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Review: Ultimate X #3

Who is Derek Morgan?

Mutants are still illegal in the Ultimate Universe, and in this issue, we meet Derek Morgan, a teen who lives with his older police officer brother and his wife. He also has a secret, he's a mutant. More specifically, a mutant with wings and claws. Can "Karen Grant" and Jimmy Hudson get to him before the police find out who he is?
 

The Good

First off, I'm so glad this book takes place in Chicago. By far, this was my favorite issue as of yet. It reminded me of the old Disney cartoon Gargoyles, but for adults. It was darker and filled with a little more bitterness and angst, so it was like Batman too in a sense. What I enjoyed most about this issue was the dynamic between Derek, the mutant, and his police officer brother. I hope it's something they go back to later on the series, since those pieces between the brothers really made this issue stand out for me. Art Adams pencils are again great. His art work isn't something that stands out huge, but it's consistent, and it plays like a movie, which goes well with Jeph Loeb's movie-style writing in this issue.
 

The Bad

I'm not enjoying the bantering behind Jean Grey AKA "Karen" and Jimmy Hudson. It's basically this. "I'm a 16 year old with a growing libido, but I'm not trying to get with you." "I'm an attractive female mutant who happens to be overly-busty, and I don't want to get with you." Repeat. It's bad teenage drama, and seriously, Jean Grey must have had a boob job between Ultimatum and this story arc. Her body is grossly disproportionate.
 

The Verdict - 4.5/5

Again, this was my favorite issue of the series so far. I'm really excited to see how Derek will fit in to this story down the road, and why these mutants are drawn to each other. It's also pretty nice to see Jeph Loeb's writing be all around enjoyable for once, instead of the C-List summer blockbuster in comic form. The majority of the Ultimate books are great, and I'd even say this is the second best of the lot.
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Posted by darkxman123

hahahahahah boobs 

Posted by RiceFox

Cool! I love seeing something written by Jeph Loeb to be received well!

Posted by goldenkey

Its great to see the Ultiamte U on rise again.  Gotta check this out just for Chicago.  Im surprised to see how many people talk bad about the ultimate U and never read any of it.  Millars initial run on X-Men, Ultimates, and FF was great and refreshing.  Modernized.  It got more and more into "how can throw a new character into the story" but it seems like they got to what made the Ultimate u a success in the first place.  Just tell a good story and bring a twist to a character you thought you otherwise knew. 
Posted by ComicMan24

It looks good.
Posted by MetatronDaDon

read the preview pages, love it already

Posted by sora_thekey

Repeat. It's bad teenage drama, and seriously, Jean Grey must have had a boob job between Ultimatum and this story arc.

Yeah last issue I was thinking the same thing... I like Art Adam's art but when he draws Jean... I mean Karen... it's just disproportionate!
I'm glad this was a good issue, since I've been hoping this would turn out as a good series... so far the last two issues have not been so good.
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Posted by blade hunter
@darkxman123 said:
" hahahahahah boobs  "
lol boobs :)
Posted by treysome

lol well comic artist aren't going to be drawing little hersey kisses b@@bs anytime soon.  I'm enjoying this series since I find myself getting further and further away from the 616 universe these days.  There's too much to buy there.  Can't wait for the story to really get going when the team is assemble.

Posted by danhimself

I kept thinking through out the entire issue "When did Ultimate Jean Grey get such big boobs?" ... I mean they're huge!!
 
also now that we've got 4 members of the team revealed I'm wondering whether the grey Hulk is another Hulk clone from the Ultimates or something entirely different....they still haven't talked about where the real Hulk is since Ultimatum

Posted by Joeybagad0nutz
@danhimself said:
" I kept thinking through out the entire issue "When did Ultimate Jean Grey get such big boobs?" ... I mean they're huge!!  also now that we've got 4 members of the team revealed I'm wondering whether the grey Hulk is another Hulk clone from the Ultimates or something entirely different....they still haven't talked about where the real Hulk is since Ultimatum "
haha! I picked up the issue today and was thinking the same thing. But I like the new jean :) 
 
Anyone have any idea when the next one comes out? I wanna see who that Hulk-Looking guy. (Yea, I know the next one is Liz)