starting to get into comic books. At the time, it felt like an awesome way to sink my teeth into a title that I could read start to finish without having to beg my parents for the money to buy forty years of back-issues from the original Uncanny series. Going back and rereading the series in trade, it has its good qualities and its bad. Tomorrow People, as a first arc, introduces us to original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast and Iceman, and pigeonholes fan favorites Wolverine, Storm and Colossus in as original-for-this-universe-only members. Getting everyone together feels rushed and short on development and it may have been better to start the way the 90's animated series did: with an established group whose back stories are revealed as necessary. For a title that looks to reimagine the X-Men, it does that in spades from new uniforms (B-, if they're supposed to be a cloaking device for the Sentinels, why are Storm and Jean wearing teeny tiny tops with bare midriffs?) to new characterizations. I'm not fussy on where they take Cyclops this arc, or Jean and Logan, but if memory serves the series does get better down the road. Two stars for being a functional but relatively unremarkable introduction to a new X-Men universe.

  • David Lipely
    2019-04-04 17:18

    The reimagining of the X-men stories is an amazing one! This is truly a great starting volume as well!

  • Matthew Willis
    2019-04-19 19:41

    I definitely thought this was great! First time reading a comic and I felt it did a great job having me jump right in. I don't like the covers of these volumes but the art in the book is good!

  • Loyal
    2019-04-19 18:28

    I really liked this one, a really good story, with a variety of characters, all well-introduced.

  • Jared Conti
    2019-04-12 17:22

    Meh. Moved a bit too quickly for me. Didn't really get into things deep enough and this'll just be relegated to a popcorn read.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-29 15:20

    X-Men is probably my favorite team out the of the Marvel series. I think the art work was good and I did find the slight changes in the characters intriguing.

  • Connor
    2019-04-08 17:40

    I tore through this book. As someone who doesn't know the whole X-Men story, this was a decent origin story. The art style seemed like it was very early 00's.

  • Charles
    2019-03-30 21:31

    Stuff I Read – Ultimate X-Men #1-6So I have been an X-Men fan for a long time (really ever since the TV show on Fox back in the day, when I was but a youngin’). But there was a time (that I call High School) when I wasn’t reading the comics at all, and it really wasn’t until I got into college that I picked the comics back up and started collecting again. So, really, I missed almost the entire first half of Ultimate X-Men when it was coming out. The good news was that I got the trades for cheap and so caught up pretty quick. And, in truth, the opening arc does what it sets out to do, which is to introduce the X-Men as if they had started in, what 2000 or so. Because, unlike most comics which attempt to avoid mentioning what time period they are taking place in, Ultimate X-Men shows the president and mentions dates and all that. So really it is grounding itself that it is starting in the here and now; or, at least, in the here and now of ten years ago.So it sets about gathering up the first generation of X-Men, which turn out to be Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Storm, Colossus, Iceman, and Wolverine. It should be mentioned right away that the series does fall victim to trying really hard to make the characters more edgy. Colossus is involved in the Russian Mafia, Wolverine is an assassin for the Brotherhood, and Storm is in jail for stealing cars. And the humans, too, are “updated” into already having made the sentinels and so the series opens on sentinels killing mutants. As a whole the edgier feel of the series attempts to up the stakes and make the urgency of Xavier’s dream pressing indeed. At the same time, Xavier is shown as perhaps not being the saint he was in the classic stories. Indeed, in the comics he talks all well and good, but it is evident that he does see humans as something lower, and takes it upon himself to wipe minds or convince people to help him when he sees it as necessary, and definitely thinks he is best suited to lead mutant kind and humanity into the future.Magneto comes across as much more vicious, at least, and less noble, it being his accomplishment that Professor X was crippled. He is also more into terrorism in the real sense, including bombings and kidnapping, and goes as far as to reprogram the sentinels to attack humans. And really, what Ultimate X-Men accomplishes is showing that in today’s age, the only way to combat evil is to adopt their tactics. In these comics it becomes clear that the X-Men are more willing to adopt the tactics of the Brotherhood, balking only at killing, really. But the lying, the using their powers to gain the upper hand; the difference between the X-Men and Brotherhood becomes one more of ideals and less of tactics. Where in the original comics the X-Men tried to stand for something bigger, tried to show that everyone was human, in this updated version there is no concession that mutants are human. They are supposed to be superior, and to usher in a new age. And while the X-Men believe that this should be done peacefully, they still see themselves as above humanity in many ways. So really this is a vision of the X-Men that is rife with the bitterness of the times. The faith in humans and, by extension, in mutants, is gone and what we have is a lesson that even with good mutants power corrupts. The heroism is a shadowed, at the very least, underneath the flaws of the characters and their methods. They still attempt to “save” a world that hates and fears them, but with the arrogance that they know they are right, that they are the inheritors of the world. While the visuals and writing of the issues is solid, I find it a bit jarring to find that in the “present” no one questions Xavier or his altered dream. In the mainstream comics universe there is at least questions raised about mutants role in the future, and as mutants have become more concerned with surviving and being left alone they have had to adapt their tactics. But even that is not without comment or criticism. In Ultimate X-Men it is like mutants have already decided that they will inherit, and so it is a battle over what form of government that will take in the new order, a democracy or aristocracy. And it makes a good read, no doubts there. But I dislike what it says, or tries to say, about what the present means. It lands with a 6.75/10.

  • Justin
    2019-04-14 19:37

    I must say I'm surprised at the harsh criticism that is directed at the Ultimate X-Men series and this volume in particular. I was a skeptic when the whole "Ultimate" non-continuity line was announced a few years ago, but at this point Ultimate X-Men is the only X-title I bother with aside from Joss Whedon's excellent Astonishing X-Men series.Ultimate X-Men is about more than just jettisoning 40 years of continuity and starting over. It's about a fresh start for our favorite characters. The X-Men always worked best as troubled teenagers and hated outcasts, and that part of the characters has been lost in the "real" titles in favor of complicated crossovers and constantly killing (and reviving) classic characters. I'd challenge anyone to drag your reprints off the shelf and re-read X-Men #1 and Giant Sized X-Men #1. The spirit of those two monumental X-Men issues flows through the pages of Ultimate X-Men. Criticizing Millar's writing style or Kubert's art is one thing, but I can't see how any objective reader can challenge this title's spirit or heart.On to the actual stories collected in this volume:The Tomorrow People starts much like Giant Sized X-Men #1 did, with the individual X-Men being identified and drafted to Professor X's cause. The team is redefined as a group of teenagers, just as Lee and Kirby's originally intended. This lends the characters some wild energy and emotional volatility that keep even the most mundane situations interesting. The other interesting revamp is casting Magneto and his Brotherhood as terrorists rather than just super-villains. Sure, Magneto has always been a terrorist, but more on a "steal some nukes" scale rather than "bomb government buildings and kill civilians". In a post 9-11 world, this type of character is all the more frightening. Magneto's cause is no longer the grand Evil of super-villainy, but rather the more insidious evil of racism and exclusion that can so easily ensnare even the most well-intentioned.Return to Weapon X is even more fun than The Tomorrow People. Right off the bat, Xavier and company are kidnapped by SHIELD agents whose goal is to exploit mutants for military purposes. Among their past victims - Wolverine. The way these kids are treated - not just the X-Men, but the other Weapon X captives as well - makes for some incredibly compelling reading, as does the introduction of the Ultimate version of Nick Fury, one of the best characters in the Ultimate Universe. This storyline is high on action as well as character development, and is quite simply one of the best X-Men stories I've read in a long time.I can see that Mark Millar's story and writing style have taken a lot of criticism here, but I found it completely enjoyable and completely refreshing. The X-Men all show strong personalities, as do Magneto and some (though not all) of his Brotherhood. The plot is solid and the dialogue is smart and edgy and so much more interesting than what has been recycled in Uncanny X-Men over the past two decades. Millar has successfully reinvented the X-Men with both a modern look and feel, and a true appreciation for the original X-Men stories that made these characters shine in the first place.The artwork for this series is as solid as you'd expect from the Kuberts. I've never really been a fan of either Kubert brother's style, but they have come a long way and their art absolutely enhances the overall storytelling.I highly recommend Ultimate X-Men, not only to new X-fans who might be bewildered by the continuity of the older series, but to old school X-Men fans like me. If you keep an open mind, you should find this book quite enjoyable.

  • Chang
    2019-04-13 16:31

    Abandoned less than 30 pages in.I get that they were trying to reimagine/reboot the X-Men. But the result was lame--trying so very hard to be hip and cool, but the team just came off as a bunch of edge lords. They were throwing quips out there that didn't fit the context. I get that this is a comic book with superpowers and there should be a suspension of disbelief, but even by comic book standards, it really came off as really lame.Worse, aside from the attempts to be edgy, none of the X-Men characters were really that different, except as caricatures of the original characters. They certainly weren't original or refreshing takes.I tried but I couldn't read any more. So I decided not to waste any more time on this comic. Feel free to waste yours, though I recommend against it.

  • Paul Hamilton
    2019-03-31 16:16

    The interesting thing about the X-Men, as opposed to many other super heroes, is that their "origin" stories aren't really focused on how their powers came to be, since they all have the same story: born with a mutant gene that gives them special powers. Thus the traditional set-up stories are more along the lines of how the team comes together, usually with Professor X collecting the mutants at his school. The Ultimate line, which is kind of a partial reboot, thus pushes back the clock on series so that the principals are all teenagers but sets it in the early 00s (when the series began). Mark Millar also does a few roster shuffles from the original 60s, replacing Angel with Storm and Colossus.The biggest problem I have with Millar's telling of the X-Men is that he doesn't solve any of the problems introduced in previous X-Men incarnations. Notably, there are still too many secondary mutants running around without sufficient character development and many if not most of them are painfully prone to swapping sides between Professor X's "let's get along with humanity" track and Magneto's "death to homo sapiens" track. Millar even exacerbates this by making such an ideological shift subject to something as fleeting as teenage jealousy.Additionally, I have to take a moment to make my usual gripe about Wolverine. Don't get me wrong, I think Wolverine is a great character, but he's a solo guy. His effectiveness as a foil for the other members of the team is, I think, heavily undermined by his presence from the get-go in this book. For case in point note that the second major storyline (featured in this volume) of the book is "Return To Weapon X" so six months in to the run and Wolverine has already commandeered the storyline. I presume he will continue to do so as he has in practically every other X-Men book I've ever read. As an occasional cameo character, I think he might work in the series, but while he does represent a decent analogy to government exploitation of the disaffected (mutants in this case), he's too tempting for writers to let take a back seat. The end result, Ultimate X-Men in a single volume has already become what every other X-Men book eventually becomes: Wolverine & The X-Men.The art by Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert is pretty good, even if they are occasionally prone to dipping into Escher Girls territory. The key here in determining whether I continue to read more Ultimate X-Men collections is going to be if I think Millar can get out of the way enough to let the X-Men themselves shine through, to tell the story of reconciliation and evolution that the X-Men represents (at least long enough for them to become legitimate heroes against non-mutant threats). Given that within the first year he had already succumbed to so many of the problems inherent in the series, I don't think so. I had high hopes that this might be the chance for Marvel to go back and undo some of the baggage that has weighed down the whole suite of X- books since somewhere in the 80s which made X-Men (and assorted offshoots) sort of the poster child for super hero storytelling lunacy, but it looks like more of the same. I'm not sorry I bought or read this volume, but I don't think I'll be reading further.