Jimmy Hudson first appeared in Ultimate X #1 (2010) and was created by Jeph Loeb and Arthur "Art" Adams.
This is still a young character having only appeared in a little over twenty issues, and we have only seen glimpses of his personality. Each writer whether it be Loeb, Nick Spencer or Brian Wood have put their own personal spin on the character. Sure sometimes it was just a slight tweak, but it was definitely noticeable. Some of the different changes could be attributed to him being a teenager trying to find himself. Here is who Jimmy Hudson is to me:
He is his father’s son - meaning James Hudson's son not Wolverine’s. He is the man James and Heather Hudson raised him to be, and he continues to strive to be that person. He might have thrill-seeking tendencies, but he has never wanted to let them down nor taint his image in their eyes. Jimmy was sheltered by a loving mother growing up - a mother who was against war. Despite this, Jimmy found himself at the forefront of a war and now has been through and lead battles like both of his fathers.
Wolverine knew very little of his past whereas Jimmy remembers all of his childhood. This makes a distinct separation between the two characters. Jimmy is the son of a war hero and the son of a sheriff. He has a noble person to look up to and has been lucky enough to have James Hudson as a father. This is something that Wolverine either never had or never remembers having. He is akin to Remus and Romulus. Jimmy does not have an animal side. He is not feral like Logan was. Jimmy also brings up the nature vs nurture argument which is something X-Men fans should be well aware of considering the recent Uncanny X-Force series. Loeb even pokes at this with Jimmy’s first interaction with Kitty Pryde. She asks him if their pet alligator bites. Jimmy responds with, “Yeah, he bites. He’s an alligator.” A creature known for showing his claws will show his claws.
Jimmy is innocent and inquisitive. Something I think he could still be able to retain even with what has happened in the southwest. He has a soft spot for Kitty. She was the first person to enlighten him. She showed him his father, gave him answers to questions he didn't know he had, and she told him what he was— a mutant.
The first time Jimmy ever saw his father he was shocked and scared. More importantly, he was impressed. He was awestruck to see this man in front of him, hologram, or not.
I would love to see Jimmy interact with Storm and Colossus. I feel that there could be some sweet and touching moments waiting to be tapped. I would also just love to see everyone’s reaction to Jimmy one by one. How he reminds them of Logan, and how different he is. The conversation sprouting from this would be such a joy to read. It would be filled with remembrance and laughter. Ororo commenting on how close they were, Piotr with a kind comment about Logan, and then Bobby with the clashing comment of a slightly insultful joke.
All of these X-Men have been through at least one ordeal if not multiple. Bobby and Kitty have recently suffered the loss of Peter Parker. Bobby was actually there when it happened. Scott was killed in front of Piotr and Ororo. They’ve watched the X-Men fall apart and crumble powerless to do anything to the contrary. Kitty did the only thing she could do after all of this. If she wouldn’t have kept busy or focused on a goal, she would have snapped like the prior two.
I want a story that focuses on the team and what they’ve been through. I want to see them come together as a family once again. That’s the story I would like to be reading and I think a number of fans would really enjoy that as well— a story which focuses on the past as well as the future and how the few remaining are struggling to get by.
I am enjoying Brian Wood's current Ultimate Comics X-Men and Kitty as the focus. There are a lot of great things happening and I think we have yet to really see what exactly Wood has in store for us. I would just like to see a story arc (or one-shot even) which focuses on Jimmy aside from the miniseries coming in March. I am excited for the mini and I think we are getting closer to seeing the things I've touched on prior.
I think it would be a nice, simple and heart-touching story. It's not much to ask for, and there is probably way more that older Ultimate X-Men would like to see come to fruition. Those are probably not going to get the story they might want, but I like my odds.