Ultimate X-Men #99
By Zak Edwards
January 6, 2009 - 11:45
Writer(s): Aron Coleite
Penciller(s): Mark Brooks & Dan Panosian
Inker(s): Danny Miki & Karl Story & Victor Olazaba
Colourist(s): Edgar Delgado
Letterer(s): Albert Deschesne
Cover Artist(s): Mark Brooks
This is it! The second last issue before the end of it all, that is, Ultimate X-Men as an ongoing, and what do we have? Mutants fighting each other only to suddenly stop so they can join together to save the institute from a plot line used by New X-Men about a year and a half ago. The ultimate climax of this series is disappointing to say the least. The series continues to represent all that is (was?) wrong with the whole Ultimate line nowadays. Before, it was cool, modernized, and grittier than its counterparts, now its a recycling station for things used by the main Marvel universe over the past twenty years.
The art changes four pages in and then changes three more times after that at random intervals. It seems like Mark Brooks drew the six or so pages he liked in the script and then let Dan Panosian do the rest, and it is jarring, especially the first one. I turned the page, flipped it back, and flipped forward again to see what was going on. It just looks bad, and it happens multiple times. But Mark Brooks is a capable artist already familiar with the story, considering he drew it for the New X-Men series this story ripped off. His art is expressive and can handle the action very well. But Panosian is of a different quality. It’s more cartoon influence and looks directed to a younger audience than Brooks. The men have very square jaws and chiseled features in a cartoonish kind of way. The art switching back and forth is distracting, unfortunately, and with a noticeable change in quality, it suffers.
3/10 Distracting art and recycled story lines are burning this series to the end.
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