Ultimate Comics X

Ultimate Comics X

Origins

Book - 2011
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With the world on the brink destruction, the Fantastic Four disbanded, the X-Men gone, and mutants hunted as criminals, an unlikely group of young heroes gather together to save tomorrow. Who or what connects Jimmy Hudson, Karen Grant, Derek Morgan, and Liz Allan, and what drives them to reach out to the most dangerous person in the Ultimate Universe, the Hulk?
Publisher: New York : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2011
Edition: Premiere ed.
ISBN: 9780785140146
078514014X
9780785141013
0785141014
9780785163428
Branch Call Number: / 741.5973 XMEN LOEB
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Adams, Art 1963-
Alternative Title: Origins
X. Origins
Ultimate X

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G100
Aug 22, 2015

Not terrible. The first, second and third reasons to read this book is Arthur Adams. It's pretty rare for him to do four issues in a row and here you have five. Geoff Loeb's dialogue missed the mark. Not a surprise. A lot of his ideas (Wolverine Jr, Kid Blob) are just terrible. Also not a surprise. But the pacing works and it's readable. Is a surprise (especially if you've read Ultimates 3).

forbesrachel Oct 05, 2013

With the destruction of the X-Men, the world now hunts all mutants. Scattered, and without purpose many are in hiding, while others are unaware of what they are. In this introductory volume, the next generation of mutant heroes are brought together by "Karen", better known as Jean Gray, who after the fall of the X-Men finds herself in anguish and alone. Most of the others are new to the universe, although several are descended from the original bunch. Depth is given to each of them through the narration of their loved ones; whether a father, mother or another, they all speak about the "origins" of that mutant. Each narrated back-story overlaps the present events that are occurring, which is an unusual manner in which to deliver it, but very effective in that the pace, which could have been dragged down by creating separate images, is kept eventful.

Some stunning art does justice to the X-Men name, with detailed images, beautiful action poses, expressive faces, and a great deal of textures. Each chapter focuses on one particular member, with the colour scheme altering slightly to match their nature. The artist's depiction of all of them is fresh, and well-suited to a new generation of X-Men fans. Derek's design is particularly good.

Not much happens plotwise, as this volume is primarily a means to showing the new teams formation. Barely a hint of what their mission will be is alluded to at the end, but it is enough to look forward to the next volume. Due to the new content of this series, it requires little knowledge of what happened previously, making it easy for someone new to the X-Men universe to understand. The world has not turned out well for mutants, so it will be interesting to see how they survive without the safe haven that Xavier had created.

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duane767
Mar 01, 2013

Well, I thought this was the best I've read from Loeb in a long time and he had the blessing of having Art Adams illustrate the story.

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rene1951
Sep 04, 2012

Nice fictionilised example of the literal paranoia of the U.S.A. Don't believe me? Mention bomb making, overthow of governent and a few other words and you will never be seen again. No joke: like certain other (well known) organisations, no arrest but interrogation (no warning and indefinite period in unkwown place).

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Keogh
Aug 15, 2012

Avoid it. The collection concerns itself with the aftermath of Ultimatum, in which many of the Ultimate universe's heroes died. The art is mediocre, and the writing is dreadful. Loeb was once a good writer, but in the end has lost all of his talent, and the entire book is a mess. The Ultimate universe itself has rendered itself irrelevant by its own existance.

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