Check it out, it's another #1 comic for me to review! This time it's from Marvel, as the Ultimate Universe continues to get it's makeover. We've already gotten a new Ultimate Spider-Man series and a new Ultimates series, now it's time for the new Ultimate X-Men series.
Ultimate X-Men #1:
Summary: Valerie Cooper, the US liaison on superhuman and mutant affairs, holds a press conference to officially announce what the press had managed to dig up, that the US government was responsible for the creation of mutantkind with some experiments up in Canada as a part of the Weapon X Program some 60 years ago. Needless to say, this news has pissed off the US's allies the world over and has led to widespread rioting throughout the US. From the news conference we head to a couple of characters who will seemingly play a major role in this series... Let's first start with Jimmy Hudson, the star of the recently ended Ultimate X series. Upon hearing that mutants were created by the government, and that his father, Wolverine, was the first mutant created, Jimmy heads off to visit the shuttered Weapon X Project headquarters. Karen Grant(actually Jean Grey) is too late to save a girl, who recently manifested her mutant powers, from her own parents, who had killed the girl since they felt that being dead was preferable to living life as a mutant. Quicksilver interrupts a meeting between Nick Fury and the president of the United States and claims that he wants to help the president with his recent mutant troubles. We also get some glimpses of other mutants(Storm and Colossus to name two) who were living in government sanctioned concentration camps, as was the law(either a mutant surrenders to the feds or they can be shot on sight), and this issue ends with Shadowcat, Iceman and the Human Torch(who were living in the Morlock tunnels), seeing a news report that Rogue was being attacked by a Nimrod sentinel and deciding to head up to the surface to help.
Thoughts: This was a very good start to this series. Granted, I HATE the fact that Shadowcat is going to be the female lead in this series, but if that's the worst thing about this series I can tolerate it. Besides Shadowcat, I like every single other character in this comic book. Jean, Jimmy, the Torch, Iceman, Quicksilver, hell, it's almost like I chose that line-up myself! I'm also fine with the government being responsible for mutantkind in the Ultimate Universe. It's a bit of a stretch that from Wolverine a mutant “virus” formed that led to hundreds(thousands?) of mutants being born, but that's something I can overlook. All in all, this series seems to be in very good hands with Nick Spencer. As a matter of fact, the Ultimate Universe is looking really good in general since Marvel shook it up. And look, Marvel didn't even have to reboot the entire Ultimate Universe to make it interesting!
Score: 9 out of 10. You know, that's the forth 9 score I've handed out today. Methinks somebody needs to find a new favorite number...Wolverine's hairstyle must be genetic or something.