Brian Wood’s X-Men has been one of my favourite new ongoings of recent time. Yes there is a (mainly) all female team, yes the teenage vampire mutant who nobody really likes kinda kidnapped a baby (she is now legally his mother) and yes there are far too many psychics around, but this was a great book.
Ultimate Comics X-Men #33 is a poetic ending to one of the most unique X-Men runs. Brian Wood cuts back on the dialogue, and the story is mostly told through Alvaro Martinez’s art and caption boxes from the perspective of Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey. The real reason for Utopia’s attack on Tian is revealed, and the fight between Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey is thrilling.
Ultimate Comics X-Men #32 reads like yet another set-up issue. However, Brian Wood manages to move the pieces and prepare for one last battle that will determine the fate of the mutants in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Like in his current Star Wars comic, he cuts to a lot of different characters. However, each small storyline is a part of a bigger endgame and shows how characters like Kitty Pryde, Storm, and even Mach Two have changed over this run. Alvaro Martinez is on fire artistically this issue. He gets to draw a lot of action sequences and uses different panel structures when different characters are fighting. The art is the best part of this very good comic, whose only weakness is a last minute deus ex machina.
As Battle of the Atom continues, the true nature of the”Future X-Men” is revealed as the Jean Grey Institute comes under siege again.
Ultimate X-Men #31 is a “setting up the board” issue, but it is a beautiful one. The war between the mutant states of Utopia and Tian is about to begin, and this issue shows the plans and machinations behind each side. Brian Wood isn’t afraid to inject some real world situations in the comic with words like “preemptive”, “terrorist”, and “retaliation”. These political underpinnings have been bubbling throughout his run explode in this issue and will have major consequences for the mutants of the Ultimate Universe.
BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 3! The X-Men and Future X-Men pursue young Scott and Jean. Not all the X-Men agree that the All-New X-Men should be sent back. The cracks in the new all-female X-Men cast start to show.
After the game-changing events of PRIMER, the women of the X-Men must contemplate the future of their makeshift team. Are the X-women ready for the BATTLE OF THE ATOM that’s right around the corner? Meanwhile: Jubilee may still look like a kid, but she finds herself burdened with some very adult responsibilities. What kind of plans can a mutant vampire teen mom make for her own future?