It's another issue number two for a series, but this time, it's from Marvel... Weird. I enjoyed the first issue of the new Ultimate X-Men book, but am still kind of dubious about the team line-up... But hey, it's the X-Men, so it can't be THAT bad, right?
Ultimate X-Men #2:
Summary: Oh give me a break... *sigh*... This issue gets started with Rev. Stryker and his Purifiers managing to capture Jimmy Hudson... Et tu, Nick Spencer? From there we head to Manhattan where Shroud(Kitty Pryde), Iceman and the Human Torch have emerged from the Morlock tunnels to help Rogue escape from a Nimrod style Sentinel. The trio of mutants attack the Nimrod but have little to no success in defeating it. As a matter of fact, they can barely even put a dent in the thing! Ultimately Shroud tells the boys to retreat to a predetermined location and manages to grab Rogue, fall through the street and land in a passing train, thus escaping. When Shroud and Rogue meet up with the Torch and Iceman later on, Rogue reveals she headed to Manhattan at the behest of God, leading the the Torch(and probably the other two mutants) to believe Rogue had flipped her lid. From there Stryker kills a woman who had helped mutants, and we discover that something fishy was happening in Egypt.
Thoughts: Goddammit! Can't I go six damn months without a damn Stryker in one of the goddamn X-books?! The Purifiers are a group that can be interesting, but in SMALL doses! I mean seriously, since M-Day, they seem to be butting heads with the 616 X-teams every other month. I get that with no new mutant villains in the 616 the X-Men are stuck constantly battling the same hate mongers issue after issue, but we CAN get new mutants villains in the Ultimate Universe! There's no reason for Stryker and the Purifiers to pop up here, especially this early in the series, ESPECIALLY since it wasn't that long since the 616 X-Men battled them! So there's my major complaint about this issue. Other than that, I enjoyed this one. I really like the pairing of Iceman and the Torch, their personalities mesh really well, and the fact that there's a godlike figure emerging from Egypt obviously gives me hope for an Apocalypse storyline. But the Stryker garbage REALLY hurt my enjoyment of this issue. If Jimmy pops a claw in that loser's brain he'll solidify his place as my favorite Ultimate character.
Score: 6 out of 10.Huh, I never realized how much I missed Johnny...