Ultimate Comics X-Men #14 Review
By Andy Frisk
July 16, 2012 - 10:00
Writer(s): Brian Wood
Penciller(s): Paco Medina, Reilly Brown
Inker(s): Juan Vlasco and Terry Pallot
Colourist(s): Marte Gracia
Letterer(s): VC’s Joe Sabino
While I love Brian Wood’s work, he does sometimes have the tendency to hit one over the head with the progressive hammer so to speak. Granted he’s inherited the current Ultimate Comics storyline, but one gets the feeling that we’re in for another thick dose of heavy handed politically progressive theorizing once again. (Please note though, politically progressive theorizing is something that I completely love about Wood’s work-I just think he’s doing it better, i.e. more intelligently and subtly, over in X-Men).
The Ultimate line of Marvel Comics was created to breathe new life into while simultaneously updating and making more realistic Marvel Comics’ characters. The only problem was that Ultimate Comics ended up being even more popular than the old Earth 616 continuity and subsequently had to be broken down. Now most of the main characters are dead or replaced by stand ins, and the world of Ultimate Comics is more a dark reflection of our world rather than a truer reflection of it. The main Marvel 616 continuity is striving to be that truer mirror now, which means that talented writers like Wood can really cut loose with what they want to write and say…even if they’ve said it more poignantly elsewhere.
Ultimate X-Men is a good solid, and yes it is an importantly progressive read (despite all I’ve said about it negatively here), but I wonder how long after the resolution to “Divided We Fall” interest in the series can be kept up where most of the most recognizable X-Men are unavailable simply because they’ve been killed off…
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