• Review - Ultimate X #1

    Issue: Ultimate Comics X #1
    Writer: Jeph Loeb
    Artist: Art Adams
    Cover: Art Adams
    Date Published: 02/03/2010


    Who—or what—is Ultimate X? This infamous tag-line took no time to reveal the answer allowing readers not to scratch their heads to long to figure it out. In the aftermath of Ultimatum, Wolverine is dead, Captain America is a fugitive, The Fantastic Four disbanded and Mutants are regarded as criminals and are hunted down. The story begins in Port St.Lucie introducing a brand new character, Jimmy Hudson, a teen that is unaware of his true origins and past. The beginning narrative is voiced by Jimmy’s foster-father James Hudson known as Guardian in the main Marvel universe, a term here his wife Heather Hudson game him after a vacuum cleaner as he cleans up other peoples messes. He describes how Jimmy came into his life, how he became sheriff and knew a hurricane was coming.

    Things begin to unravel as Jimmy gets in a serious car race accident and discovers he has mutant powers allowing him to heal rapidly (sound familiar?). The following day Kitty Pryde pays him a visit and reveals that which his parents have kept secret, as Jimmy is the son of Wolverine. Jimmy then discovers he has bone claws like his father prior to Weapon X, but has the ability to form metal over the claw similar to Colossus’ armor form. The story concludes with a touching moment on the dock between Jimmy and James, and we find out the reason why James never told Jimmy who his father was earlier, as he was afraid he would lose him.


    All and all it was a good first issue, which sets the tone and the characters. I really enjoyed this new take on James and Heather Hudson and I’m sure we will find out more of their background, such as how James and Wolverine fought together in the Gulf War, and Wolverine introduced Heather to James. There is also still some mystery surrounding who is Jimmy’s mother, which I’m sure will be addressed and how can Jimmy form metal over his bone claws?

    Concerning the art, Art Adams art is very enjoyable, but the characters faces could be improved on.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Review - Ultimate X #1 started by -K-M- View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Hmmm... I wouldn't be suprised if we didn't see Mac & Heather again.
    1. rplass's Avatar
      rplass -
      Ah, there are three more covers not posted here. How would one send them in?

      Also, this has already gone to 2nd printing, due out 3/10/10, with a new cover using that image above with Jimmy looking at his claws.
    1. Ben's Avatar
      Ben -
      Put in your Album in you profile and I'll grab them from there, otherwise attach them in a thread on the forum
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      It's done from Mac's POV, so we might see them again...

      I enjoyed this one; I loved finally seeing Art Adams doing a decent take on Alphans (after that annoying tease in Asgardian Wars; where he did the half without them in it, and did the cover in his cartoonish style).

      My biggest wondering was, what were they doing in Florida? (Apparently.) About as far from Canada as you can get in the US.

      How do I subscribe to comments threads in articles?

      - Le Messor
      "Life must be lived as play."
      - Playto
    1. Sypes's Avatar
      Sypes -
      So did we ever find out the history of the Hudsons, and Wolverine and James in the war, or why he could grow metal over his bones like collussus?
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Your first question should be answered in next year's Ultimate Wolverine miniseries, your second question most likely won't be.
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Shouldn't his metal ability just be a mutation?

      ~ Le Messor
      "It is only in sorrow [that] bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it."
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    1. Flightpath07's Avatar
      Flightpath07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Le Messor View Post
      Shouldn't his metal ability just be a mutation?

      ~ Le Messor
      Yes, that'd make sense! http://fanart.tv/fanart/music/c6122f...0d2b3a9e24.jpg
    1. Le Messor's Avatar
      Le Messor -
      Look, we're not gonna take it!